2017 Top Online Schools for K-12 Teaching

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1

Western Governors University

The Teachers College at Western Governors University offers several online degree options that lead to initial teacher certification. At the current time, there are eight Bachelor of Arts degrees, four post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs, and five Master of Arts in Teaching degrees available, which are all accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students can earn credits for past educational and professional experiences that may allow them to earn their degree in a shorter amount of time. There are also several advanced-level programs available for students who already have initial teacher certification and who want to specialize in a particular field (science education, instructional design, English language learning, etc.) or receive preparation for further studies.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

2

University of Central Florida

The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida (UCF) offers a Master of Education degree in exceptional student education that can be completed online. The program prepares students to work with K-12 students with disabilities. Applicants must have a valid Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in Exceptional Education or fulfilled all the requirements for certification. The program consists of 33 credits and allows students to choose a thesis or non-thesis option. At the current time, UCF offers online 15-credit graduate certificate programs in the following areas: gifted education, initial teacher professional preparation, and educational technology. A 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities Endorsement and an 18-credit Graduate Certification in Special Education are available online as well.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

60,767 Students

3

University of Southern California

The Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California offers several online programs in the field of education and teaching. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) has concentrations in multiple subject teaching (elementary), secondary English, secondary Mathematics, secondary science, and secondary social science. A MAT - TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is available as well. The university offers Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in teacher leadership and in school leadership. There are two doctoral degrees offered online - Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership and Doctor of Education - Global Executive. Students can earn the Special Education Credential and the Gifted Education Credential as add-ons to the MAT and M.Ed. degrees or as separate certificates.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

4

Teachers College at Columbia University

The Teachers College at Columbia University offers a Master of Arts in Computing in Education degree that can be completed online. Students must complete at least 32 points in order to graduate. Credits earned from a non-Teachers College program are not eligible for transfer towards the degree. The curriculum focuses on coursework in cognitive and social issues and in technology and educational practice and design. Students enroll in classes that cover topics such as technology and school change, managing educational technology resources, hypermedia and education, and computers and the uses of information in education. The completion of an integrative MA project is a requirement for graduation. Students can complete the MA project on their own or as part of a group.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

5

Wilkes University

Wilkes University offers several online and hybrid graduate-level programs in the field of education. There are currently 17 Master of Science degrees available in areas such as early childhood literacy, instructional media, international teaching and learning, classroom technology, and school business leadership. In addition, there are certificate programs offered in the following fields of specialization: Grades 4-8, special education, ESL program, instructional technology, reading, and K-12 principal certification. Wilkes University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree with three areas of specialization: curriculum and instruction, educational technology, and educational leadership studies. Twelve-credit endorsement programs are available in discovery education (EDGE), autism, STEM, and teacher leadership and instructional coaching. A 30-credit Letter of Endorsement in Online Instruction is also offered.

6

Rowan University

Rowan University offers online Master of Arts degrees in three areas: school administration, special education, and reading education. The MA programs in special education and in school administration each offer tracks in graduate endorsement, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities. The MA in Reading Education degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation in Teachers Education NCATE) and the International Reading Association. Graduate certificates are available in the following: English as a second language, learning disabilities, special education, Reading, teacher of students with disabilities, and teaching and learning. A Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program is available, in addition to a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree with tracks in community college leadership, higher education, nurse educator, and P-12.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

7

Appalachian State University

The Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education program at Appalachian State University is a degree completion program that can be pursued online. The following concentration areas are available: business, finance, and information technology education, business, marketing, and entrepreneurship education, technology, engineering, and design education, and trade and industry education. A concentration in family and consumer sciences education will soon be available online as well. Students who complete the program are qualified to teach at the middle and high school levels in their licensure (concentration) area. Up to 73 transfer credit hours are allowed, with the remaining 55-60 credit hours to be completed at ASU. Students are required to fulfill 12 credit hours of student teaching at a North Carolina school.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

