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.
Quick Links to Our Top 10
- University of Florida
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- University of Georgia
- Florida State University
- Northern Illinois University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Michigan State University
- University of Houston
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University at Albany
In addition to accreditation by CAEP for the education degree programs, the universities and colleges must also be accredited institutionally by a reputable regional accreditation-granting entity. Starting with our Core Methodology and only examining regionally accredited schools, we paid particular attention to institutions that offer a well-rounded, complete degree program provided at a reasonable price, and additional methodology points we considered are 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.
Online Master of Arts in Education; Online Master of Education
Program Details: With University of Florida Distance Learning 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). The MEd degrees cover Special Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Student Personnel in Higher Education, Reading Education, and Teacher Leadership for School Improvement. Most programs require around 36-credit hours to graduate, and there are several specializations that can be chosen to further customize some of the degrees. The UF Online 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 who desire more stylized skills in methodology and theory, and it requires a one to six credit hour final project in lieu of a thesis. Coursework such as “Evaluation Communication and Ethics in Educational Environments” and “Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research” are taught by the expert UF College of Education faculty, and prospective students can read about current Online MAE student achievements and experiences.
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, the name was changed to the University of the State of Florida in 1905. 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.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Arts in Teaching; Online Master of Education
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Program Details: The same nationally-recognized courses, esteemed faculty, and prestigious degrees await the online student of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Education and Human Sciences master’s degree programs in education. 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.” A 36-credit hour, entirely UNL online MAT in Mathematics degree is also provided for students who desire an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree. In addition to a solid program of study, the UNL Online & Distance Education resources and student support services for online students are extensive and comprehensive–offering programs from Career Services to a Tutoring Center.
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, Nebraska. From the beginning, no student was ever excluded from applying to the school, for the founding documents made clear that students of “any age, sex, color, or nationality” should be allowed admission. The oldest and largest institution of higher education in the University of Nebraska System, this flagship public university currently enrolls over 25,000 students in nine schools and colleges, and the Higher Learning Commission provides regional accreditation.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: The University of Georgia College of Education offers six different 36-credit hour Master of Education degrees online through UGA 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 the IDD@UGA 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. All online coursework is taught by the exceptional UGA Online faculty members, who promise the “brightest minds” and educational excellence for the online student.
The University of Georgia (UGA or 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. 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, which is located in Athens, Georgia. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges provides regional accreditation to this public flagship research institution.
Online Master of Science
Program Details: Starting with an Office of Distance Learning at Florida State University online orientation that easily breaks down the information that incoming FSU College of Education online students need to know, it’s clear that FSU’s Master of Education online degree programs are highly accessible, applicable, and beneficial. 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 offered are the 33-credit hour Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction degree program, Florida State’s Educational Leadership & Administration degree program, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies degree program, and Learning and Cognition degree program. All programs can be completed part-time in about two to three years and are taught by the FSU College of Education professors, who are “a welcoming family of faculty and staff ready to support you on your educational path.” The FSU College of Education Blog provides both current and prospective students with information and updates on the programs and climate of the educational field.
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. 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.
Online Master of Science; Online Master of Science in Education
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Program Details: Through NIU Online, two Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees and one MS degree are offered entirely online within the NIU College of Education. The Master of Science approach of the degrees indicate a solid research-based component to shape strong educators with analytical and practical skills. The MS 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 degree is ideal. Under the guidance of an academic advisor, students select at least 33-credit hours of coursework to complete their degree. Additionally, through NIU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, a 30-credit hour, entirely online MS in Art Education is provided for “K-12 teachers seeking credentials, museum educators and community art leaders.”
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). Just over 19,000 students are enrolled in the seven degree-granting colleges of this public research institution, and over 120 academic degree programs are offered. NIU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Education; Online Master of Professional Studies
Program Details: Eight online graduate education degree programs are available through the online Penn State World Campus and offered in connection with the College of Education. Seven Master of Education degrees (in Lifelong Learning & Adult Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Earth Sciences, Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Learning, Design, & Technology) and a Master of Professional Studies in Art Education are the impressive online offerings. All online programs are strong–Penn State’s World Campus has been in existence since 1998. The Penn State Online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction degree program, 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, and if students choose to craft their own unique path, they can work with an advisor to design their individual emphasis area. Offering student activities and connections in addition to extensive support, the Penn State World Campus online student benefits from all Penn State offers.
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). 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.
Online Master of Arts
Program Details: MSU’s College of Education offers six online MA degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA), Education (MAED), Educational Technology (MAET), Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE), Teaching and Curriculum (MATC), and Special Education (with additional emphasis areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities). The degrees offer specific and specialized attention to the student’s chosen field, for instance, the 30-credit hour MSU Online MAED 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. Two courses are required (“Concepts of Educational Inquiry” and the “Capstone Seminar”), and all other courses are determined by the curriculum required for the individual concentration chosen by the student. Degree-specific, dedicated academic advisors are assigned to students as soon as they are admitted, so there is support from day-one of the student’s MSU College of Education online 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.
