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Pros and Cons of Earning an Online MA in Education

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Many teachers, administrators, and other professionals skip the classroom and earn a degree in education through the internet. Education is one of the most popular majors on the web. But, while there are many benefits of earning this degree, there are also a few drawbacks to consider. So, if you’re considering enrolling in an online program to earn your MA in education, check out these pros and cons:

Pros:
• Your salary is very likely to increase
• If you are a teacher or an administrator, your income may increase by the number of graduate credits you have, even before you have the diploma
• You may have a competitive edge over other people applying for the same job
• You become eligible for teaching at a lower-division college level or administrating at a school (depending upon the focus of your degree)
• If you find a good program, you may be able to learn skills, information, and strategies that will help you in your day to day work
• Most online education programs can be completed completely through the internet or with just a few actual meetings
• Most online education programs can be completed in a relatively short amount of time (1-3 years)
• The majority of employers won’t care that you earned this degree online

Cons:
• If you are looking to teach in a primary or secondary school, you may find it difficult to get hired since schools will generally be required to pay you more (a lot of public school look to hire teachers they can start lower on the pay scale)
• School is expensive and your salary increase may not be able to pay back your tuition for many years
• Many educators find it challenging to work in a high stress environment and have papers and other coursework due at the same time
• A large number of students complain about the poor quality of education courses offered by universities
• If you are a teacher of a subject other than education, earning a MA in your field of teaching may open more doors in your professional life
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