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Completing a masters after PGCE

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by Sharnie6, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. Sharnie6

    Sharnie6 New commenter

    I start my PGCE in september and have no plans on changing that. But I was wondering about completing a masters afterwards. Many jobs (including progressing through ranks in schools) require a masters degree but I have gone straight from Undergrad. Is it worth completing a masters straight after the PGCE (full-time) or complete one part-time whilst working?

    Also does it matter what masters, as my course comes with 90 credits towards their MA in education and leadership? Surely it doesn’t have to be one on a specialist subject (I have a history degree) like medieval studies or early modern history?

    Thank you.
  2. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Many teachers have masters level qualifications but you are incorrect in assuming they are mandatory for career progression. Often it is a good track record in teaching that secures future posts. Many PGCE programmes include masters modules as part of the course. Some NQT induction in schools also have the opportunity for further units to be studied as part of their programmes- this depends upon the CPD in the particular school.
    Generally most Masters in Education require reflection on practice- so experience in teaching would naturally be a prerequisite or a definite advantage. These are different from Masters requiring subject knowledge such as History.
  3. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    I did a masters after PGCE; but it was some years after and it was in my subject, not an Education one. I did it because I quite fancied it rather than for career reasons.

    It has helped me - I moved overseas to teach and while I can't say one way or the other whether it helps me get a job, in some schools it has moved me a few steps up the pay scale. I don't think it works quite the same way in the UK state sector.

    If you're going to do a Masters, do it because you really want to, don't count on it being a career boost. And I'd suggest waiting a few years after the PGCE to see if teaching is really for you.
  4. ElizaMorrell

    ElizaMorrell Occasional commenter

    If you want one education related, you'd do better having experience. You're usually required to plan and carry out your own research and you need a school setting and kids that are comfortable with you. Part-time seems most common and makes most sense, unless you're tight with a school who will let you come and go and borrow groups of children.

    I've always wanted to do this as well. I've been teaching for a while and recently started looking at part-time courses. The one big barrier I came up against is price. I read that, if you got a tuition loan for a PGCE, you won't be given one for a masters. You either need to do some saving, or find a sponsor (no idea how to go about this since most schools can't afford teachers, never mind teacher education).

    Also, take Blue's advice on waiting a few years. You'll be flat out for your NQT and RQT, and a masters is totally not necessary for career advancement.

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