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I am an education student set to graduate in Spring 2017 and quickly approaching application season. I am interested in graduate programs in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences or Curriculum & Instruction. I plan on earning a Ph.D. in the long run and working in academia. Although I have a good idea of what I am interested in, my interests are too wide right now and I think I could use some time to focus my research goals before applying to Ph.D. programs. Right now I am weighing the benefits of doing Teach for America or earning a preliminary Master's degree. Both are about a two-year commitment. The former would give me more field experience and make a lot of connections but I might lose ties with potential letter-writers and wouldn't be getting any research experience. The latter would give me more research experience with little field experience and I will accumulate significantly more debt because M.A. students don't get funding like Ph.D.s do. If any of you are in education, it would be great to hear your input.