You’re ready to put a lot of money, hours and hard work into your online master’s degree in education. So, we think you deserve the very best education directory that the web can provide, simple to use and free of spin. We went through the websites of over accredited 300 universities around the country researching their online Master’s in Education programs, which we’ve compiled here for you to search (with direct links to all the schools). If you have any questions, contact us. We’re here to help.
Above, we interview Dr. James G. Cibulka, President of The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. In this interview, Dr. Cibulka discusses the criteria aspiring educators should look for when choosing a graduate/continuing education program, what makes for the best education programs, and his tips regarding alternative certification programs.
Make it a Master’s Degree in Education
Highly prized by many schools, a master’s degree in education means better prospects for working teachers and new opportunities for aspiring administrators. In fact, many states now require principals, school counselors and teachers seeking professional licensure to gain a master’s degree. Administration, curriculum and instruction, counseling, school psychology … whatever your interest, there’s a program out there for you.
Online vs. On-Campus
Should you opt for an online master’s degree? It depends. Online master’s degree programs in education provide convenience and flexibility, but they demand a lot of self-discipline. Although online classes can often be accessed in the evenings and on the weekends, coursework is rigorous and challenging. And, like their on-campus counterparts, online programs include a final thesis or practicum and can take up to two years to complete.
Find the Right Program
Still on the fence about distance learning? Ask for recommendations from your school district. Read reviews. Contact the program’s faculty. Look for awards and accreditations. Find schools with healthy reputations. Request an online tour. Weigh the costs and benefits. Online learning, like the technology that fuels it, is growing exponentially—and it may be just the ticket for a working professional.
Start with a Grade Level
Thinking about teaching but not sure where to start? Check out our articles on grade level education. Whether you’re interested in becoming a preschool instructor or a high school educator, you’ll find a comprehensive summary of the:
- Job Description
- Teaching Requirements
- Educational Trends
- Career Outlook
- Available Online Programs
Making a career change to the classroom? We’ve got you covered. Our article on How to Become a Teacher Through Alternative Certification will walk you through the steps you need to take.
Choose Your Master’s Degree Specialty
Already have a bachelor’s degree and planning to specialize in a particular field of teaching? Take a look at our in-depth summaries of online masters’ programs in education. Each one covers the:
- Specific Benefits of the Specialized Master’s Degree
- Typical Program Structure
- On-Campus vs. Online Environments
- Examples of Specialized Online Master’s Degree Programs
- Career Opportunities
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