Best Online
Education Master’s Programs

2017_MastersDegree.com-best-online-programs-educationMany K-12 educators are employed by school districts that not only reward them financially for higher education, but reimburse them for it as well. Teachers who intend to advance their careers can do no better than a master’s, which makes teachers far more qualified for senior administrative positions (principal positions) or specialized jobs that let them move from classroom to classroom or school to school within a district.

Schools that offer online graduate degrees in education understand that most of their students work full time. These institutions provide busy professional educators with course flexibility, particularly in the form of asynchronous classes students can take whenever it is most convenient. Some programs offer classes in accelerated, intense bursts, while some follow traditional semesters, but, generally speaking, all online education master’s programs can be completed within one to three years. It should also be noted that, in addition to the master’s degree, many online schools award state-specific or specialization-specific certificates at the graduate-level. For teachers not yet ready to commit to a full fledged master’s program, these options can build credits towards a master’s and expand their areas of expertise.

We’ve ranked the top online master’s programs in education according to our strict methodology; click “Our Methodology” to learn more. Read on to explore the nation’s best online graduate school options for teachers and other professionals in education.

Our Methodology

Our rankings methodology begins with two crucial factors:

The school's commitment to consistently rewarding degrees - We pit the number of students awarded a master's degree in the most recent academic year against total graduate student enrollment for the same year. The more degrees awarded, relative to the student population, the more the school prioritizes helping their students complete programs and obtain degrees.

The school's commitment to online graduate education - We look at the total number of master's programs offered by a school compared to the number of online master's programs offered. This tells us the school is committed to providing a quality, online program that compliments, or even goes beyond, their on-campus graduate offerings. It is also an indicator of the school's commitment to working students who need no small amount of flexibility in order to pursue an education and advance their career.

From there, we confirmed that the school offered the following services, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

  • Academic/Career Counseling Service
  • Employment Services for Students
  • Placement Services for Completers

These services are the essential indicator that a school understands how to bridge the gap between their online master's programs and the working world. Any school lacking in these basic services was not included in our final list.

All data referenced above is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Education Resources

  1. 1

    Georgetown College

    Location

    Georgetown, KY

    Tuition

    • $27,600 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Georgetown College offers the Master of Arts in Education with LBD and MSD Certification to candidates with or without a current teaching certificate. Students who do not possess a teaching certificate will earn one in the process of attaining the master's degree, as well as additional credentials for teaching K-12 students who are Learning/Behavior Disabled (LBD) or Moderately or Severely Disabled (MSD). Students who are already licensed P-12 teachers earn the master's degree and LBD/MSD certification for both Rank 1 and Rank 2 status in Kentucky.

      • This 60- to 63-hour program can be concluded in 2.5 to 3 years and does not require a master's thesis.
      • Students in pursuit of their initial P-12 certification may also opt for Alternative Initial Certification, which allows LBD/MSD studies to be completed at other approved schools.
      • All students are admitted in cohorts; students may opt to begin in the summer or fall.
      • A 14% tuition discount is offered to students who begin in a summer cohort. Additionally, pay-as-you-go tuition plans are available to selected students.
      • This program can be completed online or in a hybrid format.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses at Georgetown are conducted via the Moodle Sage learning management system. Students new to this platform can login as a guest to get a feel for navigating the pages. All students have access research materials, databases, eJournals, eBooks and streaming media via the Ensor Learning Resource Center.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgetown College's Online Education offerings as 60th among Best Online Education programs in the U.S. in 2015.

    • I loved how I was able to teach full time and still complete my courses. I also liked how quickly I was able to complete the program. The teachers have been supportive and helpful.

      M.A. Teacher Leader student
  2. 2

    Baker University

    Location

    Baldwin City, KS

    Tuition

    • $13,500 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program offered by Baker University is designed to help busy teachers further their education without taking time off work. Degree candidates can take classes online, or they may opt to pursue this degree on campus if they live in the Kansas City area. Baker's curriculum covers traditional post-graduate education courses. Students have the option of specializing their studies through generalist, curriculum and instruction, multicultural classroom and student diversity or technology degree tracks.

      • Most enrollees complete the 36-credit-hour program in two years.
      • Classes are taught asynchronously, so attendance is expected once per week during each 7-week session.
      • Admission is rolling, and students may begin coursework at any point during the year.
      • Students in Kansas and Missouri who live at a distance from campus may join cohorts at some facilities closer to home.
      • A master's thesis is not required.

    The Online Environment

    • Baker utilizes Moodle for delivery of all online courses and some supplemental materials in traditional courses. Upon login, students have access to readings, assignments, discussion boards and tests. Tutorials and training videos on the platform are available for students who wish to familiarize themselves with the delivery system before they enroll.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Baker is ranked among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
  3. 3

    Campbellsville University

    Location

    Campbellsville, KY

    Tuition

    • $12,700 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • A small Christian university located in south central Kentucky, Campbellsville offers a Teacher Leader Master of Education (TL MAE) degree that can be earned entirely online. This program is aimed toward working educators who aspire to academic leadership.

      • Most degree candidates can continue to teach and still complete the 33-hour online program in two years.
      • The curriculum is focused on leadership skills, teaching techniques, research and use of technology in the classroom.
      • Students may also elect additional endorsements in Gifted and Talented Education and ESL instruction.
      • The Teacher Action Research Project at the program's culmination takes the place of a master's thesis.

    The Online Environment

    • Online course content is delivered via Moodle, a distance learning platform. A complete overview and student tutorials are provided by the university. The Montgomery Library has also optimized content for online students' use, offering databases, eBooks, eJournals and live access to librarian staff.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Campbellsville has received acclaim as one of the nation's Best Online Graduate Education Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

    • With full time teaching position and a young son at home, this program's flexibility allows to me to be able to get it all done in a convenient manner for me.

      Jayne Litton, student
  4. 4

    Concordia University in Chicago

    Location

    River Forest, IL

    Tuition

    • $14,328 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Concordia University is a renowned leader in teacher education in the Chicago metropolitan area. Its Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education is targeted towards educators, administrators, researchers and public policy advocates. Coursework is centered around childhood and language development, relationships, research and assessment of children from birth through age 8.

      • This program requires 30 credit hours of study, which is usually completed in two years.
      • Degree candidates may opt to take classes wholly online or in traditional classroom environments.
      • Courses are delivered sequentially in sessions that last eight weeks each.
      • Students are expected to conduct a supervised practicum in the field as part of the capstone experience at the end of the program.
      • Students may opt for a pay-as-you-go plan that locks down tuition at a single rate per class hour.

