Master's Degree in Education Programs
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If you want to become a leader in the classroom, improve your teaching, or simply take your career in education to the next level, earning a Master’s degree in education can be essential to your success. At EducationDegree.com, we make it simple for you to find, contact and compare schools offering Master’s in education programs. Read on to learn more about the benefits of earning a Master’s degree in education, or begin exploring the featured schools on this page. Below you will find options from traditional campus-based organizations, as well as schools that offer the ability to earn an online Master’s degree in education. With our simple forms, you can easily request information from multiple schools.
Note: Most of the Master’s programs below are for experienced educators (unless otherwise noted as “leads to initial teacher licensure” or “for aspiring teachers”). If you are looking to earn your initial teacher licensure, a better place to begin is our Alternative Certification Programs, which are tailored for non-teachers who hold a Bachelor’s degree in another subject and want to become a teacher.
Curriculum in the Master’s in Education Program
As you research different program offerings, it’s important to understand the difference in degrees. A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is geared more toward initial teacher licensure and focuses on practical classroom skills and teaching specific subjects. A Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) on the other hand is for experienced educators and provides more in-depth instruction designed to prepare teachers for new leadership roles. A Master of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Education are similar to the M.Ed.
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Master’s in education programs come in a wide variety of degree concentrations. Some of the most common concentrations include:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Leadership
- Special Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Adult Education/Adult Learning
- Higher Education
- Secondary Education
The typical Master’s degree in education takes 2 to 3 years to complete, though some universities offer online Master’s degrees that can be earned in as few as 12 to 18 months. Classes differ from program to program, but most Master’s in education programs will include instruction on educational policy, school and community partnerships, classroom management, theories of teaching and learning, and educational leadership.
Because licensing requirements and career outlook varies so much between states, we recommend checking out the individual page for your state for more information on job outlook, average salary and licensing requirements. Links for these can be found at the bottom of this page.
Online Master’s in Education Programs
If you’re already teaching full-time and have a busy schedule, an online Master’s in education program may be right for you. The chief benefit of pursuing an online degree is convenience; you can work at your own pace, on weekends and evenings. One drawback to earning an online degree, however, is lack of face-time with instructors. To determine if an online program is right for you, consider your learning style. If you learn more from being in class than reading textbooks, you may want to consider a traditional campus-based program. If you are a self-motivated learner, however, an online Master’s in education program could be a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle.
Online Master’s in education programs come in a variety of concentrations that are also commonly offered by traditional campus-based locations, from Curriculum & Instruction to Special Education. Online Master’s programs typically take between 18 and 24 months to complete and require around 30 credit hours of coursework in addition to a final research project or portfolio.
The Importance of a Master’s Degree in Education
In the videos below, EducationDegree.com speaks with Dr. Gregory Kelly of Pennsylvania State University, Dean Rafaella Borasi of the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, and Dr. Ken Hartman of Drexel University about the importance of earning a Master’s degree in education.
Career Opportunities with a Master’s Degree in Education
Earning a Master’s degree in education can help you better assist students in your current classroom. It can also open doors to new career opportunities, especially in education leadership. Popular fields for graduates with a Master’s in education include:
- School Counseling (Guidance Counselor, School Psychologist)
- School Administration (Principal, Assistant Principal)
- Adult Education (College Professor, Lecturer)
- Special Education Coordinator
Increase your opportunities in the field of education! Start pursuing your Master’s degree in education today by exploring the featured schools on this page. As a general rule, we recommend contacting several schools to gather more information, helping you to make a more-informed decision about the future of your education.