As many educators are finding out, the noble teaching profession can be enhanced with an advanced degree. Especially attractive to teachers who would like to specialize in specific areas of education, the Master of Education (MEd or sometimes EdM) degree offers many concentrations and emphasis areas to help hone education skills and open up distinctive jobs. Finding the time to get a master’s degree can be difficult, especially while still teaching, which is why the MEd is now one of the top 50 most popular online master’s degree currently available. It’s important to find a high-quality, reputable online degree program, so we’ve done the homework for you to compile a list of the 50 best online education master’s programs out there. We have also done our research to make sure all of the programs on our list are appropriately accredited. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have merged to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is now the accreditation standard for all online Master of Education degrees.
In addition to accreditation by CAEP for the particular education degree programs, the universities and colleges must also be accredited institutionally by a reputable regional accreditation-granting entity. Therefore, only examining regionally accredited schools and paying particular attention to institutions that offer a well-rounded, complete degree program provided at a reasonable price, our methodology for choosing the best online master of education degree programs is as follows:
- Program affordability, bearing in mind that many careers in the field of education will not promise exorbitant salaries, even with an advanced degree (relative to other careers obtained with a master’s degree)
- Program comprehensiveness, as it applies to what quality academics, practical applications, and support services students are offered within the program and what they can achieve because of advancing through it
Please note: unless already a licensed educator, students from states different than the state in which their program of choice has its physical campus should check the licensing requirements for their state of residence to confirm that they will receive the instruction and preparation necessary to teach and/or pursue the job they desire in their home state.
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The year 1819 saw the chartering of both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio. By 1870 the University of Cincinnati was established by the Ohio legislature, and the University went on to assimilate both previous schools. It was not smooth sailing to get to that point, however. Wealthy merchant Charles McMicken, who died in 1858, left in his will a sizable sum of money with which to start a university in Cincinnati. The Civil War postponed any action on the school, as did litigation brought against the city by McMicken’s unhappy heirs who wanted that sizable sum. Thanks in large part to the relentless effort of Cornelius G. W. Comegys, who served as one of the administrators of McMicken’s trust and joined City Council for the sole purpose of moving the school forward, the University of Cincinnati (UC) was born in April 1870. Today, this public research institution is the second largest university in Ohio and educates over 44,000 students in fourteen colleges and schools, with over 350 academic degree programs. UC has regional accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.
Program Details: Offering multiple concentration areas and four dates throughout the year to start, the online MEd degree program at UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services easily lands in our top 50. Whether students choose to pursue concentrations in “Curriculum and Instruction,” “Educational Leadership,” “Gifted, Creative and Talented,” “Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),” “Special Education,” or the general Master of Education track, the program can be completed in under two years and is completely online. UC offers “seven layers of support” to online students–starting with an Enrollment Advisor who steps in at a prospective student’s first point of contact with the program, to the Program Manager who takes over once the application is submitted and stays with the student through graduation. The UC website also offers a glimpse into what it’s like to be an online MEd student by following A Week in the Life of a current student. Tuition is $724 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $739 per credit hour for all others.
#49. Lamar University
South Park Junior College was founded in Beaumont, Texas in 1923 and welcomed 125 students when its doors opened for the first time. Less than a decade later in 1932, the name was changed to honor politician Mirabeau B. Lamar, who served as the second President of the Republic of Texas from 1838-1841 and is considered Texas’ “Father of Education.” By 1951 the school became a state-supported institution and went through another name change to become Lamar State College of Technology. Twenty years later the final name change to Lamar University occurred, and then by 1995 the school became a part of the Texas State University System. Now recognized as a Doctoral Research Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Lamar University sits on almost 300 acres east of Houston and offers more than 100 academic degree programs to its 15,000 plus students. Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: With eight different Master of Education degree programs and three certificate programs, Lamar University offers lots of options to specialize your degree. Most of the degree programs can be completed in 36 credit hours, but some programs require more–such as the MEd in School Counseling with 48 credit hours or the MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with 60 credit hours. The certificate programs are 16-18 required credit hours. With unique degrees like the MEd in Digital Learning and Leading, students can learn cutting-edge technology and applications in around 18 months. With three start dates a year, and classes in such topics as “Disruptive Innovation in Education,” “Leading Organizational Change,” and “Digital Citizenship” this degree prepares students to quickly enhance their own digital skills and successfully transfer their knowledge to their own students. Students of the program can even earn their Certified Digital Educator credential after just two courses. Tuition for all degree and certificate programs is just $275 per credit hour.
The very earliest history of the College of St. Scholastica started in 1852 when three Benedictine nuns from Bavaria came to begin a convent in the United States. Years later, the fourth prioress of a community that formed from the original convent, Mother Scholastica Kerst, headed up ministries for the Sisters in Duluth, Minnesota. In this space alongside the nuns, the College was founded in 1912 with six students and eight departments. Now a private, coeducational school religiously-affiliated with the Catholic Church, the college serves over 4,000 students on several campuses across the state. The main campus in Duluth sits on 186 acres above Lake Superior and still coexists with the Sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery and the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth. The College of St. Scholastica is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Utilizing the cohort model, in which students enter at the same time and progress through the program together, the online MEd degree program at St. Scholastica not only encourages but also requires that some projects be completed collaboratively with classmates. In addition to support offered by colleagues also in the program, online Program Advisors are assigned to guide students from the beginning of the program through graduation, and all on-campus student services are made available to online students. Six concentration options are available for current educators to specialize their advanced degree. Certificates are offered in Educational Technology, Online Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Computer Science Education. The sixth certificate, Professional Studies, allows students to customize by choosing their own selection of electives. All coursework for the 33 credit hour program is delivered entirely online, and can be completed in about two years. Estimated tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $13,000 for the program, or $405 per credit hour.
The Pittsburgh School of Accountancy was established in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1921. Fourteen years later the name was changed to the Robert Morris School of Business after the Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Through the middle of the 20th century, the school changed locations several times, often renting space until a building on Fifth Avenue was purchased in 1959. Within the next few years, the school purchased the estate of wealthy businessman and philanthropist Oliver Kauffman in Moon Township in order to construct a residential campus, and by the end of the 1960s had become a four-year college renamed Robert Morris College. Classes were held at both the downtown building and the Moon Township campus until the building on Fifth Avenue was sold in 2010. The name officially became Robert Morris University in 2002, and now educates over 5,000 students who pursue over 100 different academic degrees within its five schools. Regional accreditation is provided by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: At Robert Morris University, online students get their own personal team to support them through to the end of the program. An Online Student Service Representative is allocated to each online student. These representatives serve not just as support resources but also provide actual guidance in designing class schedules and will personally register students for their classes. In addition, online students receive personal wellness counselors and financial aid counselors, and a 24/7 Help Desk for technology problems. Offering two different Master of Science degrees in Business Education and Instructional Leadership, a Teaching Online Certificate, and an Autism Spectrum Disorders Program, the programs can be completed fairly quickly by taking between twelve and thirty required credit hours. Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $865 per credit hour.
In the spring of 1903, the Kansas Senate passed a bill to establish a school in the town of Pittsburg for the training of teachers. That September, 54 students attended the first classes of the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary. Twenty years later the name was changed to Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg as enrollment, the curriculum, and the number of buildings on campus continued to grow. The word “Teachers” was dropped from the title in 1959 as the school had outgrown the designation as a teacher’s college, and by 1977 the final change was made to Pittsburg State University–or Pitt State as it is affectionately known to its students, faculty, administration and network of alumni. Today, more than 7,000 students study 150 academic degree programs in four colleges on Pitt State’s over 200-acre campus. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools grants Pittsburg State University with its regional accreditation.
Program Details: Pitt State offers multiple online degree programs through its Department of Teaching and Leadership. Options within the program are available for both students who already possess licensure and those who do not. The Master of Science Degree in Teaching program is completely online and is geared towards teachers who are already licensed. There are three different areas from which students can choose their emphasis: Elementary, Secondary and ESOL. The elementary and the secondary concentrations require nine hours of electives and a practicum in the classroom in which they currently teach. The Master of Art Degree in Teaching for Secondary Education is an alternative licensing approach for teacher candidates who need to secure their license to teach in Kansas. Students are required to have an undergraduate degree in the field of teaching, and must either be working full-time as a teacher or be prepared to become a student teacher for one semester. Tuition for in-state students is a set $5,799 for nine or more credit hours, and $8,908 for out-of-state students.
Founded in Joliet, Illinois in 1920 by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the Assisi Junior College was established as a women’s school for members of the congregation. Five years later women who were not members were allowed to be admitted. A decade after its establishment, the school was renamed College of St. Francis and the curriculum was expanded to senior college level academics. Men were admitted for the first time when the school became coeducational in 1971, and 1998 saw the college officially become the University of St. Francis. This Catholic university claims on its website a “reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking” and embodies the Franciscan ideal through the school motto of “Holiness First and Then Learning.” St. Francis offers over 100 academic degree programs to its almost 4,000 students, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools provides its regional accreditation.
