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Online Master's Degree in Education for the Summer

written by: KLeeBanks•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 7/30/2010

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education is the next largest profession after medical careers. Thanks to the flexibility and convenience of online learning, you can enroll in your online master’s degree in education this summer to work toward attaining a position within the field.

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    Introduction

    Whether you currently hold a position within the educational field, would like to advance your career, or want to enter a new opportunity, your first step may well be to obtain your master’s degree in education. Summer doesn’t need to stop you from taking that step—online education is convenient and flexible, with numerous schools offering “start” times year-round. If you have an interest in a specific area of education, most online master’s degrees in education offer a variety of concentrations from which to choose.

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    Concentrations within Online Master’s Degree in Education Programs

    Among the plethora of concentrations available within online master’s degree in education programs are the following, gleaned from numerous online programs (see list of links to schools at the end of this article for more details about each concentration at each respective site):

    • Athletic Administration
    • Child Development
    • College Teaching and Learning
    • Corporate Training and Knowledge Management
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Distance Learning
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Education and Public Policy
    • Educational Assessment and Evaluation
    • Education Technology Leadership
    • Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • English Language Learner
    • English as Second Language: Bilingual Education
    • Enrollment Management
    • Exceptional Student
    • Global Training and Development
    • Instructional Design for Online Learning
    • Instructional Technology
    • Integrating Technology in the Classroom
    • International Education
    • K-12 Studies in Education
    • Leadership of Educational Administration
    • Leadership for Higher Education
    • Literacy and Language
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Postsecondary Studies in Education
    • Professional Development
    • Reading and Literacy
    • Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • Special Education Training
    • Special Needs
    • Teacher Leadership
    • Training and Performance Improvement
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    Select List of Schools

    So many schools offer online master’s degree in education programs that it would take up too much space to list them all! Instead, here is a select list of a dozen schools to consider, listed in alphabetical order (see links to schools at the end of this article):

    1. American InterContinental University (AIU) Online: offers an online Master of Education degree with four areas of specialization.
    2. Argosy University: offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with three areas of specialization.
    3. Ashford University: offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with 12 areas of specialization.
    4. Capella University: offers an online Master of Science in Education degree with 12 areas of specialization.
    5. Grand Canyon University: offers an online Master of Education degree with 12 areas of specialization and two online Master of Arts in Teaching degrees.
    6. Jones Internationals University: offers an online Master of Education degree with 16 areas of specialization, including those leading to licensure.
    7. Kaplan University: offers an online Master of Science in Education degree with 10 areas of specialization, including special grades and subjects.
    8. Liberty University: offers an online Master of Education degree with 11 areas of specialization and an online Master of Arts in Teaching degree with three areas of specialization.
    9. Northcentral University (NCU): offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with 12 areas of specialization.
    10. Strayer University: offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with 2 areas of specialization.
    11. University of Phoenix: offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with 12 areas of specialization.
    12. Walden University: offers an online Master of Science in Education degree with 4 areas of specialization; each of those specializations provides further concentrations covering over two dozen areas.
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    Career Outlook for Those who Hold Online Master’s Degrees in Education

    Between 2010 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who hold master’s degrees in education can expect to see the following percentages of increase in demand for their respective occupations:

    • Teachers: kindergarten up through secondary school, 9 to 16 percent. [1]
    • Special education teachers: same grade levels as above, 13 to 20 percent. [2]
    • Postsecondary teachers: 15 percent. [3]
    • Instructional coordinators and curriculum developers: 23 percent. [4]
    • Education administrators: 8 to 24 percent. [5]

    At EarnMyDegree.com, data reveals that people who hold online master’s degrees have an advantage in the job market, as well as in their earning power. As of the 2000 data, master’s degree holders can earn about $62,000 annually as compared to about $52,000 for bachelor degree holders, and about $30,000 for those holding only a high school diploma. [6]

    Citations

    [1] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook for Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos318.htm

    [2] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook for Special Ed Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos070.htm

    [3] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook for Postsecondary Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos066.htm

    [4] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook for Instructional Coordinators. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos269.htm#outlook

    [5]Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook for Education Administrators. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos007.htm#outlook

    [6] EarnMyDegree.com. Earning Power of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.earnmydegree.com/online-education/learning-center/education-value.html

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    Links to Schools

    Following are the names of the schools mentioned in this article with accompanying links so you can review schools and online master's of education degree programs in which you may have interest:

    AIU Online (AIU): http://www.aiuonline.edu/online-college-degrees/online-education-degree

    Argosy University: http://online.argosy.edu/college/education/index.aspx

    Ashford University: http://www.ashford.edu/online/degrees/maedsummary.php

    Capella University: http://www.capella.edu/schools_programs/degrees/masters.aspx

    Grand Canyon University (GCU): http://my.gcu.edu/Academics/Pages/DegreePrograms.aspx

    Jones International University (JIU): http://www.jiu.edu/schools/education/med

    Kaplan University: http://online.kaplanuniversity.edu/education/Pages/ME.aspx#

    Liberty University: http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=14279

    Northcentral University (NCU): http://www.ncu.edu/northcentral-programs/degrees/masters

    Strayer University: http://www.strayer.edu/online_programs

    University of Phoenix: http://www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/education.html

    Walden University: http://www.waldenu.edu/Colleges-and-Schools/College-of-Education-and-Leadership.htm

    Don't delay - you can start your online master's degree in education program this summer!