Does a STAHM need a Master's degree?

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Registered: 10-15-2008
Does a STAHM need a Master's degree?
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Mon, 12-15-2008 - 12:37pm

Hi everyone,

I'd like to get your opinion on something (I hope this is the right forum). I am at a crossroads in my career path. I graduated with a Psychology degree back in 2003, but since then I had been working in a different field. Recently, I've been trying to decide whether or not I should go back to school for my master's degree in the field I originally studied. Since I will basically be starting over, it's going to be at least 3-4 years until I am done with school. The problem is that in 3-4 years, my husband and I want to start having children, pretty much around the time I anticipate being done with school. I know that I want to stay home with my children when they are young, which would keep me out of work for a while. Would it be even worth it to get my master's degree and going through all that work already knowing that my career will be 2nd to my family?

Any opinions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Tue, 12-16-2008 - 9:05am
I would consider the cost of the degree versus how much having that degree would increase your earning potential. If the degree is very expensive but doesn't increase your earning potential by much, it may not make sense to go into debt for it. But on the otherhand, if having the degree increases your earning potential substantially (or the payback period isn't hugely long) then it probably makes sense to do it. I got my Masters in education before I started teaching (my BS is in Biology). I'm glad I did, I make a bit more money than I would without (payback period of about 6 or 7 years), plus, my state changed the rules on teacher certification and without a degree of some sort in education (not just classes for the teaching certificate requirement itself) I would have been out of a job. So I'm very glad I went the Masters route.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 12-17-2008 - 3:39pm

there's a mom i know whose a SPED parent/family advocate here.

 

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Registered: 01-22-2006
Fri, 12-19-2008 - 5:31am

I do not know on person who works and thinks there career comes beofre family. Most people I know adjust their careers to fit their families.


But, yes, I think it is worthwhile to go get your master's. You never know what can happen. Also, you want to return eventually and why not do it now rather than after you have kids which will make it even harder.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Wed, 12-24-2008 - 10:07pm

Do you want to work in the field?


I am currently in a MA for counseling with teenagers. I think you need to consider what the program needs are, which degree field you are interested in most.


If I had to do it all again I would wait until my youngest went to kindergarten to go to school. BUT that is what would have worked best in hindsight. Keep in

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Thu, 12-25-2008 - 6:55pm
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Registered: 12-28-2008
Sun, 12-28-2008 - 11:58am

I haven't read any of the other responses but I think you should definitely get your Masters! I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Ages 2 and 9 months. I do not have any college degree much less a masters. I plan to stay at home with my children for a very long time. And I may never have to go back to work at all. But if I do I would LOVE to have the education to help me out. The reality is that there are a lot less options for an uneducated 45+ year old as there are for an uneducated 20-something. I did fine in my 20's but I don't think I'd do as well in my 40's and 50's trying to start over. Your options will be much wider with the Masters. Especially since your degree has a lot more weight when you have a Masters, right?

I say go for it! Sometimes I wish I had a Masters for knowing what to do with my kids! Good luck with both the Masters and the children!

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Registered: 04-01-2006
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 10:00am

to answer your specific question, no i don't think sahms need a master's or any other advanced degree, if they plan to be sahms forever.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 10:55am

".....but i would definitely recommend getting higher ed out of the way before having children if at all possible."


Congrats to you on the program you're in and on expecting number 3.

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Registered: 04-01-2006
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 11:08am

indeed!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-31-2008 - 11:55am
It sounds very demanding, but it also sounds like you're doing it all for the right reasons.

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