    The Online Environment

    • Online learning is delivered via the Blackboard distance learning platform. Students meet, online or face-to-face, one night per week. At all other times, online learning is asynchronous, allowing students to access course materials when it best suits individual schedules. Faculty are in daily communication with online students.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Concordia's graduate education program is ranked 54th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  5. 5

    University of Alaska – Southeast

    Location

    Juneau, AK

    Tuition

    • $20,553 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education offered by the University of Alaska Southeast is an online degree program designed for Alaska residents in remote areas (the degree is intended for aspiring Alaskan teachers). Students in this program possess an undergraduate degree but do not have teaching credentials. The program's curriculum is focused on the needs of K-8 students, delivering teaching techniques on math, science, social studies, health, physical education, literacy and the fine arts.

      • This 51-credit-hour program can generally be completed in three years of full-time study.
      • Students are expected to conduct weekly practicum assignments in local school classrooms, as well as to student-teach for one semester prior to the program's end.
      • Candidates who complete the program also earn the Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education.

    The Online Environment

    • UAS administers online education via Elluminate, a distance education delivery platform; students may access tutorials prior to class. Online classes are attended synchronously, with classes meeting online in the afternoon and evening to accommodate the school day.

  6. 6

    Marian University

    Location

    Fond Du Lac, WI

    Tuition

    • $4,389 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Marian University offers two online Master of Arts in Education degree programs: MAE Special Education and MAE Educational Technology. Upon completing either program, students will have a specialized certification on top of their degrees. Both are completed online.

      • The MAE Special Education can be pursued as a continuing education, recertification, master's or combination of certification and master's program. The special education certification requires 33 credits; the MAE is an additional 34 credits.
      • The MAE Educational Technology program prepares educators for online and distance teaching. The online teaching certificate is four credits, and the MAE is an additional 30; students attend class asynchronously.

    The Online Environment

    • Online courses are delivered through Marian Online 2, powered by Moodle. This platform gives students and instructors access to course materials, school sponsored email addresses and online resources to help complete assignments. Students are required to log on several times a week to check email, discussion boards and course pages for new announcements from their professors and the school.

  7. 7

    National University

    Location

    La Jolla, CA

    Tuition

    • $17,730 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • WASC/SCUC

    What to Expect

    • National University offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching to licensed and currently working teachers and professionals who wish to "enhance their teaching skills." The 45 quarter-unit requires 27 quarter-units in core course; the remaining 18 units are completed in one of 12 specialization areas.

      • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
      • Autism
      • Best Practices
      • e-Teaching and Learning
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Educational Technology
      • National Board Certified Teacher Leadership
      • Reading
      • Special Education
      • Teacher Leadership
      • Teaching and Learning in a Global Society
      • Teaching Mathematics

      The Early Childhood Education specialization consists of four consecutive courses focused on child development from birth through age 8.

    The Online Environment

    • National University uses Blackboard Learn and the SOAR student portal to deliver online classes, communications and resources. Knowledge Base provides access to a number of online tutorials designed to prepare students to navigate the online course interface. Prospective students can view an online course demo before deciding whether the online path is right for them.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • NU's School of Education has been awarded accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  8. 8

    Webster University

    Location

    Saint Louis, MO

    Tuition

    • $24,255 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Webster University offers the Master of Arts in Communication Arts to educators who desire to advance their expertise in curriculum design and classroom technique. The Educational Technology emphasis focuses on the use of technology and media as educational tools.

      • The 33-credit-hour program is composed of core courses supplemented by instruction in graphic design, instructional design, desktop publishing and digital video technique and application.
      • Full-time students can expect to finish the program in three semesters.
      • Classes are taught sequentially in 8-week sessions.
      • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission, and a 3.0 to advance to master's candidacy after the first 9 credit hours of classes.

    The Online Environment

    • Webster utilizes the WorldClassRoom, powered by Canvas LMS, for its online course delivery. Online classes are often taught asynchronously, allowing students to login and complete weekly assignments and discussion board posts when it fits their schedules. The school recommends that students spend at least 15 hours per week on coursework.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Known as a military-friendly school, Webster has been consistently ranked among Military Times Magazine's Best for Vets listing. Webster placed 57th out of 100 schools in the 2014 ranking.
  9. 9

    Texas A & M University-Texarkana

    Location

    Texarkana, TX

    Tuition

    • $12,672 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Texas A&M's Master of Science in Instructional Technology is targeted toward working educational professionals who aspire to careers in educational design. Educators, trainers, instructional designers, human resources personnel and e-learning specialists may opt to pursue this online graduate degree program.

      • The 36-credit hour program can be completed in two years.
      • The curriculum focuses on research, leadership and teaching via emerging technologies in the field of learning design.
      • Multimedia design, website development, online learning, and web-based instructional content are explored.
      • Students are expected to perform a supervised, on-site internship prior to the completion of the program.
      • Admission requirements include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, acceptable GRE or MAT scores and three letters of recommendation.

    The Online Environment

    • Texas A&M uses Blackboard to deliver course content to its online students. Through this LMS, students access assignments, communications and resources. Many classes may require students to take tests and quizzes using the Respondus Lockdown Browser, which ensures academic integrity. Courses may be asynchronous or synchronous, depending on instructor preferences.

  10. 10

    Cumberland University

    Location

    Lebanon, TN

    Tuition

    • $16,200 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Education degree program at Cumberland University is aimed at licensed teachers and other educational professionals who choose to expand their knowledge and further their careers. The degree curriculum is designed to enhance teaching skills and delve deeper into instructional methodology.

      • Full-time students can complete this 36-hour program in one year; part-time study is also an option.
      • Coursework covers instructional technology, education law, educational psychology, classroom management, advanced literacy and educational assessment.
      • While classes are conducted entirely online, students are expected to complete practicum assignments on-site in local schools.

    The Online Environment

    • Cumberland delivers online courses via a proprietary learning system called THE NET.WORK. Courses are asynchronous, and CU's online programs are completed entirely online. Students must log in to their classes a minimum of three times each week to actively participate in lessons. Resources and test proctoring services are available through the Vise Library, and online students have the option to hire a tutor when they need extra help understanding the material.

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    Lamar University

    Location

    Beaumont, TX

    Tuition

    • $27,000 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • A Master of Education in Educational Administration is offered entirely online by Lamar University. This 36-hour degree program prepares licensed teachers for careers in educational administration within the school system. Leadership skills, educational design, organizational development and applicable law are all emphasized in the program's courses.

