Online Teaching Degrees

As the population in the United States grows, the demand for qualified teachers swells alongside. Education has long been one of the country’s most popular majors, and increasingly, students are pursuing their degree online. Online educational opportunities have expanded significantly in recent years, and students interested in a teaching career can pursue a variety of distance learning programs, regardless of what level they want to teach.

Like in any subject, online education students must be disciplined. The online platform is convenient, in that it allows students to study at their own pace and with minimal supervision. But distance programs also require students to self-motivate, and to study without prompting. Like good teachers, successful online education students are detail-oriented, capable of multitasking, and problem-solvers who work well with a variety of people. Good communication skills and a strong work ethic are essential.

Graduates will leave school prepared to enter a rewarding field with strong professional prospects. The BLS predicts that jobs in the field will grow by 8% through 2024, though the growth rate changes slightly between elementary and secondary schools. The median salary in the field is just over $47,000 annually, though mid-career professionals often earn a considerably higher salary.

Ultimately, an online teaching degree can help students from all backgrounds jumpstart their career. Read on to learn more about the advantages of pursuing a teaching degree online.

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Online Teaching Degree Overview

Degree Avg Degree Cost Avg Loan Default Rate Time Commitment Early Career Pay Mid-Career Pay Unemployment Rate
Associate $10,331 15.55% 2 years $27,800 $37,500 5.25%
Bachelor's $16,049 10.21% 4 years $38,200 $55,900 3.9%
Master's $17,221 8.39% 2 years $43,300 $67,000 2.33%
Whether you are new to the field, or looking to advance in your current career, you should weigh the costs and time of getting a new degree against its benefits. There is no one-size-fits-all degree. The best choice for you will depend on your current educational background, financial standing, employment history, and area of interest. For instance, those with no experience may want to consider an associate degree, due to its shorter time commitment and lower cost. If finances are tight for you, then you should prioritize the student loan debt and default categories, as you will want to choose a degree that offers you the best chance of improving your financial standing with minimal risk. If your employer or someone else is paying for your education, then you might want to consider the degree that will offer you the highest salary. All salary information is sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and/or PayScale

The minimum suggested degree for those looking to enter education is a bachelor’s. This four-year degree offers the most flexibility while providing a decent ROI on college tuition. An associate degree provides a nice introduction to the field, but job opportunities are limited. As education increases, salary increases, and job opportunities diversify. With a master’s degree, students have the opportunity to find a niche in education and can begin pursuing careers at the university level or even outside of teaching. PhD-holders typically have the most flexibility with regards to specialization, as well as the highest income potential.

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Online Associate’s Degree in Teaching

An online associate degree in education serves as a two-year introduction to teaching and general college coursework. The program provides an opportunity for a low-cost entry into the education field, allowing graduates to enter the workforce quickly and gain practical experience before committing to a more in-depth degree. Salaries for associate holders are generally low, but you have the flexibility to easily change your area of concentration should you decide your interests lay elsewhere.

  • SAMPLE COURSES

    Teaching in a Diverse Society, Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Children, Adult Development and Life Assessment, and English Composition

  • COMMON MAJORS

    Early Childhood Education

  • POTENTIAL JOBS

    Preschool Teacher and Teaching Assistant

  • AVERAGE INCOME

    $28,120

  • EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

    7% increase from 2014-2024

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching

As the recommended entry-level degree for those interested in education, a bachelor’s program requires more financial commitment than an associate, as well as four years of study instead of two. However, starting salaries reflect this and are significantly higher. Students complete a series of general education courses in combination with courses concentrating in education. Graduates are prepared to earn their teaching certificate and enter the education field, though the degree is flexible enough to provide employment opportunities in a range of careers.

  • SAMPLE COURSES

    Foundations in Education, Early Language and Literacy, Effective Teaching Skills & Classroom Management, Children with Special Needs, Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics, and Literature for Children and Young Adolescents

  • COMMON MAJORS

    Early Childhood Education, Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teaching, and Special Education

  • POTENTIAL JOBS

    Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher, High School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, and Special Education Teacher

  • AVERAGE INCOME

    $28,886 – $59,189

  • EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

    6% increase from 2014-2024

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East Carolina University

Greenville$$$$$East 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-6131

Students earning an online bachelor's degree in education through East Carolina University must complete their first two years of college courses at community colleges in their area, then apply to ECU. Admission requirements for transfer students includes a 2.5 minimum GPA and 24 transferable credit hours. Freshman admission requires specific high school coursework completion.

ECU offers the following online education bachelor's degree specialties:

  • Birth-Kindergarten Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education

Online coursework is completed through the Blackboard learning management system. Coursework is accessible 24/7. Distance learners are taught by the same faculty as on-campus students and complete the same assignments and exams. Discussion forums, real-time chat and group projects are used for faculty and student communication and collaboration.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg$$$$$1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000

Liberty University offers three online education degrees:

  • Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.
  • Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.
  • Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.

All require 120 total credit hours, 30 of which must be taken through Liberty. Additionally, the Early Childhood degree requires one 90-hour practicum. Distance learners may be able to receive credit for real-world experience and professional training.

Online students have access to an online library, writing resources, and study aids. Coursework is completed through the Blackboard platform. Admission to the program requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Liberty guarantees admission to graduates of Virginia’s 23 community colleges who have an associate’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro$$$$$1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000

Education concentrations available via UNC’s online program include Birth through Kindergarten Licensure and Early Care and Education. The online bachelor's degree in education program is designed for those who have completed a two-year associate’s degree from a participating North Carolina Community College.