8

Eastern Michigan University

There are two online Master of Arts (MA) degrees in the field of education that Eastern Michigan University offers online: MA in Educational Leadership - K-12 Administration and MA in Educational Media and Technology. The MA in Educational Leadership - K-12 Administration degree is approved for the building level principal license in Michigan and has reciprocity across the country. The MA in Educational Media and Technology program is designed for students who are interested in facilitating student learning through the effective use of technology in a variety of educational environments. Graduate certificates in educational media and technology (20 credits), educational assessment (12 credits), and online teaching (12 credits) are also available online. A 23-credit Post-Master's K-12 Basic Administration Certificate is offered online as well.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

9

St. John's University

The School of Education at St. John's University offers a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education (1-6) degree that can be completed online. Students who complete the 33-credit program are qualified for New York State initial certification as a teacher for students with disabilities (Grades 1-6). The MSEd in School Building Leadership program is one of the first completely online degrees in the field that is recognized by New York State. Students who complete the program, including a subject matter concentration, are qualified to apply for permanent teaching certification as well as building-level administrative certification. Several advanced certificate programs are currently offered online (gifted education, school district leadership, bilingual education extension, etc.).

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

10

Central Michigan University

The Master of Arts in Education degree at Central Michigan University is TEAC-accredited (Teacher Education Accreditation Council). The online program offers concentrations in curriculum and instruction and in training and development. Students who choose the curriculum and instruction concentration can further specialize in one of two fields - instruction or reading. All students (regardless of their preferred area of specialization) must take the following courses: Strategies and Techniques for Teaching, Current Educational Issues, and Theory and Practice of Instruction. The training and development concentration is designed for students who want advanced training in the field of adult education. The 30-credit program includes coursework in the methods and techniques of training and development, administration within diverse populations, and planning for instruction in non-traditional settings.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

26,879 Students

11

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University offers several online degrees in education that are accredited by the Electronic Campus Program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Courses are available both synchronously and asynchronously. At the current time, there are 27 Master of Science in Education (MSE) programs offered online in diverse fields. MSE programs are available in elementary education with ESOL endorsement, urban studies education, charter school leadership, early literacy education, educational technology, Spanish language education with bilingual endorsement, and several others. The university also offers 14 Certified Education Specialist programs (curriculum and teaching, gifted child education, technology management and administration, educational leadership, etc.). A Graduate Certificate in Education Law is offered online in conjunction with the Shepard Broad College of Law.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

12

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers several online degrees in the field of education both on the graduate and undergraduate levels. There are a number of online certificate programs as well. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Education - Career and Technology program can transfer a maximum of 90 units from an accredited associate degree program. The remaining 30 units must be comprised of upper division courses at NAU. Master of Education (MED) degrees are available in the following areas: early childhood education, educational leadership, educational technology, elementary education, ESL and bilingual education, special education, and secondary education. Graduate certificates are offered in assistive technology, career and technical education, community college teaching and learning, positive behavior support, and teaching introductory community college mathematics.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,705 Students

13

Hofstra University

Hofstra University offers a fully online 36-credit Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree with a concentration in leadership in higher education settings. The curriculum includes coursework in governance, legal and ethical issues, student affairs leadership, and planning, assessment, and accreditation in higher education. There is also an online 31-credit MSEd in Special Education - International Perspectives program available with a focus on inclusive education and the nature and needs of specific disabilities. An Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education can be completed entirely online. The following certificate programs follow a hybrid delivery format: childhood special education (Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12), early childhood special education (Birth - Grade 2), special education assessment and diagnosis, and teaching students with severe or multiple disabilities.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

