A masters in education is almost an absolute requirement for a professional educator. If you are in the profession and have a few years of classroom experience under your belt, you know that the field is constantly changing. There are so many different challenges that didn’t exist a decade ago.
Budgets have always been tight but now they are tighter. The very demographic makeup of your classroom has probably changed along with the number of languages that you hear in the hallway. Your role as a teacher may have been expanded to a semi-social worker and at the same time new restraints have been placed on you regarding how you can interact with your students.
In short, the times they are a changing.
Aside from the impact of social policy, the techniques you use for teaching are changing as well. How do you deal with all these challenges? Well maybe it’s time to finally get started in pursuing that masters in education so you can arm yourself with the knowledge that will best let you manage the pressures.
Where do you start? The best and probably easiest place is in your own school. Check with your fellow teachers who have already completed a program or who are in the process of earning the degree. Input from your colleagues is likely to be far more relevant than any university booklet or online review.
Your friends can provide you answers to real life questions like where do you find the time to do it, what pitfalls should you avoid, what are the admission requirements and most importantly, are they getting information that can translate into action in the classroom.
Once you have a couple or three recommendations, then do your own research and determine which school meets your needs and schedule. You know that a masters in education is something you’re going to need if you plan on staying in education so why not start the process today.