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#1 thrones

Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:50 PM


Just wondering if we have any teachers on EB who have completed their Masters in Education and if you think it has helped your career progression or given you more opportunities?

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:55 PM

I will finish mine next week. Hard to say given the lack of passage of time, but given I’m now in a leadership position probably a yes?

Edited by Expelliarmus, 07 November 2019 - 05:56 PM.

#3 OneDayDreamer

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:41 PM

I just finished mine. I'm already in a leadership position, but it does jump my pay up 2 scales, so I'm happy, haha.

However, my goal for 2021 is to move into a curriculum leadership role, and this will give me an edge over the current person in this role (which is what my principal has told me).
So, yes, it's given me more opportunities for progression.

#4 JoanFontaine

Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:46 PM

Not sure. Never been interested in further study. I’m an assistant principal and only have a BA/DipEd. Do it  if you  like studying, if you don’t, you can still climb the ladder without it.

#5 thrones

Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:18 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I am eager to take on the challenge but a little daunted by the price.  Of course, if it led to further engagement in my role and career progression then I could justify it.......

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:35 PM

In which state does a Masters in Education increase one's pay?

#7 OneDayDreamer

Posted 07 November 2019 - 09:43 PM

I'm in Vic Catholic Ed

#8 jkate_

Posted 07 November 2019 - 10:37 PM

View PostExpelliarmus, on 07 November 2019 - 09:35 PM, said:

In which state does a Masters in Education increase one's pay?

It would in WA if it would move you from 4 year to 5 year qualified.

#9 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 November 2019 - 12:00 AM

Yeah, I'll get nothing extra in SA. :shrug:

#10 eachschoolholidays

Posted 08 November 2019 - 05:20 AM

I have a BA DipEd and I am already in a middle management position. At least half of my staff have a Masters or a PhD. So, while it may help, if you are good enough at your job, it is unnecessary.

#11 onetrick

Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:16 PM

Youd get nothing extra in government schools in Vic either, expelli. Not that I know of anyway?
Only a handful of leaders at our school have their masters and a few teachers that arent interested in progressing up the ladder just yet. A few have done courses elsewhere (bastow is a common one) in educational leadership etc and said they were useful, though?
There are a few courses that are free with scholarships and it could be worth doing one of those, but they arent essential.

#12 JoanFontaine

Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:26 PM

I’m in vic. In my experience, private schools require masters etc to climb the ladder, state not really. Some state ppl do them, but because they want to. You can still become a Prin without further quals. There are other ways. My prin, myself and the other AP at my school have nothing beyond our degrees/teaching quals.

Edited by PabloS, 08 November 2019 - 10:27 PM.

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:26 AM

My reason for pursuing a Masters is the oft floated idea that it will soon become necessary to have a Masters in education be be a teacher and that it will improve my chances of leadership even if I don’t require the qualification.

I did also believe it would be good to learn new things but have to sadly confess I didn’t really learn a lot. I found out near the end that this is because I did Honours in my BEd and that the Masters coursework is pretty much the Honours course work with some electives - which I didn’t have to do because those are the bits they give you RPL for! The core content was a few leadery type subjects and a mini thesis which is shorter than the one I already wrote.


Apparently I ‘should’ have done PhD after having done honours. I have zero interest in anything more academic after this. It’s so much paper shuffling and adds only extra work in the formal write ups of work I should already be doing as an educator.

#14 ELF_em_bee

Posted 19 November 2019 - 04:01 PM

In nsw you won’t be paid anymore with a masters than without it.  You *might* get a position over someone without a masters degree, but that would be highly subjective - a lot still depends on who you know, in the independent sector anyway.
I’ve been teaching for almost 20 years and have reached the highest pay scale for a teacher (not co-ordinator/deputy/principal pay scale).  I’m not interested in theory as much as I am in more practical courses.  I’ve read enough theory to make my eyeballs fall out.  I want to see what it looks like in the classroom in practice.  Therefore I’ve not seen the point of personally doing a masters as I don’t have leadership aspirations, nor do I want to spend thousands.

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