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7th-May-2008 08:57 pm
kurt halsey
Hi everyone! :o)

I'm a first time poster so I'll introduce myself.

My name is Jennifer and I am from New York. I'm entering my Junior year of college, while perusing my B.S. in elementary and special education (grades 1-6). I'm planning on getting my M.A. in education and then going back for my M.S. as a school media specialist.

I've been working with a public library for about 4 years. I started off as a page and slowly climbed up the ladder and became a clerk.

I was wondering.... how many other school media specialists have a teaching certification or a M.A. in education? I was curious how common it was and how brutal the road may be while getting 2 separate master degrees, haha. :o)

Any advice, stories or words of wisdom? I'd love to hear anything!

~ Jennifer
9th-May-2008 05:05 am (UTC)
If your goal is to be a SMS, I don't think you need a Master's in Education. I have one only because I didn't do teaching undergrad, and thus did a Master of Arts in Teaching degree to get my certificate in English. (While in undergrad, I did honors college, drama, and study abroad for a semester. There's no way I would have graduated in four years if I'd done the teaching, so why not just do the extra year and get the MAT? But that was before I wanted to be a school librarian.)

I assume that your BS will get you your teaching degree, yes? If that's the case, teach for a few years and then get your MLIS.

I did my MAT in one year, full-time, but that's because that was how I got my certification in the first place. I did subbing and aiding for two years and then ended up in a library job on a one-year-only vacancy. The lightbulb went off, and that January I started grad school for my MLIS. It took me two and a half years, taking 1-2 classes each semester during the school year and a total of 4 classes during each of the two summers. That was more than enough grad school!

I needed to do two weeks of student teaching at my school and another 3.5 weeks at a high school during summer school (they only met for a few hours each day) in order to get my K-12 special certificate.

Teaching for two years before starting your grad degree will allow you to get acclimated in a school and in a district. There's a LOT to learn on the job! After two years, you have more of a sense of what you're doing and how you want to do it, and you have more mental and actual time to work on grad classes. Plus, many districts will pay for some master's classwork, so you may as well let them help.
12th-May-2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
I got my BS in Early Childhood Education. Then I decided I wanted to be a librarian and not a classroom teacher. So I got a full time job at a University that had the Masters in Library Science program. By working full time, I was able to get the university to pay for my masters degree. It took me nearly 4 years, but it was a great experience. You definitely do not need to have a masters in education if your Bachelors degree is in education.
12th-Aug-2008 03:04 am (UTC)
I had my Ed.M. and five years experience working as you did in a public library as a clerk. That's how I got my first (and current) SLMS position. The school district then sent me back to grad school to get my MLIS. Good deal:)

I definitely love being a librarian more than I would ever love being a teacher. Those poor teachers. Seriously. Work way too hard.
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