Have any users of this site studied for an MA in TESOL or another MA within the same area? I am interested in doing an MA to improve my teaching skills and my career prospects but I have a number of questions about them and would like to find out more from people with experience.
My situation is that I am 27, have 18 months of experience in teaching adults in China and Middle School kids in Korea. I have just started at a Korean High School and have a CELTA certificate. I enjoy my job and am reasonably satified with my performance but I also experience the frustrations that come with working in a Korean Public School ( very large class sizes, poor facilities). I feel it is sometimes difficult to implement the methods and use the skills I learnt during my CELTA course.
I want to do an MA but am not sure if I should start it sooner or later. I am sure the MA would improve me as a teacher but I would feel more confident about starting one with more job experience. Is this a concern I should have or would it be better to begin an MA as soon as I could afford it? On one hand I could have my MA by the time I am 30 if I start it now (as a distance MA) but I would be hesitant to change jobs/ move to another country while doing a distance MA for fear of it being difficult to deal with the new job and my study. On the other hand, I could concentrate on my career and try to find work in a more rewarding environment, save up and start my MA in a few years, possibly with the money to do it in one year back home in the UK. In this case I would be starting with more experience as a teacher as well as more maturity. Is this something other people have taken/took into consideration?
I have many more questions in my mind but I don't want to bore people with an over-long post for now. Any opinions would be well appreciated.