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Online Teaching Degree Programs

This website features a database containing every nationally accredited distance learning / online Teaching Degree Program (at least as many as we could find, after looking through the websites of over 1,700 schools). It is now possible to get a degree with only minimal actual class time, completing the vast majority of your work in the comfort of your home. These programs can be an excellent option for working adults with families.

According to a recent study done for the US Department of Education, students who do part or all of their coursework online perform slightly better than students who do all their work in a face to face classroom setting. Please feel free to click on the links below to see comprehensive listings of each type of program.

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As a rule, you should try to contact multiple schools when you’re looking for a degree program. Like with many other things, the way to find the best teaching degree program is to spend some time shopping around. There are very meaningful differences between the programs in terms of cost, admissions requirements, and other characteristics.

If you're looking into online degree programs, you're probably motivated at least in part by one of their chief benefits: convenience. While some online teaching degree programs - especially those for new teachers - require at least some face time, others are completely virtual, allowing you to complete your coursework at home, from a library, or even possibly on your phone. This sort of flexible scheduling is especially attractive to students who have a family, a job, or both.

Is it easier to earn a teaching degree online?

Don't assume "flexible" means "easy." A good online teaching degree program will require a significant amount of work. Some schools advise setting aside 20 hours or more per week for your studies. Program lengths vary, from around a year or more for some master's degrees and certificates to up to four or five years for some bachelor's degrees.

What kind of teaching degree can I get online?

Several types of online teaching degrees are offered by a number of different schools. Online-only bachelor's degree programs in teaching exist, but are rare, likely because they typically require a student teaching component. The same goes for online alternative teacher certification programs. Both of these degrees may lead to new teacher certification. More common are add-on certificate and graduate degree programs for current teachers. These degrees and certificates may lead to a salary increase for some teachers, or may qualify teachers to work in a new grade level or content area.

What should you expect from an online teaching degree?

Online instruction methods vary from school to school, and even from course to course, so you'll want to check with each institution to ask how instruction is delivered. Common methods include online discussion boards, textbooks, and streaming videos of lectures. Students demonstrate their mastery of course material through tests, quizzes, papers, and written assignments.

How should you decide on an online teaching program?

Many online degree programs are relatively new and are still establishing their reputations, so it's imperative that you research any institution you're considering to make sure it will help you achieve your goals. Contact the human resources departments in school districts where you'd like to teach and ask them how they regard the schools you're considering. Look online for testimonials of former students, or even try to connect with some of them through social media outlets. Also, research each school's student loan default rate. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the national default rate was 8.8 percent in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics were available. If a school has a default rate significantly higher than this number, it may indicate that the school's graduates are having trouble securing the types of jobs they want.