yeah I am kind of intrugued by this masters business. Over in where you guys are, is it standard practice for a teacher to have a masters?
Over here you would not normally have a masters in education unless you wanted to teach people about education. You might have a masters in, say, physics if you were a physics teacher but I've never heard of someone being so dedicated to the teaching of physics that they went for additional training in how to teach it. Our teacher training is also 50% practice and the practice is assessed. A masters is usually either theoretical or research based but not vocational.
Also, in order to do a Masters in education over here you would not necessarily need a BEd first. You would not need to be a teacher even. You might even be able to get in without a first degree. So all I can say is that if not having a masters in education is significantly holding anyone back on here, just so you know, there are options.