List of Institutions
Many institutions are currently offering online options to people who would like to obtain or renew their teaching license. Below are just some of the programs available in a non-traditional format.
The Heritage Institute
The Heritage Institute offers online courses for K-12 teachers who are looking for professional development, salary enhancement, or who want to maintain their teaching certificate. Courses are self-paced, start any time, and can be completed in two to three months or less. All courses are offered for Antioch University quarter credits: this university is a Seattle institution accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The cost of the courses is affordable: three quarter credit classes cost $285 while five quarter credits classes cost $415. Note: Antioch offers a tuition payment plan and tuition assitance.
If looking for a graduate program, teachers and teachers-to-be can apply for a master's in education for professional educators at $440.50 per credit hour. (Check with the school for the latest tuition fees). Maryville University of Saint Louis is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Those looking only for continuing education courses can apply to the WIDE World Online Developmental Courses.
Walden University offers a teacher preparation program with a master of arts in teaching. This is an accelerated program geared towards teachers with a bachelor's degree that can be completed in twenty to twenty-four months. Walden's students are offered the chance to observe teachers from across the nation via video to learn and be exposed to different teaching styles; they are also given a chance to have virtual and in-class teaching experiences. (Check with the school for the current tuition costs of each program.) Note: There is an academic technology fee: $80 per term.
University of Phoenix
This university offers an MA in education/teacher education with an elementary or secondary licensure concentration.
The master of arts in education/secondary teacher education (MAED/TED-S) is a graduate degree program that allows students with bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than education to enter the world of teaching and obtain their licensure. The program comprises of sixteen online courses, but students are required to gain a minimum of one hundred hours of field experience.
The program, unfortunately, is not available in all states, and tuition varies depending on the student's location. Special rates are available to military students.
Jones International University Online
This university offers several master's degrees leading to an education licensure:
- MEd in K-12 English as a Second Language Education: Teacher Licensure
- MEd in K-12 English as a Second Language Specialist: Bilingual Education Teacher Licensure
- MEd in Education Leadership and Administration: Principal and Administrator Licensure
- MEd in Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teacher Licensure
- MEd in K-12 Instructional Technology: Teacher Licensure
- MEd in Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Teacher Licensure
These programs require the completion of thirty-six to forty-eight credit hours. Admission requirements vary depending on the chosen program, so it's better to check with an enrollment advisor before applying.
Oregon State University
This university offers continuing teaching licensure courses that allow students to learn to teach courses online and gain skill in teaching methods. Tuition is $486 per credit. (Note: The price may vary per acadmic year.) Check with the Schools' Student Services Center to discuss your educational needs.