Masters In Education Earn Degrees
Second, teachers are made on the job working with real students in the classroom. Education programs full of theory may be mentally provocative, and they may help some achieve mastery of teaching skills. But the bottom line for making great teachers is on-the-job training.
So if you are determined to become one of the true masters in education, earn your master's degree in your subject area.
Earn your education credits at the bare minimum number to be certified in your state.
In New York, I became certified to teach Latin in grades 6-12 by earning just 18 graduate credits in education. A whole new master's degree in education would have been more like 45 credits. And a whole lot more expensive and time consuming, too.
As for my master's degree, I earned that in classics. I'm a Latin teacher: I need to know the classics more than I need to know the latest in educational theory.
It's not my intention to disparage the work done in education programs for those earning an MA in teaching. I am saying that those degrees are best for elementary school teachers, who don't specialize in one or two subject areas, and for school administrators, who deal in the realm of theory every day.
Teachers need knowledge of their subject area first, with a few education courses earned on the side.