      • Classes are delivered sequentially in 5-week sessions.
      • Full-time students can complete the program in less than two years.
      • To be considered for admission, candidates must have two years of teaching experience at a Texas Education Administration-approved school; an undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 and an acceptable GRE score are also required.
      • All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
      • Students are expected to conduct two supervised internships at approved sites.

    The Online Environment

    • Lamar delivers online courses and materials through the Blackboard learning management system. Through this platform, students and instructors access readings and assignments; announcements, student email and discussion boards; and quizzes and exams, which are managed via ProctorU. Prospective students should check individual state status to ensure Lamar is authorized to provide distance education in their home state.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Lamar is #35 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Education Programs List.

    • I received my Master of Education degree in Educational Technology Leadership completely online, which made it both affordable and flexible. These qualities were important, because I'm a full-time teacher and mother of 4 who needed to take these schedules into consideration while I earned my degree.

      Melinda Monasco Louvier, alumna
  12. 12

    Troy University

    Location

    Troy, AL

    Tuition

    • $16,104 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Troy University offers a number of degree programs wholly online, including the Master of Science in Adult Education. This degree is designed to prepare educational professionals for careers in teaching other adults. Curriculum design, learning methodology, educational theory and practice and research are examined in this 33-hour program. Students may specialize in Curriculum and Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or Leadership Studies.

      • Classes are delivered sequentially in 9-week sessions.
      • A capstone project takes the place of a master's thesis in this program.
      • A teaching certificate is not required for admission into this program, and the degree does not lead to certification.
      • Up to 12 transfer credits may be accepted from accredited institutions.
      • Scholarships are available exclusively for online students.

    The Online Environment

    • Troy deploys online classes via the Blackboard platform. Students can explore the learning management system's interface before enrolling in class to familiarize themselves with how online courses work. Most classes are asynchronous, though some instructors may require login at prescribed times. Course materials and textbooks are augmented by research materials available through the Troy University Global Campus library.

  13. 13

    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

    Location

    Slippery Rock, PA

    Tuition

    • $16,380 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Slippery Rock University's College of Education, known for its breadth of educational offerings for teachers, offers several online Master of Education programs, including several elementary education options with concentrations in reading. These programs are tailored to licensed teachers and other educational professionals who teach reading to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Core courses delve deeply into the foundations of literacy education while exploring relevant research and the practical applications of theory.

      • Coursework totals 30 credit hours and is exclusively online.
      • All students simultaneously earn the K-12 reading specialist certification. Also available to interested candidates is an endorsement in instructional coaching with an emphasis in literacy.
      • To be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate professional experience in a school district. Faculty and professional recommendations are also required, as is an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0 and an acceptable GRE score.
      • Admission is rolling, and students may begin at any time during the year.

    The Online Environment

    • All courses are synchronous and allow students flexibility in choosing study times. Slippery Rock delivers course content via the Desire2Learn distance education platform.

  14. 14

    Abilene Christian University

    Location

    Abilene, TX

    Tuition

    • $25,020 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Higher Education program at Abilene Christian University emphasizes conflict resolution and student affairs. Teachers, administrators, student advisors or counselors benefit from advanced training that can directly impact student life. Courses cover student development, conflicts, diversity, intercultural issues, resource allocation and higher education law.

      • The 36-credit-hour program is generally completed within two years.
      • The curriculum reflects higher education's need to consider elements that impact student life beyond the classroom.
      • While classes are delivered online, students in this program must conduct an internship component in an approved educational environment.
      • Students may begin the program on any of six available dates during the year.

    The Online Environment

    • Beginning Fall semester 2015, ACU will present all online courses through the Canvas learning management system. All classes are asynchronous, allowing students to meet weekly class requirements by studying when it is convenient. Online courses last seven weeks, and students are considered full-time if they enroll in two at a time.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • ACU's online education program is ranked among the nation's Best Online Graduate Education programs by U.S. News & World Report.
    • In past years, ACU also received recognition from Princeton Review, Forbes, America's Best Christian Colleges and several others.

    • ACU has prepared me to go out into the working world with the program that I want to be in. And gave me a better sense of what students are really going through and what students really need.

      Jessica Bohn, M.Ed. in Higher Education
  15. 15

    Ball State University

    Location

    Muncie, IN

    Tuition

    • $9,450 in-state
    • $15,900 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Ball State's Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education (CTE) degree is an entirely-online program tailored to CTE educators, formerly known as vocational education professionals. Individuals who acquire this specialized training are qualified for leadership positions and CTE licensing.

      • The core curriculum in this 30-hour program consists of the principles and practice of CTE content, curriculum organization, occupational safety and health, cooperative education programs and research.
      • All degree candidates customize individual study plans to match career goals.
      • Students may choose from Community College and Industrial Trainers, Administrative, Technology, CTE Teacher, Curriculum or Research degree tracks.
      • Writing a thesis is optional.

    The Online Environment

    • Ball State offers a blend of synchronous and asynchronous classes; students may be required to log in at fixed times for lectures in some courses but will never be expected on campus. Classes are administered via either the Blackboard or Mediasite distance learning platforms. Courses are offered year-round, and students may begin the program at any time.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Ball State tied for #8 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015.
    • GetEducated.com named this program a Best Buy among online master's degree programs.
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    Columbus State University

    Location

    Columbus, GA

    Tuition

    • $8,820 in-state
    • $35,316 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Aspiring educational administrators may find Columbus State University's Master of Education in Educational Leadership to be appealing. This 36-credit-hour graduate degree program is offered completely online and is open to licensed teachers around the globe.

      • Courses focus on student development, organizational theory, leadership skills, curriculum design, public policy and strategic planning.
      • While all classes are delivered online, students must perform supervised internships at approved partner schools.
      • Due to a program redesign, enrollment in this program is suspended until September 2015.
      • Those who reside outside of Georgia may be unable to enroll in this program; students should check individual states for eligibility.

    The Online Environment

    • Columbus administers online classes via Desire2Learn. An online quiz can assess students' readiness for independent online study. Course content and assignments are conducted via the distance learning platform; however, attendance at orientation or a single class meeting at the beginning of the semester may be required. Distance students have access to an online library and numerous research materials. CSU Online hosts the annual professional Distance Learning Conference; students in this program benefit from educational professionals with the most current knowledge in the industry.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News and World Report ranked this program #60 among the nation's Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
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    Asbury University

    Location

    Wilmore, KY

    Tuition

    • $16,948 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Masters in Education in Biology Science 8-12 at Asbury University is designed for aspiring high school teachers who hold an undergraduate biology degree but do not yet have teaching credentials. This wholly online program consists of 38 credit hours of instruction delivered in a flexible format for working adults.

