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Is it worth doing a masters ?

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missmapp Sat 06-Jan-18 23:03:34

I currently an assistant head in a large primary school. I have just finished my NPQSL and am an SLE. I enjoy my job but can't see me doing it for the next 20years. I would look at being a deputy but not a head. A large part of my job is mentoring and I work a lot with our local uni and school direct providers. I really enjoy this work and would like to take it further. I have been thinking about doing a masters, mainly to help move into lecturing but also because I enjoyed the study aspect of the npqsl. BUT , I am already working to my maximum and not spending enough time with my dcs. So..

Is it worth it? Has anyone completed a masters and found it useful to their career? I have been teaching for over twenty years, is it worth doing it now? Any thoughts/experiences would be gratefully recieved.

Thank you.

BoysRule Fri 12-Jan-18 19:01:59

I can't really help but I am also considering doing a masters. I am on SLT in a primary school but I have no aspirations to be either a deputy head or a head and equally I no longer want to be a class teacher.

I am looking at doing a masters in specialist SEN teaching with the hope that I can work 1:1 in schools, LEA, training etc. I have two primary aged children but would do it part time over two years. I love learning and working with children. I'm just worn out with class teaching and need my career to go in a new direction.

Fingers crossed it's worth it.

missmapp Sat 13-Jan-18 20:13:14

Good Luck With Thecourse, I hope it works out. I havent yet decided if I will apply . I would be interested to hear how you get on.

ArbitraryName Sat 13-Jan-18 20:18:03

If you want to move in to lecturing, it might be better to do a PT professional doctorate instead.

missmapp Sat 13-Jan-18 20:23:07

I had looked into a doctorate arbitary , but I thought I would need a masters to apply? Is that not always the case ?

ArbitraryName Sat 13-Jan-18 20:27:32

It’s not always the case. I know several people who’ve done them without a masters. Your professional experience may well be enough.

Maybe email the relevant people at whichever university/ies you were thinking about and ask.

missmapp Sat 13-Jan-18 20:33:06

Great. Thank you. My main worry was that a masters would need to be followed by a doctorate to move into lecturing, which would take way too ling. Will email and see . Always worth a try . Thank you

MidniteScribbler Sat 13-Jan-18 23:20:09

I have a masters and a PhD, but prefer being a classroom teacher. I have no interest in coming out of the classroom to be an AP or Principal.

Jeffers3 Sun 14-Jan-18 11:55:47

My friend has just taken up some lecturing hours on the BA PET course at a large university. She takes one of the English seminars. She taught for ten years and then did a masters in children's literature. So you don't need a doctorate but I think after a few years lecturing at a uni they encourage you to begin one.

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