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Online Masters Degree in Teaching

The hallmarks of a great teacher are excellent communication skills, patience and the ability to creatively engage students in wanting to learn. Master's degrees in teaching can enhance your existing teaching skills or prepare you to teach for the first time, helping you become the inspiring teacher that your students remember years later.

Although most public schools require only a bachelor's degree, some states have begun asking teachers to earn their master's degrees. Not all graduate programs prepare students for required teacher certification, so make sure the program you select meets your educational and career needs.

Exploring master's degrees in teaching

Master's degree studies may target aspiring teachers with bachelor's degrees in other disciplines -- language, English, mathematics, science, social studies, history, the arts or physical education. Other programs are for teaching professionals who need to earn their master's degrees or wish to advance their skills or update their qualifications.

You may pick a program based on a specialization or education level, such as elementary. Studies often cover these components:

  1. Foundations: Theory and applications in the classroom, research, teaching practice, psychology and sociology of education
  2. Teaching methods: Planning, implementing and evaluating instruction
  3. Concentration: Specific focus such as teaching English to speakers of other languages, technology in education or K-12 administration
  4. Field experience/capstone project: Student teaching and/or a project that demonstrates professional growth

Other coursework can include classroom management and discipline, teaching adolescents, learning problems or cultural diversity. Secondary school teachers often choose a single subject of expertise.

Teaching career options, outlook and salaries

In addition to teaching, graduates with master's degrees in teaching can become instructional coordinators, librarians, assistant principals or principals. You can also become a community college instructor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an average increase in employment for most teachers between 2010 and 2020 but slower than average growth for high school teachers. The BLS listed these median annual salaries for teachers in 2010:

  1. Kindergarten and elementary: $51,380
  2. Middle school: $51,960
  3. High school: $53,230
  4. Special education: $53,220

Additional education can include a Ph.D .in teaching for leadership roles in higher education, research and policy as well as education consulting.

Online programs for master's degrees in teaching provide the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom. Web-based programs let you collaborate with colleagues around the globe to improve your learning experience.

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