Online master’s degrees in education have gone mainstream

by Grace

… As online programs have grown in popularity, online master’s in education degrees have become more acceptable, experts say….

In some cases, Horn says, ​schools don’t even indicate the mode of instruction on degrees and transcripts, which means school officials only see the program or school name anyway.​

Even in cases where an online degree is obvious, it rarely matters in public school districts, experts say. In the K-12 world, at least, online master’s degrees in education are so common that employers don’t think of them much at all​, Horn says. Those in hiring positions who have been to school recently have taken a blended or fully online course, so they know the classes can be just as rigorous as their on-campus counterparts.

Of course, students must cover the basics in selecting their online provider, making sure the school is accredited and that the program will lead to the desired state license.

Best Online Graduate Education Programs — U.S. News & World Report

  1. University of Houston — Houston, TX
  2. Florida State University — Tallahassee, FL
  3. Northern Illinois University — DeKalb, IL
  4. Pennsylvania State University—World Campus — University Park, PA


Devon Haynie, “What Employers Think of Your Online Master’s in Education”, US News & World Report, Feb. 13, 2015.


4 Comments to “Online master’s degrees in education have gone mainstream”

  1. Online masters degrees have gone mainstream in every field. I find them horrifying, having little to do with what graduate education was supposed to be about. But there is so much demand for credentialing out there. Higher ed is actually more nimble than you might imagine, and where there is a demand, schools will follow


  2. Masters in Education have always (well, since the 70s anyway) been about credentialing, not learning. When pay raises are tied to getting the Masters, teachers will seek the Masters, whether there is any content to it or not.


  3. I’m not sure why I thought it was news about online ed. graduate degrees, especially since it’s probably safe to say that many if not most students are currently teaching and pursuing their graduate degree part-time. When I have time I’ll look to see what percentage of graduate degrees are granted from online programs. Could it be more than half?

    Yes, gasstation, for education it’s mainly about getting that credential to qualify for that pay raise. Maybe more states will follow North Carolina’s lead and do away with automatic pay raises for master’s.


  4. I know online MBA programs have been around and popular for many years. I suspect credentialing is behind those too.


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