Master's Degree in K-12 Education


Am I qualified to get into an online K-12 education master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former/current employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

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



The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into most master's level degree programs in education.

  • Average Score — Elementary Education
    • 150 Verbal
    • 148 Quantitative
    • 3.8 Writing
  • Average Score — Secondary Education
    • 154 Verbal
    • 151 Quantitative
    • 4.0 Writing

Additional Requirements

Teaching certification

Some schools require applicants to have experience teaching and may ask for copies of any education certificates or credentials.

Proof of employment history

Applicants into education master's programs may be asked to supply a resume or curriculum vitae to prove work experience.

What undergraduate degrees do K-12 education master’s students typically hold?

  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in K-12 education?

  • Volunteer your time at an afterschool tutoring center to help children with their homework
  • Gain hands-on classroom experience, and prepare to teach at all levels, by being a substitute teacher
  • Participate in volunteer programs that send eligible individuals to classrooms around the world
  • Take the steps to fulfill the teacher licensing and certification requirements of the state where you’ll attend school

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online K-12 education master’s students?

  • Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship: Awarding $1,000 to a graduate or undergraduate student pursuing an education degree, this scholarship looks for an applicant who demonstrates interest in NILRR’s work.
  • JEA Future Teacher: Recipients of one of five $1,000 awards must be in a master’s degree program for education and plan to teach journalism at a secondary school level.
  • James Madison Graduate Fellowship: Graduate students who plan to become American history or social studies teachers at the secondary school level are eligible to apply for this $24,000 fellowship.
  • TEACH Grants: These grants, of up to $4,000 per year, are awarded to students who promise to use their education degree to serve low-income families and in fields in high need of teachers.
  • AFCEA STEM Scholarships: Graduate students, who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college and pursuing an education degree with the purpose of teaching in one of the STEM fields, are eligible to apply for these $5,000 awards.
  • AECT Legacy Scholarship: This $200 award is open to current K12 teachers pursuing a master’s degree at any accredited university or college within the United States.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online K-12 master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • An understanding of the different ways students learn and how to adjust your teaching style accordingly
  • A general knowledge of all subjects (i.e. math, English, history, science) for elementary education, or an in-depth understanding of a specific field (e.g. biology, American history) for middle and secondary school
  • The ability to organize and smoothly run a classroom of children or adolescents of any age

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in K-12 education, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Special Education Teacher

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Virginia — $84,370
    • City with Highest Pay

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $89,380
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Florida — $45,780
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL — $43,680
  • High School Teacher

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • 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

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • 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

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • 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

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.


What are some of the most important publications in the K-12 education field today?

  • The Future of Children: This journal focuses on research surrounding children and youth, particularly in the context of education, and how educators and policymakers can use the information to affect change; all issues of the journal can be accessed online for free.
  • The School Community Journal: This online, open access journal publishes articles, research and reviews that are designed to bring parents, students and teachers together as a community; all issues dating back to 1991 can be viewed online or downloaded.
  • Journal of Curriculum and Instruction: Dedicated to creating a forum focused on the issues relevant to the pre K12 environment, this open access journal brings together teachers, policymakers and school administrators to discuss curriculum and instruction trends and changes.
  • Education Update: This official newsletter for the ASCD publishes articles focused on K12 trends, teaching and administration practices and research; non-members can only access some of the published materials.
  • Education Next: The Journal: This free, online journal reports on K12 school reform without subscribing to a particular ideology.

What RSS feeds related to K-12 education are worth subscribing to?

  • Education Week K12 Politics: Stay up-to-date on all legislation regarding, and political concerns of, K12 education.
  • Edutopia: Striving to improve how K12 students learn, the Edutopia RSS feed will keep potential and current teachers informed of the latest discussions in policy and practices.
  • EdTech Magazine K12: Those interested in introducing or using technology as a teaching aide can remain in the know of the latest programs and gadgets with this RSS fee.
  • Education Week Career Corner: This feed compiles articles related to finding your first teaching job, including common resume mistakes, how to make a good first impression and how to market yourself as a K12 educator.


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