Should I get my Masters Degree in Education? | Tips to Decide Which Program is Best for You
There are many things to think about when you are deciding whether or not you wish to get your Masters Degree in the field of education. In this video, I discuss factors to consider when choosing a program and provide details about my own journey with working on my masters in teaching.
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hello you guys welcome to mr. mr. social studies my name is Sarah and today I'm going to talk a little bit about if you should go and get your master's degree in teaching and if you are to do that what are some of the programs that maybe you should be looking into or when should you go about getting this now this will definitely vary a lot based on what your own personal motivations are so the area you live in I'm going to just share a little bit about my screen it would hope that it kind of helps you now I am currently in the process of getting my master's degree in teaching I did graduate three years ago and just started this past year so I taught for two years and I went back into it my personal reason for doing that at this time I knew again the master's degree was something that I wanted to do and from a tiny perspective I wanted to make sure that I could get it done before I had kids now I know everyone's got different paths of life that was something for me that kind of helps shape the timeline I will admit I am largely motivated to get done especially to get it done early because of some of the financial benefit for teachers is often through this graduate credit that you're able to increase your salary and move up several steps on the salary schedule and what is interesting based on the calculations I found for my program where I'm at which is actually an online program at the University of Illinois I found that will pay for itself in about four years after I complete it so that's kind of nice knowing that yes it is an investment is cost right now when I continue teaching it will pay for itself in several years and then be very profitable so that's definitely one of the key motivators and I think was that you have to kind of decide what is your reason why that you're doing it and what motivates you now there is definitely a debate about online programs first is going to class more traditional program I over myself I definitely wanted an online program I enjoyed me online anyway and I knew through myself that after the day was done I didn't want to have to drive to a campus somewhere for class and then drive on what that extra step I feel like would make for really long days so it is not as obviously the online college can maybe be a little less regulated because it's tough for them to know that's what you're doing at all times if you feel like you value from that extra accountability to be sitting in a classroom learning if that's helpful for you then maybe that's something to think about my program is global studies and education so a little bit of a non-traditional program I need for myself that I was to go back and do this I wanted it to be something that was really interesting to me and I didn't want the standard teaching ones but that was just my choice and I wasn't looking to go in administration or anything like that so I really liked the course offerings in this particular master then it has been very interesting courses overall so that's something to evaluate too and see what kind of course offerings are there how you can get your masters in education so I have some very interesting classes and more of a global focus and that's something I try to do with my social based curriculum is to make it much more global oriented prepare students for the global world that we live in and so for me it seemed like a natural fit my particular program is a two-year program although it can be done more quickly and it's really helpful you can even is register for summer courses it's a total of eight classes I was finishing up the fifth class this week started in the fall last year so already making some extra progress since I am doing the summer classes the cost for my program is about fifteen thousand dollars total I know cost-wise is going to vary again using those numbers I calculated that I would earn that money back within three to four years you can also consider if your school district is willing to cover any of the cost the school where I previously worked did provide some credit reimbursement the current school I was going to be working at doesn't provide any reimbursement for the first two years which is kind of a bummer but then after you've been teaching there longer they will give you a full reimbursement for that now I will be done by then so I'll just ask after the summers I don't have two classes left to do but that's something to think about as well when should you get your masters can you get it earlier on later here's my best advice in my pan I would say try to get your masters as soon as possible as soon as you feel comfortable if you for sure know that teaching in the field that you want to stick with for me I love teaching so much and want this to be my career path in life now I know what happens and you know there will be some kids in the future and other things but for me I knew that this was not something I wanted to do and so that's why I'm going to earlier sometimes do I wish that maybe I was waiting a little bit cause more style than the teacher yes sometimes I do think that but I know that I'll be so grateful to have gone through this and had this experience now and so then in the future I don't have to worry about it I've got the degree it helps financially etc but if you're someone who is unsure if you want to stick with teachings roughly half of the people who start teaching leave the profession within five years so if you feel like you're a mass population I would definitely encourage you not to get the master's degree because I feel like it would be such a shame to go through all of that time and money and not actually stick with it and maybe even help to get another degree somewhere else that would be definitely a recommendation of mine so it's really be patient with yourself even though maybe you want to get it now for XYZ be patient with yourself and decide you actually want to be a teacher longer do what feels right for you there's not an age requirement for this I just think especially if you're financially motivated to begin it earlier I would say start sooner just so you can start getting that payout sooner as well so as soon as you feel comfortable doing it those are some of my tips about getting a master's degree obviously a lot of its going to vary by program by state dependent you're looking for but I think that it can be a really worthwhile process it's definitely challenging I have been frustrated at various points throughout the process and struggle a little bit myself balancing things but I'm really happy with where I'm at so far I did a final part of it and we'll look forward to having that completed and to benefit from that teacher thank you guys so much for watching if you enjoyed this video or other teacher related content we love to have you here as a subscriber and we will see you the next video bye guys