14

Olivet Nazarene University

The Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree offered at Olivet Nazarene University is a 33-credit program that can be pursued entirely online. The program follows a cohort model of instruction and can be completed in 22 months. Students enroll in classes that cover topics such as applied learning theory, principles and practice in education research, the exceptional learner, and critical issues in education. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Education - Reading Specialist degree (32 credits) that can be completed in 18 months, as well as a reading specialist endorsement (24 credits) that can be completed in one year. There is a 24-credit Teacher Leader Endorsement program available that students typically complete in 16 months.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

15

Georgia College & State University

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in middle grades education is offered entirely online at Georgia College. The program provides initial teacher preparation for students who graduated with bachelor degrees that did not include professional training in education. The 36-credit program must be completed within six years of a student's initial matriculation. Georgia College also offers a Master of Education program with a concentration in secondary education. Students can choose from several areas of specialization including secondary Biology, English, French, History, Mathematics, Political Science, and Broad Field Science. Fully online Master of Education degrees are also available in educational leadership, educational technology, and library media. Specialist in Education degrees are available in educational leadership and in secondary education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

16

University of the Cumberlands

The University of the Cumberlands offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree that can be completed online. Students can transfer credits from Educator Preparation programs that the university has in place within the Kentucky Community College system. The curriculum includes coursework in effective teaching practices, classroom management and behavior, and the psychology of learning and exceptionality. The university also offers a Master of Education degree that provides additional certification in literacy, school counseling, and teacher as leader. School administration certification programs are available and can be completed in three eight-week terms (except for the School Principal certificate). The following administrative certificates are offered: Director of Pupil Personnel, Director of Special Education, School Superintendent, Supervisor of Instruction, and Teacher Leader Endorsement.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

17

University of South Florida-Main Campus

The University of Southern Florida (USF) offers several online degrees in education on the graduate level. Master of Arts (MA) programs are available in the following areas: adult education, autism spectrum disorder and severe intellectual disabilities, career and technical education, gifted education, physical education, reading K-12, and special education. The university offers two Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees online - M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). An Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in instructional technology is available online as well. There is currently only one doctorate program offered online at USF - Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in career and workforce education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,938 Students

18

Lesley University

Lesley University offers several Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees that can be pursued entirely online. At the current time, M.Ed. degrees are available in the following fields: mathematics education, science in education, curriculum and instruction - elementary education generalist, language and literacy, and educational technology. The M.Ed. in Science in Education program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Professional Teaching Licensure in Elementary (1-6) or Middle School (5-8) General Science. There is also an M.Ed. in Individually Designed Program for Educators that allows students to craft a flexible course of study that supports their academic and professional goals. The university offers 10 graduate certificate programs in areas such as emerging technologies, TESOL, and autism spectrum disorder.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

19

Concordia University-Chicago

Concordia University in Chicago offers graduate-level programs in education that can be pursued online. Master of Arts degrees are currently offered in several fields such as curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education leadership, and education technology. A Master of Science degree in instructional design and technology is also available online. Students accepted to this 30-credit program enroll in classes in systematic and technological innovation, human-computer interaction and multi-media design, and instructional strategies for learning technologies. Concordia University also offers an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning program. Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in a number of fields including early childhood education, reading, language, and literacy, teacher leader, and community college leadership.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

20

University of Cincinnati

The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati currently offers two online undergraduate degrees in education - Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Care and Education and Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education. On the graduate level, Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs are available online in the following fields: curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, literacy and second language studies, and special education. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction has three tracks of study: gifted, creative, and talented, STEM, and teacher leader. The university also offers graduate certificate programs in TESOL and in K-12 reading specialist. The certificates can be applied towards a specialization in the M.Ed. in Literacy and Second Language Studies program.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

21

Boston University

The online Master of Arts in Art Education degree offered at Boston University is a 32-credit program that can be completed in 18-24 months. Students have the option of attending the Summer Studios in Boston where they receive hands-on, process-oriented instruction in a small class setting. The Venice Studio Arts Program is a summer Study Abroad opportunity open to both on-campus and online students at Boston University's center located near Campo Santa Margherita. The university's art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). The following online degrees are available in music: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education (32 credits), Master of Music Education (32 credits), and Doctorate of Music Education (48 credits).

