Just like with almost any college degree, there are many levels of an education degree a student can pursue. Each level of education opens the door to a different assortment of jobs available once a graduate begins building a teaching career after graduation.
Most entry-level school teachers hold a bachelors degree but others pursue an education masters degree instead. During the first years on the job, there may be little, if any, difference to the duties and responsibilities of someone holding either level of degree.
Many states however value the higher degree and reward teachers with education masters degrees with a higher pay scale than those with bachelors degrees. This enhanced rate of pay will remain in effect throughout the careers of the teachers.
Larger school systems may promote teachers with education masters degrees faster than those with lesser degrees. These teachers may become department heads in their specific area of study, such as science, mathematics, English, or music.
Many school systems require their principals and assistant principals to have experience in the classroom as well as an education masters degree.
School administrators often have education masters degrees or even doctorate degrees. Someone studying for a masters degree may focus from the beginning on school administration but oftentimes a teacher returns to school after time on the job to earn the education masters degree that will facilitate promotion.
Actually, any teacher can return to college to earn an education masters degree at any time, with any career goal in mind. A position in school administration isn’t the only reason to seek higher education.
Private school systems work differently than public school systems do. Because private schools establish their own standards, many of them require teachers to hold an education masters degree or be willing to pursue one as a part of the employment agreement.
Even teachers or administrators who hold an education masters degree needn’t stop studying. There are many positions available for people holding an education doctorate degree, too.