Teaching

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Teaching is designed for currently licensed classroom teachers seeking a graduate degree in teaching. The online program links academic theory with best practices for effective teaching in the classroom. You will examine the significance of various educational historical developments, philosophies, pedagogical approaches, research methodologies, and educational theories and paradigms. In addition to the core requirements imparting classroom management skills, student assessment techniques, planning, and more, this graduate program offers unique concentrations for further focus.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Current educational research
  • Analysis of classroom teaching and learning theories
  • Classroom management for the 21st century
  • Meeting the diverse needs of all learners
  • Active learning environments
  • Social, emotional, physical, and ethical issues in the K-12 classroom
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Legal, ethical, and political issues governing K-12 education

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Note: This program has specific admission requirements. Please view the requirements below to be sure you qualify to apply for this program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate commitment to students and their learning.
  • Evaluate the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Manage and monitor student learning.
  • Systematically assess their practice and learn from experience.
  • Engage as members of learning communities.
  • Integrate problem-based inquiry in course experiences.
  • Interact with program mentors, academic specialists, colleagues, parents, and community stakeholders.
  • Integrate the use of action research to enhance student achievement and address problems in practice.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary Teachers

Focuses on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction and services for elementary students, as well as the developmental characteristics, culture, and background of special-needs learners and how their differences influence the learning condition. Topics include the integration of language arts into the social studies curriculum and the objectives, methods, and integration of mathematics and science.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC671 - Integrated Elementary Mathematics and Sciences
  • EDUC561 - Issues and Ideas in Special Education
  • EDUC672 - Integrated Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies
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Elementary Reading

Measures the best practices in elementary reading curriculum and instruction; research-based practices, methods, and materials that support curriculum development; and a variety of assessment practices and tools to diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate effective literacy instruction. Emphasizes the creation of environments conducive to developing your students' skills in the language arts using research-based instructional strategies.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC596 - Literacy Instruction for Struggling and Challenging Students
  • EDUC611 - Identifying and Diagnosing Reading Difficulties
  • EDUC612 - Issues and Models of Language Arts Education
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English Language Learners

Explores major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and acquisition of language to construct learning environments that foster the development of English Language Learners (ELL). Utilizes speech training software with pronunciation tutoring technologies and learning features that provide immediate, understandable, and actionable feedback.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC600 - Diversity and Cultural Issues in TESOL Education
  • EDUC601 - Methods and Materials in TESOL Education
  • EDUC603 - Applied Linguistics in TESOL Education
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Instructional Leadership

Studies how educational professionals create instructional practices that raise levels of teaching and learning to improve outcomes in educational settings. Explores teacher leadership, professional learning communities (PLCs), reshaping school culture, and shared leadership. Looks at technology as a tool to promote  learning and to improve communication, and examines contemporary issues related to special education instruction.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC522 - Supervision of Instruction
  • EDUC561 - Issues and Ideas in Special Education
  • EDUC665 - Emerging Issues and Trends in Education Leadership
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Online Learning

Provides a foundation for developing problem-solving skills necessary for functioning in online, face-to-face, and hybrid instructional settings. Topics include online learning instructional formats and their impact on student achievement, personalized learning, emerging trends and issues as they relate to technology instruction, and copyright infringement’s implication for course development.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC621 - Online Learning for the Adult and the K-16 Learner
  • EDUC622 - Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning
  • EDUC623 - Online Learning and Student Achievement
  • EDUC624 - Assessment of Online Learning
  • EDUC625 - Instructional Design in Online Learning
  • EDUC626 - Web 2.0 Technology Integration
  • EDUC629 - Personalized and Individualized Online Learning
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Special Education

Explores the foundations of special education, including the philosophy, history, legislation, and theory that continue to influence professional practice in the field. Emphasizes the use of research, experience, and professional judgment to collaborate and work with others in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction and services for students with disabilities.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC616 - Foundations in Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education
  • EDUC618 - Classroom Accommodations and Modifications for Special Needs Learners
  • EDUC614 - Living and Learning with Exceptional Students
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Covers best practices in instructional and intervention strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students as well as an overview of ASD history, diagnostic methods, and treatment. Topics include federal legislation, assessment instruments, and educational programming considerations.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC630 - Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • EDUC631 - Evidence-Based Practice for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • EDUC632 - Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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STEAM (STEM + the Arts)

Focuses on academic curriculum development and lesson plan creation by integrating the visual and performing arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content. Explores ways for teachers to use global and local resources and experts to connect curriculum areas and prepare K-12 students to be innovative, creative thinkers. Examines technological tools and their effect on student achievement.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC671 - Integrated Elementary Mathematics and Sciences
  • EDUC549 - Elementary School Arts Across the Curriculum
  • EDUC623 - Online Learning and Student Achievement

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into this program, and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • School of Education non-certification questionnaire
  • Graduate writing sample
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)

Important notes:

  • This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying here in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure at SOE_CertificationLicensure@apus.edu
  • As of November 1, 2014, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You are required to take EDUC503 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC503.

An admission representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.