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Will a Master's Degree Matter?

Will a Master's Degree Matter?

Are you on your way to earning a degree?

After graduating from college, I knew I wanted to get a graduate degree at some point, but when?

I knew I wouldn’t go back to school if I stopped the routine, so I pressed forward and went straight through. I learned three important things: my undergraduate degree had not prepared me fully for the classroom; a master’s degree is expensive; working full-time and going to school was hard work.

What you learn in college is up to you, right? Well…kind of. How are you supposed to know what you need to learn? How can you filter out what’s important from the information that takes up extra space in your brain? The education classes and experiences I had in my undergraduate years are helpful when they belong to a larger picture of my education- but in isolation, they wouldn’t have done me a lot of good. I continued the next 3 years after college in New York City to obtain my Master’s. Adding more city experiences and alternative school options helped me create my own voice as an educator. After seven years of higher education, it all started to click. Notice I said “started.” I had yet to have my own classroom. That’s when the real journey begins. Year after year in the classroom those 7 years of higher education and 2 degrees started to work for me. I saw how the analysis I had done and written about was happening in my classroom, and with that prior knowledge, I had the power to influence change.

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I pursued my Master’s with college loans following close behind me, so I took the extra time and payed for my degree as I could. Though it was very expensive, it’s not something I regret spending money on. My husband always says, “Why did you spend so much money to get a Master’s and then become a teacher?” My response? Just because it’s not a high paying job doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require the highest education available.

It’s exhausting working and going to school! If the degree program you enroll in is right for you, then you’ll find it will shed new light on your job in the classroom and give you energy to achieve your goal.

Teachers don’t work their way up the corporate ladder, but getting a degree can help you earn more yearly and open doors to different jobs within the education field. If you haven’t made the choice to continue your education full-time, try out a class at your local university. Hopefully your class will do two things for you: fulfill your re-certification requirements and give your teaching new purpose and life.

Degrees Held By American Teachers

Bachelors 52%

Masters 41%

Specialized 4.7%

PhD. .7%

  • From the Institute of Education Science/US Department of Education

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