Why You Should Get a Masters of Education

September 26, 2016

You’ve jumped through all the hoops: bachelor’s degree, provincial certification, and all the paperwork and interviewing required to get you a teaching position. You’re well aware that you’ll need to keep your teaching license current through further education. Have you given any thought, at this point in your career, to completing a Masters of Education degree?
A Masters of Education isn’t a requirement for Canadian teacher and you can have a successful teaching career without one. But remember, you’ve already committed to further coursework at university in order to keep your teaching license current. Wouldn’t it make sense to enroll in a Masters program and log in credits that will lead to a graduate degree? There are some compelling reasons why earning that advanced degree may be the best choice for you. Here are just a few.
Deeper Commitment to Your Field
You know that you love teaching, and there are few teachers who don’t also love learning. Your graduate coursework leading to an advanced degree in education is going to focus on the activities that are most meaningful to you. And since there are a number of special fields in education that you can pursue in graduate work – curriculum development, teaching gifted children, adult education, and school administration are just a few – you’ll increase your focus and your expertise in a field you love.
Mastery of Methodology
You learned a lot during your undergraduate university career, but there’s only so much that one person can do in the time it takes to finish a bachelor’s degree. If you’ve now had a few years of teaching experience, you’ll be aware how much a deeper understanding of teaching methodologies can contribute to the way you manage your classroom and interact with your students. When you’re enrolled in a Masters of Education degree program, you’ll be honing the skills you’ve already acquired and learning new ones. And while researching the successful methodologies of others and analyzing challenges to established ways of thinking, you’ll be expanding your ability to think and write critically.
A Growing Network of Mentors and Colleagues
As a teacher, you experience new challenges on a daily basis. And as you discover ways to meet these challenges and resolve educational issues, your skill set grows. Now imagine having the opportunity to confer with other teachers and scholars in a graduate seminar setting, sharing experiences and insights and discussing ways to face problems and challenges. Earning a Masters of Education degree introduces you to the scholars of education and places you among them.
Earning a graduate degree may put you in line for better pay and greater responsibilities within your school system. Once you’ve had a chance to survey your field from the perspective of graduate school, you may decide that a career in school administration, curriculum development, or even textbook publishing is attractive. And if you decide to continue as a classroom teacher, you can be sure that, now that you’ve earned a graduate degree, you’re providing your students with the best teacher you can be. For additional resources about obtaining a Masters of Education, visit the University of Western Ontario website.

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