I could use some help.
Our president and academic dean are interested in having me develop a California model pre-service masters degree for music educators. Since our program typically crowds 5 years for Pre-K - 12 certification, they believe that we should be calling it a masters degree. I assure them that the content is entirely undergraduate level in scope, with only two possible courses that might be considered for dual-level consideration.
I have two concerns.
1. The job market. It has been my experience that most principals want to hire the least expensive 1st-year teacher possible, and that a teacher with a masters degree and no experience becomes very difficult to market. Is that your understanding, also?
2. I am not interested in giving anyone a masters degree who has not demonstrated mastery of teaching skills in real classrooms for at least a few years.
I would appreciate your thoughts.