The programs emphasize an integration of knowledge from social and behavioral science with educational instruction. The Birth through Kindergarten Licensure qualifies graduates to work in public school pre-kindergarten and public school kindergarten. Those who graduate with the concentration in Early Care and Education will be prepared for careers in child care centers, early childhood agencies, early intervention, private kindergartens, and hospitals.

UNC distance learners use the Blackboard learning management system for coursework completion. Both synchronous and asynchronous classes are included in the program. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters on a set rotation. In addition to internet access, students must have a webcam and computer microphone and headset. Online tools available through UNC include advising, writing resources, library and bookstore.

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Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale$$$$$3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

NSU offers several education concentrations available in online degree format:

  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education
  • Secondary Biology Education
  • Secondary Mathematics Education

Core coursework prepares future educators with testing procedures, teaching methods, classroom management, and age-appropriate development and learning. Coursework culminates with a 12-week field experience, during which students work under supervision in the classroom setting.

For other coursework, distance learners access the Blackboard learning management system. Discussion forums, real-time electronic classrooms, and online databases are utilized to for class work and communications. Transfer students entering the program may transfer up to 90 credit hours from regionally-accredited institutions toward the completion of their degree.

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LeTourneau University

Longview$$$$$2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered institution offering a wide range of studies. Two certification options are available via the online education program. Early Childhood through 6th Grade and 4th Grade through 8th Grade. Both require a total of 126 credit hours for completion, including a final semester of student teaching. Core curriculum classes include:

  • Differentiating Classroom Instruction
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Foundations of American Education & Culture
  • The Teaching of Reading

Distance learners at Letourneau University access their coursework through the Canvas learning management platform. They also have access to the online library and bookstore. Courses for the online education bachelor's degree are offered in accelerated format, five weeks in length. Academic weeks are Monday through Sunday, with assignments typically due on Sunday at midnight. Average class size is 16-22.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington$$$$$601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
(910) 962-3000

Distance learners at UNCW can earn an online bachelor's degree in education. The program offers several concentration options for their Elementary Education K-6 bachelor’s degree:

  • Behavioral Studies
  • English as a Second Language
  • Early Childhood
  • Fine Arts
  • International Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Math and Technology
  • Science and Health
  • Social Studies

Elementary education majors must complete 18 hours of an academic concentration. Program requirements also include three field experiences. Students will spend four hours one day per week in a public school placement site as part of the field requirements.

Online classes are not self-paced. Staff provide a schedule of assignments with due dates. Some courses may be partly synchronous, requiring students to be online at a specified time to meet in a virtual classroom. All online coursework is completed via the Blackboard learning management system.

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Appalachian State University

Boone$$$$$Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2000

ASU offers distance learners the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education with teacher licensure in grades 6-12. Concentrations for this major include:

  • Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
  • Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education
  • Technology, Engineering and Design Education
  • Trade and Industry Education
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Those graduating with the BSCTE will be qualified to teach courses in their concentration at both the middle and high school levels. Graduates will obtain a North Carolina “A” level teaching license in grades 6-12. CTE is a high-needs area, with teachers in demand in most NC districts in at least one of the above mentioned concentrations. Potential jobs include teaching interior design, robotics, computer applications and carpentry.

This degree completion requires 123-128 total credit hours, including a semester of student teaching at a North Carolina public school. The program takes 2.5 years to complete. Online coursework is completed through AsUlearn, ASU’s learning management system, which utilizes the Moodle platform.

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Southwestern College

Winfield$$$$$100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
(620) 229-6000

Southwestern College offers two online bachelor’s degrees in the field of education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

The Early Childhood Education program combines early childhood education and early childhood special education into one licensure covering birth through age eight. Student teaching experiences include placement at two grade levels. An on-campus pre-school and partnerships with special education programs provide practice and observation opportunities. The Elementary Education program places an emphasis on leadership, professional development, ethics, diversity and service.

Both degrees require 124 total credit hours for completion. Admission requirements include minimum GPA of 2.75 and three years of post-high school work experience. Online courses are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system. Classes are six-week accelerated format. Prospective students are given the option to Test Drive a Course through the school’s website to decide if online learning is right for them.

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Western Governors University

Salt Lake City$$$$$4001 East 700 South, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 274-3280

WGU offers a unique set-your-own pace philosophy. Online education bachelor's degree students advance through each course by demonstrating mastery of the material. Students complete as much work as they choose to during each six-month term. Coursework for the online education bachelor's degree is not delivered through a learning management system, but instead with the use of a specially designed portal for each course.

WGU offers several online Bachelor of Arts in Education licensure programs:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
  • B.A. Special Education (K-12)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
  • B.A. Science (5-9)
  • B.A. Science (Chemistry, 5-12)
  • B.A. Science (Physics, 5-12)
  • B.A. Science (Biological Science, 5-12)
  • B.A. Science (Geosciences, 5-12)

All licensure programs include an in-person student teaching requirement.
For those who already have a BA but desire to become a licensed teacher, the following programs are available:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Elementary Education (K-8)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Mathematics (5-9 or 5-2)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Science (5-9 or 5-12)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Social Science (5-12)

Post-Baccalaureate studies include a Demonstration Teaching course, which involves in-classroom experience. Students will also create a professional portfolio as part of program requirements.

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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 47876-1099
(812) 535-5151

St. Mary of the Woods offers online coursework in an eight-week format, with flexible year-round start dates. Online classes offer the same material as on-campus courses. Students complete written submissions, projects, assignments and online quizzes. Coursework is completed through the Desire2Learn learning management system. Distance learners have also access to campus resources, online tutoring and mentors.