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, and 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.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: With a dedicated Mission Statement for the University of Houston Online and Special Programs, students know that the University of Houston College of Education 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, two MEd in Special Populations (with a choice between Gifted & Talented or Special Education), 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 in Early Childhood Education, Health Science Education, Learning, Design, and Technology, and Mathematics Education. Three of the Curriculum and Instruction degree programs and the UH Master of Education in Special Populations degree all require 30 hours to graduate, but the Mathematics Education degree and the MEd in Higher Education degree each require 36-credit hours.
Established in 1927, University of Houston in Texas started as the Houston Junior College. Less than a decade later in 1934, the vote was made to become University of Houston, and the first classes started with a student enrollment of 682. 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 institution. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges regionally accredits the University of Houston.
Online Master of Education; Online Master of Science
Program Details: Excellent student services such as professional development, mentoring, career placement assistance, tutoring and 24/7 technical support await Illinois Online students who are enrolled in one of the many online graduate education degree programs offered through the Illinois College of Education. With degrees like the MS in Teaching Biology housed in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and such MEd degrees as Diversity & Equity in Education, Global Studies Education, or Learning Design & Leadership (plus five other online graduate education degrees, including the renowned Illinois Online EdM in Curriculum and Instruction), 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 topics like “Historical and Social Barriers,” “Philosophy of Education,” “Critical Thinking for Teachers,” “Technology and Educational Reform,” and “Global Issues in Learning.” All online coursework is taught by the Illinois College of Education “world-class faculty and researchers who lead the field” for a rich and rewarding educational experience.
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 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 with its regional accreditation.
#10. University at Albany
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Science
Program Details: An online Master of Arts degree and four online Master of Science degree programs are available through the School of Education at University of Albany. Students can choose from an MS degree in Reading, Childhood Education, or Early Childhood in the UAlbany Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning or the UAlbany Online MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (CDIT) degree in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. All MS degrees are for current educators, and online students can only take up to two courses of the required 30-credit hours a semester. The UAlbany Online MA in International Education Management and Leadership degree, which is also 30-credit hours, is ideal for students who desire to be “effective managers and leaders in the international education field.” 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 UAlbany online student support services, such as The Writing Center, Library Services, and academic advising, and online students are welcome to take advantage of what they need to succeed.
In 1844, the New York State Normal School began in Albany, NY to train teachers for the area. 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, and the name was changed to the New York State College for Teachers in 1914. 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 UAlbany.
#11. University of Iowa
Master of Arts; Master of Science
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Program Details: Two MA degree and one MS degree are offered by the University of Iowa College of Education and provided entirely online by Iowa’s Distance and Online Education. Students can choose from the 36-credit hour Iowa Online MA in Educational Leadership, the 33-credit hour MA in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency (MATLCC), or the 36-credit hour MS in STEM Education. 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 programs can be finished in about eighteen months. The rich UI College of Education history strongly grounds all of the distance education programs, and online MA and MS students have access to student services that include advising, financial aid, and IT support. Also provided entirely online as part of the Educational Psychology/Learning Sciences program through IU’s College of Education, the twelve-credit hour Certificate in Online Teaching is a double boon as it both “incorporates and models the techniques and approaches that will be taught in the certificate courses themselves” with classes such as “Design of Instruction” and “Tools and Utilities for Online Teaching.”
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, making Iowa the first American university to admit men and women without distinction (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 institution 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.
#12. Clemson University
Online Master of Education
Program Details: Completely online and taking only eighteen months to complete, the Clemson Online Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a program to prepare current K-12 educators to quickly advance in their field. The cohort program only begins in the summer–it requires a total of 30-credit hours to graduate and courses are delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. The curriculum is comprised of eighteen hours of core pedagogical coursework, with required sequential classes such as “Learning and Motivation in Context,” “Contemporary Issues in Assessment,” and “Cultural Diversity in Education.” Students customize their degrees with twelve hours of specialization credits, and they can choose from focus areas in STEAM, Experiential Learning for Early Childhood, or Instructional Coaching. In addition to a strong academic 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.
Clemson Agricultural College was established in Clemson, South Carolina in 1889 as a land-grant institution. Originally a military school, 446 male students started classes in 1893. 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. The school went coeducational in 1955 and was desegregated in 1963, and a year later the name was changed to Clemson University. This public research institution boasts over 22,000 students, seven colleges, and almost 200 academic degree programs and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts in Education
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 further 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. With seventeen degree options, students can choose from programs such as the ECU College of Education Online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree, which is offered online via ECU Online and has many focus areas from which students can choose to customize their degree. 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.
East Carolina University owes its existence in part to two communities 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 the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Greenville, North Carolina won the bid for the school, and by 1909 it opened for 104 women and nineteen men. The school officially became East Carolina University (ECU) in 1967, and now ECU boasts nine undergraduate colleges, a graduate school, and four professional schools for nearly 30,000 students. A public research sea-grant institution, ECU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Education
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Program Details: Three degrees and two concentrations make up UMass Lowell’s College of Education online programs–MEd degrees are available in Education Administration, Reading and Language, and Curriculum and Instruction. The UMass Lowell College of Education Online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program also offers two specialization options to customize the degree in Science Education or Autism Studies. All three online MEd programs require 30-credit hours to graduate and are offered completely online for utmost convenience. 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 the virtual classroom. 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 if they can handle online coursework–the UMass Lowell test drive online course sample allows them the chance to participate in a real online UMass Lowell course.
