Master's Degree in Education

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an education master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations

Tests

GRE

This standardized exam is used by most master's of education programs, however some colleges do not require GRE scores.

  • Average Score:
    • 151 Verbal
    • 148 Quantitative
    • 3.8 Analytical Writing

Additional Requirements

Teaching certification

Some colleges prefer to admit graduate students who have already obtained their state teaching certification.

Transition courses

If you have an undergraduate degree in a field separate or unrelated to education, you may need to take foundational courses, as stipulated by the school, before starting a master's program.

What undergraduate degrees do education master’s students typically hold?

  • Education
  • English
  • Social sciences
  • Foreign language
  • Family studies

What can I do to better my chances of getting into a master’s degree program in education?

  • Thoroughly examine the requirements to work as a school teacher or administrator in your state. If you are eligible, gain certification.
  • Gain professional teaching experience by working as a teaching assistant or aide in the type of classroom you’d like to lead.
  • Take cross-disciplinary courses in education and pedagogy if your undergraduate degree is not directly related to the field of education.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to education master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an education master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to engage students with interesting and effective coursework and lesson plans
  • Awareness of the socioeconomic impact on students, families, and communities and an ability to tailor educational approaches to engage students from all backgrounds
  • The ability to apply pedagogical theories in the classroom and in administrative leadership roles
  • An empowered understanding of the national, state, and local policies that influence school outcomes
  • The ability to use modern technologies to facilitate learning in the classroom and at home

Once I’ve earned my master’s in education, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Postsecondary Education Administrator

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $100,600
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      126,340
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      145,291
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +15%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Delaware — $138,150
    • City with Highest Pay

      Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC — $174,430
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $100,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Champaign-Urbana, IL — $100,530
  • High School Teacher

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $58,260
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      955,800
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      1,013,148
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $75,250
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $96,250
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $54,350
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Hanford-Corcoran, CA — $53,230
  • Middle School Teacher

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $56,630
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      621,970
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      696,606
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $75,340
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $97,920
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      West Virginia — $44,270
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Merced, CA — $63,250
  • Elementary School Teachers

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $56,320
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      1,344,240
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      1,505,549
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Rhode Island — $73,040
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $96,860
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Mississippi — $41,490
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Yuba City, CA — $66,370
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principal

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $90,670
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      226,760
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      240,366
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $124,040
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $138,440
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $83,140
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Decatur, IL — $89,430
  • Kindergarten Teacher

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $52,840
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      157,800
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      176,736
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $69,000
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $94,730
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Arkansas — $44,520
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Yuba City, CA — $65,340
  • Instructional Coordinator

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $63,070
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      133,840
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      151,239
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +13%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $75,830
    • City with Highest Pay

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ — $89,770
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $65,490
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Ann Arbor, MI — $63,300

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the education field today?

  • Journal of Teacher Education: This SAGE Publications journal has been released five times a year since 1950, featuring current news on professional experiences, teacher recruitment, school retention, and public policy.
  • Rethinking Schools: This online magazine pushes the boundaries of traditional education, with themed issues dedicated to diversity awareness, challenging textbook-oriented education, and teaching policy issues.
  • Kappan Magazine: This is the official publication of Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional education network comprised of practicing educators and academic researchers.
  • Education Update: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) publishes a monthly newsletter that highlights innovative K-12 teaching and administrative practices.
  • School Talk: The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) releases this journal twice a year, which focuses on literacy instruction and the role of community in developing language skills.

What RSS feeds related to education are worth subscribing to?

  • Department of Education: Stay on top of current federal legislation, official education press releases, and national news by subscribing to the DOE’s news feed.
  • Education World: This curriculum design and educational technology blog has four RSS feeds dedicated to professional development, lesson plans, school administration, and technology.
  • Education Next: This academic publication, sponsored by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, is home to dozens of RSS news feeds covering subjects like school spending, laws, standardized testing, and special education.
  • Education Week: This prominent print and digital publication aggregates its blog posts, print articles, and news updates in an impressive array of RSS feeds, which are sorted by topic, state, news type, opinion blogs, and teacher experience blogs.

Programs

  1. Alliant International University

    1 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 10455 Pomerado Road
    • San Diego, CA
    • (866) 825-5426

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: City: Large
    • Student Population: 4,588
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 1216

    Master’s Programs Available

  2. American College of Education

    8 Master’s Programs Available
  3. American InterContinental University-Online

    19 Master’s Programs Available
  4. American Public University System

    25 Master’s Programs Available
  5. Angelo State University

    12 Master’s Programs Available
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