22

Drexel University

The online Bachelor of Science in Education degree offered at Drexel University is a part-time program that prepares students with transferable college credits for the PK-4 elementary teacher certification. Up to 90 credits from an accredited college or university may be applied towards the liberal arts or general education requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree. Drexel currently offers 13 online Master of Science programs in various fields such as global and international education, learning technologies, adult education and organizational development, and mathematics learning and teaching. Graduate certificates are available online in 14 areas, including instructional design, educational policy, student development and affairs, and autism spectrum disorders. A Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management is also available online.

23

East Carolina University

East Carolina University offers various Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degrees that can be completed online. Students can choose from 13 MAEd areas of study, including family and consumer sciences education, middle grades education, special education, reading education, instruction technology education, and science education. Applicants must already hold a valid North Carolina teaching license to be considered for admission. Graduate certificates are available in the following fields: elementary mathematics education, computer based instruction, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The university also offers add-on licensure programs for licensed North Carolina teachers who want to add another subject area expertise. There are three add-on licensure fields currently offered online - teacher education, birth through kindergarten, and computer education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,511 Students

24

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University currently offers online Master of Arts in Education degrees in the following areas: elementary education, school media librarian, gifted education, middle grades education, and literacy P-12. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree has concentrations in elementary, middle grades, secondary, and interdisciplinary early childhood education. The program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field and who want to pursue a teaching career. Endorsement preparation programs are offered in the following: supervisor of instruction, gifted education, superintendent of schools, director of pupil personnel, and English as a second language P-12. There are special education certificates available in learning and behavior disorders, interdisciplinary early childhood education, deaf and hard of hearing, and moderate and severe disabilities.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

25

Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree that can be completed online. Students admitted to the program must take four courses which are required by the Arkansas Department of Education for an ESL endorsement to an Arkansas Teaching License. These courses are: ESL Assessment, Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching People of Other Cultures, and Second Language Acquisition. Students who are not licensed practicing teachers will be required to complete the MA TESOL exam in order to graduate from the program. The Center for Leadership and Learning offers two graduate degree programs online: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,002 Students

26

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University has four Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs that are available 100 percent online. They are in the following areas: classroom technology, curriculum and teaching, learning design, and special education. Students accepted to the M.Ed. in Special Education degree can choose to concentrate in one of three areas: assistive technology, autism spectrum disorders, or secondary transition. An online M.Ed. in Reading program is currently being developed. The university offers endorsements in computer technology, reading, and transition-to-work fields. Certificate programs are available in assistive technology and in K-12 online teaching and learning. The university also offer two graduate certificates online - quality systems and autism spectrum disorders. All required courses for these programs follow 8-week delivery formats.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

27

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington offers online Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees in educational leadership, instructional systems technology, special education, and literacy, culture, and language education. A Master of Science in Adult Education degree is also available online. The graduate certificates offered at the university are stand-alone programs consisting of 12 to 15 credit hours each. However, certificate credits can also be applied towards a master's program after completion. Indiana University Bloomington offers several graduate certificates in various areas including education law, EFL/ESL teacher training, higher education and student affairs, and online instruction and assessment. At the current time, there are two Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees offered online - Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology and Ed.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

28

Ball State University

Ball State University offers nine education licensure programs that can be completed online. Master of Arts degrees are also available online in several fields, including applied behavioral analysis with an emphasis on autism, educational psychology, curriculum and educational technology, and educational administration and supervision with principal's license. The Master of Science in Quantitative Psychology program follows a blended delivery system. There are several graduate-level certificates available, some of which can be completed entirely online (early childhood program administration, middle level education, etc.) and others requiring some on-site attendance (community college leadership, middle school mathematics education, etc.). The university has two Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees available online - Ed.D. in Adult, Higher, and Community Education and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,655 Students