Lowell Normal School was established in Lowell, Massachsetts by an Act of Legislature in 1894, and the first classes for women began in 1897. In 1895, the Lowell Textile School was opened to prepare technicians and managers to work in the textile industry. The two schools merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell. In 1991, the University joined the University of Massachusetts system and officially became the 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, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges provides regional accreditation.
Online Master of Arts in Education; Online Master of Science
Program Details: The distance graduate education students enrolled in online programs at the UNK College of Education are supported by instructions that guide students through the process from beginning to end. The extensive degrees are offered via the UNK eCampus and include 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 eleven concentrations, including several Montessori graduate education options (and UNK is currently pursuing accreditation as an Applicant in Good Standing with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). All programs are 36-credit hours long and completely online (the Montessori programs do require one three-week on-campus residency). Student resources extend beyond just student services–there are several UNK online tutorials on how to navigate Blackboard, the online learning portal, in addition to information online support such as career services and the Calvin T. Ryan Library.
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, and the town of 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 by 1963 the name change to Kearney State College denoted an institutional move to more than a training school for teachers. In 1989 the school was beginning to be integrated into 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 to this public institution.
Online Master of Education; Online Master of Science
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). Offered online via NC State Distance Education, two of the programs are offered to distance students with the choice between a ME degree or a MS degree: Adult and Continuing Professional Education or Learning Design & Technology. The other degrees include the Master of Science Education, the Master of Technology Education, and the ME 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. Multiple graduate education online certificate programs are also provided via Distance Education, with options such as the NC State Online Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) or the NC State Online Graduate Certificate in Teaching, Training, & Educational Technology. There are also multiple NC State College of Education online student support services available, as well as “a diverse faculty population that utilizes multiple perspectives and methods across many disciplines and fields,” which helps provide a well-rounded and rigorous academic experience.
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, and this development led to the name 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, and regional accreditation come from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts in Education; Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Science
Program Details: Several different online education degrees are available through Ball State Online. Making the claim that the Ball State Teachers College’s 30-credit hour online 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,” Ball State provides three elementary education focus areas, seven specialties through related fields, and fifteen credit hours of required electives from which to choose, so that 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, Elementary Education, 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 Ball State students to help them succeed–from tutorials on how online learning works, to world class faculty members, to a plethora of student services.
When the Eastern Indiana Normal School of Muncie, Indiana closed in 1901, it reopened and became Indiana Normal College but closed again by 1917. Businessman Frank Ball and his brothers purchased the 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, and the name changed to the current Ball State University (Ball State) in 1965. Almost 350 academic degree programs are now available to 22,000 students through the eight colleges and schools, and Ball State is a public coeducational research university with regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: Five Master of Education degrees and three MS 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 UNT Online MEd in Teaching or the UNT Online 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, and 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. Guided by the UNT College of Education Advocacy Board, all online graduate education programs promise students “innovation and excellence in teaching and research.”
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 in what would eventually become a northern suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and went through many name changes before being renamed definitively in 1988 University of North Texas (UNT). UNT now has twelve colleges and schools and over 220 academic degree programs for its 37,000 students. Regional accreditation is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts
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Program Details: George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development offers six online MA degrees and seven graduate certificates through GW Online. With advanced certificates offered entirely online in areas such as Brain Injury: Educational and Transition Services, Educational Leadership and Administration, and Job Development Job Placement, current educators can quickly pick up a customization that can help them advance in a specific branch of the education field. The MA degrees include Organizational Leadership and Learning, Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Secondary Special Education & Transition Services, Rehabilitation Counseling, Educational Technology Leadership, and Educational Leadership and Administration. The 33-credit hour GW Online MA in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners degree in particular is a strong, unique program that can be completed in under two years (one of only eight like it in the U.S.). With classes such as “The Development of Language and Literacy” and “Academic and Psychosocial Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students” 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.
Baptist ministers 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.
#20. Auburn University
Online Master of Education; Online Master of Science
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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 degree a student can choose. Students can opt to obtain an MEd, MS, or EdS (Education Specialist) degree (or choose to gain a certificate) in Adult Education, Agriscience Education, Business/Marketing Education, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Educational Administration & Leadership, Elementary Education, English Language Arts Education, ENglish for Speakers of Other Languages, Foreign Language Education, Library Media & Technology, Music Education, Reading Education, or Special Education. Within the Auburn Online Elementary Education graduate degree program, for instance, 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 is made up of elementary education coursework, electives and a capstone but does not lead to initial certification. Both programs are 30-credit hours, taught by the same faculty as on-campus, and can be started in the fall, spring or summer. Additionally, online students have access to the Auburn College of Education Learning Resources Center to help them navigate the services and resources they need to be successful.
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 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.
