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Second Masters or Doctorate?

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Jan 10, 2018
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Second Masters or Doctorate?

I am a teacher and I have a Master's in Psychology. I am considering going back to school (online) and I am considering a Master's in Museum Studies from Harvard through their extension program. I am also considering a Doctorate in Education at a Canadian school. The masters programs and doctorates I am looking at will cost about the same. I hope to advance my career in education. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
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What do you mean when you say you hope to advance your career in education? It's going to affect people's answer.
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NathanielFlaherty wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 6:00 pm
I hope to advance my career in education.
In what way? Do you want to become a principal and eventually a SO? Do you want to work for the Ministry of Education? Do you want to work with the curriculum? Do you want to teach B.Ed students? What province are you in?
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I am hoping to do counselling for teachers looking to find jobs. I am wondering if having the harvard name will make me more marketable.
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NathanielFlaherty wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2018 1:41 pm
I am hoping to do counselling for teachers looking to find jobs. I am wondering if having the harvard name will make me more marketable.
If your Harvard training is found to be totally unrelated to what you are doing (museum education vs. career counselling) then using it as a selling point might very well be a negative.
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I don't see the value at all.

For Principal or VP, it is about being noticed (typically showing leadership) and then developed. Most people know they are tagged years in advance. My wife is one such teacher, though she has no desire at all...She was also tagged for curriculum leadership with the board...but did not want that path either...my point is that simply getting another degree has no value here.

What counselling are you possibly providing. In the school system, there is no value.
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paper chasing isn't going to advance your career...especially a Masters in Museum studies (Harvard or not).

If you want the degree for personal satisfaction, go for it. But don't expect it to advance your career. Hell a few years ago I was thinking about doing a PHD in business for shits and giggles. I lost interest though.
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By 'advance' your career in education - what is your current career in education? I don't see how an online research doctorate or a masters in museum studies would teach you anything about counselling people.
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NathanielFlaherty wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2018 1:41 pm
I am hoping to do counselling for teachers looking to find jobs. I am wondering if having the harvard name will make me more marketable.
What does this mean? Do you want to do private consulting to help teachers find jobs? I'm not sure such a market exists.
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jvnanu wrote:
Jan 22nd, 2018 1:31 pm
In what way? Do you want to become a principal and eventually a SO? Do you want to work for the Ministry of Education? Do you want to work with the curriculum? Do you want to teach B.Ed students? What province are you in?
Unless you have a B.Ed (not clear if the OP does), the principal door is likely closed to you even with a D.Ed. Second, if you're looking to help teachers find jobs (which sounds like consulting), might a business degree of some sort be more appropriate?

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