29

Concordia University-Saint Paul

Concordia University in St. Paul offers Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degrees (60 credit hours) and Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree completion programs (42 credit hours) that can be pursued entirely online. Master of Arts degrees are available in curriculum and instruction, differentiated instruction, and special education. The Master of Arts in Education degree offers the following areas of emphasis: early childhood education, educational leadership, and educational technology. Each emphasis area is comprised of 30 credit hours. Concordia also offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program with K-6 licensure for educators seeking their initial teaching license in Minnesota. The MAT degree consists of 42 credits hours. All online education courses follow seven-week delivery formats.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

30

Auburn University

Auburn University offers several graduate-level education programs that can be completed both online and on campus. Master of Science (MS) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees are available in the following areas: adult education, music education, and special education (early childhood/elementary and collaborative teacher programs). Students who are interested in the field of elementary and secondary education administration can explore the following online degree options: Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a graduate certificate. There are two additional Ed.S. degrees that are available online as well - Ed.S. in Adult Education and Ed.S. in Music Education. Auburn University offers graduate certificate programs in the following: adult education, adult education and English language teaching, transition specialist, and community music.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction offered at Pennsylvania State University has five emphasis areas - children's literature, STEM education, elementary education, curriculum and supervision, and theory and practice in English, Social Studies, and world languages. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offers a School Leader emphasis that meets the requirements for school principal certification in Pennsylvania. Students accepted to the M.Ed. in Higher Education program can choose to focus in one of three areas: administration, student engagement, and institutional research. The M.Ed. in Special Education program has the following areas of emphasis: academic and behavioral supports, applied behavior analysis, and autism. Online post-baccalaureate certificates are offered in adult basic education, distance education, and educational technology integration.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

32

Ozarks Technical Community College

The online Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree offered at Ozarks Technical Community College is a 65-credit program designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year universities that offer teacher education and PK-12 certification programs. In addition to completing the General Education coursework, students must also enroll in 13 hours of teacher education professional courses and 9 hours of electives. The required courses for the A.A.T. degree are the following: Introduction to Teacher Education, Foundations of Education, Technology for Teachers, Educational Psychology, and Teaching Professions with Field Experiences. Students should select General Education courses that fulfill the requirements of the bachelor's program to which they plan to transfer, as well as the level and type of Teacher Certification they seek.

33

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree offered at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater is an online hybrid program designed for students who already have an Associate of Applied Science degree in ECE. Graduates qualify for two Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction licenses: Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Birth - Age 8. A Master of Science in Special Education program with an emphasis in professional development is also offered online. The university offers a fully online certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis that meets the coursework requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Autism Specialist Certificates and Transition Specialist Certificates are also available. The Alternative Education Programs Licensure is designed for educators working in alternative education settings.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,176 Students

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Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University offers online Master of Arts degrees in the following areas: art education, career and technical education, coaching sport performance, educational technology, physical education, and science education. The MA in Career and Technical Education has two areas of specialization. The Troops-to-Teachers program is designed exclusively for U.S. military personnel with an undergraduate degree and work experience in a teachable area, while the Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification is designed for non-service professionals with a bachelor's degree in a teachable area. Graduates meet the academic requirements for Initial Teacher Certification in Michigan. The MA in Physical Education degree offers concentrations in pedagogy and in special or adapted physical education. A Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology (comprised of 18-21 credits) is also available online.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,914 Students

35

Hamline University

The School of Education at Hamline University offers fully online Master of Arts degrees in ESL (English as a Second Language), literacy education, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). A Master of Arts in Education (M.Ed.) degree is also available online, as well as an M.Ed. program with a concentration in natural science and environmental education. At the current time, there are four licensure programs offered: Autism Spectrum Disorders (B-21), Bilingual/Bicultural Education (K-12), English as a Second Language (K-12), and K-12 Reading. The autism and bilingual licenses require the completion of a practicum program. Certificates are available in adult ESL, bullying prevention, college admission counseling, autism spectrum disorders, environmental education, and advanced TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Florida International University