Online Master of Education; Online Master of Science
Program Details: Six Master of Education (EdM) degree programs and three Master of Science degrees are available entirely online through University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education Online. Current educators can choose from an EdM degree in Music Education, Math Education, English Education, Education and Technology, Literacy Education Studies, or Science and the Public, and from MS degrees in Information and Library Science, Rehabilitation Counseling, or School Librarianship. The programs are rich with possibilities for advancement in interesting fields. For instance, the 33-credit hour UB Online EdM in Education and Technology degree is ideal 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 30-credit hour UB EdM Online 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. There are also some hybrid online programs and many advanced certificates offered, and most of the degree programs can be completed in about two years.
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 is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
#22. Purdue University
Online Master of Science in Education
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Program Details: Several 100% online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees are provided through Purdue Online and housed within the College of Education. Online MSEd degrees are offered in Applied Behavior Analysis, Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Design and Technology (LDT), and Special Education. The degrees are rigorous and relevant, the Purdue Online MSEd in LDT program, for example, boasts a curriculum with the “latest research in learning theory, educational technology and instructional design principles. ” A 33-credit hour program, with 27 credit hours of required courses and six of electives, 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 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. Additionally, Purdue Online provides a “faculty and staff dedicated to helping students succeed every day,” so online students are surrounded with support.
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. 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.
#23. Ohio University
Online Master of Education
Program Details: Several MEd degree programs are offered online from the Patton College of Education at Ohio University–the online-only Ohio University Online Advanced MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) and the 31-credit hour Ohio University Online MEd in Reading Education. The MEd C&I 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.” Also offered are the MEd in Education with dual licensure in either Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) ages 3-8/prekindergarten-grade 3 and the MEd in Special Education available for teacher licensure in Intervention Specialist for Mild-to-Moderate Educational needs (K-12), Intervention Specialist for Moderate-to-Intensive Educational needs (K-12), or Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ages 3-8). And for teachers who live for sports, two Master’s are available partially online: one in Coaching and one in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Soccer Coaching.
In 1786. a meeting between eleven men led to the congressional Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which in 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 because the faculty of Ohio University determined women could make a contribution towards academia as could men. Now almost 37,000 coeducational students study at the eleven colleges of Ohio University, and regional accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Arts in Education
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Program Details: The fully online 30-credit hour Master of Arts in Education at the SDSU College of Education is an incredibly focused and specific degree. Located in the SDSU Department of Educational Leadership and providing a concentration in Educational Leadership and a specialization in preK-12, the San Diego State online MA EDL PK-12 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, and offers a sequential curriculum rich in topics such as “Organizational and Systems Leadership,” Professional Learning & Growth Leadership,” and “Methods of Inquiry.” 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 Statement of Leadership Philosophy document that is one of the requirements for admission. Prospective students need to be able to articulate why they seek a Masters of Arts in Education degree, and why in particular they seek it at SDSU.
Established in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School to train teachers, San Diego State University is the oldest institution of higher education in San Diego. The school’s first enrollment included seven faculty members and 91 students. In 1921, the school expanded to become a four-year program. 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 regional accreditation.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Education
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Program Details: The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU offers multiple online graduate level degrees in education through ASU Online that can meet many current educators’ advanced degree needs. With three emphasis areas for the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, teachers can choose to concentrate in Gifted Education, Early Childhood Education, or Autism Spectrum Disorders. There are also online MEd 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, and three Master of Arts programs: the MA in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in English as a Second Language, the MA in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis, and the ASU Online MA in Indigenous Education. All programs require ten classes for a total of 30-credit hours to graduate and can be completed in eighteen months to two years, but students who choose the Early Childhood Education track can pursue an additional certification option that requires fifteen extra credits. Additionally, ASU provides resources and services to turn distance education into a life-changing experience, as evidenced by the ASU Online student testimonials.
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 for the Arizona Territory, and classes began in 1886. In 1958, Arizona State University (ASU) became the final, definitive name after several changes. 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.
#26. University of Dayton
Online Master of Science in Education
Program Details: The 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 online degrees are MSE programs offered through the University of Dayton Department of Teacher Education, and the degrees available online are in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy, Interdisciplinary Education Studies, Teacher as Leader, Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Literacy. The accomplished University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences faculty, who “are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service on behalf of students, institution, professions and communities,” ensure distance students that they are learning the best practices from some of the best educators. Rolling admissions makes for program flexibility on the student’s time, and all programs are supported by a dedicated online student resource page where students can access what they need to be successful.
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, and the priest ministered to a local family whose child had succumbed to the disease. This family sold their farm in exchange for a medal of St. Joseph and the promise of $12,000 to Father Meyer and three Society of Mary (Marianist) brothers. The farm became St. Mary’s School for Boys and 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.
Online Master of Science; Online Master of Arts
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Program Details: Pitt State offers multiple online degree programs through its Department of Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education. Options within the program are available for both students who already possess licensure and those who do not, and range from an MS in Educational Leadership to an MS in Special Education to an MS in Reading, just to name a few. All programs range from 33 to 39-credit hours, and most can be completed in two years on a part-time basis. The MS in Teaching program is completely online and is geared towards teachers who are already licensed, and 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 Pitt State Master of Arts in Teaching degrees are 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.
