Advice for a teacher getting their master's degree
January 18, 2014 1:35 PM Subscribe
I'm in my second year of teaching, but I had a late start and have had my BA for 8 years now. I want to get my MA, but I'm not sure if (1) this is the time or (2) if I should focus on my content area or on education in general.
posted by BradNelson to Education (11 answers total)
I teach high school social studies. My BA is in History, which is all I'm currently teaching.
I'm almost 30, so I feel like I should be looking at starting my Master's, but if I start in the fall of this year, I'll only have 2 years of full-time teaching under my belt. Is there any reason I shouldn't start my Master's this fall? (I will be doing it online, FWIW...)
Also, I am passionate about history. I love it. And the idea of taking 36 credits of graduate-level history classes sounds absolutely thrilling. So I currently want to get my MA in History. But is this really the smart thing to do? Should I just get my MA in Education? I find many education classes interesting and useful, but not nearly as exciting as history classes. I know that some MA/MEd programs allow you to specialize and take content classes, but how do schools/districts look at different MA's?
Part of the problem is I'm not sure where I see myself in 10-15 years. Right now I don't think I want to get into administration, but maybe I'll change my mind on that. I don't think I want to move into higher education, but that could change as well. (I think it's safe to say I will not ever seek a PhD.) What's the best option?
(I've looked at other AskMe questions on MA's in education, but I didn't see anything that matched my snowflake situation...)