Online Master’s Degrees in Teaching

An online master’s degree in teaching may provide students with the skills needed to manage a classroom and provide instruction to students. Aspiring teachers who currently hold a bachelor’s degree may find this one to two-year program ideal for pursing teaching credentials. Program coursework may include the student’s chosen teaching subject as well as education courses including foundations of teaching and learning, classroom management, and advanced human behavior.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek employment or enroll in a doctoral degree program in education. Master’s level graduates may find employment in learning centers, public schools, Montessori schools, private schools, and charter school districts.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 17% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The coursework for master’s-level teaching degree programs may include education courses alongside the subject courses of the student’s chosen specialty. These courses may teach students how to write lesson plans, accommodate the learning needs of special needs students, and utilize educational technology to advance the learning process. Core teaching classes may include the following:

  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Adolescent Deveopment
  • Reading and Multiple Literacies
  • Subject Methods and Assessment
  • Advanced Human Behavior
  • Instructional Design and Curriculum
  • Classroom Management and Discipline

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may pursue opportunities in public schools, private schools, charter school districts, learning centers, and Montessori schools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in teaching are projected to increase by 17% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • English and Language Arts Teacher

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete a master’s degree program may wish to further their education by pursing a doctoral degree. A doctoral degree program in teaching may provide students with advanced classroom management skills and teaching techniques needed for a thriving learning environment. Employers may require both a master’s degree and passing scores on state certification exams to be eligible for teaching positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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