Re: Masters requirement

    On 6/24/10, pksped wrote:
    > My school pays 50% (per class) tuition reimbursement. There is a
    > district cap of maybe $25,000 per year,so if you aren't vying
    > for it first, you may not get any reimbursement. There is other
    > criteria, like you have to stay here the following year or
    > reimburse the district.
    > While this is better than some districts, I agree with your
    > concern about unemployed teachers. I also wonder what other
    > professionals do for continuing improvement: do they have to pay
    > 50% or more of their required courses, or is it a perk since
    > it's a requirement?

    Generally, in the for-profit world, continuing education IS paid for
    by employers. I, too, paid for my own master's degree (Hiram
    College, about $17,000). In the long run the expense is worth it.
    Most schools will give a new master's recipient a healthy bump in
    pay, usually about 4K to 5K per year. Also, it is important to
    remember that tuition costs can be written off of one's taxes
    as "lifelong learning."

    As far as addressing the costs without a teaching job, why not find
    an interim job during grad school and then bring this extra value to
    your school interviews once they materialize? Hell, I'm 54 years
    old and a new teacher after a long career in another industry. If I
    can do it anyone can!