What are the Benefits of Earning a M.Ed Degree?

why teacher should go back to schoolIt's safe to assume that students who go on to become teachers appreciate the value of learning. As a result, these individuals may have an interest in taking their education to the next level by enrolling in graduate school.

In case undergraduate education students or teachers were not already aware, there are several benefits to enrolling in graduate programs. Here are a few:

Earning a Master's in Education Might Mean Higher Earnings Potential

How much you make in any field depends on a variety of factors, such as prior professional experience and your level of education. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that for those with a master's degree, median weekly earnings were $234 higher than those of individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree alone[i].

Some states even reward teachers for continuing their education beyond the undergraduate level. This is the case in North Carolina, where it was recently announced that supplemental pay for teachers who have earned master's degrees would be extended to individuals who finished their graduate coursework as of July 1, 2013, according to a press release from Governor Pat McCrory's website[ii].

Of course, conditions vary from one state to the next, so if you're an educator, look into how much your salary may increase after earning a master's degree in education.

Teachers With A Master's Degree Might Have Better Instructional Skills

Sometimes, one of the best ways to help your students is to become a student yourself. When you enroll in graduate school, you have an opportunity to take your teaching skills to the next level.

There's no denying that the education sector is going through significant changes. From the implementation of the Common Core State Standards to the use of tablet computers, social media and other forms of technology in the classroom, it's clear today's teachers have a lot to keep up with. Graduate-level coursework could provide your skills with the update they need.

M.Ed Degrees Might Lead to New Potential Career Opportunities

Completing a master's degree could enhance your opportunities within the education sector. For example, the BLS states that elementary, middle and high school principals typically hold a master's degree in education administration or leadership[iii]. Instructional coordinators, who oversee school curricula and teaching standards, also tend to hold advanced degrees.

It's not uncommon for both school principals and instructional coordinators to begin their careers in the classroom as teachers.

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Sources: [i] bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm | [ii] governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20140210/state-leaders-announce-plan-raise-starting-teacher-pay | [iii] bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm#tab-4 | [iv] bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm#tab-4

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