Kentucky Removes the Requirement for Teachers to Have a Master’s Degree

By: Elise Parrill

As of early August of 2018, Kentucky legislature has removed its requirement for teachers to possess a master’s degree. Many people believe that this is a positive change but does it benefit the students or the teachers more and how does it directly impact students?

Some people believe that a master’s degree is crucial for a teacher’s, and their student’s, success. A master’s degree not only allows teachers to make a higher salary, but it also provides them with more experience and background knowledge about teaching practices. This experience sets teachers apart from other educators, making them more likely to receive a well-paying job. Career growth and work benefits also may increase for teachers with master’s degrees, as well.

Concerning the student’s success, a teacher with a master’s degree will have up to a year of more experience in teaching practices. This could benefit students who have trouble focusing and learning in the standard classroom setting.

Although some would argue that a master’s degree is crucial for teachers to possess, it is hard to ignore the fact that there would be a larger supply of teachers ready to tackle problems and help students become intellectual members of the community. According to the Washington Post, there is a 35% decrease in the amount of students pursuing a degree in education in the last five years. Kentucky has now removed its requirement for teachers to hold a master’s degree will encourage more people to pursue a profession in education, thus helping more students across America receive a better education.

The pros of a master’s degree seem to predominantly benefit teachers more than students because they receive the higher pay increase. People who claim a master’s degree is unnecessary may not realize that the extra time to earn the degree may not actually benefit the students. In the end, a master’s degree is irrelevant because it is the integrity of the teacher, the individual, that is important. The determined and hardworking teacher with a bachelor’s degree is far superior to the lazy, uninspired teacher with a master’s degree.

 

Washington Post. “America Has A Teacher Shortage and a New Study Says It’s Getting Worse.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/america-has-a-teacher-shortage-and-a-new-study-says-its-getting-worse/2016/09/14/d5de1cee-79e8-11e6-beac-57a4a412e93a_story.html?utm_term=.5cc365a9c9da

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