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 classes at 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. By 1977 the name became Pittsburg State University (Pitt State), and today more than 7,000 students study 150 academic degree programs in four colleges of Pitt State. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools grants regional accreditation.
Online Master of Science in Education
Program Details: Online Learning at IU Bloomington’s School of Education offers four degrees for current educators to advance in their careers or move into a more specialized field. Offering Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees plus multiple certificates, these degrees promise to help students “build credentials,” become “leadership specialists,” and “gain practical experience.” The programs are entirely online, with options such as the IU Bloomington Online MSEd in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. This degree requires 36-credit hours, but with added coursework students can also earn additional credentials such as the Graduate Certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CAYAL) or an Indiana State Teaching license in K-6 World Languages. Other programs, such as the online-only 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, and students can choose from among five focus area tracks: Autism, Behavior Specialists, Early Childhood, Instructional Strategies, and Intense Interventions. Other MSEd degrees include Adult Education, Educational Leadership, and Instructional Systems Technology.
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 seven campuses across the state and beyond. 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.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: The University of South Carolina’s College of Education 30-credit hour online MEd in Teaching degree program can be completed in just eighteen months through University of South Carolina, Online. Three “high-demand specializations” are offered in Literacy and Reading, Project Based Learning, and Multicultural Contexts in Education, and core coursework 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’s choice of specialization. Also online, the USC Master of Educational Administration Online degree program is a 36-credit hour program that can be completed in 24 months and offers coursework that “empowers graduates to make an even greater difference for their students, schools, and communities.” All coursework is “taught by professors with practical experience and accomplished backgrounds,” so students can be sure they are learning from skillful practitioners with real-world knowledge as opposed to abstract ideas. USC resources for MEd distance students include current articles that serve to enrich the academic environment, as well as online student support services.
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) but then was closed and restructured in 1880. Beginning to thrive once again after World War II, the University as it is 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.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Education
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Program Details: No less than six distinct MEd degree programs are available online through SHSU Online and the College of Education at Sam Houston State University (five are fully online –the 30-credit hour SHSU MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program requires a few face-to-face meetings and may have some on-campus requirements depending upon some of the coursework chosen). In addition to the five fully online MEd programs (Administration, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Systems Design and Technology, Reading/Language Arts, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), the 36-credit hour SHSU Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree program is also provided entirely online to help students go on to higher level administrative careers within schools and institutions of higher learning. Offered through several College of Education departments (such as the Department of Library Science and Technology, the Department of Educational Leadership, and the School of Teaching and Learning), there are many SHSU Online academic and technical support services for online students, and there is also a dedicated Academic Advisor duo to help online students navigate their coursework and goals.
Austin Hall of Austin College in Huntsville, Texas, was dedicated in 1851. Austin College moved, but the building remained. Huntsville locals purchased Austin Hall in 1879 to house a school for teachers, and 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. By 1964 over 5,000 students were in attendance, and a year later the name was again changed to Sam Houston State College. By 1969 it became a University and 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.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Education
Program Details: Offering three Master of Education degrees and two Master of Arts degrees, the online degree options are plentiful at the University of Mississippi School of Education. Provided through Ole Miss Online, students can choose between an MEd in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education, and are provided with online course offerings such as “Diverse Needs in Early Childhood Ed” and “Literature for Children and Adolescents.” The Master of Arts degrees are in Teaching or Higher Education and Student Personnel, and have classes ranging from topics on “The Learning Brain” to “Human Resources in Higher Education.” A third MEd online program, the Ole Miss Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree, provides students with “in-depth study, reading, research, and sharing with classmates in a professional, collegial, and academic setting” to gain leadership skills to help their schools thrive. All online graduate education programs take only about two years to complete, and the degree requirements range from 30 to 36-credit hours to graduate. The Ole Miss Online student support opportunities available are also plentiful, offering a range of services from academic advising to disability services to career counseling.
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 is 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 with nearly 25,000 students enrolled in fifteen schools and colleges and four extension campuses. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits Ole Miss.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: The online MEd degree program at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences is a 30-credit hour, completely online program that can be started in the fall, spring or summer and completed in just 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 USD Master of Education degree program specializations: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Inclusive Learning (Special Education and Universal Design), School Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Literacy and Digital Learning. USD Online student support services are provided in the form of Enrollment and Program Advisors, Career Services, Library, and Technical Support, and specific USD Online MEd program support is also provided. Additionally, an online USD MEd blog provides resources and articles to enrich the MEd student’s experience.
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. 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 coeducational university sits on 180 acres known as Alcalá Park, and 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.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Education
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Program Details: Offering six varied and uniquely specialized MEd degrees through the College of Education and Health Professions and one MA in Secondary Mathematics program from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Arkansas Online Global Campus gives current educators the chance to find their passion in a convenient, entirely online format. Depending upon their career goals, students can pursue an MEd in Adult and Lifelong Learning, Educational Leadership, Special Education, Physical Education, Human Resource and Workforce Development Education, and Educational Technology. The program requirements vary, but all degrees range between 30 to 36 credit hours and can be completed in approximately two years (some do require an internship or practicum as part of the coursework). Distance students are considered full members of the U of A academic community, and the programs do not differ in content from the on-campus offerings in any way. If prospective students are unsure of how being an online student could benefit them, they can read the testimonials from current and former U of A Online students.