Those seeking a bachelor’s degree in education are offered the following options through online programs at St. Mary of the Woods:

  • English Education: Grades 5-12
  • Kindergarten-Grade 6
  • Kindergarten-Grade 6/Mild Intervention
  • Mathematics Education: Grades 5-12
  • Preschool-Grade 3 Education/Mild Intervention
  • Social Studies Education: Grades 5-12
  • Special Education (Mild Intervention)

Successful completion of these programs requires passing three "gateways":

  • Admission to the program - requires minimum 2.75 GPA, 40 hours college credit, one field experience and an initial portfolio presentation
  • Approval for capstone clinical experience - requires 2.75 minimum GPA and completion of all other program requirements
  • Program completion - Requires successful completion of student teaching (clinical experience) and submission of final portfolio
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University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie$$$$$712 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 232-1431

Online learners at University of Wisconsin, Stout can obtain a B.S. in Career, Technical Education and Training. This program prepares students for careers in post secondary school settings and industrial training programs. It can be completed in two years if classes are taken year-round. Courses are accessed through the UW site’s Learn@UW-Stout. Online students can also access library services and career services.

Admission to the program requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 from the last school attended. This is a degree completion program, designed for those who have already obtained an associate’s degree or equivalent credits. Students expand their expertise in course instruction, evaluation, and leadership, receive specialized training in technical education and complete the coursework needed to finish out their bachelor’s degree.

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University of Central Florida

Orlando$$$$$4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2000

UCF offers distance learners the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Technical Education and Industry Training. The program is designed for those seeking to pursue technical teaching in the following fields:

  • Middle or secondary school
  • Correctional institutions
  • Post-secondary adult technical institutes
  • Community colleges
  • Business or industry technical training

Admission to the online education bachelor's degree program requires an associate’s degree from an approved Florida community college and a minimum GPA of 2.5. In addition to online coursework, students must complete an internship over one to two semesters in a school or industry setting or as an intern to UFC faculty. Courses total 75 credit hours. Online classes are accessed through Webcourses@UFC.

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National University

La Jolla$$$$$11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

Future educators can obtain an online B.A. in Early Childhood Education through distance learning at National University. Three concentrations are available:

  • Early Childhood Administration
  • Infant and Toddler
  • Teacher Education

This program meets requirements for the Child Development Associates National Licensing and the State of California Child Development Permits. Students residing in or desiring to teach in other states should verify requirements with that state’s Department of Education. Additional licensure may be required. The program focuses on child development in the areas of parenting, peer cooperation, brain development, cognition and literacy, as well as emphasis on child advocacy, ethics and teaching through play.

All online coursework is accessed through the Blackboard learning management system. Completion of the degree also requires hands-on field experience. Students must undergo a background check and TB clearance for this field work.

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University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg$$$$$118 College Drive # 0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000

USM offers an online education bachelor's degree. Students completing this degree will attain an elementary teacher’s license for grades K-6 and an endorsement in one of the following areas:

  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Endorsements include 21 credit hours in the chosen area. Students completing this program will gain knowledge of elementary education content, assessments, differentiated instruction, technology integration and higher-order critical thinking teaching methods.

Admissions to the program are based on test scores and GPA in general core curriculum completed. Students must also undergo a background check. Once admitted, students access all online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system. Online students are also provided with resources including online databases an academic support.

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Chadron State College

Chadron$$$$$1000 Main St
Chadron, NE 69337-2690
(308) 432-6000

Chadron offers extensive online education degrees for those seeking to pursue a career in education. Online students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, choosing from the following endorsements:

Field Endorsements:

  • Art
  • Business, Marketing and IT Education
  • Early Childhood Inclusive
  • Elementary Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Special Education

Subject Endorsements:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Health
  • History
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Technical Education

Coursework covers a broad range of educator skills, focusing in on teaching methods, multicultural studies, technology in the classroom, assessments, as well as basic curriculum and instruction appropriate for the chosen age and subject area. Online coursework is completed via the Sakai learning management system.

The college offers open admission. No minimum test scores or GPA are required. Students simply need proof of graduation from an accredited high school.

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Bemidji State University

Bemidji$$$$$1500 Birchmont Dr
Bemidji, MN 56601
(800) 475-2001

All online undergraduate programs at BSE are transfer programs. The Distributed Learning in Teacher Education (Dlite) is a 2+3 program, meaning students must have completed an associate degree (2 years) and then finish the last three years of coursework online through BSU to earn the bachelor’s degree. Foundational coursework including intro to public education, educational psychology and learning environment design are built on with major coursework covering language arts, math, science and methods of elementary school education. Student teaching is also required to earn the online education degrees.

The program involves accessing coursework online through the Brightspace learning management system. Students must also attend three face-to-face meetings each year. These are typically two or three day commitments and occur in the Minneapolis area. The total program is a minimum of 120 credits. Admission requirements include previous degree and 3.0 GPA. Online students have access to tutoring, technical support, writing resources, disability services and online library materials.

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute$$$$$210 N 7th St
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-6311

ISU offers a nine-credit hour program for licensed teachers who wish to teach driver education. The online undergraduate licensure program for driver education is only available to Indiana residents. Students must hold a valid Indiana driver’s license, have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit and pass a limited criminal history from the Indiana State Police.
Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to teach driver education in public and private schools or commercial and agency settings. It is designed to meet the standards for a Rules 2002 license. Coursework is one eight-week summer term, completed online via Blackboard.

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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee$$$$$Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100

Those interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education can obtain a degree online from WCU. The program offers a B.S. degree with birth-kindergarten minor and a concentration in early childhood or professional education, leading to licensure. Both include core curriculum covering childhood development, instruction, interventions and disabilities. Selection of several elective courses diverge the two concentrations. Completion of either program requires two semesters of internship. Site placement for internships are limited to public NC Pre-K, Headstart and Kindergarten classrooms.

