I've been teaching for 5 years and have just enrolled in a MEd despite always saying I would do a MA in English Lit or nothing else. My reasons are simple! I love English Lit, but I teach 11-16 English Language so it is not that relevant to my career, compared to a MEd which covers a wider range of school-related issues. I also worry that the time needed to complete a MA would infringe upon my job and already stretched free time - at least with the MEd a lot of it is work based. Then there's the cost.... (whereas the MEd is subsidised...) Now, you haven't started teaching yet which means you probably have fewer restrictions. If you love Lit and can afford it, do it. It won't damage your prospects at all and in fact it *may* help you get onto a PGCE course. I know that in NI PGCE's are heavily oversubscribed. I know of people doing a MEd to get on to the PGCE and it is proving VERY difficult for them as they don't have the experience needed (unless you're a qualified teacher you can't teach here). But I'd agree with thequillguy - it probably won't impress on a CV. Remember, the knowledge and insight you are used to from your MA will be a stark contrast to the pupils you teach. I never thought I would spend most of my days teaching children to use capital letters; i had dreams of discussing the meaning of texts with people who loved my subject! Naive, but a reflection of my school experience!! Think carefully about where you want your career to go and specifically what level you want to teach at - it might have a bearing on your decision. All else fails, if you can afford it, do it - it'll only get more expensive!