Program Details: The Master of Science in Education in Reading degree program at St. Francis is offered both on-campus and online, and it is recommended that students take two courses a semester to complete the program in seven semesters. This 34 credit hour program is for current educators who want to serve as Reading Specialists in their schools. Offering classes in such topics as Literacy and Diverse Learners, Cultural Awareness, and Utilizing Literature in the Classroom, this program is designed to shape educational leaders who can provide exceptional literacy-based programming. The school’s rich Franciscan tradition extends to the College of Education’s three core tenets of Understanding Students, Serving the Community, and Finding Our Professional Selves, and advocates for putting the student first–both the student of the program and the young people who that student will go on to teach after graduation. Tuition for the program is $739 per credit hour, but cohort discounts may apply.
In 1961, an institution of higher education was envisioned for the Fairbanks suburb of Dayton, Ohio to meet the need for increased education in the area. By 1964 a branch of both Miami University and Ohio State University started offering classes in a single building. In just three years that branch school became its own institution named Wright State University in honor of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers from Dayton who were innovators of aviation. With a campus of 730 acres housing eleven colleges and schools and one branch campus in Celina, Ohio, Wright State currently provides more than 230 academic degree programs to almost 18,000 students. An interesting and unique aspect of Wright State is the underground tunnel system that connects almost all of the buildings on-campus. Making the buildings accessible even in the worst weather conditions, and vending machines are located throughout the network. The Higher Learning Commission grants Wright State University with their regional accreditation.
Program Details: Wright State University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a voluntary organization comprised of postsecondary institutions offering distance education. Within the NC-SARA agreement, students from all participating states can enroll in other states’ online programs. All classes for the online MEd in Educational Technology – Instructional Design for Digital Learning program at Wright State are presented through “Pilot,” Wright State’s learning management system. Students can start the program at three different times throughout the year, and they have up to seven years to complete the degree. Tuition is $622 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $1,060 for out-of-state students. If students take as few as eleven or up to eighteen credits hours, tuition is a flat-rate $6,738 for Ohio residents and $11,446 for all others.
The Flagship University of the Mississippi university school system, the University of Mississippi was established in 1844 in Oxford, Mississippi. Four years after it was chartered, eighty young people started classes for the first time as students of “Ole Miss.” This public research university’s mission is to “create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge in a free, open, and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry.” Both a sea-grant institution (one of 33 schools dedicated to scientific research to conserve coastlines and bodies of water in the United States) and a space-grant institution (one of 52 schools forming a consortium to research outer space and aeronautics), Ole Miss is the largest university in the state. Nearly 25,000 students are enrolled in fifteen schools and colleges and four extension campuses. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits the University of Mississippi.
Program Details: Offering two Master of Education degrees and two Master of Arts degrees, the online degree options are plentiful at University of Mississippi. Students can choose between an MEd in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with such course offerings as Diverse Needs in Early Childhood Ed and Literature for Children and Adolescents. The Master of Arts degrees in Teaching or Higher Education and Student Personnel have classes ranging from topics on The Learning Brain to Human Resources in Higher Education. All programs take only about two years to complete, and the degree requirements range from 30 to 36 credit hours to graduate. The student support opportunities available are also plentiful, offering a range of services from academic advising to disability services to career counseling. Tuition is $424.50 per credit hour for Mississippi residents and $1,217.25 for out-of-state students.
South Carolina College was founded in the city of Columbia on December 19, 1801. In 1805 the first classes were taught by two faculty members for nine students. The school flourished for more than 50 years, but the devastation of the Civil War greatly impacted the institution and forced it to close for a time. Upon reopening, the school became the University of South Carolina (USC) and progressively admitted African-American students in 1873–and was the only school in the South to do so during that time period. Unfortunately the school was closed and then reopened as an all-white institution in 1880 (it would not be until 1963 that African-Americans could again enroll). Beginning to thrive once again after World War II, the University today has fourteen schools and colleges, and offers the almost 50,000 students currently enrolled more than 350 academic degree programs from which to choose. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides USC with regional accreditation.
Program Details: The two year, 36 credit hour online Master of Education in Teaching degree program has the same research-savvy faculty as the on-campus program. This benefits students by taking a more analytical approach to teaching in the classroom than they may have studied as an undergraduate. Core coursework covers the first half of the program, and class work covers topics such as “Ideas and Issues in Teaching,” “Developing as a Professional Educator,” and “Action Research in Teaching.” The remainder of the coursework is determined by the student and their USC provided academic advisor together based on the coursework offered and the student’s interests and goals. Although traditionally finished within the two-year average time-frame, the University allows students to take up to six years to complete the degree if needed. Tuition for South Carolina residents is $480.00 per credit hour. Non-resident tuition is $535.25 per credit hour.
Territorial Normal School was founded in 1855 in Tempe, Arizona by the passage of an act during the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislative Assembly. The intent was to create a normal school (a school for the education of teachers) for the Arizona Territory. Thanks to a donation of twenty acres by a local family, thirty-three students were able to begin classes in 1886. Through the years the school’s focus and curriculum changed many times, along with its name. In 1958, Arizona State University (ASU) became the final, definitive name. The institution today covers a large swath of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, and all six extensions of the campus are seen as part of the larger ASU community as opposed to separate institutions. More than 80,000 students are currently enrolled in 350 academic degree programs in ASU’s sixteen colleges and schools, and regional accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU offers multiple online degrees in education and can meet many current educators’ advanced degree needs. With four emphasis areas for the MEd degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, teachers have many options for tailoring their degree to train in their desired specialization. Students can choose to concentrate in Gifted Education, Early Childhood Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or Applied Behavior Analysis (there are also degree programs in Educational Leadership and Educational Technology for educators who want to specialize in fields that will take them outside of the traditional classroom). All four MEd programs require ten classes for a total of 30 credit hours to graduate, but the Early Childhood Education track offers an additional Certification option that requires fifteen extra credits and students should be prepared to complete a practicum on-campus. Tuition is $565 per credit hour.
Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Stony Brook University was instituted in 1957 on Oyster Bay, Long Island. First named State University College on Long Island and intended as a college to educate secondary school math and science teachers, a move in 1962 to over 400 acres donated in Stony Brook prompted the name change to the State University of New York at Stony Brook (known as Stony Brook University–or SBU for short). Almost 800 students got to enjoy the new campus that year (thanks to the generous land and monetary donation by altruistic businessman Ward Melville), and only seven years later enrollment grew to more than 8,000 students. Campus has grown to now cover over 1,000 acres with thirteen schools and colleges, and current enrollment is at over 25,000 students. This public research university is both a sea-grant and a space-grant institution, and it is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: The online Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at SBU’s School of Professional Development provides students with completely asynchronous learning opportunities, meaning students can complete all coursework at times most convenient to them and never have to come to campus. But this freedom and flexibility does not mean that online students are left on their own with no support–on the contrary, there are many ways that online students can connect with and be supported by the university. One way support is provided is through the new Higher Education Administration Career Development Series, in which SBU helps students gain valuable resources and skills for finding the right job post-graduation with a series of seminars lead on-campus and provided fully online. The degree requires 36 credit hours to graduate, and students have up to five years to complete the degree. Tuition was $453.00 for the spring semester for NY residents and $925.00 for out-of-state students.
#39. The Global Campus at University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions–Fayetteville
The University of Arkansas began in 1871 as the state legislature’s proposed Arkansas Industrial University. Envisioned as a land-grant university (the United States’ Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 enabled states to receive federal lands that were then to be sold and the profits were to be used to found universities), the school’s location was up to a bid, and only two towns made bids that the Board of Trustees found favorable. The town of Fayetteville won with its offer of additional funding and 400 acres. Starting with only eight students in 1872, University of Arkansas’ motto is “Students First,” which can be evidenced by the name change from Arkansas Industrial University to University of Arkansas in 1899, which was brought about by the students enrolled at that time. Now, over 27,000 students are enrolled in more than 225 academic degree programs at University of Arkansas. The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Offering six varied and uniquely specialized degrees, the online MEd degree programs at University of Arkansas gives current educators the chance to find their passion. Concentrations are available in Adult and Lifelong Learning, Educational Leadership, Special Education, Physical Education, Human Resource and Workforce Development Education, and Educational Technology. All six degrees are completely online and can be completed in approximately two years, but some require an internship or practicum as part of the coursework. The programs do not differ in content from the on-campus offerings, and if prospective students are unsure of how being an online student could benefit them, they can read the testimonials from many different current and former students. The program requirements vary, but they range between 33 credit hours to 36 and all allow start dates three times a year in the fall, spring and summer. Tuition is $409.94 per credit hour for all six programs.