      • Through this program, degree candidates become familiar with curriculum design, student learning and achievement, assessment, analysis and personalized learning plans.
      • Graduates are eligible for teaching licensure in the state of Kentucky.
      • Most students complete the program in about three years, though more industrious students may graduate in two years.
      • The GRE is not required for admission, but applicants must demonstrate a passing score on the biology Praxis exam.

    The Online Environment

    • Asbury employs the Discovery distance learning platform, through which students access courses that are a blend of synchronous live web conferences and asynchronous study that may be collaborative or independent. All classes are taught in 7-week blocks; most students complete six to nine credit hours per semester. Classroom materials are supplemented by access to the Kinlaw Library, which contains research tools, eBooks, eJournals and streaming media. Although coursework is administered online, all students must complete practicum assignments and student teaching in person at an assigned local school. Students who are new to distance learning may take this quiz to assess their readiness for this educational model.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • In 2015, Asbury was listed among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
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    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    Location

    Waxahachie, TX

    Tuition

    • $16,800 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • A Master of Education in Early Childhood Education Administration is offered by this private Christian university. This completely online, 36-hour program is tailored to administrators who aspire to leadership positions in educational environments that serve children from birth to age 5.

      • In addition to the exploration of early childhood development, the curriculum focuses on organizational theory, leadership skills and facility management.
      • Depending on the nature of a student's undergraduate degree, prerequisite courses in educational psychology, literacy and teaching methodology may be required before beginning the program.
      • Upon graduation, degree candidates are eligible for the professional Early Childhood Education credential.

    The Online Environment

    • SAGU delivers online course content via Blackboard and Tegrity. The Blackboard LMS provides access to assignments, discussion boards and class announcements. Tegrity's services give students asynchronous access to archived recorded lectures. Exams are administered with the Respondus LockDown Browser, a program that ensures academic honesty while taking tests.

      Class lectures are delivered via synchronized video streaming, while assignments and other class participation can be conducted asynchronously. Instructional materials are supplemented with online access to the Nelson Memorial Library.

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    Mercy College

    Location

    Dobbs Ferry, NY

    Tuition

    • $14,952 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • Mercy College offers three master's degrees in education online with focuses in: secondary education, grades 7-12; childhood education, grade 1-6; and early childhood education, birth-grade 2. All three programs can lead to certification to work with children with disabilities.

      • The secondary education program has two degree tracks: one for students who are pursuing teacher certification for the first time, and one for those with prior licensing and at least a year of experience working in charter, private or parish schools.
      • Students with two or more years teaching experience may be admitted to the advanced track for the childhood and early childhood programs; this allows working teachers to gain professional certification.
      • Additional certification offered by Mercy is for New York state only.

    The Online Environment

    • Mercy College provides students with online courses and supplemental material and resources through the Mercy Connect student portal and Blackboard Learn course management system. Prospective online students can access Technical Support to familiarize themselves with how to find and participate in courses, submit assignments and communicate via the Blackboard platform. It is the responsibility of each online student to schedule a proctor for their exams.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • Mercy College is ranked among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
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    The University of West Alabama

    Location

    Livingston, AL

    Tuition

    • $6,012 in-state
    • $12,024 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The University of West Alabama 25 graduate degrees in education fields available online. Most of these programs award teaching certifications in Alabama, but several non-certification programs are also run, meaning distance students who wish to teach in a different state can complete the programs and then pursue certifications elsewhere.

      • Students pursuing Master of Education programs are required to complete nine hours of conditional admission courses. These, in most cases, consist of: foundations of education, educational planning, techniques of educational research, technology and education and several others.
      • The graduate programs require between 30 and 40 credits for graduation, and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better.
      • Prospective UWA education graduate students must pass a background check and hold a bachelor's degree in a field related to the one they wish to pursue.

    The Online Environment

    • UWA's online courses and supplemental materials are delivered through the school's student portal, powered by Blackboard. Students and instructors are able to login to the system to access assignments, announcements and discussion boards. Rather than schedule exams with a third party proctor at a testing center, students take exams using Remote Proctor Now, which can be found under the Technical Resources for Online Students section on the learning management system's interface.

    • The Instructional Leadership program at the University of West Alabama helped prepare me to become an educational leader in multiple ways. [...] The program introduced me to curriculum and situations that allowed me to become more open minded in dealing with educational curriculum and specifically with people. [...] I use the advice and encouragement of my former peers often in my leadership roles.

      Adam M. Andrews, Assistant Principal Wilson Hall Middle School
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    Morehead State University

    Location

    Morehead, KY

    Tuition

    • $16,860 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Morehead University's Master of Arts and Adult and Higher Education is an exclusively online degree program tailored to aspiring professional administrators in adult education. Students may choose from Business Training and Development, Community College, Counseling and ESL concentrations.

      • The 30-credit-hour program is composed of core classes in the fundamentals of adult learning, supplemented by nine hours in the student's chosen concentration.
      • A thesis is not required; some concentrations, such as counseling or business training and development, allow for a thesis to replace six hours of coursework.
      • To be considered for admissions, applicants must demonstrate two years of professional experience in an educational environment and have a minimum GRE score of 750.
      • Degree candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program.

    The Online Environment

    • Online classes are delivered via Blackboard. Students unfamiliar with the interface of this LMS may view a video tutorial of this delivery platform's features. Class content consists of streaming video and asynchronous participation in online discussions, group projects and other collaboration with classmates and faculty.

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    Grace College and Theological Seminary

    Location

    Winona Lake, IN

    Tuition

    • $14,400 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Grace College offers an online Master of Science in Higher Education to students planning professional careers in this arena of education. Students in this 36-credit-hour program examine the history of higher education, as well as the prevalent issues that today's postsecondary students and administrators face.

      • This wholly-online program is designed so that working adults can earn the degree in two years.
      • In keeping with Grace's faith-based approach to education, all coursework is presented through a Biblical lens.
      • In addition to online classes, candidates for this degree are required to perform two supervised internships in the field.

    The Online Environment

    • Grace employs the Moodle online education platform to provide access to online courses and materials. Students new to online learning are encouraged to view tutorial videos prior to beginning the program to familiarize themselves with the functions provided by Moodle.

