Teachers in Canada are not normally required to have a Masters of Education to teach in this country but educators everywhere recognize the value of this advanced education degree. I can probably never have enough education and going to graduate school to get a Masters of Education is probably a great idea if I want to teach in the public school system in Canada.
Going to graduate school is the perfect opportunity to expand my options as a teacher and to learn more thoroughly about any areas that interests me.
I will not likely be able to teach at the university level with a Masters of Education but many high schools now require that level of education to teach some subjects at a secondary school level. Still, having a Masters of Education degree and title does carry its own cachet and many people who attain that level are considered to be experts in their field of study. There are many upsides to obtaining a Masters of Education degree, but it does come at a price.
It takes work, time and money to get a Masters of Education degree. In fact, it will cost me almost as much to get my Masters degree as my undergraduate diploma. But there are some offsets to those costs at graduate school including scholarships, bursaries and teaching assistant positions. These include some national funding for research and research programs through the national granting agencies in Canada, especially the SSHRC grants for students in humanities and social sciences, like education. There are also internal scholarships at every university and paid student assistantships that may involve helping to teach a course or helping a professor with research.
All of these can provide some income or support, but nobody comes out with a Masters of Education degree and a lot of money. For one thing, there are several more years of study that are basically non-income, or non-working income, years. Then there are always additional living expenses that no one seems to calculate as part of being a full-time student. It’s almost as if food, clothing and shelter don’t count as long as I get my books and tuition covered.
Going to graduate school for a Masters of Education and learning more about education theory and the principles behind it may be worth it in itself. But to be with fellow students who share this passion and these interests really is priceless. There is no doubt that having a Masters of Education degree will make almost anybody a better teacher because that is one of the main goals of that whole graduate school program. Learning about pedagogy, teaching methods, philosophy of education, and educational technology will be crucial to my future success as a teacher.
So too will the extended hours in a class room where I will not just learn the theory, but practice putting it into operation under the watchful eyes of guides and mentors. I will learn how to listen and to help my students learn. I will also be taught how to share my knowledge in ways that my students can easily grasp and understand them. In short, I will learn how to be a better teacher by learning from some of the best teachers on this planet in my Masters of Education program.
4. Job Prospects
Schools at every level in Canada are looking for qualified teachers and I will be coming with excellent credentials when I present my Masters of Education. I will be able to pick and choose among entry level positions and I will be able to move up quickly through the ranks with my degree and a little experience.
Teachers with advanced degrees are more readily promoted to school administration positions and can become mentors to other teachers based upon their specific graduate training. Getting a Masters of Education degree establishes me as an expert in my field and opens the door to a long and successful career in education.