The 1859 founding of the Medical College of Alabama in Mobile was the birth of what would become the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Starting classes in a rented building, the school’s first students–all fifteen of them–graduated a year later after their one-year term (it was not until 1893 that the curriculum expanded to require three years of coursework to graduate). Two moves for the Medical College, first to Tuscaloosa in 1920 and then to Birmingham, and a merge with the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa’s Birmingham Extension Center created the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1966. The Birmingham Extension Center first opened in 1936 with 116 students. Despite the turbulence during the Civil Rights movement, African Americans were students at both institutions. In 1984 the name was changed slightly from the University of Alabama “in” Birmingham to “at” Birmingham. Almost 20,000 students now attend UAB, which is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Six online degree programs and nine concentrations are offered through UAB’s School of Education. Some are more traditionally associated with education–such as the Early Childhood and Elementary degree program, Special Education, or Reading Education. Programs in education that may seem less traditional include Kinesiology, Instructional Design and Development, and Community Health and Human Services. UAB makes becoming a teacher a reality for those who earned an undergraduate degree in a different field through the Alternative Master’s Program (AMP). The AMP programs are crafted especially for students who want to enter into education as a career change. For instance, the traditional Early Childhood and Elementary program requires 31-34 credit hours to graduate, but the alternative path requires 49-58 credits in order to cover the foundations of educational instruction. Tuition is $626 for the first hour of coursework for Alabama residents ($1,167 for non-residents) and $396 for each additional credit hour ($935 for non-residents).
In 1892 Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute welcomed thirty-one students to classes on the second floor of an office building on the corner of Main Street in the town of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Desiring state teachers with a more formal education, the founders of the school saw teachers-to-be (most of whom had only an eighth grade education) come for weeks or months to gain the training in teaching, business and stenography that they needed to be successful educators throughout the state. Becoming Central Michigan Normal School when the State Board of Education took over in 1895, school growth continued to climb. Going through multiple name changes as student enrollment and the curriculum expanded, Central Michigan University (CMU) was picked as the final name in 1959 when 4,500 called it their school. Now over 26,000 students are enrolled on-campus and across the globe through distance learning or study abroad programs. The Higher Learning Commission provides CMU with its regional accreditation.
Program Details: CMU’s Global Campus offers five different Master of Arts in Education degree programs. A general MA in Education track is offered alongside Educational Leadership or Technology degrees, as well as Special Education or Reading and Literacy K-12 degrees. The MA in Education offers two additional concentrations–Curriculum and Instruction or Training and Development–and there are even further emphasis areas from which students can choose. In addition to the student’s ability to tailor their degree to their academic goals, CMU’s Global Campus prides itself on the level of support it offers to the online student. Offering a Math Assistance Center, a Writing Center, and an Online Learning Resource Center (among other services), the Global Campus makes sure that online students feel just as supported as if they were on campus. Completely online and about 33 credit hours (depending on which program is chosen), tuition is $548 per credit hour.
The Georgia Institute of Technology’s “Evening School of Commerce” was founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the beginning of Georgia State University, but it remained an extension of Georgia Tech until 1947 when it became the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia. By 1955 the school had become autonomous, and by 1969 it was known as Georgia State University. This public research university spreads over 500 acres of urban downtown Atlanta, and today it educates almost 50,000 students since merging with Georgia Perimeter College (an associate degree institution) in 2016. Eight colleges and schools offer more than 250 academic degree programs. A key feature of Georgia State University is its Confucius Institute, which promotes Chinese cultural experiences and language instruction for students of the University and businessmen and women in the Atlanta area. Georgia State is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Three Master of Education programs, two non-degree endorsements (ESOL and Reading), plus two other degree programs–a Master of Arts in Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages and a Master of Science in Educational Research–are offered by Georgia State in a method that they call “Georgia ONmyLINE.” The three MEd programs are separated into Science Education, Mathematics Education, and Reading, Language and Literacy Education, and there is a link to an “Online Education Assessment Readiness” tool called SmarterMeasure, which helps prospective students determine the best fit in an online degree program for their strengths and needs. Three start dates a year allow online students to start when they are ready, and the programs are the same as students would find on-campus with the same faculty providing instruction. Thirty-six credit hours are required to graduate, and tuition is $385 per credit hour regardless of where the student resides.
The San Diego College for Women was established by Reverend Charles Buddy, bishop of the Diocese of San Diego and Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill, Superior Vicaress of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1949. The Society provided a $4 million endowment, and in 1952 classes began. In 1954 the San Diego College for Men and the School of Law also began, and by 1972 the two schools merged to become the University of San Diego (USD). This private, Catholic university sits on 180 acres of beautiful land known as Alcalá Park, which was important to Mother Hill for the location of the College. She thought that there “are three things that are significant in education: beauty, truth and goodness. But the only one that attracts people on sight is beauty.” Six schools and colleges offers the 8,500 students at USD more than 60 academic degree programs. USD is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: The online Master of Education degree at USD is a 30 credit hour, completely online program that can be started in the fall, spring or summer and completed in twenty months. Teaching credentials are not required for admissions, but students will need to be able to apply what they are learning in an active classroom setting. The program consists of five foundational core courses in Social Justice and Educational Equity, Cognition and Learning, Educational Research Methodology, Qualitative Methods in Educational Research, and the final Capstone Seminar research project. Beyond those classes, students can choose between the five specializations: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Inclusive Learning, School Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Literacy and Digital Learning. Student support is also provided in the form of Enrollment and Program Advisors, Career Services, Library and Technical Support to help students navigate the asynchronous coursework. Tuition is listed as $710 per credit hour.
Due to the diligence of local educator Dr. Charles Duncan McIver, the State Normal and Industrial School was established in Greensboro, NC in 1891 for the education of women. A ten acre plot of donated land served as the location for the first classes in 1892 when nearly 200 students enrolled. Many name changes occurred through the years, from “State Normal and Industrial College” to “North Carolina College for Women” to “Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina.” The final name–University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)–came into being when the school transitioned to being coeducational between 1962 and 1964. In 1971 all of the North Carolina state-supported universities became consolidated into one University of North Carolina, but each of the sixteen schools still remains under its own Board of Trustees and Chancellor. Today, UNCG is the largest public research university in the Triad region of the state with almost 20,000 students, over 225 academic degree programs, and nine schools and colleges. Regional accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: UNCG Online offers two Master of Education degree programs. The Master of Education in Birth–Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development degree is 37 credit hours and delivered completely online in a synchronous format (all online class times are set, and students log in at that time to participate). There are two emphases from which students can choose: Program Administration or Advanced Licensure. The Master of Education in Teacher Education: Elementary Mathematics Education degree is also completely online, and both programs can be completed in about two years. With the same experienced faculty teaching the online classes and student services such UNCG’s Career Services Center providing support to online students, the education and resources are just as high-quality as the ones that on-campus UNCG students receive. Tuition is broken down into three categories: in-state, out-of-state, and outside NC. The 2017-2018 in-state tuition is $278.58 per credit hour. Most non-resident students fall into the “Outside NC” designation, with tuition as $534.41 per credit hour.
In 1867 the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Community), at the behest of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, the Most Reverend John Loughlin, purchased three old farms in north-central Brooklyn to become St. John’s College. Three years later, 47 students and six faculty members started the first classes. After the addition of new schools (such as the School of Pedagogy in 1908, School of Law in 1925, and School of Pharmacy in 1929), the school officially became renamed St. John’s University, Brooklyn in 1933. Because of its growth, the Vincentian Community purchased property in Queens, and the school relocated in 1955. Taking almost two decades to completely move, various schools of the University remained in Brooklyn until 1972. Other campuses have opened through the years in Staten Island, Manhattan, Rome and Paris. Currently, over 20,000 students are enrolled at this private, Roman Catholic, research university. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education regionally accredits St. John’s University.
Program Details: The same faculty, coursework, student services and degree as on-campus students are promised to online students of the Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education ( Grades 1-6), Master of Science in Education degree program at St. John’s University. This 33 credit hour program is delivered through Blackboard–lectures, exams, virtual discussion all happen on this electronic coursework delivery system. Students take 27 core general education courses in topics such as “Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports” and “Curriculum Adaptation and Modification Planning for Exceptional Students” and choose two electives to finish the coursework portion of the program. A 150 hour practicum in childhood special education is required in the final semester to culminate the degree. For inspiration and motivation, prospective students of St. John’s online MS in Education degree can read through the “success stories” of current and past students of the program. Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,200 per credit.
