I am trying and trying to make this decision and finally decided I should ask out there in the world and see if anyone can give me some good information. I am currently in a graduate program for certification and a masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I have done a year and while I love working with children, especially at the kindergarten age, my heart has always been more in the counseling area rather than academic. I went with Early Childhood because I have always volunteered in my children's schools and have been told many times that I am meant to do that. It is a really nice compliment and it is definitely where I have more experience but I am so not interested in the academics. I have a bachelors in psychology. My question is, what is the job situation like in both of these fields? I have heard over and over again that teaching jobs are just so hard to come by at this time and i am so worried because I am taking student loans and will be in trouble if I cannot find a job. My program requires me to do an internship but also to do all of this individual field hours per class. I tried to get field hours at the local school (my children do not go there so I don't have that in) and was turned down which really worried me. I am considering changing my program to mental health counseling but am not sure of that job market either. I am in the new england area. Does anyone have any insight about either job market? Thank you so much.