I've finally decided to take action and go back to school and obtain my Master's Degree. This decision came about around SuperBowl weekend when I was chatting w/ some friends who were also working on theirs. They were sharing with me a program they were working on online. It was affordable, done in 18 months, and all online. No outside meetings.
Earlier this month, I was contemplating trying for my National Certification, but a Master's Degree seems to make more sense right now, since they can cut budgeting for Nat'l Cert. at any time. I don't want to do all of that work and then not get the big raise. I am going to try and sign up to start taking classes around the end of April. I am really excited. I don't think I'm going the admin route, just a Master's in C & I.
Why am I doing this? I need to be more marketable. I need to prove that I can stretch and grow professionally and not just be a good teacher in the classroom. I think it will give me more opportunities outside of teaching, such as working in a district office, becoming a coaching specialist, or instruction/literacy specialist, a curriculum designer, etc. I want to make more money and not have to coach sports anymore. (Coaching is starting to wear me out and I am getting drained mostly b/c of the lack of funding for equipment and b/c I miss so much after school work time.)
I am looking forward to enrolling and getting started!