After a fire destroyed Pearl River Boarding School of Poplarville, Mississippi, in 1905, the school’s founder, W. I. Thames, desired to open South Mississippi College as a replacement. Unable to secure funds in Poplarville, Thames made the move to Hattiesburg and opened the College in 1906. Another fire forced this school as well, but the land was purchased and given as a donation to the Mississippi Baptist Convention to start a school for women, and Mississippi Woman’s College was opened in 1911. In 1953 the Baptist Convention determined the school should be coeducational, and the following year it was renamed William Carey College in honor of the eighteenth century missionary. Continued growth prompted the purchase of the Gulf Coast Military Academy campus in Gulfport in 1976, and the private, liberal arts school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention has now gained University status. William Carey University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Programs Details: Three completely online Master of Education degree programs are available through William Carey’s School of education. The MEd degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Mild and Moderate Disabilities K-12 all require 30 credit hours to graduate, the programs may be completed in as little as fifteen months. The online management system used by William Carey is Canvas. Although all three programs are provided in an asynchronous format, the MEd of Elementary Education and the MEd of Secondary Education programs can be delivered through the cohort model, with a group of students moving through the program all together (particularly attractive for teachers at the same school who wish to work on their degrees together). These two programs also allow students to begin classes in the fall, spring or summer terms. Tuition is listed as $350 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Austin Hall, a building of Austin College in Huntsville, Texas, was dedicated in 1851 with legendary Texas icon Sam Houston in attendance. Austin College moved, but the building remained. Used for a time as a school for boys, Huntsville locals purchased Austin Hall in 1879 to house a school for teachers (as consolation for not being chosen as the Capital of the state). The Sam Houston Normal Institute opened on October 10, 1879. By 1919 the school expanded to a four-year institution, and four years later the name was changed to Sam Houston State Teachers College. Over the years enrollment continued to grow–by 1964 over 5,000 students were in attendance. A year later the name was again changed to Sam Houston State College, but by 1969 it became a University. Currently, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) offers almost 150 academic degree programs in seven colleges to its over 17,000 students and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Six Master of Education degree programs are available through SHSU Online, as well as three Master of Arts degree programs in teaching or other education/instructional subjects. The MEd degree programs are for current educators who want to advance or focus on a specific specialty area (such as Curriculum and Instruction or Reading/Language Arts), whereas the MA degree programs help students either achieve teacher certification or go on to higher level administrative careers within schools and institutions of higher learning. There are many academic and technical support services for online students within the program, and a dedicated Academic Advisor duo to help online students navigate their coursework and goals. Tuition for the 2017 fall semester is $425.11 per credit hour for Texas residents and $478.25 for non-residents. Both in-state and out-of-state students must also pay an additional $101 distance learning fee per credit hour.
New York Technical Institute, as New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) was originally known, was licensed in 1910. Forty-five years later, nine students began their classes in New York City. The mission that shaped the school in 1955 and continues today is to “provide career-oriented professional education, give all qualified students access to opportunity, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world.” At a time when higher education debates in the United States raged about whether or not the study of humanities was overpowering the study of science, engineering and technical endeavors, and conversely, whether the study of science, etc. was taking precedence over the humanities, NYIT was designed to blend an complementary education strong in science and the humanities. Today, more than 10,000 students study in 90 academic degree programs on the Manhattan campus and at other campuses in America and around the globe. NYIT is a private, nonsectarian institution regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: With several different online degree options plus multiple ways to customize, NYIT’s “Teacher Education” program can appeal to many. For those who want to become teachers or make a career change, NYIT offers a 45 credit degree program that trains and prepares students to become certified in elementary education (“initial certification”). Students take part in teaching within a school while being fully supervised, but for those who are current teachers NYIT offers a 36 credit hour program that does not require student teaching (“professional certification”). With both programs there are required workshops to attend, such as “Child Abduction and Abuse” and “Fire Safety.” In addition to this Master of Science in Childhood Education degree, there are also online MS degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Adolescent Education. Admissions is rolling, and tuition is $1,250 per credit hour regardless of residency.
The Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute first began in Denton, Texas with 70 male and female students. Holding classes above a hardware store for the first time in September 1890, the school didn’t actually receive a state charter until June of the following year. The school was started by Joshua C. Chilton as an institution of training for teachers and businessmen in the small town of Denton, which would eventually become a northern suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Going through many name changes, such as North Texas State College in 1949 and North Texas State University in 1961, it was renamed definitively in 1988 University of North Texas (UNT). Today UNT now has twelve colleges and schools and over 220 academic degree programs for its 37,000 students. Regional accreditation for the University of North Texas is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Five Master of Education degrees and two Master of Science degrees are available online through UNT’s College of Education. In addition to an accelerated MEd in Educational Leadership, an MEd degree in Special Education offered with concentrations available in Autism Intervention or Educational Diagnostician, and the MS degree in Educational Psychology with concentrations in either Research and Evaluation or Gifted and Talented, the two most general education tracks are the MEd in Teaching or the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is 30 credit hours–twelve core course hours, six electives, and six hours of a specialization (choices are Bilingual Education, ESL Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, or Educational Leadership). The MEd in Teaching is 36 credit hours long. In addition to the twelve core course hours and 12 hours of specialization, students must complete six hours of education foundational coursework and six hours of an internship or practicum. Tuition is $1,424.45 for a three credit-hour course.
Established in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School to train elementary school teachers, San Diego State University is the oldest institution of higher education in San Diego. Initially meeting over a drugstore for classes, the school’s first seven faculty members and 91 students eventually moved to a seventeen acre campus. Two decades later in 1921, the school expanded to become a four-year program and was renamed San Diego State Teachers College. Outgrowing both its location and its curriculum, the school moved to a new campus in 1931 and by 1935 had become San Diego State College. By the early 1970s enrollment surpassed 25,000 and the College finally became San Diego State University (SDSU). Now known as a major public research university, SDSU offers just under 300 academic degree programs in seven colleges to more than 35,000 thousand students. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges provides SDSU with its regional accreditation.
Program Details: The online Master of Arts degree in Education at SDSU is an incredibly focused and specific degree. With a concentration in Educational Leadership and a specialization in preK-12, this online MA is for educators who have a calling to leadership within their school or county. This fifteen-month cohort program has both virtual meetings and asynchronous classes. Offering coursework in topics such as Organizational and Systems Leadership, Methods of Inquiry, and School and Community Relations, students who have completed the program found it to be a complete “balance of technology, pedagogy, and leadership.” The program, although steeped in technology, requires a thoughtful approach to teaching–evidenced by the Philosophy Statement Video that is one of the requirements for admission. Prospective students need to be able to articulate why they seek a Masters of Arts degree, and why they seek it at SDSU. Tuition is listed on the website as approximately $17,940 for the entire program.
The University of South Florida (USF), a major metropolitan research university in Tampa, Florida, has the distinction of being the first independent state university completely envisioned and constructed in the 20th century. In 1955 Governor LeRoy Collins approved a House Bill for the creation of a state university in Hillsborough County. Building began and the name University of South Florida was chosen in 1957, but classes wouldn’t start for another three years. In 1963 the first class graduated with 326 degrees being granted. The Mission of USF is “to deliver competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment.” USF in Tampa is considered the main USF campus, but is part of a larger USF collective along with USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee, and over 42,000 students study within the USF system. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides regional accreditation for USF.
Program Details: Through the College of Education, USF offers a varied and comprehensive online program. With seven online Master of Arts degrees and two online Master of Education degrees, current educators have a wide selection of career-advancing opportunities. The MEd programs offer degrees in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in TESOL or Instructional Technology, both requiring 33 credit hours to graduate. Students who opt for the MA programs can choose from degrees in Adult Education, Special Education, Gifted Education, Physical Education, Career and Technical Education, Reading K-12, or Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities. Some programs, like the Autism/Disabilities, follow a cohort model completely online and start the core coursework in the spring. Other programs, like the Career/Technical program, are made up of twelve online courses delivered over two years with an additional three on-campus session requirements. Tuition and fees per credit hour are $431.43 for Florida residents and $877.17 for non-residents.
The flagship, doctoral-extensive, coeducational public university in the Indiana University system first began as State Seminary in Bloomington, Indiana when an Indiana State Legislative act was passed in 1820. Ten men started their education four years later, but another Legislative act changed the name to Indiana College in 1828. As the school grew in size and academic offerings, the name changed again in 1838 to Indiana University (IU). Another Legislative act declared Indiana University Bloomington as the “The University of the State” in 1852, and today there are multiple campuses—seven to be exact– across the state and beyond. The mission of the school is “to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge.” IU Bloomington has grown from its first ten students to a student enrollment of almost 50,000 currently, with 550 academic degree programs available at sixteen schools and colleges. Regional accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Online Learning at IU Bloomington’s School of Education offers five degrees for current educators to advance in their careers or move into a more specialized field. Offering four Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees and one MS (plus multiple certificates), these degrees promise to help students “build credentials,” become “leadership specialists,” and “gain practical experience.” Some programs are entirely online, such as the MSEd in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. This degree requires 36 credit hours, but with additional coursework students can also earn additional credentials such as the Certificate in Children and Young Adult Literature or an Indiana State Teaching license in K-6 World Languages. Other programs, such as the MSEd in Special Education, require a field placement but also provide an ongoing mentor to help guide and instruct the student in his or her placement for additional support. Tuition and fees were listed as $489.85 per credit hour for Indiana residents in the 2016-17 academic year and $574.02 for non-residents.
