Most states require that public school teachers continue their educations even after they have been hired for a teaching position. Trends in teaching continue to evolve and state regulators want educators to remain informed about how to use these advancements in the classroom. When a high school teacher desires to become a leader in education, he or she might work for a Masters in Secondary Education degree. This achievement allows a person to teach high school and classes at junior college, as well as allowing them a position of authority among their peers.
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In fact, most high school teachers at some point in their careers gain a Master’s Degree. States mandate that these professionals go to school during summers and concurrently while they teach in order to retain their certification or license. Most states reimburse the person for tuition and book expenses.
With this advanced degree, a high school teacher comes to be viewed as an authority on the subject matter that he or she teaches. This person also is generally rewarded with a promotion to a leadership position within the school or district. Some teachers advance to positions of assistant principals or guidance counselors. They also are entrusted to advocate for students and their profession on professional committees.
This particular academic program allows candidates to do more research on their own and to compose papers that can be peer reviewed and published. They may study technological trends in their career field, the psychological aspects of growing teens, the influence of certain social trends upon education, and other topics that pertain to teaching. These papers are then presented at conferences. Students also defend their theses to their graduate committee before they are awarded their degree.
Teachers who do not have the time outside their careers due to family or other obligations might choose to pursue this advancement online. Many state universities readily make available graduate programs through virtual learning. Similarly, most school districts now accept these programs’ accreditation and recognize the degrees earned through them as valid.
Recognizing the validity of online programs allows districts to reimburse the teacher for his or her tuition costs, as well as that of the person’s books and other fees. Some schools pay these costs outright for the teacher, without that individual having to pay it first from his or her own personal money.
Of course, with the school’s paying the fees for their teachers, they expect these individuals in return to add to the quality of education offered by the district. Districts view this investment in the educators as a way to improve the lessons taught to their students. This improvement allows students to perform better academically and improve the district’s reputation for providing quality education.
When a high school teacher wants to further his or her own career, that individual might choose to work toward a M.Ed. Secondary Ed. degree. This advanced degree allows the person to work in a position of authority within the career. Degree holders may be promoted to leadership roles within the district’s academic community.