      Online students enjoy access to the Morgan Library, where databases, digital journal articles, eBooks and streaming video on educational topics reside. Students who need individual tutoring or writing assistance may access these resources free of charge.

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    Jacksonville University

    Location

    Jacksonville, FL

    Tuition

    • $15,120 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Jacksonville University's online Master of Education in Reading Education is targeted toward reading education professionals in grades K-12. Graduates of this program are highly trained in reading theory, application in practice, assessments and institutional methodology.

      • The 36-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in two years.
      • Classes are delivered sequentially in 8-week sessions.
      • The program is highly selective, admitting 20 students per year. While admission is not limited to educators, these professionals are usually given preference.
      • Though all classes are online, degree candidates are expected to perform a supervised practicum in an elementary school, typically a school chosen by the administrators of the program, either within Florida or at an approved out-of-state school close to the online student.

    The Online Environment

    • Jacksonville University delivers its online coursework via the Blackboard learning management system. Students are encouraged to view a demo video to familiarize themselves with the platform. Some courses may be taught asynchronously, but there are no self-paced courses in this program. Students are required to complete all assignments in order and in time with the class.

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    The University of Tennessee-Martin

    Location

    Martin, TN

    Tuition

    • $17,622 annually
    • $19,206 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Science in Educational Leadership that UT Martin is geared toward experienced teachers with aspirations to educational administration. This online degree emphasizes advanced training in educational theory and technique, bolstered by courses in instructional design, curriculum development and leadership best practices.

      • This 33-hour program consists of 11 core courses; enrolled students must complete the course sequence within six years.
      • For consideration, applicants must hold a current U.S. teaching license and demonstrate at least three years of professional experience.
      • Unconditional admission also demands a minimum GRE score of 980 and high performance on the writing portion of the exam.
      • Up to 12 credit hours from another accredited institution may be transferred to this program.
      • Graduates of this program are eligible for an Educational Leadership endorsement and recommended licensure as an administrator.

    The Online Environment

    • All course materials are delivered via the Blackboard learning management program. Purusing online tutorials of this LMS is encouraged for those unfamiliar with online learning. Online classes are asynchronous, providing greater flexibility to working students. Although coursework is conducted online, all degree candidates are expected to complete practicum assignments and perform clinical supervision in an approved school district in proximity to the student.

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    Central Washington University

    Location

    Ellensburg, WA

    Tuition

    • $13,925 in-state
    • $31,212 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • Central Washington University offers several online education degrees for educators to advance their knowledge and careers. Among the programs available to online students is the Master of Education in School Administration, which prepares graduates for leadership roles within their schools.

      • The program consists of 45 credits from 9 Education Administration core courses and two Educational Foundational courses.
      • Students are required to complete a thesis or another culminating experience project.
      • Though the M.Ed. School Administration program prepares graduates for the Residency Principal's Certificate, qualification is not automatic upon completing the degree.
      • CWU has full authorization to deliver online education in about half of the United States.

    The Online Environment

    • CWU recently moved to the Canvas learning management system to deliver its online courses and supplemental class materials. Students new to this LMS can find plenty of online help and video tutorials to familiarize themselves with how the platform functions. While Canvas provides access to assignments, communications and class announcements, online students use digital tools to complete their courses, including: LockDown Browser for taking tests, Collaborate to participate in live class meetings and iTunes U to download past lectures.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • CWU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
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    Upper Iowa University

    Location

    Fayette, IA

    Tuition

    • $17,100 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Upper Iowa University offers two Master of Education degree emphases online: Reading and Teacher Leadership. Both programs require a minimum of 36 credit hours, a research project and passing a comprehensive exam for graduation.

      • The reading emphasis consists of two tracks: K-8 and 5-12.
      • Completion of the M.Ed. Reading program qualifies graduates for Iowa state teaching licensure.
      • The teacher leadership M.Ed. gives educators the tools they need to stand out among their colleagues.

    The Online Environment

    • UIU has partnered with Pearson LearningStudio to deliver online classes. Students must be logged in to the system in order to access a number of tutorial videos that will show them how to navigate the platform's interface.

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    Southern Adventist University

    Location

    Collegedale, TN

    Tuition

    • $22,815 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Southern Adventist University offers professional educators the Master of Science in Education-Instructional Leadership with an Administration concentration. The program is designed for licensed educators who plan to further their career goals with the additional knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in educational institutions.

      • This 39-credit-hour degree program can be completed in two to three years.
      • Core classes include the study of instructional design, statistics, technology in education, research methodology and advanced classroom techniques.
      • To be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.25 and at least two years of experience in a teaching role.
      • Depending on an applicant's undergraduate studies, up to 9 credit hours of prerequisite coursework could be required in order to begin this program.

    The Online Environment

    • SAU uses the Moodle distance learning platform to administer its online classes and the Respondus LockDown Browser for exams. Tutorials are available to familiarize students with the programs they are likely to use during their online programs. Although course materials are managed online, all degree candidates must conduct research in an educational environment to meet the clinical supervision requirement.

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    Jacksonville State University

    Location

    Jacksonville, AL

    Tuition

    • $17,560 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Jacksonville State U. offers a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Education. This online degree program is tailored to the advancing professional who is not a teacher, but who works within public administration as it relates to education, such as in a school administrative position or a non-profit focused on education.

      • The 40-credit-hour program consists of 18 hours of public administration courses, 16 hours of education courses and electives.
      • Core curriculum includes study of policy analysis, research methodology, leadership skills, finance and human resources. Education classes consist of education theory and philosophy, research, learning psychology and technologies in education.
      • Applicants must demonstrate at least one year of professional experience in public administration. Students who lack this experience may substitute this for an internship prior to beginning degree coursework.

    The Online Environment

    • Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard distance learning platform. Students are encouraged to use Blackboard's learning modules to gain familiarity with the system. Library services are made available to online students, and include access to electronic resources such as databases, academic journals, magazines, eBooks and encyclopedias.

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    The University of Texas at Arlington

    Location

    Arlington, TX

    Tuition

    • $9,840 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (MEd) offered by U. Texas Arlington is designed for K-12 classroom teachers who aspire to be school principals. This program, which is offered wholly online, builds on fundamental teaching skills and instills best practices in future educational leaders.