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree at Florida International University is offered entirely online and can be completed in just 12 months. Students accepted to the program specialize in curriculum development and must complete an Action Research Project in order to earn the degree. The university also offers an online Master of Science in Special Education program that leads to an autism endorsement. Students focus their studies on classroom-based research and are trained to work with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations with special needs. Each program consists of 36 credits and offered in six accelerated eight-week terms. A newly re-designed Master of Science in Music Education program is now available in an online seven-week format.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,610 Students

37

Canisius College

Canisius University offers online Master of Science degrees in the following fields: educational leadership and supervision, education technologies and emerging media, literacy education, physical education, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Students admitted to the MS in Educational Leadership and Supervision program have the option of adding a content concentration for their elective courses, such as athletics administration or instructional leadership. The MS in Literacy Education program requires two weeks of residency during the summer term to comply with the practicum requirements of the degree. This may be completed in the student's geographical area. Canisius University also offers online advanced certificate programs (in TESOL and school district leader, for example) for students who already hold a master's degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,181 Students

38

Syracuse University

The online Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree at Syracuse University offers a specialization in school media. The program is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation. Classes have synchronous and asynchronous components and delivered in four 12-week quarters. Online students must attend a weekend immersion experience on campus. The 37-credit curriculum includes courses that cover topics such as organization and access of information resources, literacy through school libraries, and information technologies in educational organizations. The completion of a supervised practicum experience in a pre-approved school-based library is a requirement for graduation. The program fulfills the education requirements for certification as a school library media specialist in a New York State elementary or secondary school.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Framingham State University

Framingham State University offers an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with the following areas of concentration: curriculum and instructional technology, educational technology, and nutrition education. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology prepares students for the Massachusetts Initial License as an instructional technology teacher in all levels. Students admitted to the M.Ed. in Nutrition Education program can choose to specialize as a school nutritionist or as a nutrition education specialist. There is a hybrid M.Ed. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program designed for teachers in Grades 1-6 that can be completed in two academic years and three summers. The STEM program follows a cohort model of education. A Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Proficiency program is also available online.

CAG Score 93.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,499 Students

40

SUNY College at Oswego

The Vocational Teacher Preparation (VTP) program at Oswego State University prepares students to teach in fields where they have significant professional experience. VTP offers an online program of study that leads to Bachelor of Science degrees in all majors. Applicants must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of education or extensive experience in their career field. Graduates meet the educational component of initial teacher certification in New York State and are qualified to teach in a variety of educational settings including comprehensive high schools and community colleges. The core requirements consists of 31 credits and includes courses such as: Vocational Curriculum Development, Serving Special Needs Learners in Vocational Education, Methods of Teaching Vocational Subjects, and Instructional Assessment in Vocational Education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,034 Students

41

Southeastern Louisiana University

Southeastern Louisiana University offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education degree with a concentration in early intervention from birth to five years old. The program is available online and leads to a Louisiana teaching certification in early intervention. The 39-credit degree includes basic and advanced courses in special education, as well as coursework in methodology and teaching. Students enroll in classes that cover a wide range of essential topics such as language and literacy development for young children with disabilities, dyslexia and related disabilities in the classroom, and advanced strategies for developing partnerships with families of children and youth with disabilities. The completion of a student teaching internship experience in various educational settings is a requirement for the degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,487 Students

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Peru State College

The online Master of Science in Education degree offered at Peru State College is a cohort program that accepts new students each summer in June. The degree is made up of 36 credits and can be earned in just 19 months, or five academic semesters. Summer courses are each eight weeks long, while fall and spring courses are each four weeks in length. Students can transfer a maximum of six graduate-level credits from an accredited institution. The curriculum includes coursework in traditional and emerging topics in education. Students have the opportunity to study and develop an in-depth understanding of areas such as cognition and learning, curriculum development, multi-media authoring, technology and mediated instruction, and study design and data collection.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,499 Students