The University at Buffalo is a flagship university and the biggest and most extensive institution among the 64 campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It was founded in 1846 as a private medical school to train doctors by future U.S. president Milliard Fillmore for the towns of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and other surrounding areas. Eighty-nine men began classes in obstetrics in 1847, but due to growth and the inclusion of a law school, by 1909 an undergraduate college addition was sought to make the program more comprehensive. Almost 60 years later in 1962, the SUNY system purchased the private college and it was renamed State University of New York at Buffalo. With a 1,077 acre campus in Amherst and both a South Campus of 153 acres and a Downtown campus in Buffalo, UB is a research-intensive public university that has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1989. UB is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: Eight Master of Education degree programs and three Master of Science degrees are available through UB’s Graduate School of Education Online. Current educators can choose a Master of Education degree in Music Education, Math Education, English Education, Education and Technology, Literacy Education Studies or Science and the Public. The programs are rich with possibilities for advancement in interesting fields. For instance, the Education and Technology degree is for those who already teach but want to enhance their technological savvy or for those how want to go on to do things like write curriculum or become online instructors. The Science and the Public degree enables educators and others to competently engage in the scientific debate in such organizations as museums, zoos, schools and government offices. Most of the degrees are offered fully-online and require around 30 credit hours that can be completed part-time in two years. Tuition per credit hour for the 2016 school year was $453 for residents and $925 for out-of-state students, plus fees.
Clemson Agricultural College was established in Clemson, South Carolina in 1889 through the bequeathment of Thomas Green Clemson’s estate and as a land-grant institution through the Morrill Act of 1862. Originally a military school, 446 white male students started classes in 1893. When the Depression hit, fourteen women were allowed to enroll as day students in 1932 in order to increase revenue for the school, and the school ended its military school identity and became a civilian institution in 1946. It would take almost a decade for women to be admitted as full-time students, as the school went coeducational in 1955. It was finally desegregated in 1963, and a year later the name was changed to Clemson University. This public research institution encompasses 1,400 acres of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and boasts over 22,000 students, seven colleges, and almost 200 academic degree programs. Clemson is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Completely online and taking only eighteen months to complete, Clemson Online’s Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a program to prepare current K-12 educators to quickly advance in their field. The program only begins in the summer–it requires 30 credit hours to graduate and courses are delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. Coursework is comprised of eighteen hours of core pedagogical classes but students have the option to customize their degrees with twelve credit hours of specialization credits in STEAM, Early Childhood, or Instructional Coaching. In addition to a strong program, the online student services provided by Clemson Online are extensive and supportive of many aspects of online learning. From an Academic Success Center with services like coaching, advising and success workshops to Career Services and an IT Support Center, Clemson Online offers many opportunities for online students to thrive. Tuition is $428 per credit hour.
Private liberal arts East Alabama Male College in Auburn, Alabama was first chartered in 1856 and admitted students in 1859. Originally affiliated with the Methodist Church, the Civil War closed the school for five years in 1861 and caused such financial devastation that the school had to be legally transferred to the State of Alabama in 1872. Taking advantage of the Morrill Act of 1862, the newly named Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama became the first land-grant institution in the South. With the admission of women and another name change through the years the school became Auburn University (AU) in 1960. Today, AU holds the distinction of being a land, sea and space grant institution. Campus is just over 1,840 acres and has twelve schools and colleges for the almost 30,000 students studying over 140 academic degree programs. Auburn is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: No less than thirteen different degree programs are offered through Auburn University’s College of Education online learning–and that doesn’t even take into consideration the specific master’s degrees a student can choose. Students can opt to obtain an MEd, MS or EdS (Education Specialist) degree or choose to gain a certificate in the fields of Agriscience Education, Foreign Language Education, or Reading Education, just to name a few. Within the Elementary Education degree program, the MEd degree is for current educators already in possession of a teacher certification and is a mixture of fieldwork and courses, whereas the MS degree does not culminate in gaining certification and is made up of elementary education coursework, electives and a capstone. Both programs are 30 credit hours, taught by the same faculty as on-campus, and can be started in the fall, spring or summer. Tuition is the same for both resident and out-of-state online students at $504 per credit hour plus fees.
In 1865 the Indiana General Assembly decided to take advantage of the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862, and four years later chose West Lafayette as the home of the future institution. Wealthy business magnate John Purdue donated $150,000 with the request that the school bear his name, and Purdue University was born. The County and local residents also donated $50,000 and 100 acres for the school. By 1874 the first structures were built, and six faculty members began teaching the school’s first class of 39 students. Integrity is a guiding factor in the life of Purdue–so much so that they have a formal Integrity Statement because of their shared “responsibilities and obligations toward the advancement of learning, discovery, and engagement in the University and in Indiana” which extend across the globe. With ten colleges and schools offering over 200 academic degree programs to over 40,000 students, this public research university is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Program Details: The 100% online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (MSEd in LDT) program at Purdue University boasts a curriculum with the “latest research in learning theory, educational technology and instructional design principles.” The online MSEd is taught by the same experienced and renowned faculty members as the on-campus program, and online students are taught with both asynchronous and synchronous delivery methods. The program is 33 credit hours, with 27 credit hours of required courses and six of electives. Required courses cover topics such as Human Performance Technology and Introduction to E-Learning, while electives vary from Computer and Video Game Design for Education to Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning. In addition, students can choose to earn “Digital Badges” as a way of visibly showing their technological proficiency. Tuition per credit hour ranges from $329.05 for in-state students to $650 for out-of-state residents, with the total program costing $11,479.05 for Indiana residents and $22,070.40 for all others.
Baptist Ministers Luther Rice, Obadiah B. Brown, Spencer H. Cone, and Enoch Reynolds determined to charter a university in the District of Columbia in 1819. They secured funding and petitioned Congress and by 1821 Columbian College was founded. Through the Act of Congress that instituted the College, freedom of religion and the rejection of discrimination based on one’s religion was a guideline in the design of the school. Classes began in 1822 on forty-six acre “College Hill,” the school’s first site, with three professors, one tutor and a handful of male students. School growth and another Act of Congress changed the name to The George Washington University (GW) in 1904. Currently, this private research university has more than 25,000 students enrolled in fourteen schools and colleges on three campuses. GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Program Details: The George Washington University’s online program offers six Master of Arts degrees and eleven graduate certificates. With certificates in areas such as Brain Injury: Educational and Transition Services, E-Learning, and Job Development and Placement, current educators can quickly pick up a customization that can help them advance in a specific branch of the education field. The MA degree programs include such degrees as the MA in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services or the MA in Educational Technology Leadership. The MA of Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners in particular is a strong, unique program (one of only eight like it in the U.S.). Taught by professors who are also practitioners, students get the benefit of research and theory in addition to applicable, practical methods to help the schools they serve. This 33 credit hour program can be completed in less than two years, and tuition is listed as $850 per credit hour for all students for the 2017-18 academic year.
When Father Leo Meyer, S.M. was sent by the Bishop of Cincinnati to the Emmanuel parish in Dayton, Ohio in 1850, the city was engulfed in a cholera epidemic. Father Meyer ministered to local John Stuart, whose infant daughter had died a year earlier of cholera. Heartbroken, Stuart and his wife desired to sell their farm and move away. In exchange for a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000, Father Meyer and three Society of Mary (Marianist) brothers purchased the 125-acre farm. Comprised of orchards and farm buildings, and a mansion on top of a hill, St. Mary’s School for Boys opened for fourteen students on July 1, 1850. Going through multiple name changes throughout the year, this private, national research institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church became the University of Dayton in 1920. Now, four schools and colleges offer more than 130 academic degree programs to almost 10,000 students. The Higher Learning Commission provides regional accreditation.
Program Details: University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences has many online opportunities for students already in the field of education or those wanting to join it. There are twelve options for Teacher Education: six non-licensure master’s degrees, five endorsements and certificates, and one graduate licensure program. All of the degrees are Master of Science in Education degrees. MSEd degrees are available in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy, Literacy, Interdisciplinary Education Studies, Teacher as Leader, Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, and Technology Enhanced Learning. In addition, there is an MSEd degree in Educational Leadership with three concentrations: general track, Catholic School Leadership, and Leadership in Educational Systems. All programs are supported by a dedicated online student resource page where students can access what they need to be successful. Rolling admissions makes for program flexibility on the student’s time. Tuition is $620 per credit hour.
