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The Advantages to Earning Your Master's Degree in Education

As a leader in their community, educators play a significant role in the welfare and success rate of their students. Studies have shown that students who learn under a teacher with a master?s degree are said to have higher test scores, are more likely to graduate, and better prepared to positively impact a community?s economy. "It may seem obvious, but better educated people are more likely to make good decisions, avoid risky behavior, and lead healthier, less-stressful lives. "While many students learn how to avoid risky behavior from their parents, a teacher's interaction with students is just as important." from Masters in Education, Advancing the skills of Educators.

  • On average, a high school graduate lives six to nine years longer than a dropout
  • 1.2 million students drop out of school each year, driving health care costs up by $17 billion over the course of their lifetimes.
  • Adults who dropped out of high school are more likely than graduates to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease, cancer, infection, injury, lung disease, and diabetes

Sources: "Contribution of major diseases to disparities in mortality" New England Journal of Medicine "Healthier and Wealthier: Decreasing Health Care Costs by Increasing Educational Attainment" Alliance for Excellent Education

Earning a master's degree can also put you in a higher pay bracket. According to the department of education, "in 2010, the median of earnings for young adults ages 25-34 with a bachelor?s degree was at $45,000, while in 2010, the median of earnings for young adults with a master?s degree or higher was $54,700, some 21 percent more than the median for young adults with a bachelor's degree." From Department of Education, The Condition of Education, 2012

Having your master's degree will make you more valuable to your employers as well. "There was a time when a bachelor's degree would pretty much guarantee you a full-time job with a decent income, but in today's tough economic times, this isn't necessarily always the case.  As employers scale back on their hiring, and job competitiveness increases, having a master?s degree could give you the edge over your competition by making you more marketable."   From Advantages of Master's Degree: Education Pays, by Carl Ferrara, August 11, 2011

Having your master's degree lends itself to more opportunities for leadership roles within the field such as,

  • school administrator
  • content/subject area specialist
  • curriculum director
  • testing/evaluation director

For the most part, earning your master?s degree is a valuable asset to have and will benefit not only you as a teacher, but your students as well. If you are looking for an affordable and effective accredited college program, check out or follow us on LinkedIN for any additional questions that you may have in regards to taking the next step in furthering your career and education.