Should Teachers Take a Master’s Degree?

A Master’s degree can help to improve teacher’s effectiveness in class, an independent study by Arroyo Research Services, says.

Apparently teachers’ having or not having a master’s effects how students perform in class. A number of elementary schools participated in the survey the results of which prove that students whose teacher has a master’s degree outperform those with a bachelor’s degree teacher.

Close attention has been paid to the question of whether or not an educator should strive for a master’s degree. The world is changing rapidly meaning that those who are involved in education process should change with it.  If a teacher wants to make a difference and have a positive impact on his students he should be able to give them something more than the old boring and ineffective instructions. Some teachers choose to go back to their studies and take a master’s to improve their abilities and develop new skills.

It has been proved that teachers with master’s degrees are better equipped to take leadership positions; they are more likely to offer innovative methods and adapt learning curriculum.

Master’s degrees give teachers a better and more sophisticated understanding of the subject they teach. They possess enough knowledge and skills to make teaching “individualized” and addressing the needs of each particular student.

However, there are those who doubt that an advanced degree can make so much difference. They criticize teachers who want to take a degree for their sordid motives. One of great benefits of a master’s degree is the monetary reward. And some people are concerned that gaining more income might be the main motive for teachers to take a master’s. They mandate to eliminate all incentives for extended graduate work.

Statistically, about $14, 8 billion is spent on the salaries of teachers with Master’s degrees. Many argue that this money could be better spent on hiring new mathematics and science teachers, increasing salaries of the best-performing teachers and those who deal with the most challenging classes and assignments.

A report introduced by the Center for American Progress offers a totally different point of view on the issue if compared to the study by Arroyo Research Services. This report says that master’s degrees are virtually useless outside their area of content.

Teaching is one of the most demanding as well as rewarding professions. But the most rewarding part in it should be seeing their students succeed with their help and not the money issue.