Founded approximately two months after Iowa officially became a state, the University of Iowa in Iowa City was established in 1847. Almost a decade later in 1855 classes began for the 124 students–forty-one women and eighty-three men. One point of pride for the University is being coeducational from the beginning of the school. This accomplishment makes Iowa the first American university to admit men and women without distinction, and also the nation’s first coeducational medical school since admitting eight women to the University’s Medical Department in 1870. Covering almost 1,700 acres, this public research leads the way in many aspects, having a commanding list of “university firsts.” It is the oldest university in the state of Iowa, and is the flagship university with eleven colleges and more than 200 academic degree programs for over 33,000 students. The University of Iowa is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency at Iowa is offered completely online for students who already possess a teaching license. Students can submit applications four times a year and start the sessions five different times a year (in correlation with the traditional K-12 school calendar), and the program can be finished in about eighteen months. The program requires 33 total credit hours to graduate–twenty-four core credit hours and nine hours of specialization electives. All students must start with the foundational initial course, Schooling in the U.S., and then can choose whichever classes are of interest and fit their schedule. Specializations are available in topics such as STEM, Diversity in Schools, LGBTQ Issues, Critical Youth Studies, Teaching Online, and Creativity. Online student services include advising, financial aid, and IT support. Although this program does not lead to licensure, it can be used to achieve continuing education credits for current educators. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $522 per credit hour, plus fees.
In 1786 a meeting between eleven men (with clergyman Manasseh Cutler and colonial militia officer Rufus Putnam at the helm) led to the congressional Northwest Ordinance of 1787. This is turn provided for the creation of an institution of education in the area known as “Ohio Country.” Six years later Ohio became a state, and the following year the Ohio General Assembly established The Ohio University in Athens. Classes began in 1808 with one building, one faculty member, and three male students. Twenty years later the first African-American student, John Newton Templeton, graduated. Forty years after Templeton graduate, Margaret Boyd enrolled, not because of an act of congress or court order, but because the faculty of Ohio University determined women could make as much of a contribution towards academia as men could. Now almost 37,000 students study at the eleven colleges of Ohio University, and regional accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Two Master of Education degree programs are offered online at Ohio University–the online-only Advanced MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and the MEd in Reading Education. The Curriculum and Instruction degree is classified as “advanced” because it is designed for practicing teachers who are already licensed or certified. This program can be completed in a year if started in the summer, and it is expected that the schoolroom in which the student currently teaches will serve as a “clinical laboratory.” Coursework includes topics such as Teaching for Social Justice and Universal Design for Learning. The Reading Master’s degree is 35 credit hours and can be completed in just three semesters. Also considered an “advanced” degree, teachers will be able to apply to have the reading endorsement added to their teacher license. Coursework is made up of core courses such as Teacher as Action Researcher and Advanced Studies of Children and Adolescents, and reading coursework with topics in Children’s Literature and Foundations of Language. Tuition per credit hour is $583 for Ohio residents and $1,079 for all others.
The final State Normal School in Massachusetts was established in Lowell by an Act of Legislature in 1894. Training teachers for the area, the first classes for women began in 1897 while the school building was still unfinished (originally named Lowell Normal School, the school changed names to Lowell State College in 1960). Around the same time in 1895, the Lowell Textile School was opened to prepare technicians and managers to work in the textile industry. Both schools expanded in size and curricular offerings through the years, and in 1975 they merged to form the University of Lowell. In 1991 the University joined the University of Massachusetts system and officially became University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell). Almost 200 academic degree programs are now available at UMass Lowell to the over 17,000 students enrolled in its six colleges. UMass Lowell is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: Three Master of Education degrees and two concentrations make up UMass Lowell’s online programs. MEd degrees are available in Education Administration, Reading and Language, and Curriculum and Instruction. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction also offers two specialization options: Science Education and Autism Studies. All programs require 30 credit hours to graduate and are offered completely online. Courses are taught by full-time, expert faculty members as well as adjunct professors who are practicing educators in the subjects they teach, so students get both cutting-edge and real-world experience. In addition to convenience and high-quality coursework, UMass Lowell makes sure students have the support they need through tech support round-the-clock as well as a Student Support Center, program coordinators, and academic advisors. And for prospective students who aren’t sure–UMass Lowell offers a “test drive” online course sample. Tuition for the summer 2017 session is $470.00 per credit hour.
Founded in 1855 in East Lansing, Michigan, the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan was the first land-grant school and the template for all following land-grant institutions after President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. Three buildings housed the first classes in 1857, and five professors taught the 63 male students. Women were admitted as students for the first time in 1870, but because there were no female residence halls many commuted from Lansing via stagecoach or boarded with local families or faculty members. The first African-American student was admitted almost 30 years after that in 1899. Five name changes occurred before the final name–Michigan State University (MSU)–took place in 1964. Also a sea-grant institution, MSU is a public research school educating over 50,000 students in more than 200 academic degree programs in seventeen colleges. The Higher Learning Commission provides MSU with its regional accreditation.
Program Details: MSU’s College of Education offers eight online master degree programs, and specifically five Master of Arts degrees. With MA degrees in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching and Curriculum, Special Education-Learning Disabilities, and Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders, current educators can find a good fit to advance in their field of choice. In addition, there are further concentrations available within the degrees. The MA in Education degree offers six additional concentrations: Special Education, Sport Coaching and Leadership, Technology and Learning, P-12 School and Postsecondary Leadership, Literacy Education, and Science and Mathematics Education. Academic advisors are assigned to students as soon as they are admitted, so there is support from day-one of the student’s MSU experience. The programs take on average about two and a half years, and students have up to five years to complete the coursework and graduate. Tuition per credit hour is $798.00 for all students regardless of residency.
Graceland College was founded in Lamoni, Iowa in 1895 by the Community of Christ Church (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). All of the land for the college was donated by church members–the name was picked by the surveyor of the land for the school, Col. George Barrett, who chose the name due to the graceful hilltop slope on which the school was to be situated. Classes began in 1895 in a building in town before the school was completed, and eighteen coeducational students were the first class. In 1910 a nursing program was added to the curriculum through a collaborative program with a hospital in Independence, Missouri, and by 1968 a bachelor’s program was added to make the Missouri campus officially part of the school. In 2000 the name was changed to Graceland University, and this private, liberal arts institution is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Graceland University’s program offers five Master of Education degree possibilities. Completely online, the MEd degrees are available in Differentiated Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Management in a Quality Classroom, Special Education, and Instructional Leadership (for those who are not teachers). All programs are 30 credit hours long and are delivered over two years in the cohort, lock-step format with multiple start dates a year. Being “practiced-based,” there is the expectation that students will be applying what they learn in their own classrooms throughout the program. The MEd in Management in a Quality Classroom in particular prepares current educators to excel in the classroom by imparting practical, strategic management tools. The coursework covers topics such as Enhancing Instruction, Gaining Parental Support, and Differentiated Instructional Strategies. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $485 per credit hour plus fees and regardless of residency. There are group discount rates of 5-10% towards tuition reduction for groups of students entering the program together.
In 1844, the New York State Normal School began in Albany, NY as an institution to provide a two-year education to train teachers for the area. For 46 years the school remained the same, but by 1890 the changing needs of the New York School system required the school to update its curriculum and expand to a four-year school. The name was changed to the New York State College for Teachers in 1914. Still primarily serving teachers, the school added more liberal arts to its program and became the SUNY College of Education at Albany in 1959. Two years later the school officially joined the State University of New York (SUNY) system for higher education as State University College at Albany, and finally in 1962 it became the State University of New York at Albany. Multiple campuses, nine schools and colleges, 175 academic degree programs, and about 17,000 students comprise this public research institution today. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education regionally accredits University at Albany.
Program Details: Two online Master of Science degree programs are available at the University of Albany. Students can choose from a MS degree in Childhood Education or Early Childhood. Both degrees are for current educators, and online students can only take up to two courses of the required 30 credit hours a semester. Coursework covers such topics as Early Literacy Development and Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School in the Early Childhood program and Media Literacy and Language Acquisition in the Childhood Education program. Applications are accepted and students can begin classes at three times during the year. Although online students are not required to come to campus, University at Albany considers all students to be fully invested and provides many student support services to both on-campus and online learners. From The Writing Center to Library Services, online students are welcome to take advantage of what they need to succeed. Tuition for the 2017 spring semester was $453 per credit hour for residents and $925 for out-of-state students.
The Kansas State Normal (KSN) School began in Emporia, Kansas is 1863. Classes began two years later with the President of the school, Lyman Kellogg, as the only faculty member for eighteen students. The first permanent building on campus finished construction four years after the school was established, and the school’s first students–Mary Jane Watson and Ellen Plumb–graduated. The year 1889 saw KSN become the largest school in the state and the largest normal school in the country, and the first African-American students graduated by 1898. The school became Kansas State Teachers College in 1923, and again changed names in 1977 to Emporia State University. Four schools and colleges offer over 80 academic degree programs to almost 6,000 students currently. Emporia State University is provided with regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The online MS of Curriculum and Instruction is 34 credit hours and students have up to seven years to complete the degree. Coursework includes topics such as Classroom Management Through Positive Reinforcement, Restructuring Classrooms with Technology, and Cultural Awareness for Educators. Two concentrations are available: Curriculum Leadership or National Board Certification. Emporia State University promises the same quality programs online as on-campus, engaged faculty members who are supportive and available, small class sizes–no more than 25 students per class–and dedicated IT services to help with any online questions. All other student service resources, such as the virtual library, career services, and academic assistance, are available to online students as well. Tuition per credit hour for the 2016-17 academic year was listed as $333.55 plus fees for Kansas residents and $457.30 plus fees for out-of-state residents.