Admission for online education degrees is competitive, with no more than 30 students accepted each semester. Continuance in the program requires maintaining a minimum 2.75 GPA. Classes are asynchronous, allowing students to complete them on their own time. Coursework is accessed through the Blackboard learning management system. Distance learners can also access online tutoring resources, library services, career services and technology resources.

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West Virginia University

Morgantown$$$$$Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506-6201
(304) 293-0111

West Virginia University offers a unique degree option for online learners. The online Multidisciplinary Studies bachelor’s degree allows students to create a custom degree that matches their own career goals. Instead of choosing one major, students choose three minors. A variety of minors related to the field of education are available:

  • Child development
  • Family and youth
  • History
  • Health promotion
  • Infant and toddler
  • Human services

Core curriculum for any combination of minors includes completion of basic english and math courses, at least 60 credit hours of 200-level or above coursework, and a capstone course. Total program completion requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Transfer students may transfer up to 72 credit hours of general education courses. All online coursework is completed asynchronously through WVU’s eCampus.

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University of Missouri

Columbia$$$$$105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121

Online learners at U of M Columbia can earn a Bachelor of Educational Studies with an interdepartmental emphasis. Designed for those with previous work experience or those who have earned an associate’s degree, the program prepares students for careers in adult learning. Potential areas of employment include human resource training, continuing professional education and workforce development. The program is appropriate for those seeking to work in educational programs focused on:

  • Medical technology
  • Telecommunications and electronic technology
  • Automotive technology
  • Computer applications
  • Construction trades
  • Small and marine engine repair
  • Culinary arts and food science

The degree does not certify graduates to teach in the public school system.
Attainment of the degree involves a minimum of 45 hours in General Education, including math, history and science, 32 hours in education coursework, 24 to 32 hours in the chosen area of concentration, and elective credits to complete the minimum 120 total credit hours.

Coursework is available in self-paced or semester-based formats. Classes are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system. Admission for freshmen is based on ACT/SAT scores and high school academics. Transfer students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and at least 24 credit hours from a regionally accredited college.

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Athens State University

Athens$$$$$300 N Beaty St
Athens, AL 35611
(256) 233-8100

Pursuing an online degree in education at Athens State University offers students several options.

  • B.S. Ed. Collaborative Teacher 6-12 (Special Education)
  • B.S. Ed. Collaborative Teacher K-6 (Special Education)
  • B.S. Ed Early Childhood Education P-3
  • B.S. Ed Elementary/Collaborative K-6
  • B.S. Ed. Elementary K-6
  • B.S. Ed Physical Education P-12

Coursework covers core educational training including classroom management, technology integration, curriculum design and adaptation and exceptional learners. Each degree culminates with a student teaching experience, during which the student takes on full-time teaching responsibilities for 14 weeks under supervision of a mentor teacher.

All coursework for these online degrees is completed through the Blackboard learning management system. Online students can also access technology services, bookstore resources, counseling services and writing services.

Admission to the program requires transfer students to have completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit from a regionally accredited institution or attainment of an associate’s degree, plus a minimum GPA of 2.0.

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Limestone College

Gaffney$$$$$1115 College Drive
Gaffney, SC 29340-3799
(800) 795-71510

Limestone College offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Distance learners completing this degree will be qualified to teach grades 2-6. The program emphasizes communication skills, curriculum integration, learning styles, and continuous professional growth. Completing the program requires a minimum of 123 credit hours.

Requirements include three sequential incremental field experiences in a classroom setting working with students. Other online coursework is completed through the Blackboard learning management system. Online students also have access to library resources and career services.

Limestone offers continuous enrollment, meaning students can be admitted any time of year. Freshmen admission requires a high school diploma or GED and SAT or ACT scores. For those 21 years or older or in military service, test score requirements are waived.

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University of Toledo

Toledo$$$$$2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-4636

The University of Toledo offers a fast-track program for an online BS in Early Childhood Education. Students who have completed core curriculum with an associate’s degree complete their bachelor’s in just four semesters. Each semester includes nine hours of online coursework and seven hours of field work. Field work is completed through in-person educational experiences in your area. Classes are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system. Online learners also have access to the eLibrary, eTutoring and tech support.

The program is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); however, UT suggests each student verify with their home state’s Department of Education that this program meets their criteria for licensure or certification.

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California Baptist University

Riverside$$$$$8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

CBU online studies include a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. Students completing this program will learn assessments and developmentally appropriate learning environments for non-disabled and disabled children 0-8 years of age. Those interested in K-12 teaching can obtain credentials for K-12. Those who desire to focus on Pre-K special day classes or children with developmental disabilities ages 0-8 can seek the Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential.

Coursework includes core childhood development, curriculum and interventions classes. Students are also required to complete an overview of the Bible course and Foundations of Christian Thought (6 credits total).

The average completion for the program is just 16 months. All online coursework is completed through the Blackboard learning management system. Online students also have access to the campus store, career services and library.

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Brandman University

Irvine$$$$$16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800

The Brandman University online BA in Early Childhood Education prepares students for careers in the care and education of children up to age eight. The program emphasizes research-based practices, child development, comprehensive assessments and diversity. Coursework covers childhood development, learning standards, exceptional needs students and dual language learners.

This program is available for California residents only. Students must also have at least 12 transferable bachelor’s level credits. Completion of the degree requires a total of 120 credits, with at least 30 credits attained at Brandman University.

Students complete their online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system. Classes are asynchronous, allowing students to set their own flexible schedule. Online students are also offered support services through the school’s online math and writing community, career services and disability services.

