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is it worth getting a masters degree in education

Apr 26, 2017 2:00pm

i'm considering getting my MED and wondered if others have perspective on the value of the degree and how it has translated into success, both personally and in the classroom.

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    • May 1, 2017 5:26pm

      I loved my MED program - felt like it gave me a great foundation and understanding of education. Doing my actual Master's Thesis was an excellent experience for me and I earned a ton (I did a self reflection on my teaching practices). After graduating, I know it helped me to secure teaching jobs at competitive schools. A higher degree allows you to get paid more and also gives your resume a nice boost!

      • May 2, 2017 6:46am

        I found going through my M.Ed in administration to be stimulating. I, too, really loved my program.

        One caveat: Although I don't really regret spending ~$30,000 on it, I had expected it would lead to a leadership position. So... be mindful of your expectations and the hiring practices in your surrounding area. By the time I finished my program, during which time I'd been sidelined for cancer and treatment for a year +, I was 60 years old. Where I'd thought my 20+ years of experience would be seen as a benefit, it appears that when you have 5-7 years left until your 'expected' retirement age, interviewers don't see you as committed to the job; that you're only in it for the short haul (5-7 years short haul?). And, what I think is unfair, is that due hiring practices/laws, it's not a subject they're willing to discuss even if I bring it up; i.e., I expect to be working for the next 10 years... As an out of district applicant, they weren't really sure how old I was, (and at the time I was told that I looked to be in my early 50's) that wasn't something that even turned their heads.

        Regarding the degree, my district's pay raise was relatively substantial, which made it inviting. Raises/incremental increases/step increases were so minimal, it was about the only way for me to make a serious dent in my income.

        I hope this helps. You're probably not in my age range, but for anyone else who reads this, I hope it's helpful.

        Best of luck to you, whatever you decide.