I am a recent college graduate in her 30's who took the long way to her BA, stopping along the way for marriage and parent care. I am registered to begin my M.Ed. in Elementary Ed on Friday, and as much as I want to do this, I am getting the jitters. It didn't help that I just read the "No Child Left Behind" archived thread just now. I know that even though I have a lot to learn, I also have a lot to contribute, and I want to teach. I am not afraid of hard work, and certainly more committed to being satisfied in my work than committed to making as much money as possible. And yet, I am terrified. I can't exactly say why. My biggest fear is to be stuck in a situation where my principal is hostile, where I have to teach the curriculum as written whether or not it is helping my students, and where I don't have mentoring or support of any kind. So, my question is: Would you do it over again? Is it worth the time and money of a graduate degree? I guess I just need a little reassurance that I am doing the right thing. Thanks in advance. I promise not all of my posts will have a whiny tone!