In the spring of 1903 the Nebraska Legislature pledged $50,000 to start a normal school for the training of teachers in the western part of the state. A contentious bidding war began between several communities, but Kearney was chosen due to the town’s promise of 20 acres and apartments that could be transformed into dormitories. Classes began for the all-female student body in 1905 (men were admitted beginning in 1939) and were held for a brief time in the elementary and high schools, but then moved to the campus Administration building, which was only partially completed and had to be heated by steam engines. By 1963 the name change to Kearney State College denoted an institutional move to more than a training school for teachers. Starting in 1989 the school was beginning to be integrated into part of the University of Nebraska system, and the school officially became University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in 1991. The Higher Learning Commission provides regional accreditation.
Program Details: The online programs at UNK are supported by instructions that guide students through the process from beginning to end. The extensive degrees offered are a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Reading PK-12, a Master of Science in Education: Science/Math Education, an MAE in Spanish Education, Physical Education, Music Education, three Special Education degrees, two Art Education degrees, five Educational Administration degrees, an Instructional Technology degree with four concentrations, and a MAE in Curriculum and Instruction with seven concentrations. All programs are 36 credit hours long and completely online. Student resources extend beyond just student services–there are several tutorials on how to navigate Blackboard, the online learning portal, in addition to information on support such as career services and the Calvin T. Ryan Library. Tuition per credit hour for the 2016-17 academic year was $285 plus fees for residents and $415 plus fees for out-of-state residents.
In 1887 the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts was started as a land-grant school in Raleigh, North Carolina. A single building served as the campus for the first class of 72 students and six faculty members in 1889. The Smith–Lever Act of 1914 revolutionized the school by linking cooperative extension services with land-grant universities. This collaboration enabled schools to send representatives to remote areas throughout the state to provide education to farmers on agricultural best practices. This development led to the name change North Carolina State College, but as the school grew into the largest university in North Carolina, the name was changed again to North Carolina State University at Raleigh (called NC State or simply NCSU). Currently more than 300 academic degree programs in twelve colleges are available to the 34,000 enrolled students. NCSU has regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Five completely online master’s degree programs are available through NCSU’s College of Education (three counseling degrees are also offered online, but they require onsite supervision meetings during students’ internships). Two of the programs are offered as either Master of Education degrees or Master of Science degrees–the specialization in Adult and Continuing Professional Education and the Learning Design & Technology master’s program. The other degrees include the Master of Science Education, the Master of Technology Education, and the Master of Education in Training and Development. With requirements of 36 credit hours to graduate, students have varying core course requirements per program and have a range of how many required electives they may choose. There are also several student support services available. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $431.88 for residents and $1,147.88 for all others per credit hour (fees included in that cost).
A donation of 200 acres in Centre County by local farmer and ironmaster James Irvin in 1855 led to the establishment of the only land-grant institution in Pennsylvania. Even though Penn State was established prior to the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, its vision was in line with the design of the federal act to offer a liberal arts, practical education in addition to agricultural strategies at the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania (the name once it became a land-grant school). In the 1930s extension undergraduate campuses were put in place across the state to reach students affected by the Great Depression. Now officially named Pennsylvania State University, almost 98,000 students are enrolled at the twenty-four campuses across the state and through the distance education “online campus” known as the World Campus. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools provides regional accreditation to Penn State.
Program Details: The programs available through the online World Campus are offered in connection with the College of Education. Five Master of Education (MEd) degrees are available: Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education, Learning, Design, and Technology, Special Education, and Educational Leadership. All programs are strong–Penn State’s World Campus has been in existence since 1998. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, for instance, is a 30 credit hour program with five different emphasis areas: Children’s Literature, STEM Education, Elementary Education, Curriculum and Supervision, and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Coursework is comprised of a three credit colloquium, nine credit core courses, and at least fifteen elective credits. Offering student activities and connections in addition to extensive support, the World Campus online student benefits from all Penn State offers. Tuition for the 2016-17 year was listed as $821 per credit for students taking less than twelve credit hours and a flat rate of $9,856 for everything over.
The University of Georgia was chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1785. The General Assembly had established 40,000 acres in 1784 for the purpose of endowing a college or seminary, thus Georgia lays claim to having chartered the oldest state-supported university (there is some disagreement and friendly rivalry between University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the College of William and Mary as to which state has the oldest state-supported institution of higher learning. UNC was chartered after University of Georgia but started classes in 1795—six years before classes started at University of Georgia. William and Mary was chartered in 1693 but started as a private institution and did not become public until 1906). The first class of students graduated in 1804, and now over 36,000 students study in the seventeen colleges and schools that make up this distinguished university known as UGA located in Athens. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides regional accreditation.
Program Details: UGA College of Education offers four different 36 credit hour Master of Education degrees online, plus two online MEd degrees in Education Psychology. The MEd in Learning, Design, and Technology cohort program with an emphasis in Instructional Design & Development (IDD ) is entirely online– however, students are strongly urged to attend the IDD@UGA conference on-campus. Students in this program must develop a portfolio which will serve to construct the culminating oral exam at the end of the program. The MEd in Middle Grades Education offers rolling admissions and start-dates throughout the year. Students choose from three emphasis areas: English/Language Arts, Science or Social Studies. The MEd in Reading Education with an emphasis in New and Digital Literacies is also delivered in a cohort style with a twelve-course, lock-step format and can be completed in two years. The MEd in Workforce Education provides an academic advisor to guide students through the twelve, three credit-hour courses. The entire program cost is listed as $26,550 for all four programs.
The Northern Illinois State Normal School was chartered in 1895 to train educators in the Dekalb area. Almost 150 women and just under 30 men were the first students to begin classes in 1899 in the $230,000, castle-like Altgeld Hall. The campus and curriculum expanded–755 acres, and programming to prompt the name change in 1921 to Northern Illinois State Teachers College. Growing further led to the name Northern Illinois State College in 1955 and just two years later to the final name of Northern Illinois University (NIU). The school has as its mission to “promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service.” Just over 19,000 students are enrolled in seven degree-granting colleges which offer over 120 academic degree programs. Northern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Three Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees are offered entirely online through NIU’s College of Education. The Master of Science approach of all three degrees indicate a strong research-based component to shape strong educators with analytical and practical skills. The MSEd in Educational Research and Evaluation is an eighteen core-credit hour program, with between four and twenty-one additional credits in internships and research practicums. In addition, students can choose between finishing the program with a thesis, a project, or a portfolio. The 33 credit hour MSEd in Instructional Technology program is made up of general instructional technology coursework, electives, a production course, and a final comprehensive exam made up of the student’s portfolio work. For students who prefer management to being in the classroom, the MSEd in School Business Management is ideal. Under the guidance of an academic advisor, students select at least 33 credit hours of coursework to complete their degree. Tuition is the same for Illinois and out-of-state residents per credit hour–$520 for Instructional Technology and $500 for Educational Research and Evaluation.
The Gainesville Academy opened in Gainesville, Florida in 1858. Merging and joining with other schools, such as the East Florida Seminary and Florida Agricultural College, in the area over the years, the name was changed to the University of the State of Florida in 1905. By 1909 University President Albert Murphree lead the school to increase enrollment from around 200 to more than 2,000 students. This public university is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research institution situated on 2,000 acres in northern Florida. Now named University of Florida (UF), the school has sixteen schools and colleges with over 300 academic degree programs available for the almost 55,000 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who call themselves Florida Gators. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides regional accreditation to the University of Florida.
Program Details: With online student services ranging from an Online Library Help Desk to a Career Resource Center to a Counseling and Wellness Center, UF’s expansive offerings of online degree and certificate programs available through the College of Education are even more attractive. There are six MEd degrees and one Master of Arts in Education (MAE). MEd degrees in Special Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Student Personnel in Higher Education, Reading Education, and Teacher Leadership for School Improvement. Most require around 36 credit hours to graduate, and there are several specializations that can be chosen in some of the programs. The MAE degree in Program Evaluation in Educational Environments is a two-year program for both new graduates with bachelor’s degrees in education or psychology or working professionals that desire more stylized skills in methodology and theory. The program requires a final project in lieu of a thesis. Tuition per credit hour for this past academic year was $448.73 for Florida residents and $690.21 for non-residents (plus fees).
