Would an MAIS land me a collge teaching job?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by eilla05, May 22, 2010.

  1. eilla05

    eilla05 New Member

    I am finishing up my Bachelors in Human Service and want to start working on my Masters . Problem is I am unsure what Masters I should be getting in order to teach at the college level as my plans have changed. I have read different requirements meaning some want a Masters in a certain subject and some just want 18 grad hours in the subject.

    For all of you who are teaching or hire what Masters will get me the job?

    I am considering the MAIS with two concentrations. Psychology being one and the other anything other than Math. I was hoping to gain insight into what other concentration to choose based on feedback and research.

    My goals are to teach at Community college or University if I could. I would be okay to teach anything that does not involve a ton of Math (that is the only subject I despise! ).

    Thoughts? Would the MAIS land me a teaching job?
  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The MAIS would give you two 18-hr. concentrations, hence qualifying you for two teaching fields.
  3. bazonkers

    bazonkers New Member

    It would QUALIFY you to teach two subjects at a college level but it certainly won't land you a guaranteed job. You will still have to compete against all the applicants with full degrees in those subjects.
  4. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    Bazonkers is right on target with this. If you are in a highly competitive area for teaching jobs, you might want to look hard at a masters. For my rural community college, your MAIS would be very appealing, since we could use you to teach two different subjects.

    Good luck!

  5. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    You will be competing against applicants with full degrees AND professional experience in those subjects.
  6. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    The WNMU MAIS I'm working on is qualifying me to teach the intro level Political Science courses (PLS 211-212 US Government) and US History courses (HIS 121-122) at the high school where I teach. These are through Rappahannock Community College in Virginia.

    A little fact for you all - RCC has two campuses and each has 1 full time History/Political Science person. Neither person has a full masters in history or political science. Both have an MAIS or Masters in Humanities degree. Then again, we are in a pretty rural area, so that could be why.

  7. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    I believe Matt is echoing the same thing I am. In a rural area, having the MAIS with 2 subject areas is going to be a plus. In a metropolitian area, the MAIS may be a disadvantage, because you are competing with others who have the masters degree in the discipline you are going to teach in.

    That being said, when I review a resume for an adjunct teaching position (I am the chair of a Business and Technology Division), experience is the #1 thing I look for. Of course, the education must meet HLC requirements, but I love that real world experience coming into the classroom.


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