Master Degree in Education

Educators interested in a career in school administration, counseling, or teaching can begin their career transition by enrolling in an online or campus-based master degree program in education. Education master degrees offer concentrations in the following specialties:

  • Technology and curriculum
  • Special education
  • Distance learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Adult learning
  • Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Teacher Education

Certain education-related jobs can be obtained by individuals with only have bachelor's degrees, but people interested in school administration and certain teaching positions must earn a master degree in education. In fact, more and more public and private schools are requiring job candidates to have a master's degree in education or a closely related discipline.

Those enrolled in online or campus-based master degree programs in education will be taught by experienced professors and will have the opportunity to interact with other students interested in education careers. Also, students taking advantage of online programs can study at their convenience, review past lectures, and discuss lecture topics with other students in chat rooms. Students enrolled in these programs are usually required to complete courses in community relations, curriculum development, and school finance.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of school administration should experience an average rate of job growth in the next ten years. The best opportunities will exist for people interested in college administration careers and primary and secondary school principal positions. A degree will not guarantee a job or specific salary, regardless of how advanced it is, but during 2012, primary and secondary teachers earned median annual salaries over $70,000.

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