Best Online Master’s in Education

Find top-ranked online master’s in education degree programs to help students hone their teaching skills and prepare for roles in curriculum development, higher education, or administration.

Best Online Master’s in Education

Frequently Asked Questions About Education Degrees

Why get a master’s in education?

Passionate teachers seeking to progress in their field can pursue a master’s of education (M.Ed.) to help hone their teaching skills and prepare for roles in curriculum development, higher education, or administration.

While a M.Ed. is not required to teach elementary or secondary school, gaining your degree often comes with a pay raise, and a master’s is needed to teach at the college level.

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How long does it take to get a master’s in education?

A M.Ed. can typically be completed in two years and focuses on topics such as educational leadership, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design.

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Is it doable to earn a master’s in education while still working?

Many programs have flexible schedules, allowing candidates to maintain their teaching jobs while furthering their own education. Online programs can be taken at night or on weekends so that working professionals can balance their educational goals with their existing classroom responsibilities.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in education.

Best Online Master's in Education Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online education master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Education Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Georgia

    #123 institution's historical influence
    #58 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    38K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1330/29

    Athens, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Educational Psychology - Applied Cognition & Development
    • Educational Psychology - Gifted & Creative Education
    • Music Education
    • Learning
    • Design & Technology
    • Instructional Design & Development
    • Reading Education
    • Workforce Education
    • Middle Grades Education
    • Science Education
    • Required Credits: 34-36
    • Completion time: 12-36 months
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Boston College

    #204 institution's historical influence
    #49 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    26%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1420/32

    Chestnut Hill, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MeD in Educational Leadership And Policy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MeD in Jesuit Education In A Global World
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Houston

    #194 institution's historical influence
    #1064 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    37K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/24

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Health Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Mathematics Education
    • Reading
    • Language Arts and Literature Education
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #146 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    29K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 21
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MEd in International Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Science Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Kentucky

    #199 institution's historical influence
    #541 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Lexington, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MEd or EdS in Educational Leadership Studies in Teacher Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Instructional Systems Design
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online (Synchronous)
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  6. #6

    Yeshiva University

    #154 institution's historical influence
    #136 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    77%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

    New York, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Vermont

    #294 institution's historical influence
    #246 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Burlington, VT

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33-36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    University of Connecticut

    #213 institution's historical influence
    #1460 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    Storrs, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Psychology

    Concentrations

    • Gifted And Talented Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Hybrid
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  9. #9

    Wayne State University

    #156 institution's historical influence
    #842 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Detroit, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    North Carolina State University

    #223 institution's historical influence
    #176 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    46%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    31K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1335/29

    Raleigh, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MEd or MS in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in STEM Education

    Concentrations

    • Engineering And Technology
    • Science
    • Mathematics And Statistics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MED in Engineering And Technology Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online
    MED in Mathematics Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online
    MED in Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Adult And Continuing Professional Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MED in Adult And Community College Education Program

    Concentrations

    • Master’S Of Education
    • Master’S Of Science
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Health Professions Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    University of Arkansas

    #308 institution's historical influence
    #1356 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Fayetteville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Technology
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Equity
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Physical Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    University of Louisville

    #301 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    University of Mississippi

    #333 institution's historical influence
    #710 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/25

    University, MS

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    #404 institution's historical influence
    #994 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Richmond, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Texas Tech University

    #361 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Adult and Higher Education

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Adult Education
    • Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Maine

    #350 institution's historical influence
    #575 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Orono, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in 4+1 Special Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum, Assessment And Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Elementary And Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • High Incidence Disabilities
    • Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Dual Concentration In High And Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Early Intervention
    • Individualized Program
    • Required Credits: 33-45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    University of North Texas

    #448 institution's historical influence
    #1391 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Denton, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Autism Intervention
    • Education Diagnostician
    • High-Incidence Disabilities
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Teaching

    Concentrations

    • Elementary Education
    • Middle School Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of Central Florida

    #490 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Exceptional Student Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    DePaul University

    #456 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA/MeD in Educational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Catholic Leadership
    • Higher Education
    • Physical Education
    • Principal License
    • Principal License- Catholic
    • Teacher Leader
    • Teacher Leader-Catholic
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MeD in Value-Creating Education For Global Citizenship

    Concentrations

    • 36
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    University of Nevada, Reno

    #502 institution's historical influence
    #1404 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/23

    Reno, NV

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education: Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Mild To Moderate Disabilities K-12
    • Intellectual Disabilities- Moderate To Intense Needs
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Autism And Related Disorders K-12
    • Advanced Studies In Behavior Analytic Intervention
    • Early Intervention
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Education: Reading Curriculum And Instruction
    • Required Credits: 32-33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of Montana

    #563 institution's historical influence
    #417 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Missoula, MT

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MED in International Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    University of Idaho

    #590 institution's historical influence
    #1023 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Moscow, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Physical Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  23. #23

    Texas Southern University

    #952 institution's historical influence
    #550 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/16

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    #882 institution's historical influence
    #1364 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/22

    Greensboro, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Teacher Education

    Concentrations

    • Instructional Technology
    • Elementary Mathematics Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24-60 months
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Tennessee State University

    #1048 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    7K

    Nashville, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Career and Technical Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Educational Technology
    • Teaching English Language Learners
    • Literacy in Education
    • Reading
    • Required Credits: 33-37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  26. #26