Online Master’s Degree in Teaching

Pursuing a master’s degree will give professionals the chance to enter specialized positions and earn a higher income. To enter a master’s program, students must already hold a bachelor’s degree. Coursework consists entirely of high-level instruction in specialized topics, and there are no general education courses. Due the highly specific nature of the degree, it is recommended that those pursuing a master’s have several years of experience in their industry of interest.

  • SAMPLE COURSES

    Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Curriculum Development & Design, Research in Education, and Teaching Practicum

  • COMMON MAJORS

    Education Leadership and Education Administration

  • POTENTIAL JOBS

    Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, and Forensic Psychologist

  • AVERAGE INCOME

    $44,752

  • EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

    7% increase from 2014-2024

Online Teaching Degrees
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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore$$$$$525 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-4766

The Online Master of Science in Education is the product of a partnership between Johns Hopkins School of Education and Teach for America (TFA). The two-year program centers on the 'teaching as leadership' rubric and comprehensive real-world skills. Students participate in classroom observations and constructive feedback from educational coaches during the first year. Johns Hopkins is the official provider of TFA Corp members in the Baltimore area. The accredited online degree is open to TFA corp members and alumni in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Online classes are hosted on the Blackboard learning management system and accessed by logging into the myJHU portal, which is also accessible on mobile devices. Online students complete an online orientation, which provides tutorials on how to navigate Blackboard's interface, before beginning their classes. Most online courses are asynchronous, but the school offers some synchronous classes that must be logged into at set times. JHU offers 24/7 technical support for Blackboard through phone and email.

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Ohio State University

Columbus$$$$$190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(292) 646-8600

The MS in Agricultural and Extension Education is offered through Ohio state's Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, create and assess education and communication programs in the food, agriculture and environmental sciences. Admission is geared toward professionals who are employed full-time and are interested in earning a future doctorate in education.

With the exception of one annual in-person meeting, students are not required to visit campus to complete this degree. The program is generally completed over two years, with thesis and non-thesis options available. Ohio State uses the Carmen course management system to deliver online classes, which are held to the same standards as on-campus classes and often require weekly real time discussions and instructional webinars. Students have access to helpful tutorials through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning Resource Center.

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University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh$$$$$4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141

Prospective students of the University of Pittsburgh's online Master's in Education programs have four options to choose from: elementary, English and communications, mathematics or secondary social studies. Recorded and one-on-one virtual open houses are offered for students interested in learning more about the school's online programs. After admissions, online students participate in an orientation designed to familiarize them with the online classroom interface.

Online courses are delivered through CourseWeb, powered by the Blackboard learning management system. Classes are usually asynchronous and include active discussions via forums, email or chat rooms. Online students have the option of transferring to an on-campus program at anytime, if available. Students have access to online tutorials as well as 24/7 technical help through the Computing Services Help Desk.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing$$$$$
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046
(517) 355-1855

Michigan State's Master of Arts in Education is geared towards professional educators. Admission is offered in the U.S. and overseas, with access to courses year-round. Academic plans are customizable; Michigan State has a unique selection of courses, and students may choose to develop one or two concentrations in the areas of special education, technology, school leadership, math and science, literacy and sports leadership and coaching. The online degree is a non-thesis program and must be completed within five years.

Online courses, accessed through the web system Desire2Learn, are taught by MSU tenure-line faculty. Classes are generally asynchronous, though instructors may use features such as synchronous discussions through Google Hangouts and collaborate project editing through Etherpad. Students create and maintain an online portfolio throughout their graduate program that serves as a final capstone project.

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Lindenwood University

Saint Charles$$$$$209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

Lindenwood's MA in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology prepares students for leadership roles in educational technology in the classroom, business and other industry environments. The 33-hour program is designed to be completed in two years or less.

Students can register for courses that fit their schedule and priorities. Online classes are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, and students can access their course sites from their mobile devices. Lindenwood also offers students Turnitin, a cloud-based program for peer editing and plagiarism prevention for written assignments, and online learners are able to work in teams using Collaborate. Students have access to a 24/7 online support center through phone and live chat.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville$$$$$527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-1000

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers a Master of Science in Special Education online. This degree prepares students for initial licensure while giving them the skills they need to recognize their teaching style and adjusting that to meet the needs of all students. Students may also pursue this degree on a non-licensure track.

All courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learn course management system, which is available through the Online@UT website. Students can also access Blackboard Collaborate for live class discussions. UTK provides students with tutorials to familiarize themselves with the platform, as well as access to an online learning readiness quiz.

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Purdue University

West Lafayette$$$$$Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
(765) 494-4600

Prospective online students of Purdue University can choose from an MS in Education in Learning Design and Technology or an MS in Special Education with a focus on mild intervention. Students who choose the latter option can complete their degree with or without licensure, though the licensure track requires an in-school practicum.

Students access all courses and content through the Blackboard Learn platform. Most online courses are asynchronous, though students still participate in online discussion boards with peers and their instructors. While assignments may be adapted to an online format, the curriculum is held to the same standards and quality as on-campus programs. Purdue provides students with a comprehensive set of technical and academic support services, including Mixable, a social networking application that allows users to converse and share resources from anywhere.

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California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton$$$$$800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011

California State University-Fullerton (CSUF) offers a fully online master's in education in six concentrations: educational technology, elementary curriculum and instruction, reading, secondary education, instructional design & technology and special education. All programs are nationally accredited by NCATE. CSUF is recognized as #21 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

CSUF delivers most of its online courses through the Moodle learning management system, which, by popular vote, was renamed TITANium. Students are provided with semester-long syllabi for long-term planning and weekly to-do checklists for all coursework and assignments. Students can email instructors with any questions and expect a response within 24 hours. Most programs require an on-campus boot-up orientation, in which students are introduced and acquainted with program requirements, faculty, the course management system and other program details.