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Miami University-Oxford

The College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University offers two fully online degrees in education - Master of Arts (M.A.) in Instructional Design and Technology and Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology. Both are comprised of 30 credits and can be completed in 12 to 14 months. An M.Ed. in Special Education degree is available in a hybrid format. This program is designed for students with a valid teaching license in any field who want to add an Ohio K-12 Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching license or a master's degree in special education to their credentials. A Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Educational Technology and an Educational Technology Coaching Endorsement can be completed entirely online as well.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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University of Central Missouri

The University of Central Missouri offers an online Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education program designed for mid-career professionals who want to pursue a teaching career in their specialty area. Graduates can apply for a Career Education teacher certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The certification qualifies them to teach in a variety of educational settings, including community colleges and business training programs. The following online degrees are available on the graduate level: Master of Science (MS) in Career and Technical Education Leadership, MS in Educational Technology, Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Curriculum and Instruction, MSE in Education in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a secondary and middle school concentration.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,379 Students

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University of Akron Main Campus

The University of Akron offers a Master of Arts in Educational Foundations degree that can be completed online. The program consists of 30 credits and offers an emphasis in instructional technology as well as in assessment, evaluation, and data literacy. Students who opt for the instructional technology program study a wide range of established and emerging technologies, instructional design principles, and the application of technology in various educational settings. The MA in Assessment, Evaluation, and Data Literacy program focuses on school-based assessment and evaluation and equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed data-driven decisions in education. At the current time, online certificates are available in the following areas: assessment and evaluation, e-Learning, and literacy specialist.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Marygrove College

Mary Grove College offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree with the following focus areas: curriculum instruction and assessment, K-12; elementary reading and literacy, K-6; elementary mathematics, K-5; middle level mathematics, Grades 6-8; and effective teaching for the 21st century. All students are required to enroll in the following courses, no matter what focus area they select: Teacher as Leader, Meeting the Needs of All Students, Instructional Design, Affective Assessment, Teacher as Researcher, and Evidence-Based Interventions. There is a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree that can be pursued online as well. Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for the School Administrator Certification K-12. A Master of Education in Educational Technology degree is also offered online.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

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Kent State University at Kent

Kent State University currently offers four online graduate-level degrees in the field of education: Master of Arts in Art Education, Master of Education in Instructional Technology, Master of Education in Evaluation and Measurement, and Master of Music in Music Education. In addition, there are a number of certificate programs that can also be pursued online, including a 21-credit Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate that can be completed in one academic year. The other certificates are in the following areas: college teaching (15 credits), community college leadership (15 credits), early intervention (30 credits), Ohio superintendent licensure (18 credits), and online learning and teaching (15 credits). A Transition Specialist Endorsement is also offered online. This program requires the completion of at least 15 credits.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Evaluating Online Teacher Education Degrees

Because affordable bachelor’s degrees in education require a practical component (e.g. supervised teaching) for teacher licensure, 100% online degrees are rare. However, you may be able to find hybrid programs that combine online courses in theory with internships in your local area. Just make sure that they’re approved by the state.

Choices improve at the graduate level. 100% online master’s programs and add-on certificates are much more common for those who are already certified to teach and have some practical experience under their belt.

Concerned about quality? Here’s a quick checklist of what to look for in an online education program:

  • Regional accreditation
  • CAEP/NCATE/TEAC accreditation
  • Meets all state licensing criteria
  • For students interested in licensure, the program should arrange local, supervised internships that meet state requirements
  • High graduate placement rates
  • Same faculty teaching the online and on-campus courses
  • Strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. high university rankings, good research funding, dedicated educational research centers, history of being a teaching school, etc.)
  • Top U.S. News & World Report online rankings
  • Distance learning support services

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