Enrolled in a graduate program? Thinking about getting that post-master’s certificate? You’re not alone. Every year educators from all fields look for new graduate programs, certificates or endorsements to improve their career status — and for good reason.
Obtaining a master’s degree can move you into different roles in education, better teaching practices — all while increasing your income along the way.
As the playing field becomes more competitive for lucrative roles and dream jobs in education, researchers have been observing how people are now achieving their education career goals with graduate degrees and who is enrolling for these graduate programs. Here’s some of the data found:
●Although minorities remain significantly underrepresented, especially in STEM fields, first-time enrollment increases among Hispanic and Latino men and women have been remarkable — up 5.6 percent for two consecutive years with average increases of eight percent over five years and 8.1 percent over 10 years, fueled by a 21.8 percent rise in math and computer sciences and double-digit percentage increases in business and engineering programs.
●· For the eighth year in a row, the majority of graduate students at all levels were women, constituting 59.2 percent at the certificate and master’s level and 53.5 percent at the doctoral level.
● Several broad fields of study clocked increases in numbers of applications from 2016 to 2017, chief among them business (4.5 percent), public administration and services (1.9 percent), education (1.8 percent) and math and computer sciences (1.7 percent).
Popular Degree Programs in Education
According to the website The Best Master’s Degrees, the top concentrations for master’s degrees in Education are:
- Educational Leadership or Administration
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Teaching English Language Learners
- School Counseling
- Educational Technology
Getting In: The Admissions Process
Getting accepted into a graduate program is much like applying for an undergraduate program. You will need: your undergraduate transcript, a completed application, letters of recommendation, acceptable standardized test scores (GRE/MAT), and to pay the application fee. These materials are needed for any graduate you seek to enroll in — either online or on campus. Your admissions materials may also require other documentation, like essays, but this is largely dependent on the program you’re applying for and what the college/university requires.
Once you get accepted, expect to be in the program for about two or three years. As with everything, you may be able to finish in record time depending on your course load and motivation. The great thing is you’re that much closer to different, higher-level job opportunities.
Popular Education Jobs Outside the Classroom
Educators are branching out and using their M.Ed outside of the classroom. On GradSchoolHub.com, there are other education roles that put your graduate degree to good use:
- Knowledge and writing experiences gained from a M.Ed. will enable you to write content in education specialty areas for business websites.
- Corporations prefer to high individuals with Masters in Education who are highly skilled to train and motivate employees.
- Many private schools hire consultants with Masters in Education for help with them classroom design, classroom management, increased parent involvement, fund raising, and motivating staff.
- The government is interested in hiring candidates with Masters in Education to develop, revise, and promote educational policies.
While this topic is up for much debate, and rightfully so, your salary can increase with a master’s degree in hand. The bump up in your salary, however, does depend on a few factors: degree level, years of experience, job description/responsibilities, state and/or county of your job, and any post-master’s certifications/endorsements. According to PayScale.com, the average salary of a person with a MEd is $57,000. This is just an average and can oftentimes be higher in pay.
Northeastern University says, “Overall, employees with bachelor’s degrees earn $2.27 million over their career, while those with advanced degrees can earn up to $3.65 million. This is a remarkable difference demonstrating that if you’re already college educated, earning a master’s degree can add a significant boost to your paycheck.” (“The Benefits of a Master’s Degree in Today’s Job Market,”https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/masters-degree-benefits/)
Future of Master’s in Education
For those of you who already have master’s degrees in education (or even in other fields), know that your graduate degree will change the world. That’s not just because you’re teaching the future. It’s because your knowledge and experiences can (and will) lead to policy changes and restructure how people digest information moving forward. Powerful, isn’t it? Your contributions affect not just those in your classroom but also those in your global community.