Whether you’re a senior at university or an educator revisiting the prospect of a postgraduate degree after time in the field, there are many important factors to consider when examining a Masters of Education. Knowing the right information can save you time, money, and stress because continuing your education is an investment beneficial for many but not all.
What Can You Do With a Masters of Education?
This degree qualifies you to work in multi-disciplinary fields since learning impacts almost every aspect of human livelihood. You may work in a classroom, school administration, broadcast company, mental health clinic, or research-based organization, for example. The outlook for a career utilizing a Masters of Education is very positive. The degree is customizable, which makes it difficult to define a specific earnings range. It also intrinsically prepares you for further graduate study and a doctoral degree, if desired.
What Can You Specialize In?
Within one Masters of Education program, there may be divisions and even subdivisions of fields, specializations, or focuses, for example:
â€¢ Educational Level (e.g. Early Childhood, Secondary, Adult, Higher Education)
â€¢ Assessment (e.g. Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Methodology)
â€¢ Leadership (e.g. Teachers, Administrators, Policy, Management)
â€¢ Curriculum and Instruction (e.g. Teaching, Public Service, Literacy)
â€¢ Educational Technology (e.g. Multimedia, E-learning, Resource Development)
â€¢ Educational Psychology (e.g. Learning Research, Human Development)
â€¢ School Counseling (e.g. Social Work, Behavior Intervention, Learning Theory)
â€¢ Educational Specialization (e.g. Bilingual, Gifted, and Special Education)
How Do You Apply?
For a Masters of Education program, all or most of the following must be completed and submitted by a unique deadline:
â€¢ Application form with fee (US$75-100)
â€¢ Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
â€¢ Minimum GPA from previous degree plan (usually 3.0)
â€¢ Official transcripts
â€¢ GRE score
â€¢ Statement of Purpose
â€¢ Letters of recommendation (2-3)
â€¢ Resume/Curriculum Vita (academic and professional)
â€¢ Writing Samples
â€¢ Admission Interview
â€¢ GMAT, TOEFL, Certification, License, if applicable
What Are the Requirements to Graduate?
To graduate with your Masters of Education, most universities require a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. Limited credit can usually be transferred in from another institution. Graduate students in certain programs, such as counseling, often earn additional credit hours through practicum or field study. A 3.0 minimum GPA is standard, as is producing a thesis and oral defense relevant to your area of study. Other requirements to complete your degree may include: final written exams, research project, portfolio, internship, special assignment, capstone class, training and/or field experience.
How Long Does It Take to Earn a Masters of Education?
Expect to spend two years as a full-time master’s student. Some universities, such as Harvard, offer an intensive one-year program, while part-time study is available at others. Required practicum, certification, or field experience may extend the duration.
How Much Does a Masters of Education Cost?
Higher Education tuition and fees prices in the U.S. have risen exponentially since the mid-1980s without increasing similarly in value, which has people from all factions grumbling for reform. Most Masters of Education in the U.S. cost US$13k-15k at a public university, US$20k-25k at a private university, and over US$40k at an elite, private university. At top Canadian universities, residents pay closer to US$8k-13K via public funding. Warning: International or non-resident students will pay two, three or even four times these rates, universally. Graduation and retention rates and school ranking systems are good gauges to put this information in context.
And that’s the scoop. It’ll be up to you to decide if a Masters of Education suits your area of professional interest, desired career path, and available resources. The ultimate value of the postgraduate degree will be determined by what you get out of it personally, be it experience, wealth, recognition, or an avenue to your doctorate.