In 1867 the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana in east-central Illinois became the future home of Illinois Industrial University, which would open a year later for two faculty members and 77 students. A land-grant university (one of the original 37), the school’s first President John Milton Gregory was often in opposition with many others in the state. Gregory wanted a school of liberal arts, whereas residents and lawmakers wanted a school with a more industrial-focused curriculum. After only thirteen years as President, Gregory resigned in 1880 out of frustration, but nevertheless his mark was left upon the University. The school’s name was changed to University of Illinois in 1885 and 50 years later became University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (called simply “Illinois”). Now home to seventeen colleges on over 4,500 acres, this public research-intensive university has more than 150 academic degree programs for its 32,000 plus students. The Higher Learning Commission grants Illinois regional accreditation.
Program Details: Excellent student services such as professional development, mentoring, career placement assistance, tutoring and 24/7 technical support await online students through Illinois’ College of Education. With degrees like a Master of Science Teaching Biology and such MEd degrees as Diversity & Equity in Education, Global Studies Education, or Learning Design & Leadership (plus eleven other degrees), students have a wide range of choices for their advanced degree. Coursework (delivered both synchronously and asynchronously) is no less rigorous, and the online assignments are the same as they would be for on-campus students. Required across the various MEd programs are core courses in Historical and Social Barriers, Philosophy of Education, Critical Thinking for Teachers, Technology and Educational Reform, and Global Issues in Learning. Tuition is listed for the 2017 fall semester as $466 per credit hour, and it is the same for all students regardless of their state of residency.
The East Carolina Teachers Training School owes its existence in part to two groups from eastern North Carolina. Wilson residents (in 1901) and citizens from Elizabeth City (in 1905) both went before the General Assembly to request a Normal School in their respective towns. Both requests were denied, but by 1907 an act was passed to fund just such a school for Eastern North Carolina. Greenville won the bid for the school, and by 1909 the school opened for 104 women and nineteen men. Tuition was free for students who would pledge to teach in the area for two years after graduating. In 1921 the school was renamed East Carolina Teachers College and went from a two-year program to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Thirty years later the name was changed to reflect the college status of the school: East Carolina College. This name was short-lived, as the school officially became East Carolina University (ECU) in 1967. ECU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: If a school’s reputation as a pioneer in online and distance education is a deciding factor in choosing your online MEd degree program, look no farther than ECU. Making the claim that the school was “one of the first universities in the nation to develop and offer a degree entirely over the Internet,” ECU offers degree programs with the same high-quality coursework taught by the same faculty as their on-campus programs. The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree offered online by ECU’s College of Education has many focus areas from which students can choose to customize their degree, and some of those focus areas even have several concentration options for an incredible degree of specialization within the field of teaching. Some focus area examples include the MAEd in History Education (with a concentration in American History or European History), Elementary Education, and Physical Education (with concentrations in Adapted PE and PE Pedagogy). Programs range from 36 to 39 credit hours, and a final project is required for graduation. 2016-17 Tuition was $228.24 per credit hour for NC residents and $860.15 for all others.
A land-grant university chartered in 1869, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) built its first building on the four city block campus in Lincoln. University Hall was made of sun-dried brick and wood and was an overwhelming sight for the school’s first students (some of whom grew up in sod houses on the prairie). The rest of the early campus often suffered from the conditions of the unforgiving plains–locusts that would consume newly-planted flower beds again and again. And University Hall didn’t survive long–it crumbled less than twenty years after it was built. But even if the buildings and landscape couldn’t survive early on, the thirst for knowledge did. From the beginning, no student was ever excluded from the school, for the founding documents made clear that students of “any age, sex, color, or nationality” should be allowed admission. Currently over 25,000 students are enrolled in nine schools and colleges at UNL. The Higher Learning Commission provides regional accreditation.
Program Details: The same nationally-recognized courses, esteemed faculty, and prestigious degrees await the online student of UNL’s education master’s degree programs. In addition to a solid program of study, the resources and student support services for online students are extensive and comprehensive–offering programs from Career Services to a Tutoring Center. There are two Special Education degree specializations available entirely online: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (Pre-12) and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to age 5), and both are offered as MEd degrees or Master of Arts degrees (an MA degree requires 30-36 hours of coursework and the MEd requires 36). Also available entirely online is the MA in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with specialization in World Language Teaching: GOLDEN. This 30-36 credit hour degree program offers classes in topics such as Reading Processes and Practices and Contemporary Children’s Literature: Principles and Practices. Tuition per credit hour for the summer 2017 semester is $325.50 for residents of Nebraska and $609.00 for non-residents.
Established in 1927, University of Houston in Texas started as the Houston Junior College. At first the junior college offered only night classes in a local high school. Less than a decade later in 1934, the vote was made to become University of Houston, and the first classes as a university were still initially held at the high school, but with a student enrollment of 682. Moving classes from one Baptist church to another, land was finally acquired in 1936 (by means of a donation of 110 acres) for a permanent campus, and by 1939 the first building was completed. The school became a state institution in 1963 and joined the University of Houston System in 1977. Over 300 academic degree programs are offered at the fourteen colleges and schools at this Carnegie Tier One-designated state research and flagship of Texas university. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges regionally accredits the University of Houston.
Program Details: With a dedicated Mission Statement for the University of Houston Online and Special Programs, students know that the University holds online learning in high regard. This is also evident in the many, many student support services that are made available to the online student, such as Academic Advising and the Center for Students with DisABILITIES. Four Curriculum & Instruction MEd degrees with specific specializations and a MEd in Higher Education are the options available online for University of Houston students. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction focus areas are Early Childhood Education, Health Science Education, Learning, Design, and Technology, and Mathematics Education. Three of the Curriculum and Instruction degree programs require 30 hours to graduate, but the Mathematics Education degree and the MEd in Higher Education degree each require 36. Tuition is listed as $404 per credit for all five programs on the University of Houston website.
Due to lack of funding, the Eastern Indiana Normal School of Muncie, Indiana closed in 1901. It then reopened and became Indiana Normal College, but closed again in 1917 under threat of foreclosure. Businessman Frank Ball and his brothers purchased the multiple-failed teacher training school, and donated the land and all of the buildings to the State of Indiana–the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division was born in 1918. In 1922 the school became Ball Teachers College to honor the brothers, but the name changed again seven years later to add “State” to it—Ball State Teachers College. A final change to the current Ball State University (Ball State) took place in 1965 to reflect the changing curriculum and expansion of programs offered. Almost 350 academic degree programs are now available to 22,000 students through the eight colleges and schools. Ball State is a public coeducational research university regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Several different online education degrees are available at Ball State. Ball State makes the claim that the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Elementary Education degree is “one of the most customizable master’s in education in elementary education programs in the nation.” With three elementary education focus areas and six more specializations from which to choose the fifteen credit hours of required electives, students can truly customize their degree in order to develop skill sets in very specific areas in the field. Courses available in the three focus areas (Early Childhood Education, Enhanced Teaching Practices, and Reading and Literacy Instruction) cover such topics as “Play and Creativity in Early Childhood,” “School, Family, and Community Partnerships,” and “Teaching Literacy to Diverse Learners.” Ball State makes a point of providing every available resource to online students to help them succeed–from tutorials on how online learning works, to world class faculty members, to a plethora of student services. Tuition per credit hour for 2016-17 was $394 for Indiana residents and $590 for all others.
The largest and one of the longest-lived establishments in the State University System of Florida, Florida State University in Tallahassee began as the West Florida Seminary for men. Chartered in 1851 and opened in 1857, the Seminary became coeducational just a year later when it assimilated the Tallahassee Female Academy. During the Civil War the name of the school was changed to the Florida Military and Collegiate Institute, and several other name changes occurred prior to the final naming of Florida State University (FSU) in 1947. The original “Gallows Hill” location has grown to 1,550 acres that make up the campus, including the downtown Tallahassee main campus of over 450 acres. Sixteen schools and colleges offer over 330 academic degree programs throughout branch campuses and study abroad centers in Italy, Panama, Spain and London. Over 41,000 students attend this public space-grant and sea-grant research institution, which is regionally accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Program Details: Starting with an online orientation that easily breaks down the information that incoming FSU College of Education online students need to know, it’s clear why FSU’s Master of Education online degree program lands in our number one spot. Not only does FSU provide the same resources and student services to its online students as are available to the on-campus student, but also there are additional resources and specialized services intentionally created for the online student. The self-paced coursework is designed to give students the ultimate flexibility, and programs are offered in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership/Administration, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, and Learning and Cognition. All take between 33 and 36 credit hours to graduate, and can be completed part-time in about two to three years. Tuition is $479.32 per credit hour for in-state students, and $1,110.72 for out-of-state (except for the Instructional Systems/Learning Technology degree, which has a reduced tuition rate of $544/per credit hour).