      • This 36-credit-hour program can be completed in 18 months of full-time study.
      • Core classroom work includes educational theory, curriculum design, educational governance, education law and resource management.
      • Classes are delivered sequentially in 5-week increments; degree candidates are enrolled in cohorts that begin eight times during the year.
      • There is no thesis requirement.
      • Graduates of this program are eligible for the Standard Texas Principal Certificate.

    The Online Environment

    • All coursework is administered via Blackboard. Classes are either synchronous and require students to log in at specific times, or consists of assignments that the student completes during independent study. While all classes are administered online, the programs internship requirement demands face-to-face participation at a local school.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News & World Report ranked this program 30th among its listing of Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015.

    • The program was excellent…I would recommend it to anybody.

      Edward Woolcock, Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate
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    East Central University

    Location

    Ada, OK

    Tuition

    • $10,395 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The online Master of Education degree program at East Central University emphasizes greater knowledge and skills training that can be put to practical use in the classroom. Graduates of this program are prepared to troubleshoot problems, enrich their pupils' learning experiences, integrate new technologies and methods and bring best practices to the classroom.

      • Within the 33-credit-hour program, students choose an emphasis of study. Options include elementary education, elementary mathematics, reading, secondary education, sports administration, school counselor or special education.
      • Applications are accepted three times per year. Potential degree candidates must demonstrate licensed teaching experience and acceptable GRE scores.
      • Up to 12 credit hours of graduate work from another university may be transferred.

    The Online Environment

    • ECO employs the Blackboard distance learning format to deliver classroom presentations and course materials. Student tutorial videos should be reviewed by all candidates prior to beginning courses. All online students have 24/7 access to the Linscheid Library.

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    University of Wisconsin-Stout

    Location

    Menomonie, WI

    Tuition

    • $6,613 in-state
    • $14,013 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The University of Wisconsin Stout campus focuses primarily on hands-on vocational education and training. Its Master of Science in Career & Technical Education (CTE) is an online degree program targeted toward CTE instructors who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the classroom. coursework is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working adults.

      • This degree program can be completed in two years of full-time study.
      • A thesis is optional; students who choose to write a thesis take 32 hours of coursework; non-thesis program students round out degree requirements with electives.
      • In addition to core coursework, students in this program take 12 to 14 credit hours in a specialty area. Concentrations in teaching, education coordination, administration and marketing and business education are available.

    The Online Environment

    • U. Wisconsin Stout utilizes the Desire2Learn distance learning platform. Student tutorials are available for candidates new to online education or those who need a refresher. Exams are administered with the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser.

      A readiness quiz can help students assess their ability to manage online courses. Academic resources provided to online students include access to the complete university library online, career services and the counseling center. Students who need extra help can access the Brainfuse online tutoring tool free of charge.

    • I chose the MSCTE program at UW-Stout because of the opportunity to complete my coursework online. The flexibility of course offerings – face-to-face, hybrid and online with night and weekend availability – was a perfect fit for me as I juggled the responsibilities of a family and a career.

      Melissa Henderson, M.S.
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    University of Alaska Anchorage

    Location

    Anchorage, AK

    Tuition

    • $14,508 in-state
    • $29,628 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCCU

    What to Expect

    • U. Alaska's Master of Education in Special Education degree program is geared toward working special education teachers who seek advanced training. This online-only educational option focuses on special education theory, research and practical application in the classroom. Licensed teachers or aspiring educators who expect to complete a bachelor's degree within two semesters may apply.

      • Coursework in this 36-credit-hour program consists of special education fundamentals, theory and strategy, special education law and an examination of autism and related disorders.
      • Many students in this master's program have already earned the Graduate Certificate in Special Education. In these cases, classes taken for the certification count toward the master's degree.
      • For consideration, applicants must demonstrate one year of experience in a special education environment, an undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0, and either a current teaching license or proven eligibility for such license.

    The Online Environment

    • UA uses the Blackboard distance learning platform for delivery of online courses. Depending on instructor preference, classes may require synchronous logins for live lectures or asynchronous independent assignment completion.

      Distance learners can conduct additional research for class assignments via the Consortium Library. In partnership with Alaska Pacific University, UA provides this resource so that online students can easily obtain academic content related to their field of study.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • This degree program tied for 30th in the nation among U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education programs.
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    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Location

    Baltimore, MD

    Tuition

    • $20,425 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • MICA's Master of Arts in Arts Education degree program is an online educational option targeted toward working K-12 art teachers. Experienced art educators further develop their own studio art as they receive advanced training in student-centered artist learning.

      • This 14-month program is offered in a hybrid blend of online courses and studio art seminars, in conjunction with two summer residencies conducted on campus.
      • Coursework emphasizes instructional methods in art, research design and implementation, and art in its contemporary and historical contexts.
      • Students are required to write and submit a thesis to a scholarly journal prior to degree completion.

    The Online Environment

    • The Blackboard learning management system is used to deliver online course materials. Students also use it to access all requisite research tools and to correspond with professors and peers. Students are required to take a. selection of highly interactive online studio art seminars.

    • MICA gave me the skills, the training, the practical experience, as well as the confidence that I needed to lead my teaching team and the youth at the Caribbean Museum.

      Cynthia Hatfield, graduate and adjunct professor of art at the University of the Virgin Islands
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    Norfolk State University

    Location

    Norfolk, VA

    Tuition

    • $21,000 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education at Norfolk University is an online program designed for licensed teachers working with children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The 42-hour interdisciplinary program places particular emphasis on assessment, intervention and family involvement in high-risk children.

      • Core coursework covers human development, legal and ethical issues in special education, language development, research and intervention strategies in this student population.
      • Students may choose courses in specialty areas of interest like developmental delays, curriculum development or classroom management.
      • Scholarships are available specifically to students in the School of Education.

    The Online Environment

    • Online education is delivered via the Blackboard learning management system. New students may access Blackboard 7 to 10 days prior to class, and are encouraged to become familiar with the platform.

      All students can receive additional instruction on Blackboard through Blackboard Support Central on campus or student-paired mentoring. Classes are administered online, but all students are required to meet the degree's field experience requirement by working in a elementary educational environment.

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    Kaplan University-Mason City Campus

    Location

    Mason City, IA

    Tuition

    • $17,710 annually

    School Type

    Private (For Profit)

    Contact Information

    • Plaza West 2570 4th Street SW
      Mason City, IA 50401

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • Kaplan University was one of the first major institutions to offer distance learning as an option for working adults. Most of its degree programs are exclusively online; in recent years, however, it has established 15 Learning Centers across the U.S. where students can pursue a blend of online and traditional classroom learning. This fully accredited university offers the Master of Education in this blended format.