The University of Arkansas began in 1871 as the state legislature’s proposed Arkansas Industrial University. Envisioned as a land-grant university, 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 (U of A) 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 this public university, and U of A is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Master of Arts in Teaching; Online Master of Education; Online Master of Science
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Program Details: There is no shortage of online graduate education degree choice at the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State. Four 36-credit hour MEd programs (Health and Physical Education, Mathematics Education, Reading, Language and Literacy Education, and Science Education), two non-degree endorsements (ESOL and Reading), a twelve-credit hour online Learning Design and Development graduate certificate, plus three other degree programs–a 46-credit hour Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) to Speakers of Other Languages and 36-credit hour MS degrees in Educational Research or Instructional Design and Technology–are offered by Georgia State as part of the University System of Georgia in a method that they call “Georgia ONmyLINE.” 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 College of Education & Human Development faculty providing instruction. For both on-campus and distance students, Georgia State is committed to student success, which is evidence by the services and resources that are provided.
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. Georgia State is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts in Teaching; Online Master of Science
Program Details: With several different online degree options plus multiple ways to customize, NYIT’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education provides a graduate Teacher Education program that can appeal to many. Located within the NYIT Department of Teacher Education, the degrees consist of the 30-credit hour Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Adolescent Education, which provides Initial Teaching Certification, and two 39-credit hour Master of Science programs: the MS in Childhood Education and the MS in Early Childhood, both of which also offer Initial Teaching Certification as well as optional NYIT Childhood Education Extensions. The NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education faculty are highly accomplished and present all of the rigorous coursework online for the students convenience. Both current and prospective students, as well as graduates of NYIT, can read the NYIT Spotlight on Education blog, which provides a venue to focus on “celebrating teaching and learning and featuring news, events, student work, and faculty from the education division of NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education.”
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. 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.
Online Master of Arts
Program Details: The online MA in Higher Education Administration (HEA) degree at Stony Brook University School of Professional Development is a 36-credit hour program that can be completed in just sixteen months. Ideal for students who want to focus their careers on “student affairs, academic affairs, and college and university administration,” the Stony Brook HEA program curriculum aligns with ACPA and NASPA professional competencies and offers students core coursework such as “Survey of College Student Development Theory” and “Diversity in Higher Education.” Electives such as “Career Counseling and the Psychology of Work,” “The Contemporary Undergraduate,” and “Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education” plus an additional Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) option provides students opportunities to customize their degree. Coursework is asynchronous, but this added 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 the Stony Brook School of Professional Development HEA faculty and staff (whose “experience informs their instruction, allowing them to connect the theories that they are teaching to real-world situations that face higher education professionals”) and be supported.
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, 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.
#37. St. John’s University
Online Master of Science in Education
Program Details: The same experienced faculty, rigorous coursework, student services, and graduate Special Education degree that on-campus students benefit from are promised to online students of the Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Master of Science in Education degree program offered within the Department of Education Specialties in The School of Education 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. Additionally, the 34-credit hour St. John MSEd in School Building Leadership program provides students with an online path to a graduate Educational Administration degree. For inspiration and motivation, prospective students of St. John’s online MSEd degree can read through the St. Johns School of Education success stories of current and past students of the program.
In 1867 the Vincentian Community 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 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.
Online Master of Education
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Program Details: UNCG Online offers two fully online MEd degree programs that are housed within the School of Education. The UNCG Online MEd in Birth–Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development degree is a 37-credit hour, synchronous program that provides two specialization options: Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration and Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure. Jointly offered by the Department of Specialized Education Services and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the degree trains teachers to serve “young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families.” The 33-credit hour UNCG MEd in Teacher Education: Elementary Mathematics Education degree is located in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and focuses on core courses, pedagogical expertise, and professional leadership development. Both programs can be completed in about two years and utilize the same experienced faculty who teach the on-campus programs. Student services such UNCG’s Career Services Center provides support to online students, and the education and resources are just as high-quality as the ones that on-campus UNCG students receive. In addition, the UNCG School of Education Advisory Board provides input, guidance, and academic excellence to the school and programs.
The State Normal and Industrial School was established in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1891 for the education of women, and nearly 200 students enrolled in 1892. Many name changes occurred through the years, and the final name–University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)–was bestowed when it became coeducational. In 1971, all 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 serves almost 20,000 students with over 225 academic degree programs in nine schools and colleges. Regional accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Arts; Online Master of Education
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Program Details: Through the College of Education, USF offers multiple online programs. With six online MA degrees and two online MEd degrees, current educators have a wide selection of career-advancing opportunities. The MEd programs offered are in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in TESOL (Teaching English Speakers of Other Language) or Instructional Technology, and both require 33-credit hours to graduate. Students who opt for the MA programs can choose from degrees in Special Education, Gifted Education, Physical Education, Career and Technical Education, Reading Education K-12, or Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Intellectual Disabilities. Some programs, like the USF Online MEd in Autism/Disabilities, follow a cohort model and are completely online, starting the core coursework in the spring. Other programs, like the USF Online Career and Technical/Workforce Education program, are made up of twelve online courses delivered over two years with three additional on-campus session requirements. All USF College of Education students (both on-campus and distance learners) benefit from the USF College of Education Graduate Support Office, which provides resources and services to students and alumni alike.
