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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 http://www.ace.edu/tsn 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.