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1348 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Curriculum And Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Dyslexia And Language Based Learning Disabilities
    • Educational Leadership
    • Online Teaching
    • Reading
    • Special Education
    • Technology Integration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  27. #27

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #241 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Educational Administration

    Concentrations

    • P-12 Administration
    • Study in Higehr Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Hybrid
    MA or MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Visual Impairment
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

    Concentrations

    • World Language Education (Golden)
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Hybrid
  28. #28

    Florida Atlantic University

    #681 institution's historical influence
    #1363 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    Boca Raton, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Adult And Community Education Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Curriculum And Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education Specialization Hybrid
    • Multicultural Education Specialization
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online & Hybrid
    MEd in Educational Psychology
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  29. #29

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    #758 institution's historical influence
    #1385 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/24

    Charlotte, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Reading Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education And Child Development

    Concentrations

    • Academically Or Intellectually Gifted Concentrations
    • Special Education Concentration
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Urban Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  30. #30

    Liberty University

    #988 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Higher Education
    • Curriculum And Instruction
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Education-School Counseling
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5 years
    • Format: Online
  31. #31

    University of Hartford

    #1103 institution's historical influence
    #824 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    West Hartford, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Montessori
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  32. #32

    Goucher College

    #691 institution's historical influence
    #503 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • At-Risk And Diverse Learners
    • ESOL
    • Literacy Strategies For Content Learning
    • Montessori Studies
    • Reducing Student
    • Classroom and School Disruption: Prevention And Retention
    • School Improvement Leadership
    • Special Education For Certified Elementary And Secondary Teachers
    • Teacher As Leader In Psychology
    • Reading Instruction
    • Athletic Program Leadership And Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  33. #33

    Northern Arizona University

    #1014 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Career and Technical Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Early Childhood Education

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Teacher
    • Early Childhood Leadership
    • Early Childhood Multiage
    • Early Childhood National Board Preparation
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Foundations
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Principal K-12
    • Community College/Higher Education
    • Instructional Leadership K-12 School Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Technology

    Concentrations

    • Adult Learning and Training
    • Assistive Technology
    • K-12 Teacher
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Elementary Education

    Concentrations

    • Continuing Professional
    • Multiage
    • Elementary National Board Preparation
    • Positive Behavior Support
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in ESL and Bilingual Education

    Concentrations

    • Bilingual
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in International Education Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Mathematics Education
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Secondary Education

    Concentrations

    • Continuing Professional
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Positive Behavior Support
    • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  34. #34

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MeD in Curriculum And Instruction: Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MeD in Education Administration
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  35. #35

    Angelo State University

    #1680 institution's historical influence
    #1397 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    San Angelo, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Higher Education

    Concentrations

    • Student Affairs Leadership
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Academic Advising
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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    Georgia Southern University

    #1351 institution's historical influence
    #187 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/22

    Statesboro, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Curriculum And Instruction – Accomplished Teaching
    • Educational Leadership
    • Evaluation
    • Assessment
    • Research and Learning
    • Instructional Technology
    • Reading Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Middle Grades Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 16 months
    • Format: Online
  37. #37

    Virginia State University

    #1203 institution's historical influence
    #801 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/17

    Petersburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  38. #38

    West Virginia State University

    #1345 institution's historical influence
    #996 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    965/19

    Institute, WV

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Instructional Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  39. #39

    Grand Valley State University

    #1546 institution's historical influence
    #873 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    22K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Allendale, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education Technology
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Education, Instruction And Curriculum

    Concentrations

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Differentiation
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  40. #40

    Southeastern Oklahoma State University

    #2756 institution's historical influence
    #882 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    4K

    Durant, OK

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Curriculum And Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Educational Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Professional Track
    • Academic Track
    • Principal And Superintendent Certification
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education

    Concentrations

    • Administration
    • Challenging Behaviors
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
  41. #41

    University of Texas at Arlington

    #737 institution's historical influence
    #1113 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/23

    Arlington, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Mathematics Education
    • Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  42. #42

    University of Texas at El Paso

    #782 institution's historical influence
    #725 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    20K

    El Paso, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

    Concentrations

    • Bilingual Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  43. #43

    Idaho State University

    #1387 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    9K

    Pocatello, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Elementary Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Secondary Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  44. #44

    University of San Diego

    #937 institution's historical influence
    #104 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    80%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    San Diego, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  45. #45

    Salem College

    #2747 institution's historical influence
    #989 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/19

    Winston-Salem, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Master’s of Education In Educational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  46. #46

    Troy University

    #1604 institution's historical influence
    #720 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/21

    Troy, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Collaborative/Special Education Teacher, K-6 Traditional, Collaborative/Special Education Teacher, 6-12 Traditiona, Secondary Education (6-12),Biology, History , English/Language Arts, General Science, Mathematics, Social Science
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  47. #47

    Drake University

    #707 institution's historical influence
    #677 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/27

    Des Moines, IA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Education

    Concentrations

    • Redading Specialist
    • English as a Second Language
    • Talented and Gifted
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
  48. #48

    Boise State University

    #1365 institution's historical influence
    #981 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Boise, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Bilingual Education
    • Required Credits: 27
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Early And Special Education
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  49. #49

    Lamar University

    #1185 institution's historical influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Special Education in Educational Diagnostician
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Special Education Generalist
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Administration
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Educational Technology Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  50. #50

    Western Illinois University

    #971 institution's historical influence
    #642 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Macomb, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Math Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-1.5 Years
    • Format: Online
    MEd in Science Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-1.5 Years
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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