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Master of Science in Education Degree Programs

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What Is a Master of Science in Education?

A Master of Science in Education is a graduate degree that helps current and future educators gain the skills and qualifications necessary to advance in education. A master's degree can help teachers move beyond the classroom into administrative roles, whether that’s a step up into a leadership position like principal, vice principal, or administrator, or a job in curriculum development and design. It also can help those who want to move into the education field get the qualifications they need to become a curriculum designer, instructional trainer, and more.

The advanced Master of Science in Education degree programs at WGU include rigorous coursework and curriculum that prepare you to better help students learn while setting yourself up to progress in your career within education. WGU graduate programs in education can be completed online on your schedule, making it possible for you to continue teaching or working while you progress toward a master’s degree. We also value the skills you already possess—our unique competency-based education model lets you progress through courses more quickly using your existing knowledge. Teacher education is key for allowing educators to progress in their careers and their lives.

 

Who Should get a Master of Science in Education Degree?

Some Master of Science in Education degrees will require that you have a bachelor’s degree in education and are a licensed teacher. Others will just require a bachelor’s degree and some educational experience. It’s important to understand the requirements before you apply, and understand that a desire to move into educational administration and leadership will likely require a teaching license, while curriculum design and instructional training careers will likely just require a bachelor’s degree and some experience.

Many of our master’s of education students are current teachers looking to improve their qualifications, pay, and career outlook. If you’re ready to change the trajectory of your career to be an educational leader or impact the curriculum for students, an M.S. in education could be a critical first step.

How Long Does an M.S. in Education Take?

24 months

On average, most students take about 24 months to complete a Master of Science in Education program. However, with competency-based education, you can use your experience and time to accelerate your coursework and graduate faster.

How Much does an M.S. in Education Cost?

$3,490

At WGU, the Master of Science in Education programs are $3,490 per six-month term. Students can take as many courses as they are able during that term and not pay more. This allows them to save time, and money.

How Do You Abbreviate Master of Science in Education?

M.S.Ed.

A Master of Science in Education degree can be abbreviated as an M.S. in Education, an M.S.Ed, Msc(Ed), or an M.S.E. Sometimes you’ll even see it as simply MS in Education.

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WGU Master of Science in Education Programs

Curriculum and Instruction – M.S.

An online master's degree for those who have educational...

An online master's degree for those who have...

An online master's degree for those who have educational experience and are looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on curriculum development and design.

  • Time: 72% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Curriculum theory and development
  • Instructional theory
  • Research fundamentals

Help schools create engaging, meaningful, and memorable learning experiences to improve learning outcomes for all students with this M.S. degree.

Educational Leadership – M.S.

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to move...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

An online master's degree for current teachers looking to move into a school or district leadership position, like principal, vice principal, or administrator.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,935 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program includes:

  • Process management
  • Strategic planning
  • Performance excellence
  • Governance, finance, law, and leadership
  • Measurement, analysis, and knowledge management
  • Workforce focus
  • Other courses, including a capstone project and a series of performance tasks to take place under the leadership of a practicing state licensed school principal or assistant principal in a practicum school site (K–12). 

Put your leadership skills to good use—in the service of America's children—with this education master's degree. 

States that do not accept this program: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota.


What can you do with a Master of Science in Education?

There are many career options for those with an education graduate degree, including:

  • Vice principal
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Curriculum designer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Education consultant

A degree in educational leadership will allow you to work in administrative roles anywhere, from elementary schools to high schools. On the other hand, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will focus more on careers where you set the standards. If you want to improve literacy, build coursework, create certification programs, and other educational systems, this graduate program could be a good fit for you.

What's the difference between an M.Ed and an M.S.?

There are a few differences between a Master’s in Education (M.Ed) degree and an M.S. in Education degree. While both are Master of Education degrees, they prepare you to advance your career in different ways.

For example, an M.Ed, or Master of Arts in Education can work for those who are current teachers, looking to expand their knowledge and qualifications, or for those in the corporate world who are interested in setting themselves up for success in new ways. With a focus on learning styles, technology, and instruction, a Master of Arts in Education program can uniquely qualify you for specific roles in training and education.

An M.S. in Education degree, on the other hand, qualifies current teachers and those with experience in education to work in leadership positions including principal, vice principal, and superintendent, or in roles focused on curriculum development. An M.S.Ed is more designed for those who want to continue to work in the educational field and advance their career in that industry.

What Are The Benefits of a Master of Science in Education Program?

A Master of Science in Education program can help you progress in your career within education. With this particular master’s degree, you could enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • The ability to make a career change. If you’re looking to move out of teaching and into a leadership role, earning a Master of Science in Education is a great stepping stone. With your M.S.Ed, you could be prepared to look for jobs as a principal, administrator, or curriculum developer.
  • Increased earning potential. The jobs you qualify for with an M.Ed often have a much higher pay grade. Working as a principal, developing curriculum, or being a district administrator requires not only in-depth knowledge of teaching techniques and student development, but also a broader skill set that includes an understanding of managerial practices and additional policies.
  • Improved job security. The more qualified you are, the more valuable you become. A Master of Science in Education will bolster your résumé and provide evidence of your qualifications. An advanced degree could help you stand out and be considered for administrative roles for which educators without a master’s degree will not be considered.
  • An expanded professional network. Pursuing an M.S. degree in education allows you to grow your network. Connect with like-minded educators to gain additional perspectives, helpful career advice, and pathways to career progression beyond your current school and district.
  • Added respect. Earning a master’s degree in education can earn you a stamp of approval from your peers and higher-ups. A master’s degree is symbolic of your dedication to education and student success and it will help you distinguish yourself within your circle and beyond.

Why Choose WGU for Your Master of Science in Education Degree?

WGU is a great place to pursue your M.S. degree for many reasons:

  • Low, flat-rate tuition means that you're charged the same amount per six-month term, regardless of how many classes you take.
  • Competency-based education means you can use your knowledge to your advantage, passing assessments to accelerate your program and graduate faster. Graduating faster also saves you money.
  • We offer scholarships and financial aid to help with our already affordable tuition, making college education accessible for even more students.
  • Respected and accredited programs ensure that your M.S. degree is meaningful for you as an educator. Accreditation adds validity and value to your degree.

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