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4 Online Master's Degrees for Teachers


Earning a master's degree in educational leadership, exceptional student education, curriculum & instruction, or reading may be the best decision an experienced or prospective teacher can make. Four high-quality advanced degrees offered by Barry University could make the difference in your professional advancement as well as career choices.

Master's Degree in Educational Leadership With Two Tracks

According to the National Association of Secondary School Principals, "…there are no effective schools without effective school leaders. As a result, school leadership is the key to closing achievement gaps and increasing student performance in all subjects across all grade levels." Barry University, a private Catholic college in Miami, Florida, offers two different master's degree tracks for experienced teachers interested in moving into these critical positions of educational leadership. Because students can take more than one course at a time, each of these programs can be completed in as few as twelve months.

Master of Science in Educational Leadership with Florida Certification Online: If your professional goals include becoming a school leader, this master's degree program will prepare you for Level 1 certification in Florida. With this degree, you will "gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you need to become a highly accomplished professional leader in Florida public school districts — as well as charter, private, or parochial school settings." Topics covered in coursework include organizational development, assessment and evaluation, school law, community relations and decision making.

Master of Science in Educational Leadership Online: If your goals are more focused on working within the framework of private, charter or parochial schools, this degree (which does not have a certification component) may be your best choice. It will prepare you to lead fellow educators to foster inclusive learning environments, support social responsibility and service, and advocate for educational change and improvement.

These courses in these programs are the same, except for Internship in Educational Leadership, which leads to certification for the Florida Certification track. Students in the Educational Leadership without certification program are required to take Practicum in Educational Leadership.

Master's Degree in Exceptional Student Education

Educational journalist, Jackie Mader said, "The need for teachers who have both the knowledge and the ability to teach special-education students is more critical today than ever before." Barry University offers a master's degree in exceptional student education, which can be completed in as few as 18 months, for both experienced teachers and those who are considering a career change.

If you are an experienced educator and would like to work more closely with students with disabilities or have special education students in your general education classroom, this program gives you instructional strategies and techniques to help you and your students succeed.

If you have a bachelor's degree in another field and you would like to begin a career in the field of education, this program provides the necessary coursework "to work with K-12 children and youth with mild disabilities, both academic and behavioral, inside or outside of public schools."

Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction With Two Tracks

According to U.S. News & World Report, "Curriculum and instruction is an education field that focuses on curriculum development, educational theory and student data evaluation." Barry University offers an MS in curriculum program with two different tracks, supporting a wide range of career goals for educators.

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction – Early and Middle Childhood Education: For teachers interested in developing curriculum for early and middle childhood education, this MS "features rigorous coursework with an emphasis on the basic principles of curriculum development, research designs, and the collection and analysis of data." The coursework also takes a deep look at how a child's education is affected by "social, political, psychological, and economic factors."

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction – Mathematics Education: If you're a P-12 teacher who wants to "add mathematics pedagogy and current theoretical knowledge into their practice," this may the program for you. Besides learning to develop curriculum based on historical and current trends, this you'll learn the content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), including number & operations, algebra, data analysis & probability geometry, and measurement.  

Master of Science in Reading

If you're looking to advance your teaching practice in reading, this Master of Science in Reading may be the right choice. In this program, "you will study the foundations of reading instruction, teaching language arts, reading diagnosis and remediation, research-based reading and study skill strategies, and reading in specific content areas and age groups." Though you won't 

Convenience and Affordability

These degree programs are delivered completely online, so you can complete your coursework on your schedule and submit your assignments digitally.

The cost of each program is affordable, as well. For the 2019-2020 school year, tuition is only $406 per credit hour or $14,616 for the entire program.

Making the decision to pursue a master's degree is a big step toward your future success as an educator. It will affect the direction your career will go and how fast you will achieve your goals. The convenient and affordable master's degrees in education offered by Barry University are designed to help you achieve those goals "with the Catholic intellectual tradition of integrating study, reflection and action ... in a values-based education experience."

Learn more about Barry University's online Master of Science in Education programs.


Sources:

National Association of Secondary School Principals: Principal Shortage

The Atlantic: How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students

U.S. News & World Report: Online Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree: An Overview


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