I'm not even a full-fledged teacher yet. Some of my programs instructors recommended that we get this Masters that can be gotten simply by taking an extra year after the credential. Then some instructors recommended against getting a Masters before getting actual teaching experience because of the job market and the fact that you'd have to justify the higher pay you would requisition for having a higher degree. Personally, I believe I am going to wait for my graduate degree for that reason and also because I want to get out and teach already as well as the fact that I don't really have money for another year. Actually, I have my eyes set on a graduate program at a different University involving Education, Mathematics, Science, and Technology. I definitely want to do that after clearing my credential in California. Problem is, I haven't decided on whether I want to go for the MA, or just go all the way for the PhD, as that program offers both. All things considered, I certainly have time to decide. What would be the costs and benefits of a MA vs PhD? What are the possible positions each could land me? I understand that PhDs get more funding as well, is that true? Also, I'm not entirely sure, but I believe that program is a full time thing, so that is another factor. Depending on which one I do, I would either have to leave teaching for 2 years or for 4 years. Which one would be wiser? Looking forward to some discussion about this!