I really think that there are 100 people applyig for every job and that they automatically hire the one with experience. I have a master's degree because the education program I was in was a 5-year program where student teaching was in the fifth year. I've been told by some teachers that no one will want to hire an inexperienced teacher with a master's degree. What was I supposed to do, leave with a bachelor's degree and no student teaching experience under my belt? I explain this in my interview. I would never have gotten my master's degree until after I had been teaching if it had not been part of the program. I know that some district's require it within a certain period of years after being hired.