Top 10 Best Online Master of Education Degree Programs

Top 10 Best Online Master of Education Degree ProgramsThis ranking is intended to provide information for individuals interested in pursing an online Master of Education degree program. All of the schools listed below offer a challenging curriculum and flexible learning options for students.

 

Ranking the Top 10 Online Master of Education Degree Programs

 

#1 Western New England University

Executive Summary

Western New England University was founded in 1919. Originally called the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, the school offered part-time courses to adult learners. The current name was adopted in 1951, and Western New England University now offers 40 undergraduate and several graduate and doctoral programs. The school is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition

Students at Western New England University pay $590.00 per credit hour for an online Master of Education degree.

Unique Features

The University offers a Master of Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction which can be completed in 16 months. Students enrolled in this program complete core courses in research for teachers, principles of instruction, learning theory, mentoring and professional development, multicultural education, and assessment theory before moving on to specialized learning focused on their selected concentration.

Concentrations

  • Elementary
  • Secondary

#2 Graceland University

Executive Summary

Graceland University was founded in 1895. This private, for-profit school has been named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. It is a member of the North Central Association. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition

Tuition at Graceland is $420.00 per semester hour for an online Master of Education degree.

Unique Features

The University’s School of Education received the Distance Learning Association’s 2007 Platinum Award for Best Practices. Its programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Concentrations

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Management in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Mild/Moderate Special Education
  • Technology Integration

#3 Northcentral University

Executive Summary

Northcentral University is a private, for-profit institution which was established in 1996. The University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Tuition

For those seeking to earn an online Master of Education degree at Northcentral University, tuition is $503.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Northcentral offers students a faculty-mentored approach to learning. Instructors receive special training in how to teach online courses.

Concentrations

  • Adult Learning and Workforce Education
  • Athletic Coaching
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • E-learning
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Second Language
  • General Education
  • Global Training and Development
  • Instructional Leadership
  • International Education
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management

#4 Liberty University

Executive Summary

Liberty University is a Christian college which was established in 1971. It consistently ranks in the top 10 of online colleges due to the high quality of its course offerings and retention rates. Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition

Students at Liberty University pay $465.00 per credit hour.

Unique Features

All students enrolled in the online Master of Education program complete a student teaching internship as one of the requirements for earning their degree.

Concentrations

  • Administration and Supervision
  • School Counseling
  • Program Specialist – Math
  • Program Specialist – Reading
  • Teaching and Learning – Elementary Education
  • Teaching and Learning – Early Education
  • Teaching and Learning – Gifted
  • Teaching and Learning – Middle Grades
  • Teaching and Learning – Special Education
  • Teaching and Learning – General Education
  • Teaching and Learning – Education Technology and Online Instruction

#5 Keiser University

Executive Summary

Keiser University is a private school which has been offering degree programs since 1977. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition

2013 data from the NCES shows that the average graduate student tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $18,416. (Link)

Unique Features

Students enrolled in the online Master of Education program complete coursework in assessment and evaluation, curriculum design, instructional technology, governance and decision-making. New classes start every month, so students can start their program without delay. Learners are enrolled in one four-week course at a time so that they can focus on one subject without the distraction of having to juggle multiple priorities while pursuing a degree.

Concentrations

  • Career College Administration
  • Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning

#7 Arkansas State University

Executive Summary

Arkansas State University has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition

The cost per course is $738.00.

Unique Features

Applicants to a program at ASU do not have to provide GRE scores. Classes are five weeks in length. Distance students learn from the same professors who teach classes on campus.

Concentrations

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Theory and Practice
  • Special Education – Instructional Specialist 4-12
  • Special Education – Instructional Specialist PK-4

#8 Concordia University

Executive Summary

Concordia University is a private, Christian school. It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition

Tuition at Concordia is $6,950.00 for the online Master of Education program.

Unique Features

Students who choose this program can complete their online Master of Education degree in one year. It is open to U.S. residents only.

Concentrations

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Leadership

#9 American College of Education

Executive Summary

The American College of Education is an online graduate school which is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and provides some unique concentrations. The College was incorporated in 2005 and is known for providing high quality, affordable programs to its students.

Tuition

Tuition at ACE is currently $6,950.00 for the online Master of Education program. It will increase to $7,955 on Jan. 1, 2013.

Unique Features

Online Master of Education classes are five weeks in length. New students can start their program monthly.

Concentrations

  • Sally Ride Science Teaching
  • Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction
  • Implementing K-6 Common Core Mathematics Standards
  • Digital Learning and Teaching
  • Building Strong Schools to Strengthen Student Outcomes (A Project ACHIEVE Institute)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Bilingual Education

#10 Grand Canyon University

Executive Summary

Grand Canyon University is a private university located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition

Students at GCU pay $465.00 per credit hour for an online Master of Education degree.

Unique Features

Students at GCU take one course at a time. Each course is worth four credits, which means students can graduate in less time than if they chose to enroll in other programs.

Concentrations

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Bilingual Education

 

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