The Need for Teacher's to Get a Master's Degree
Earning an advanced degree can help a person advance in their career. But, with work, family and other social responsibilities, finding the time and the financing to pursue a degree can be a challenge. For a teacher, continuing education is a requirement to keep a current position and to advance in an educational environment. Once a person has obtained a teaching degree, depending on the area of interest, an advanced degree may be a requirement. For example, to teach in certain states or in a college or university setting, a master's degree is a minimum requirement.
Before the Internet, if you wanted to go back to school and aspired to get a master's degree, you had to fit classes around your work schedule, or quit work and go to school full-time. This was doable for a single person with few responsibilities, but a challenge for someone who had a full-time job or a family. Many people delayed going back to school until their kids were grown and they had less responsibility. Others took one or two classes a year, which delayed getting their degree. Especially for teachers this was cumbersome because in some states you only have five years to get your master's degree or you cannot get permanently certified. With the time constraints of working daily in a classroom, getting the degree could prove to be most difficult.
However, with the advancements of online education, earning a master's degree online in teaching is easier than ever. Also, a bonus is that you can often complete the program faster than in a traditional brick and mortar program.