Master's degree and hiring?

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  1. yellowdaisies

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    I say - who knows? I think a lot of it, from both sides, is speculation. Getting hired at all is such a gamble right now anyway, that it is really hard to say. It will vary from region to region, and from district to district! Some districts in my state pay nothing or next to nothing for a master's, so it absolutely wouldn't make a difference in those situations.

    Everyone has their own opinion on this, and it's really up to you to decide for yourself, IMHO.
     
  2. Joy

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    I've been wondering the same thing about a Master's Degree. The people that I have asked have said that it depends on the size of the district. If you want to work in a big district, they won't have any problem with paying the extra money. If it's a smaller district, they might hire someone without it. Where I live, for a beginning teacher it is only about a $3,000 difference so to me, it seems like it would be an asset in getting a job.
     
  3. teach42

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    I'm not sure if that has to do with having a master's degree so much as not having teaching experience or an education degree. I know you've taught adjunct but teaching college is very different from high school. Private schools are more likely to favor candidates who have a degree in the subject matter as opposed to a degree in education based on my experience.

    I have a master's degree and I've not had a problem getting interviews. It must be a regional thing.
     
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    Masters is a plus where I am from....
     
  5. dgpiaffeteach

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    I know in some of the districts around me they would prefer to hire someone without a masters. I have a couple friends who were specifically told this when speaking with the districts. In others it is expected that you will have a masters so I wouldn't think it matters there. Some of the districts around here are really hurting in terms of funding and others are doing great because of how Ohio is funded... It just depends on which district you apply to!
     
  6. David DiCaprio

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    I just received my masters and am finishing my principals certification for Pennsylvania. I am worried now it will hurt me to have so much under my belt. What states are good for a masters currently and what are not?

    -David
     
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    I go to James Madison University in Virginia and most of the education courses, including student teaching, are part of the master's (MAT) program. There's where you get your classes on: Assessment and Alignment to Standards, Curriculum and Co-Curriculum Design, Educational Technology, Classroom and Behavior Management, Inquiry, Differentiation, High School Subject Area Methods, High School Practicum, and student teaching, and are automatically licensed in the state of Virginia upon graduation.

    Without that program from this school, all you'd get is a Diversity in Education course, two methods classes (one is subject-specific), a 60-hour middle school practicum, and a literacy course.

    (I'm astonished anyone would be able to fit all of those, plus a full major in the subject, into undergrad.)
     

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