Originally Posted by cincrazy
This question is aimed primarily at those in the education field, but even if you're not in the education field, feel free to throw in your 2 cents...
I graduated from OSU with a journalism degree in 2007. I'm returning to school spring quarter to pursue a social studies teacher license. I have a list of prereq's I need to complete before entering the masters program of education. My question was, would I be at a competitive disadvantage compared to other teachers if I did not pursue a history degree? Would that hurt me on the job market? Hurt me from a knowledge standpoint? Any insight or opinions would be helpful. An old high school teacher of mine strongly recommends getting a degree in history, and says that I can be a social studies teacher without one, but I'll be less of one. Financially, I'd really rather not tack on even more loans, but if it makes me that better off in the end, I'll have little choice I suppose. Thanks for any help!
I know here in Indiana, Social Studies teachers are a "dime-a-dozen." If you want to separate yourself a bit, coach. Also, with a journalism degree, I know journalism teachers who run the schools newspapers are hard to find. A school may give you an emergency license to do just that, but you'll have to do a bunch of other stuff for the newspaper stuff.
Honestly, the teacher market in the midwest is terrible no matter how good/bad the economy is. Education is one of the few markets protected, a little bit, by the economy. Either way, in a thriving one, it's still hard to fine one. I'm pretty close to moving to Texas to finding a regular teaching job because they're so scarce up here. Not to mention, I can't stand it from December - March up here.