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Author Topic: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?  (Read 889 times)

Offline SunflowersMuse

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Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:35:16 AM »
I'm thinking of getting a master's degree so that I can work at a university in Korea.  I want to get one that will also be useful to me in the USA, too.  When I eventually go back to the US, I plan to work as a Reading Specialist.  I found some online master's programs in Reading.  One is a MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education, the other, which I like better, is a Master of Education in Literacy Instruction.  My question is, do you think the exact name of the master of education matters?

What is your master's in?  Was it easy to get a university job with your master's?

Thanks  :smiley:

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 11:57:00 AM »
I'm thinking of getting a master's degree so that I can work at a university in Korea.  I want to get one that will also be useful to me in the USA, too.  When I eventually go back to the US, I plan to work as a Reading Specialist.  I found some online master's programs in Reading.  One is a MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education, the other, which I like better, is a Master of Education in Literacy Instruction.  My question is, do you think the exact name of the master of education matters?

What is your master's in?  Was it easy to get a university job with your master's?

Thanks  :smiley:

You'll get more useful answers to this on Dave's than here.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 12:51:20 PM »
From what I've been told it's hit or miss now getting a university job in Korea without experience teaching adults.  Most universities have seemed to add that necessary experience (at least 1 year) to get a job nowadays.  Doesn't mean it's not possible, just means that it's no longer a guarantee that a Master's will pay off here.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 12:25:36 AM »
I'm thinking of getting a master's degree so that I can work at a university in Korea.  I want to get one that will also be useful to me in the USA, too.  When I eventually go back to the US, I plan to work as a Reading Specialist.  I found some online master's programs in Reading.  One is a MS in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education, the other, which I like better, is a Master of Education in Literacy Instruction.  My question is, do you think the exact name of the master of education matters?

What is your master's in?  Was it easy to get a university job with your master's?

Thanks  :smiley:
I think the university would matter more than the name of the degree. Someone I know working on this PhD in TESOl and doing his research on reading went to the University of Hawaii.

BTW, these days a better question might be, what is your PhD in?

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 09:30:07 AM »
Educational Leadership with an emphasis on curriculum design & development.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 09:35:28 AM »
Hey, I'm also getting a Master's degree online at the moment (Political Science) but I would like to suggest that a masters in Linguistics would be very valuable if you want to stay in the ESL field and apply that to any further work stateside. Linguistics is a pretty good degree for both teaching another language abroad and getting involved in various fields of work stateside. Hell, if you've managed to pick up another language fluently to an academic level while abroad, you can become a teacher of the foreign language (i.e. Korean) in America at a community college or a university as a lecturer with the linguistics masters. Or you can just use the linguistics masters to teach various other courses as a lecturer in a similar setting. Another ESL teacher I know here in Korea is doing just this. But also a masters in education if you wanna teach HS/etc in the u.s. or if u wanna hop boat to Thailand a masters in education is especially valuable.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 02:00:27 PM »
I am returning Korea to work at a university. I have a Master's in TESOL, a CELTA and 5 years of university experience in China. I applied previously to universities in Korea having not completed my MA (only the PGcert stage at the time) and I didn't hear anything. As soon as I completed it I had offers from all over.

Make sure the online course is from a proper, accredited, brick-and-mortar university.

Good luck!

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 07:04:31 PM »
I got a Master's Degree in IDontGiveAFuckAboutSpecsItsAllAboutTheDeliveryPapi.  8)

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 07:32:14 PM »
I am returning Korea to work at a university. I have a Master's in TESOL, a CELTA and 5 years of university experience in China. I applied previously to universities in Korea having not completed my MA (only the PGcert stage at the time) and I didn't hear anything. As soon as I completed it I had offers from all over.

Make sure the online course is from a proper, accredited, brick-and-mortar university.

Good luck!

That's great but if you're out in the sticks teaching 20 hours a week for around 2 million won, with 10 weeks off a year, for many people, it may not be worth the MA.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 10:36:57 PM »

That's great but if you're out in the sticks teaching 20 hours a week for around 2 million won, with 10 weeks off a year, for many people, it may not be worth the MA.

The OP asked a few questions, none of which were related to location, pay, holiday or whether it was worth it.

For what it's worth, I'll be earning 2.5m in a city I actually want to be in which is great considering so few Korean universities accept Skype interviews.

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Re: Waygook university professors, what are your masters in?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 11:49:06 PM »
MA in Onanism