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Online Master's Degree Programs for Working Teachers

Prepping for classes and grading papers on weekends are just a few of the ways teachers put in long hours to ensure their students achieve academic success. Barry University's three online master's in education programs are designed with these working teachers in mind. Degree candidates have the freedom to choose when to study and when to log in to online courses that connect their fellow students and Barry University faculty.

Barry University's online master's in education programs are 36-credit degrees. The educational leadership master's programs can be completed in as little as 12 months, and the exceptional student education master's program in as few as 18 months. Barry University offers a choice of start dates for all three programs.

Convenient Scheduling and Payments

With six start dates offered throughout the year, teachers can choose times that work best for them. Many teachers have extended breaks during Christmas, mid-spring and summer, which give them the option of focusing on coursework during those times.

Tuition payments are also convenient. The various master's in education programs allow students to "pay as you go." Working teachers have a unique advantage because graduate courses cover topics that may already be familiar to professional educators. The online course structure gives students the option to focus on subjects they are less familiar with while progressing quickly through topics they understand better.

Time Commitment Expectations

According to a 2015 article in U.S. News & World Report, students should plan on six hours per week for each course credit, which means 18 hours for each 3-credit course per week. A 2016 article in U.S. News & World Report noted that "one of the most important factors in the decision boils down to how busy a student is beyond their online education and how much time they are willing to delegate to each of their responsibilities."

"Full-time degree programs in general require more time in the classroom each week than part-time programs do," the article continued. "Though still a time-consuming feat, earning a full-time degree while working full time might become a little easier with the flexibility of distance learning."

Deciding between part-time and full-time enrollment in online courses requires an evaluation of obligations outside of the classroom, the desired time frame for graduating, and an analysis of how enrollment hours will affect tuition and financial aid, the article concluded.

Gain the Skills Needed for a Successful and Rewarding Career in Education

Barry University's online master's in education programs are designed to prepare the next generation of teachers to excel in a diverse and evolving learning environment. In the educational leadership degree programs, university faculty teach program candidates how to evaluate school staff, communicate effectively with parents and teachers, and oversee school finances, among other skills. In the exceptional student education program, candidates learn instructional strategies and techniques to cater to the needs of students with exceptionalities.

A graduate degree in educational leadership is a step toward a promotion to school administrator, which often comes with a higher earnings potential. One of these leadership positions, school principal, was recently ranked as the "Happiest Job in America," according to the job search company CareerBliss.

Working professionals with or without teaching experience who want to work with K-12 children and youth with mild disabilities can do so by earning a master's degree in exceptional student education.

Whether your focus is educational leadership or exceptional student education, Barry University has an online master's program to help you take the next step in your career.

Learn more about Barry University's online master's in education programs.


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