I'm graduating this fall with a BA in History and a BA in Psychology. I have recently decided that i want to teach high school and thus need to acquire a secondary education in social sciences certificate (in accordance to Illinois legislation).
Because i'm going to be commuting from my mothers house, to save money (god help me!) i am looking at many smaller schools in the Chicago suburbs and a few in the city. There are essentially three programs that seem to exist.
1. Undergrad programs where i would essentially be getting another BA in eduction along with certification
2. Programs designed specifically for post bachelor certification
3. Masters in arts of education with certification
All of these programs are generally looking to be about 2 semesters of course work along with a semester of student teaching. This raises a bit of a dilemma. Why would i invest time/money and not get a masters when i could invest that same time/money in getting a masters. However, i have also long heard that it can be difficult to get a job as an individual with no teaching experience while holding a masters degree. I have also heard, however, that this is a bit of a misnomer.
Right now there is one school that i am very interested in that is willing to work with various special circumstances (for instance, i must complete a summer course in order to obtain my degree) who is claiming that in 32 semester hours and student teaching i will have a Masters in Secondary Education with a distinction in a field of my choice (most likely history) as well as a Secondary Education certification in Social Sciences. This, to me, seems the best option at this point but i am hesitant that it will hinder my ability to get work after graduation.
Any input is good input...