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 a House Bill for the creation of a state university in Hillsborough County was passed, and building began. 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. 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.
Online Master of Education
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Program Details: Offering multiple degree options, the online MEd degree program at UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services can be completed entirely online in just two years. Students can choose to pursue an MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction (with additional concentrations offered as the UC Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Gifted, Creative, and Talented or the UC Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction STEM), Educational Leadership, Special Education, or the general Master of Education track. A 45-54 credit hour program, the online MEd at UC creates a network of “peers from across the country who share the same passion for education and compassion for their students.” UC Online’s “seven layers of support” is provided 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 UC Online Experience “Week in the Life” of a current student.
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. As it is known today, the University of Cincinnati (UC) was born in April 1870, and currently 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 offered. UC has regional accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.
#41. Graceland University
Program Details: Graceland University’s Gleazer School of Education’s program offers three Master of Education degree concentration possibilities. Completely online, the MEd degrees are available in Literacy Instruction, 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 (an accelerated option is included). Being “practiced-based,” there is the expectation that students will be applying what they learn in their own classrooms throughout the program. The Graceland University Online MEd in Literacy Instruction degree, for instance, provides a curriculum with rich and relevant topics such as “Strategies for Collaboration,” “Developing and Facilitating Effective Professional Development Experiences,” and “Critical Perspectives of Children’s Literature.” An already affordable distance education program, Graceland’s MEd offers group discount rates of 5-10% towards tuition reduction for groups of students entering the program together. To help provide perspective on what it is like to participate in Graceland’s distance education graduate programs, Graceland School of Education Alumni Testimonials presents the insights and experiences of recent grads.
Graceland College was founded in Lamoni, Iowa in 1895 by the Community of Christ Church. 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 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.
Online Master of Arts
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 CMU Online MA in Education degree program offers three additional concentrations–Curriculum and Instruction, Community College (currently only offered on-campus), or Training and Development, and students choose their culminating experience (with a choice between a Capstone Project, a Field Study, or a Thesis). Completely online and about 33-credit hours (depending on which program is chosen), the programs provide academic advisors who work closely with students to choose the appropriate coursework to supplement the core curriculum of their chosen program. In addition to the student’s ability to tailor their degree to their academic goals, CMU Online’s Global Campus prides itself on the level of support it offers to the online student with services such as a Math Assistance Center, a Writing Center, and an Online Learning Resource Center (among other services) provided, and thus the CMU Online Global Campus makes sure that online students feel just as supported as if they were on campus.
In 1892, the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute welcomed thirty-one students to classes in the town of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. 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 enrolled students called it their school. Now over 26,000 students are enrolled on-campus and across the globe through distance learning or study abroad programs, and the Higher Learning Commission provides this public research university with its regional accreditation.
Online Master of Education
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Program Details: Many graduate education degree programs are offered online through UAB’s School of Education. Some of the programs are more traditionally associated with education–such as the UAB Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs, Special Education, or Reading Education–and others are more unique, like the 34-37 credit hour Collaborative Special Education Degree with a concentration in Reading or the 31-34 credit hour UAB Online School Psychometry degree program. Within some of the degrees, students can pursue additional specializations (such as the Collaborative Teacher K-12, Early Childhood Special Education, or Autism Spectrum Disorder concentrations within Special Education). Students even have the opportunity to pursue the UAB Alternative Masters Program (AMP), which is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field outside of education and who desire to become certified teachers. The UAB School of Education faculty teach all of the online coursework, and their commitment to distance education students is highlighted by the fact that they are “excellent mentors and educators who inspire others to grow and learn.” UAB School of Education Research and Engagement also offers students distinctive and fulfilling opportunities outside of the classroom.
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). 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, and it became an independent institution in 1969 (in 1984 the name was changed slightly from “in” Birmingham to “at” Birmingham). Now almost 20,000 students are enrolled at this a public research university, and UAB is part of the University of Alabama System with regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Education
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Programs Details: Three completely online Master of Education degree program concentrations s are available through the William Carey School of Education. Students have their choice of the William Carey Online MEd in Elementary Education, William Carey Online MEd in Secondary Education, and William Carey Online MEd in Mild and Moderate Disabilities K-12. All three online concentrations of the MEd degree require 30-credit hours to graduate and can be completed in as little as fifteen months. The online management system used by William Carey is Canvas, and all coursework is provided in an asynchronous format. The MEd in Elementary Education and the MEd in Secondary Education programs are offered in a cohort model, which allows a group of students to move through the program all together in curricular sequence (which can be particularly attractive for teachers employed 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. Presented through Carey Online, online MEd students are provided with online resources and guides to help them as they earn their degree.
