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Re: [teacherartexchange] degrees and salaries


From: Betty B (bettycarol_40_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 25 2005 - 10:40:41 PDT

Sorry, my point was that my MFA is a degree beyond the
--- Sidnie Miller <> wrote:

> I guess I don't understand--I thought a MFA was a
> master of fine arts, like a MEd was a master of
> education, or a MBA was a master of business admin.
> I think the level is the same regardless of how long
> it took you to get it. A PhD at any subject is a
> higher level. What a deal to be able to get your
> masters for $4000!!! wow, I wish they'd do that
> here.
> >>> 08/24/05 6:35 PM >>>
> I wanted to check something with the list. My state
> pays a little more for Master's and a little more
> for
> a Doctorate. I have an MFA and get paid for a
> Master's.
> My graduate program was 2 years full time for an MA,
> and an additional full year minimum (plus all the
> usual hoops to jump through) for an MFA. The
> students
> who were struggling "quit" at the MA, so it was
> perceived as a way to "drop out" honorably. (Of
> couse
> I realize now that was completely absurd) It was
> considered a little odd and pointless to want both
> pieces of paper, so I only know of one person who
> did,
> the rest of us just went straight through for that
> third year, the most challenging year of my life
> that
> I wouldn't trade for anything.
> Now my school is offering a program where teachers
> can, for $4,000, watch a distance-learning TV thing
> one night a week and get their masters in a year.
> This
> is great for them, but I confess it has made me
> think
> about asking for the doctorate pay. (As a teacher
> pointed out, a former teacher who had graduated law
> school got doctorate pay for the same amount of
> years
> I'd put in)
> Do youall with MFA's get Master's or doctorate pay?
> The whole concept seems pretty outdated to me, since
> there are so many levels of degrees in between, much
> less those people who have taken hundreds of
> graduate
> hours that don't add up to a particular degree and
> are
> not compensated for that. I think it should be
> Master's, Terminal, and x amount for additional
> graduate hours over xxx.
> A fellow teacher has suggested I start cutting out
> job
> listings that say "PhD in Education of MFA
> preferred".
> comments?
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