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University of South Carolina

Columbia$$$$$Columbia-Campus
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000

The online Master of Education in Teaching program, which can be completed in two years, is structured to leverage and encourage application for National Board Certification. Online students work with an adviser to customize the second half of their programs; this allows them to select courses based on their professional interests. Online courses are taught by the on-campus faculty, and students must complete all graduation requirements within six years.

Online materials and class sessions for the master's in education online are hosted on the Blackboard learning platform; students and instructors login to the LMS through their My USC account. Course delivery format varies depending on the content and instructor, so students should be prepared to encounter Powerpoint presentations, recorded videos and forum discussions. Students are provided with a number of Blackboard guides and video tutorials through the Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Resources.

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University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Amherst$$$$$374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0111

The online M.Ed. in Science Education, offered by the College of Education and College of Natural Sciences, requires 33 credits and is designed for working elementary and middle school science teachers. The M.Ed. program qualifies Massachusetts educators for professional licensure.

Courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learn platform and accessed by logging into the UMassOnline portal. In addition to access to course material and assignments, students routinely engage with peers and their instructors on discussion boards. All faculty have a background in teacher education, and courses are designed to appeal to an adult audience. Students can access live support for any technical issues via the UMass Amherst Support Center.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Winona$$$$$700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(507) 457-1600

Prospective students at Saint Mary's University can pursue a M.Ed. in Learning Design & Technology or a Master of Arts in Special Education. Both programs, as long as students are not seeking licensure, are offered fully online. By taking two courses every eight weeks, he M.Ed. degree was designed to be completed in 20 months; non-licensure online students can earn the special education degree in two years.

Online learning includes collaborative discussion and interactive activities with peers. Students access materials and forums through the Blackboard Learn management system, which is also available via mobile devices. Live remote assistance is provided for help with any technical issues. Interested students can participate in a virtual open house where they can learn more about the master's in education online.

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University of Georgia

Athens$$$$$Administration Building
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3000

Online students at the University of Georgia can choose to earn their Master of Education in a variety of fields, including: adult education, educational psychology, reading education and music education. While admission into one of the M.Ed. programs is offered to students in the U.S. and overseas, some programs are competitive, with a specific number of students admitted to a cohort per semester.

The online class format is geared toward busy professional teachers. All courses are accessed through UGA's eLearning Commons, which is powered by the Desire2Learn Brightspace content management system and supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Enterprise IT Services. Both synchronous and asynchronous courses are offered, depending on the program. Students may participate in discussion forums and seminars to create and share teaching knowledge and strategies. Online proctoring may be used for some online course exams.

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Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge$$$$$156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750
(225) 578-3202

Students at Louisiana State University choose from an MA in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration or an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Both degrees are designed for working professionals and can be completed in as few as 15 months. Students who enter the MA in Education generally work at a college or university. The accredited M.Ed. is geared toward teachers and includes some hands-on experience through part-time internships and other real-world administrative applications.

Online courses for the master's in education online are delivered through the Moodle learning platform and accessed through the MyLSU portal. Students have access to all course material and assignments, as well as a variety of interactive features such as discussion forums and wikis. Additional tools that may be made available to students include Kaltura open source video, which allows students to create a video assignment, and Turnitin, an anti-plagiarism tool. LSU offers students a comprehensive set of technical tutorials and live chat via GROK, an online knowledge base.

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond$$$$$910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23284-2512
(804) 828-0100

Virginia Commonwealth University offers an M.Ed. in Reading, with a concentration in K-12 education. The 30-credit program is designed for experienced teachers who are considering becoming experts in reading from preschool to adult levels. The online program, which is nationally-accredited and state-approved, results in the Virginia endorsement for K-12 reading specialist.

Online courses for the master's of education online are delivered via the Blackboard learning platform. Courses are flexible, and students can complete much of the coursework at their own pace. Students interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums, Skype conversations and face-to-face coaching. In addition to a resident summer internship, students complete an online externship course in which they work in groups to create and implement an action research project, then present results virtually.

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg$$$$$800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-6211

James Madison University's M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology is designed for students who want to pursue related careers in education, business and industry or consulting. The 36-credit degree program may be completed in two years when students are enrolled full-time; part-time students have up to six years to complete the program.

JMU uses the Canvas learning management system to deliver its online learning experience. A number of support tutorials, along with dedicated phone and email, are available to students through JMU's CIT Support. Microsoft Lync may also be used for instant messaging, audio and video conversations and virtual meetings. Online courses may be synchronous or asynchronous, depending on the instructor's preference. Students complete an electronic portfolio over the course of their program that serves as a final exit exam.

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California State University - Fresno

Fresno$$$$$5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

The online MA in Teaching degree prepares educators for careers in the classroom as a teacher leader, curriculum consultant, action research consultant, a multicultural social justice consultant or a community college instructor. The program, which is geared toward certified teachers, is completed in three semesters. A two-day, on-campus orientation is required for all students.

Online courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning platform, and students have access to Blackboard mobile learn. Cal State offers tutorials and tech support by phone and email through the Blackboard Resource Center. Students develop an action research project throughout their course of study, which is implemented and presented virtually in a multimedia presentation. Students also complete a capstone project, thesis or comprehensive exam to complete their degree requirements.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie$$$$$Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121

University of Wyoming's Outreach School offers a hybrid master's of education online with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, a fully online M.Ed. in Instructional Technology or a hybrid online M.Ed. in Special Education. White the Instructional Tech program is available to many online students in the U.S., he MA in Education and M.Ed. in Special Education programs are not available fully online to students outside Wyoming.

