(Closed) Education Majors: Please share your wisdom!

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m a little confused, are you looking to get your masters? 

I am not in teaching but in education and I love it.  I am going back to school to get my degree in Education Policy.  I love working with something I care about.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have had my degree in Elementary Education for 3 years haven’t done anything with it.  It’s so hard to find a job in education these days.  I’ve subbed a few years, and worked as a special ed aide for a year, and continue to search for a full time teaching position with no luck.  I’m starting to think I made the wrong choice in choosing my education degree.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@sulaii211- I think it’s a combination of both.  I remember seeing that Illinois had cut somewhere around 17,000 teaching jobs across the state.  Plus there are so many schools around the Chicago area specializing in education that are pumping out more teachers than the state needs.  I remember hearing over and over and over at my college that “Illinois is in such a great need for teachers that none of you will have a problem finding jobs.”  Obviously that wasn’t the case for me, or many of my friends that graduated with education degrees.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am just finishing up my Education degree.

I never set out to be a teacher, never had lifelong dreams of being a teacher, never WANTED to be a teacher. After I graduated from my first degree, and being jobless for a year, my Fiance and I were at Pizza Hut one day and he said ‘you should go into Education.’ Not having anything else to do with my life, I listened to his advice.

I LOVE IT. I was MADE to do this job. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out. I love having students learn from me. I love the look in their eyes when something clicks in their brains. I love having my modified SEP students get 94% on assessments without any modifications. I love when students ask to stay for extra help, because it shows they are being accountable. I loved the cards and hugs I got from my students as I left today (today was the last day of my practicum). There are days when I struggle, and wish the last bell would come sooner, but there are never any days when I’m not smiling as I walk in first thing in the morning. It’s amazing to watch students learn and realize that YOU are the reason why they are learning.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I recently bailed on my career path to pursue a master in education…I plan to teach high school when I am finished. I can’t offer an perspective on practical teaching experience, but I will say this: I did a lot of soul searching before I started applying to schools, and it was terrifying to leave a secure job for more uncertainty, but I LOVE what I am doing. My program isn’t that great, but I am a sub and working on other teaching-related things and it’s been really great.

There are certain fields of teaching that will have more job prospects than others…I know regular ed teachers (like myself) have struggled for jobs, but I know others who do special ed, autistic support, and behavior rooms who have better luck. So I think it varies by area and by state.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I have a degree in secondary education and I don’t teach.  Education has a high turnover rate.  I forget the statistic but I believe something like 3 out of 4 teachers leave the profession.  That doesn’t mean it’s not for you.  I left because I knew I didn’t want to teach at that level.  I pursued a MA to teach in college and my career path took me a different way.  I still feel like I use my education degree all the time.  I am often complemented on my presentation style and speaking confidence and I am sure that came from my education background.  I still love to learn and teach but just found a different way to use it.  Good Luck.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s a great career as far as careers go (especially for working moms).  I love my job, make good money, and I only work 180 days a year. 

Now, with that being said it is a horrible job as far as stability goes.  Not sure where you’re located but be cautious.  Nationwide, lay offs this year are going to be between 100,000 and 300,000.  Last I heard on NPR, the best prediction was close to 300,000.  There is more stability in the south like Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina but there are no unions meaning not great conditions and shabby pay.  One district around here is laying off about 600 teachers.  So, think about it for a long while before you commit the thousands it will take to get the degree!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

I am just finishing up my master’s in education! I absolutely love, love, love what I do and I am positive that I will never change career fields. It depends on what exact program you go into, as well–I am not planning to teach for the next few years, but work in an education-focused non-profit. I might go back to teaching at some point. It can be very flexible, depending on your focus.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My BA is in English and Psychology and I have an MA in Education.

First, it doesn’t really matter what your BA is in to get your MA in Education.

I teach both high school English and Masters of Education classes (literacy and curriculum design).  I LOVE my job.  I interact with all kinds of people.  My job is different every single day.  And I have a lot of autonomy to do what I want.

Although I come from a family of teachers, I hesitated before entering education.  People don’t give teachers the credit they deserve and I wanted to be respected.  After going through my own quarter-life crisis, I realized that whatever job I chose at 23 was not exactly what I would be doing the rest of my life.  You need to choose an area – like education – but your job can change.  I will be in the classroom for 10 years or so to establish some credibility (and because I love it) and then I might be a college professor, I might go into policy, maybe curriculum design…who knows?

If you like education…do it!  The first few years of teaching can be very stressful with little job security, but the degree provides a lot of options for your future.

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