Whether you've just completed your teaching credential, or have some teaching experience under your belt, you may be considering whether or not it's worth your time to look into graduate schools. There are a variety of excellent reasons why most teachers go back to school to receive some form of higher education.
If you're considering a graduate degree, here is a list of 10 reasons why it's a good career move for teachers.
- Career Advancement. There is a need for teachers with extra education and specialized career training. Not only is grad school a requirement for any teacher desiring to work in administration, it is also necessary for specialized niches - such as heading up literacy programs, ESL instruction, technology departments, and certain areas of Special Education.
- Inspiration. If you've been teaching for a while, your engine may be running out of steam. Graduate schools offer an intellectual arena for teachers who love their jobs but need something to spark the inspiration embers. It is a great opportunity to stay current with the latest in teaching practices and theories, as well as new administrative policies. Even teachers with the best of intentions can struggle to keep up on those things on their own time.
- A Higher Paycheck. As much as it might be nice to think none of us teach for the money, extra money in the bank has never been a source of complaint. Having a graduate degree can significantly increase your salary. We should note, however, that sometimes it is better to seek a graduate degree after you have tenure at a school where you are happy and plan to stay. For new teachers, or teachers who want to change districts, having a graduate degree can sometimes decrease your chances of getting a job when districts are under budgetary strains.
- Increased Retirement. Just remember, the higher your paycheck, the more you are putting into your retirement fund. When you look at that collectively over the period of a decade or two, it can make a significant difference.
- You Love To Learn. Hopefully, part of your desire to become a teacher was that you love to learn, and want to inspire others to feel the same about the learning process. Graduate schools keep your intellectual sphere in expansion mode.
- To Diversify. Getting a graduate degree offers you the opportunity to add to your skill set. For example, if you are naturally good with technology, or want to improve differentiated teaching skills with ESL students, you can get a graduate degree/credential in an area that has always interested you.
- It's Easier Than Ever. Many teachers are also spouses, parents, grandparents, coaches, etc. so attending grad school can seem like an impossibility. But with the variety of online grad school programs, that can be custom designed to meet your schedule, it is easier than ever before.
- Become a Professor. If you have found that teaching K-12 really isn't for you, graduate school is your ticket to teaching adults. With a master’s degree in your subject area, you will be able to teach at a junior college and/or some state colleges.
- Get a Better Job. Perhaps you want to work for an elite private school, or a charter school with strict teacher requirements. A graduate degree will make you more appealing to any institution looking for candidates with a little something more.
- You Just Want To. Sometimes, we just have to fulfill a long-time need. If having a master’s degree is something you've always wanted, go for it!
Graduate schools offer a wonderful opportunity to advance your career, increase your annual earnings, and re-stock your inspiration supply. Check out Marygrove College’s Master in the Art of Teaching program. It’s not too late to enroll for fall, but hurry and contact an enrollment specialist at (855) 628-6279 or apply online for FREE right now!