Hybrid courses are delivered in a variety of formats, including video or audio conference; intensive weekends, held in central location determined by instructor; web-based construction; or a combination of these models. Students access online courses through WyoCourses, powered by the Canvas learning platform. Courses are accessible 24/7, but sessions are often synchronous and require students to be online at certain times. Online classes have a small student-to-faculty ratio and are structured to be interactive via discussion threads, document sharing and live chat sessions. A dedicated UW IT Help Desk offers helpful videos and live chat support.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant$$$$$106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-4000

Central Michigan University's MA in Education, offered through their Global Campus, is designed for both new and experienced teachers in the field of adult education. Students choose from three concentrations: Community College, available only in Canada; Curriculum and Instruction; and Training and Development. CMU will also be offering an online MA in Educational Technology and an MA in Reading and Literacy K-12 beginning January 2016.

Online courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. CMU offers a comprehensive set of student tutorials through its Online Learning Resource Center. Most classes are asynchronous, though some may require scheduled chat sessions. Students submit assignments, access lectures and communicate with peers and instructors online. Most courses require students to schedule proctored exams. All education programs require an action research experience as a capstone project for degree completion.

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University of Arizona

Tucson$$$$$1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
(520) 621-2211

University of Arizona offers an online MA in Special Education and Behavioral Support, available to students nationwide excepting Alabama and Maryland residents. The 36-credit program does not lead to teacher certification, but it prepares students to take the exam offered through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Program curriculum is the same as that offered to on-campus students.

Students generally take 3-5 online courses per week and often interact with peers to participate on discussion boards or complete group projects. Courses are usually asynchronous, but some some professors may require students to login to their classes at set times. All lectures, assignments and quizzes are accessed through the Desire2Learn Brightspace content management system. A 24/7 IT support center is available to students online. New students are also offered an online student orientation to review program requirements and expectations.

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Grand Valley State University

Allendale$$$$$1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-2020

Grand Valley State offers two online education degrees: a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and a M.Ed. in Literacy Studies at the K-12 level. The M.Ed. in Educational Technology program prepares educators in K-12 and adult education to integrate the latest technology into curriculum and classroom activities. All students are required to complete an online self-assessment to ensure they have the background knowledge to be successful in the Educational Technology program.

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies program requires students to participate in synchronous class sessions during the week, which are held via Blackboard Collaborate in a virtual classroom. Students in all education programs complete a development project or a research thesis as their final capstone experience. Most online courses for the master's of education online are offered through the Blackboard learning platform, though some courses may be delivered through the Moodle content management system.

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Webster University

Saint Louis$$$$$470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
(314) 961-2660

Webster University offers three MA in Education programs and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology online. Students in the MA in Education and Innovation program have the option of taking a thesis or non-thesis track, while those pursuing the Communication Arts degree have a choice of 11 emphasis areas. All programs are nationally accredited.

Students and instructors access their online courses, hosted by Canvas, by logging into their WorldClassRoom portal. Online class size is limited to 24 students to encourage peer interaction, and the online faculty also teaches on campus. All online courses are offered asynchronously format, but students are required to follow scheduled structure with weekly due dates for assignments and tasks. All assessments are completed online. Webster provides a dedicated IT service desk for technical problems.

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California State University - Northridge

Northridge$$$$$18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-1200

The Online MA in Educational Administration at California State University-Northridge is a two-year program for students who aspire to serve in leadership positions in schools or even in government setting with an education focus. The program, designed for K-12 educators, is offered jointly with CSUN's Michael D. Eisner College of Education, the largest school of its kind in the nation.

Upon admission, students are assigned a dedicated program manager who provides one-on-one support services for busy professionals. CSUN uses the Moodle learning management platform to deliver the online learning experience. Though not self-paced, courses are asynchronous, and students can complete assignments during the week around other priorities. Online learners progress through the program in a cohort of 25 to 30 students to promote a more intimate learning community, and online faculty are the same as those who teach on campus.

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Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee$$$$$6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

The online MS in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who want to grow their leadership skills. It is ideal for those seeking a career as a "site council member, grade level coordinator or department chair," according to the program itself. The 31-credit program can be completed in 18 to 20 months, and students have seven years to earn their degrees.

Courses range from six to eight weeks in length. Cardinal Stritch uses the Canvas learning management system to deliver its online courses via computer and mobile devices. A help desk is available through Student Support Services for technical issues. Students may submit coursework, quizzes and participate in graded discussions through Canvas. Students also complete a leadership portfolio throughout their program as part of their administrator licensure requirements.

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University of Northern Colorado

Greeley$$$$$Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890

University of Northern Colorado offers multiple online MA Education degrees through its Extended Campus. MA degrees are offered in four main areas : Teaching; Special Education; Theater, Art & Dance; and Educational Leadership. Each area offers a variety of concentrations. Most degree programs are geared toward certified teachers or educators, and they are designed to be completed in two years or less.

Online programs can be started during any term throughout the year. Some programs may require one or more in-person practicums or workshop experiences. Online courses are accessed via the Blackboard course management system. Courses are asynchronous, and students complete assignments and coursework according to their schedules. Students and instructors may set up voluntary meetings through Blackboard Collaborate. Most courses are taught by on-campus faculty. Students have access to technical support via email, the web and Facebook.

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University College - Azusa Pacific University

San Dimas$$$$$300 North Lone Hill Avenue, #200
San Dimas, CA 91773
(855) 276-8669

The online Master of Arts in Education: Special Education program at Azusa Pacific prepares graduates to work with students on the Autism spectrum. Though it does not lead to credentialing, the 45-credit, online program immerses students in topics that include: Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice; Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disability Studies; Technology in Special Education; and Implementation of Special Education Legislation.

