U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Teaching
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
 
 
Old 01-05-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
1,861 posts, read 4,740,903 times
Reputation: 1593
Default Will a Master's Overqaulify me to teach High School?

I know this has probably been discussed, but let me give you a little background.

I have two associate degrees, a Bachelor's in Managment, and am thinking about getting a Master's in Education.

I teach full time for the Air Force right now. My students get college credit, 10 credits per session, acredited through the Southern Association of Colleges, and those credits are fully transferable to a 4 year University. I have an "occupational teaching certificate" from the Air Force (not sure if that is a real thing in the "civilian" world), and have over 3000 classroom hours.

In about 10 years, when I retire, I would like to teach in the public school systems.

My mom is convinced I'll be overqualified if I get a Master's degree.

Tuition is free for me, why not go? But will I be shooting myself in the foot?

Thanks!
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-05-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
16,649 posts, read 15,638,179 times
Reputation: 15831
Depends on your subject, masters command higher salaries so that may be an impediment. But, most systems require a MS after a few years of employment.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 01:57 PM
f_m
 
2,290 posts, read 5,147,425 times
Reputation: 834
Most teacher payscales including info on MS and PhD, in that usually you get a bump up in pay. This is going to depend on location and subject of course.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
1,861 posts, read 4,740,903 times
Reputation: 1593
I understand that many schools want you to have a Masters after a few years, but what about entry level?
Thanks!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 02:16 PM
 
11,151 posts, read 9,337,278 times
Reputation: 18529
If you don't have a state-issued teaching credential, you probably won't be able to find employment as a teacher -- certainly not in a public school. The exception would be if you were hired into a high-needs subject (typically math, science, special ed) under a temporary license. In that case, you'd have to complete coursework for your credential, within a specified length of time, while teaching. That coursework often ends in a Masters' Degree.

Would you be over-qualified starting out as a teacher with a Masters' Degree? Possibly. But, yes, you'd most likely have to get one within a few years anyway. More importantly, though, since you won't be able to find a job without some teacher preparation, you need to decide whether to take an undergraduate teacher prep program (a waste of time, IMHO), or complete it at the graduate level.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: The Land of Lincoln
2,522 posts, read 2,709,970 times
Reputation: 558
In financially strapped school districts, they opt for the teacher with fewer degrees to whom they can pay a smaller salary. That is the only disadvantage as I see it.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 11:09 PM
 
51 posts, read 122,846 times
Reputation: 38
In my state, a masters degree is required within five years of receiving an initial certification to teach. Without it you cannot get re-certified. A masters is a must. Overqualified? No way!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 11:19 PM
NCN
 
14,084 posts, read 12,018,864 times
Reputation: 16159
Our county public school system has the same type of college credit classes. If you are in the education system, the higher the education qualifications the better. You could end up in a small community college at a higher pay scale. Don't ever turn down the opportunity to get more education. I am retired, but I am still planning to take classes just to keep my mind occupied. You can never learn too much.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 11:32 PM
 
Location: mass
2,905 posts, read 4,488,411 times
Reputation: 4889
Quote:
Originally Posted by accept-logic View Post
In my state, a masters degree is required within five years of receiving an initial certification to teach. Without it you cannot get re-certified. A masters is a must. Overqualified? No way!
Same here in Mass.

If you've got it from the start, it won't matter.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-05-2009, 11:41 PM
 
51 posts, read 122,846 times
Reputation: 38
Mass is where I teach too.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:
Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education > Teaching

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top