After a fire destroyed Pearl River Boarding School of Poplarville, Mississippi, in 1905, the school’s founder desired to open South Mississippi College as a replacement. Moving to Hattiesburg, the school was opened 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 d the school became coeducational, and the following year it was renamed William Carey College. Continued growth prompted the purchase of the Gulf Coast Military Academy campus in Gulfport in 1976, and the private, liberal arts school has now gained university status. William Carey is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Education
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 through The College of St. Scholastica’s School of Education 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, the Graduate Online Learning at St. Scholastica has services like the online Program Advisors who 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. The core St. Scholastica online MEd curriculum provides relevant and cutting-edge classes such as “Current Issues and Future Trends in Education,” “21st Century Tech for Teaching,” and “Culturally Responsive Instruction.” All coursework for the 33-credit hour program is delivered entirely online, and can be completed in about two years. Concentration options are available for current educators to specialize their advanced degree, and certificates are offered in Educational Technology, Literacy Instruction, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Computer Science Education. An additional certificate option, Professional Studies, allows students to customize by choosing their own selection of electives.
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, Mother Scholastica Kerst headed up ministries for the Sisters in Duluth, Minnesota. In this community, 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, and the institution is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
#46. Lamar University
Online Master of Education
Program Details: With eleven different Master of Education degree programs and three certificate programs, the Lamar University College of Education and Human Development offers lots of options to specialize one’s degree. Most of the degree programs can be completed in 36-credit hours, but some programs require more or less–such as the MEd in Educational Administration (30-credit hours) or the MEd in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling (60-credit hours), and the certificate programs range from eighteen to 21 required credit hours. With unique degrees like the Lamar University online MEd in Digital Learning and Leading, students can learn cutting-edge technology and applications in around eighteen 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, and prospective students can read current Lamar Online student testimonials for a positive snapshot of the programs.
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. By 1951 the school became a state-supported institution and went through another name change. Twenty years later the final name change to Lamar University occurred and 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, offers more than 100 academic degree programs to its 15,000 plus students, and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Online Master of Science
Program Details: The Teachers College at Emporia State University provides five accelerated Master of Science degree programs entirely online. Students can complete all five 33-credit hour programs in just twelve months and have their choice of Educational Administration, Curriculum & Instruction – Curriculum Leadership PreK-12, Curriculum & Instruction – Effective Practitioner PreK-12, Curriculum & Instruction – Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader PreK-12, or Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12. Six start dates are offered each year, and if students do not wish to complete their chosen degree at an accelerated pace, they have up to seven years to complete the degrees. Offering the same quality programs online as on-campus, the engaged ESU Teachers College faculty members are supportive and available, and small class sizes–no more than 25 students per class–and dedicated IT services are available 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.
The Kansas State Normal (KSN) School began in Emporia, Kansas is 1863. Classes began two years later with the President of the school as the only faculty member for eighteen students. 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.
Online Master of Science
Program Details: The MS in Education in Reading degree program at the University of St. Francis College of Education 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,” the St. Francis College of Education MS in Education in Reading program curriculum 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. Current and past student College of Education testimonials, as well as provided information sessions, are available for prospective students to learn more about the program.
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. 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 in 1971 and in 1998 the college officially became the University of St. Francis. 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 regional accreditation.
Online Master of Science
Program Details: Offering two different fully online Master of Science degrees in Business Education and Instructional Leadership and certificates in Teaching Online, English as a Second Language, Principal Certification, and Autism Spectrum Disorders, RMU’s School of Education and Social Sciences “provides unmatched career preparation for tomorrow’s educators.” The MS programs both require 30-credit hours and offer an array of applicable coursework with classes such as “Curriculum Design & Assessment” and “Web Development for Educators.” The curriculum boasts a commitment to being at the “cutting edge of teacher education” under the RMU Education Advisory Board, made up of RMU alumni, educators, and administrators who provide guidance and relevance to the program. Online students get their own personal team to support them through to the end of the program in the form of an RMU Online Student Service Representative who is allocated to each online student. These representatives serve not just as a support resource 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.
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. Through the middle of the 20th century, the school changed locations several times until a building on Fifth Avenue was purchased in 1959. Within the next few years, the school purchased an estate in Moon Township to construct a residential campus and became a four-year 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 RMU educates over 5,000 students who pursue over 100 different academic degrees within its five schools. Regional accreditation comes the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Online Master of Education
Program Details: All classes for the four 30-33 credit hour Wright State University online Master of Education degree programs are presented through Pilot, Wright State’s “Online Learning Gateway” management system. Students can choose from innovative MEd degree programs in Educational Technology (with concentration focus area options available in Instructional Design for Digital Learning and Health Professions Applications), Teacher Leader: Curriculum & Instruction, or Principalship. All degrees are housed in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, and the 30-credit hour Wright State online MEd in Principalship program, for instance, offers a potential for students to receive licensure. The Principalship program curriculum provides unique and relevant coursework such as “Leadership for School Improvement,” “Ethics and Politics in Education,” and “Supervising Instruction and Personnel.” The four programs all offer three different start times throughout the year, and students have up to seven years to complete their chosen degree. Wright State Distance Education Support is provided through resources and services such as the University Libraries, Career Services, and the Computing and Telecommunication Services—Help Desk (CaTS Help Desk).
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. The Higher Learning Commission grants Wright State University with their regional accreditation.