Online courses are nine weeks long, and students complete them in sequential order. There are no set times when online learners should login to their classes to participate in discussions or view lectures, but they must meet all deadlines and due dates. Azusa's online classes are hosted on and accessed through the Sakai learning management system. Students participate in an online orientation that lasts two weeks; this prepares them for online learning by familiarizing them with the LMS. They have access to a number of resources and tools to help them through their online degrees.

Online Doctorate Degree in Teaching

For those who are passionate about academics, a doctoral degree provides the opportunity to fully immerse oneself in a speciality and contribute original research to the field. PhD candidates must choose a topic on which to write a thesis, and they will spend the majority of their time in school researching and writing on this subject. Along with taking high level courses, doctoral candidates often teach classes to undergraduates. A PhD program typically takes four years, though can take longer depending on the pace of a candidate’s research. Salaries for graduates tend to be high, however positions within universities are highly competitive.

  • SAMPLE COURSES

    Learning Theory & the Educational Process, Educational Philosophy, Comparative Higher Education, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, and Education Policy & Politics

  • SAMPLE COURSES

    Learning Theory & the Educational Process, Educational Philosophy, Comparative Higher Education, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, and Education Policy & Politics

  • COMMON MAJORS

    Special Education and Educational Leadership

  • POTENTIAL JOBS

    Assistant Professor, Postsecondary Special Education Teacher, and Associate Professor

  • AVERAGE INCOME

    $81,716

Online Teaching Choose Your Career

Average Teaching Salaries

$65,310
$46,300
$61,550
$28,120
$70,790

High School Teachers

Salary: $65,310
Growth Rate 2014-2024 Number of Jobs: 2014 Degree Certifications
6% 961,600 Bachelor's Varies by state

High school teachers typically specialize in a one-subject area such as English, biology, physics, or history. They design lessons plans and engage students both inside and outside the classroom, playing a critical role in monitoring students’ progress and reporting to their parents. High school teachers prepare students for life after graduation, and aspiring professionals in this career path need to have a passion for challenging and motivating students.

Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers

Salary: $46,300
Growth Rate 2014-2024 Number of Jobs: 2014 Degree Certifications
7% 31,300 Masters Voluntary

These careers encompass education degree holders who want to work in museums. Archivists appraise, catalogue, and maintain documents and electronic records within historical institutions. They are also responsible for regulating public access to these materials. Curators and museum workers work directly with artifacts and exhibits. They are responsible for engaging museum visitors and promoting their institutions.

Instructional Coordinators

Salary: $61,550
Growth Rate 2014-2024 Number of Jobs: 2014 Degree Certifications
7% 151,100 Masters Teaching license (Varies)

Instructional coordinators organize and manage the curriculum inside learning institutions. They define the standards to which faculty are held and ensure that learning materials, technology, and teacher training are up-to-date and running smoothly. This path tends to attract individuals who enjoy the study of education and its implementation, but do not want to work strictly within a classroom setting.

Preschool Teachers

Salary: $28,120
Growth Rate 2014-2024 Number of Jobs: 2014 Degree Certifications
7% 441,000 Associates Varies by state

Seeing as they work primarily with children under the age of five, preschool teachers build the fundamentals of learning through fun and playful education techniques. They must be creative and should inspire a passion for learning in young children. Preschool teachers also play a critical role in monitoring students for social or developmental disabilities that may become apparent at this age.

Postsecondary Teachers

Salary: $70,790
Growth Rate 2014-2024 Number of Jobs: 2014 Degree Certifications
13% 1,313,000 Masters Varies according to subject

These professionals teach students who have graduated high school in any number of technical, professional, or educational subjects. While a master’s degree is technically the minimum education needed to teach at the postsecondary level, most positions require a Ph.D.

Online Teaching Degree in Action

Brittani Powell Teaching

Brittani Powell completed her bachelor’s at UCSD in psychology, and earned her masters in counseling and PPS credential in counseling online from Chapman University in 2012. She loves working with students from all walks of life, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband in San Diego, CA.

Why did you choose to earn your teaching degree online?

The option to engage in earning my master's in an online environment was a major factor in my decision to return to school. I had to work full-time during my program, and the flexibility allowed by the online environment made earning my degree so much more convenient, realistic, and achievable.

What was your online class experience like?

I was able to communicate regularly with my instructors and engage in lively discussions with my classmates, as well as learn to navigate the online curriculum with ease.

Why did you choose to specifically earn an online master's degree in education and teaching?

The online world is such a large piece of our reality today, and learning about education in an online environment was very interesting. I feel it greatly prepared me to work with and understand the struggles and successes of today's youth, especially those who engage in online schooling!

Online Teaching Professional Requirements

Arguably the most important step in the pursuit of a career is your degree; however, the education field often has other requirements to be completed before entering the workforce. Depending on your career path of choice, you may have to pursue licensure, certifications, or complete student teaching practicums. Below we have outlined some common professional requirements of the education industry.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a general requirement of education majors who do not yet have a teaching certificate. It involves the supervised instruction of a classroom, giving education students a chance to get classroom experience before entering the workforce.

Is it required?

Yes

How long will it take?

Student teaching usually occurs in the final semester of a student's education

The Praxis

The Praxis is a standardized assessment of an individual’s teaching skills. There is a core assessment, as well as subject assessments for those teaching in a specific subject area. It is suggested that you prepare for at least one to three months before sitting for the praxis exam. The test takes approximately four hours and you should receive your results in 10-16 business days.

Is it required?

How long will it take?

Approximately four hours

National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards created the National Board Certification to maintain a standard of quality across the country. The board is currently revising its standards for certifications, the revised assessment will be completed in 2017. Certification is voluntary, however many schools offer incentives to teachers who are certified.

Is it required?

Voluntary

How long will it take?

TBD