Oct 24, 2013, 10:39 AM
Post #137 of 142
As a general rule, coursework for one graduate degree cannot be applied to another graduate degree. The only real exception to that is PhD programs that do not require a master's degree may reduce coursework for students with a master's degree in the same field. Grad study is very specialized.
The teaching hours that you might put in for an MFA are irrelevant for a K-12 education degree (K-12 teaching and college teaching are completely different beasts). As a matter of things making the most financial sense, if you're looking at doing K-12 teaching, get the ed degree first, then do the MFA low-res while teaching. Assuming you're teaching something vaguely relevant (English/language arts), the MFA coursework will advance you into higher tiers and improve your earnings. The other way around it does you no good at all in most schools.
That scenario, incidentally, is pretty much the only one where getting an MFA could increase your income. Most often, getting an MFA is a route to reduced earnings.
University of Tampa MFA '14