I am a kindergarten teacher in Japan. I first came in January 2008 to teach English. This year in April I began teaching at an English Immersion Kindergarten. I have my M.A. in International Business and would like to get my Doctorate in Education or PH.D. in Education & Leadership.
However, I spoke with my boss and he said that any Ph.D. that I do will be an ‘empty degree’ because I do not have my teaching degree or license, because my undergraduate degree is in International Studies. He says if I want to stay in Japan and do this I would get more benefits, then I should get a teaching license in America or Australia, then I would have more options. Or I should get a TESCO in English and that would broaden my options as well.
However, I do not want to teach English as a second or foreign language. I like being a kindergarten teacher but would like to get the Ph.D. so that I can be a director or principal of a school some day. I just do not want to be stuck in this position or any other position. So should I do an online teaching license and then the doctorate? The teaching license would take a year and then I would get a pay increase at my job.