      • The standard track is a 46-credit-hour program that emphasizes skills and knowledge deployed in the classroom. Students specialize learning by choosing from Literacy and Language, Technology, Special Needs, 6-12 Mathematics or 6-12 Science concentrations.
      • Alternatively, the leadership track consists of 54 credit hours of training in classroom management, educational leadership, student assessment, curriculum design and classroom best practices.
      • Admission is rolling and students can begin the program at any time.
      • The program does not require or award teaching licensure.
      • Tuition discounts are available for military service members, spouses and veterans. Kaplan also offers a number of privately-endowed scholarships.
      • Nationally licensed teachers may receive some credits for professional experience.
      • This program is closed to students living in Arkansas and Kentucky.

    The Online Environment

    • About half of the required courses in this program can be taken online, and the rest are conducted at a Learning Center in Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, Missouri or Maryland. Online classes are asynchronous and allow students to access study materials at any hour. The KU Campus proprietary distance learning platform uses a wide variety of interactive learning tools, and provides resources for independent work.

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    Sam Houston State University

    Location

    Huntsville, TX

    Tuition

    • $13,680 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Education in Administration degree program offered by Sam Houston is targeted specifically at education professionals who aspire to principalship. This 30-credit hour program is available exclusively online or via traditional brick-and-mortar classroom instruction.

      • The program curriculum focuses on best practices in school administration and organization. Leadership skills, business management, governmental regulations and organizational theory are emphasized.
      • All students, including those taking online-only classes, are required to perform an on-site internship in an approved school, typically in close proximity to the online student.
      • To be considered for admission, graduates should have a 3.0 GPA from undergraduate school and two years of licensed teaching experience.
      • Students may begin in fall, spring or summer semesters.

    The Online Environment

    • Sam Houston deploys its online classes with Blackboard's distance learning platform. Its recent Student Central initiative offers an integrated social media community that students can use to network, find information and advice, and get to know classmates. Faculty at Sam Houston receive extensive training in Blackboard, allowing them to manage effective and engaging online classrooms. A wealth of resources are provided to online students, including tutoring, advising, an e-library, a writing center, counseling and career services.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • U.S. News and World Report ranked Sam Houston 28th among Best Online Graduate Education Programs in the nation.
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    Dallas Baptist University

    Location

    Dallas, TX

    Tuition

    • $42,390 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Dallas Baptist University offers a Master of Arts in Christian Education and the Master of Arts in Global Leadership dual degree program. This challenging program is ideal for aspiring Christian educators who desire the global leadership skills necessary for mission work.

      • The 54-credit-hour program can be completed in three years.
      • Core coursework includes the study of servant leadership, applied hermeneutics, worship, Christian history, theology, missiology, Christian education, church administration and evangelism.
      • Practica and other field-based degree requirements must be conducted in person at approved regional locations in proximity to students.
      • Candidates who did not study certain Old and New Testament theology will be asked to take prerequisites prior to beginning the program.
      • Proof of current Christian church membership is required for admission.

    The Online Environment

    • Blackboard is DBU's distance learning platform of choice; an online course demo is provided. All courses are asynchronous, though some instructors require group projects and other collaboration that is time-specific. Online students may access tech help 24/7, with live chat during business hours. The DBU Writing Center and the Vance Memorial Library are fully accessible to online students.

    • I would definitely recommend DBU's online classes to anyone out there that is looking for another way to get their degree done, and they're not able or wanting to go to a typical school environment where you sit in a classroom.

      Brian Hamilton, student
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    Tennessee Technological University

    Location

    Cookeville, TN

    Tuition

    • $16,480 in-state
    • $23,072 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • Students enrolled in the state of Tennessee's Regents Online Campus Collaborative online studies program are eligible for the Master of Education degree. This wholly online degree option is aimed at licensed teachers who desire further knowledge in early- and middle-childhood reading literacy.

      • The 32-hour program can be completed within two years.
      • Although coursework is online, class assignments are designed to be completed in a working teacher's classroom.
      • Program curriculum includes theory of developmental literacy, assessments, learning strategy, continued literacy, diagnosis of problems, remediation and research.
      • All students must also complete an oral exam relative to the final research project.
      • Graduates of this program also earn the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Certification in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy.

    The Online Environment

    • All classes are conducted via the Desire2Learn class management system; all students are encouraged to review the orientation. Classes are asynchronous and allow flexibility for working adults.

      Courses are delivered sequentially; student may begin at any semester. A full e-library is provided, and tutoring is available if necessary. Exams must be taken at an approved testing center.

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    DeSales University

    Location

    Center Valley, PA

    Tuition

    • $15,050 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies at DeSales University is an online degree program that allows students to self-select study programs from its available concentrations. Foundational courses that cover philosophy and ethics, educational research and critical issues are supplemented by the individual course of study. Degree candidates may choose from the following curricula:

      • Early Childhood Elementary Education PreK-4
      • ESL
      • Instructional Technology K-12
      • Secondary Education
      • Special Education

      The 30-credit-hour program can be completed in two years. Enrollment commences three times per year.

    The Online Environment

    • Classes are taught in a hybrid blend of online courses and traditional classroom attendance. Online course material is delivered via the Blackboard platform. A sample course is available.

      Classes are synchronous or asynchronous, or a combination of both. Online students may access StudentLingo online success workshops free of charge. These interactive presentations cover a wide breadth of topics of interest to the online student.

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    Teachers College at Columbia University

    Location

    New York, NY

    Tuition

    • $44,736 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • A Master of Arts in Computing in Education is available at Columbia University's Teachers College. This wholly online degree option is designed for K-12 teachers or other educational professionals who work with technology in schools. Graduates of this program are qualified to use advanced technology in the classroom. Other professionals in software development, multimedia development, or corporate or government education may find the degree useful for career growth.

      • The 32-hour program consists of core coursework in object-oriented theory, programming, interactive media, cognition and technology, social issues and technology, and educational design.
      • Available elective study includes digital video, educational video or website development.
      • A thesis project, individual or as part of a group, must be completed and presented prior to graduation.
      • Transfer credits are not accepted at this institution.

    The Online Environment

    • Columbia uses the CourseWorks learning management system; video tutorials are provided. Courses are both asynchronous and synchronous, depending on individual instructor preference.

