5 Reasons Why Every Teacher of the Year Should Get a Master's Degree

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Great teachers are critical to our communities, our country, and our world.

Each year, the state of South Carolina honors educators who are doing an outstanding job with the Teacher of the Year award. This honor often provides a launching ground for teachers to take their careers to the next level — to continue improving their craft and impacting lives. For many, that next step is a master’s degree.

At Coker College, we believe teaching is one of the most important professions in the world. For this reason, we’ve tailored our Master of Education programs to address priority areas and help educators increase their impact in the classroom and beyond.

Here are the top five reasons Teachers of the Year should pursue their master’s degree.

1. Stay Current With Educational Tools and Models

Within the last decade, many shifts have occurred that affect both teaching and learning. A master’s degree can help teachers learn how to integrate new technology and curriculum models in the classroom with confidence, fully understanding the benefits and drawbacks of 21st century tools.

2. Increase Your Impact in the Classroom

Even the very best teachers have opportunities to enhance their teaching styles and better connect with students. Any Master of Education program will cover the foundations of education that enhance a child’s ability to learn across all disciplines.

3. Become Eligible for Leadership Roles

If you’ve considered a career in administration, a master’s degree will help propel your career. Many administrative positions allow you to maximize your effectiveness by setting priorities and providing leadership in an educational setting. An M.Ed. gives you the upward mobility to increase your salary and your impact.

4. Take Advantage of Scholarships Designed Exclusively For You

Teachers of the Year can apply for Excellence in Teaching Scholarships created by Coker College. These one-of-a-kind scholarships honor your past achievements and help you reach your future goals. Every SC Teacher of the Year from 2017 and years past is eligible for a tuition-free term (applies to the last term of your program), and two deserving teachers (one from each program cohort) will receive a full scholarship. Program cohorts include Literacy Studies and Curriculum & Instructional Technology.

5. Invest In Yourself to Invest in Future Generations

You invest in our next generation each day because you care deeply about their futures and the contributions they will make to society. A master’s degree is an investment in your own knowledge and skills, which ultimately helps enhance those of your students. If you are passionate about helping students reach their potential, earning your M.Ed. can help you reach yours.


Time is Limited — Apply Now

If you’ve been designated as a Teacher of the Year and wish to apply for Coker College’s Excellence in Teaching Scholarship, take the next step today. Application deadlines are coming up. With valuable cost savings at hand and flexible programs designed to fit your schedule, there is no better time to start working toward your M.Ed.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.