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    Centenary College

    Location

    Hackettstown, NJ

    Tuition

    • $29,880 annually

    School Type

    Private (Non Profit)

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • MSCHE

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Education in Educational Practice offered by Centenary College is an exclusively online degree program targeted to contemporary K-12 classroom teachers. The curriculum is focused on best practices for teaching 21st century learners. Candidates are admitted as cohorts to this 36-hour program; advancing with a cohort fosters collaboration and networking opportunities among students.

      • Coursework is focused on advanced skills development and the daily application of them in the classroom.
      • Coursework is delivered online, but weekly assignments and projects are expected to be completed in the student's own classroom.
      • Current New Jersey Education Association members are offered a 25% discount on tuition.
      • All applicants must be U.S. licensed K-12 teachers.

    The Online Environment

    • Centenary College uses Moodle to administer its online courses; a tutorial acquaints students with the platform. All courses are asynchronous and delivered in 8-week sessions and scheduling is aligned with the public school calendar.

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    University of Central Arkansas

    Location

    Conway, AR

    Tuition

    • $12,510 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • University of Central Arkansas' Master of Science in Education: Advanced Studies of Teacher Leadership degree is an online-only program targeted toward classroom teachers. Focusing on advanced classroom skills, the program offers specialization tracks in early childhood, mid-level, instructional facilitation, content, elementary mathematics specialization and writing.

      • The 30-hour program is designed to be completed in five semesters.
      • The core curriculum is focused on best practices in the classroom, assessment and analysis, classroom management, instructional design and leadership skills.
      • Graduates are eligible for additional licensure in Gifted & Talented, ESL or Math Specialist.

    The Online Environment

    • UCA administers its distance education with Blackboard's learning management system, supplemented with Respondus, the Respondus LockDown Browser, SafeAssign and Tegrity. The College of Education has compiled a list of technological resources for distance learners' use. UCA's Torreyson Library is optimized for online students, providing easy access to eBooks, eJournals, newspapers, scholarly articles and other resources.

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    Bowling Green State University

    Location

    Bowling Green, OH

    Tuition

    • $14,620 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • BGSU's Master of Education in Classroom Technology is aimed toward the licensed classroom teacher who desires to best optimize new technologies in daily teaching. Teachers who already integrate technology by NETS-T standards can advance to technology facilitator status in the course of this program.

      • This program consists of 34 credit hours and is designed to be completed in two and a half years.
      • Core coursework includes classroom technology, research and assessment to drive improvement, information literacy and dynamic media.
      • Classes are delivered online or in a blend of distance learning and traditional classroom attendance.
      • Graduates also receive the K-12 Online Teaching and Learning Certificate.

    The Online Environment

    • BGSU deploys its distance learning via Canvas; students are encouraged to take an online tour prior to class. Most classes are asynchronous, but some professors may require occasional log-ins at specific times. A Distance Education Resource Guide provided by the library details the extensive supplemental materials available for online learners.

    Program & Institution Accolades

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    Southeastern Louisiana University

    Location

    Hammond, LA

    Tuition

    • $27,924 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • SACS/CC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education - Early Intervention: Birth-5 degree program at Southeastern Louisiana University is designed to educate teachers who work in a specialized environment. The 39-credit-hour program is designed for applicants who hold undergraduate degrees in related fields but do not yet possess a teaching certification.

      • Core classes explore educational research, child development and learning, education of young children with disabilities, physical and medical management, family collaboration, literacy, classroom techniques and best practices, and dyslexia and related disability.
      • Students learn best practices in the TeachLive virtual classroom using real-time avatars.
      • Though classes are largely online, candidates are expected to perform a semester of student teaching in person at a local school.
      • Courses may be delivered entirely online or in a hybrid format that blends online participation and minimal classroom attendance.

    The Online Environment

    • SLU uses the Moodle classroom management tool to administer its online classes; training is made available and students are encouraged to explore its tutorials. Distance learning students have access free of charge to SLU's tutoring services and writing lab. The university library has been optimized for online student use; a tutorial explains how best to access resources.

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    Southeast Missouri State University

    Location

    Cape Girardeau, MO

    Tuition

    • $9,636 in-state
    • $17,030 out-of-state

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • SMSU's Master of Arts in Secondary Education - Educational Studies is an online degree program designed for working high school teachers and aspiring high school teachers ― applicants are not required to hold teaching certificates. This 33-hour degree program is comprised of 18 credit hours of online classes and 15 hours from the student's choice of professional development courses, advanced placement courses or the Autism Certificate.

      • The curriculum's core consists of curriculum design, media in education, assessment and improvement, research methodology and teaching in a multicultural society.
      • Thesis is optional; if elected, it may take the place of three elective hours.
      • National Education Association members are charged in-state tuition less a 5% discount.

    The Online Environment

    • Moodle is SMSU's choice of classroom management platform; a number of tutorials are available, as well as a sample course. Courses are asynchronous, allowing working teachers to schedule study time when it is convenient. Exams may be proctored on campus, at a testing center local to the student, or via Remote Proctor NOW.

      The Kent Library offers a number of online tutorials explaining how distance learners can quickly access research materials. Online students also enjoy free access to tutoring and the writing lab if necessary.

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    Central Michigan University

    Location

    Mount Pleasant, MI

    Tuition

    • $17,340 annually

    School Type

    Public

    Contact Information

    Career Services

    • Employment Services
      for Students
    • Placement Services
      for Graduates
    • Academic/Career Counseling
      Services for Students

    Institutional Accreditation

    • NCACS/THLC

    What to Expect

    • The Master of Arts in Education degree program at Central Michigan University is designed for aspiring or experienced educators of adult students. Professionals who are new to teaching can meet requirements for certification, and licensed teachers, within Michigan or elsewhere in the U.S., can expand their knowledge and skills in the classroom. The Curriculum and Instruction study track equips graduates for leadership positions in education.

      • The 34-credit-hour program is offered online or in a traditional classroom environment.
      • The program core explores technology in education, educational psychology, research methodology, measurement and assessment, and curriculum design.
      • Classes in the curriculum and instruction track include teaching strategy and technique, instructional theory and practice, and literacy education.
      • All candidates are required to research, analyze and form a solution to a problem in their local organizations as a capstone project prior to graduation.

    The Online Environment

    • CMU deploys its online classes via the Blackboard learning management platform. Numerous student tutorials are provided. A sample CMU class is also available free of charge. Online exams must be proctored at an approved location.

      Distance learners can access Online Student Ally for answers to questions about difficulty with tests or assignments, planning classes, organizing study habits and more.

    Program & Institution Accolades

    • The university has the distinct honor of a 5th place ranking in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs.