2019 Best Master's in Secondary Education Online Programs

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The following schools offer the best online master's in secondary education programs. Among the 13 entries on the following list, 10 of them have their annual tuition rates priced at less than $10,000. The #1 ranked school this year, Mercy College, has a tuition of $14,824 per year and offers three online secondary education programs, making them a strong choice for many online learners.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Mercy College $14,824 $89,000
#2 #2 California State University-Fullerton $8,304 $80,100
#3 #3 New York University $32,944 $77,000
#4 #4 University of North Texas $8,100 $66,900
#5 #5 University of Memphis $9,045 $64,700
#6 #6 Ball State University $9,240 $63,900
#7 #7 Liberty University $9,960 $59,800
#8 #8 University of New Mexico $5,952 $58,600
#9 #9 University of Alabama $7,092 $58,400
#10 #10 Troy University $17,784 $59,100
#11 #11 Stephen F. Austin State University $7,056 $57,000
#12 #12 Old Dominion University $8,520 $55,000
#13 #13 Mississippi State University $8,066 $54,600
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,824
  • Median Salary: $89,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Mercy College offers nine Master of Science degrees in Adolescent Education. Four are unique 5-year combined BS/MS programs, such as the BS/MS in English and Adolescent Education 7-12. The other three are Biology, History, and Mathematics. There are five MS degrees in Adolescent Education 7-12, including Educational Studies, Teaching Literacy, Adolescent Education, Chemistry, and Physics. The Adolescent Education 7-12 program has two tracks. The 30 credit Track A includes initial certification and eligibility for NY State certification. The 36 credit Track B is for advanced certification. There is a capstone requirement. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Track B stipulates that students have one year's experience as a teacher of record. Tuition is $872 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,304
  • Median Salary: $80,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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California State University Fullerton offers three online MS programs in Secondary Education: an M.S. in Education, Secondary Education concentration, an M.S. in Education, Secondary Education Concentration, Teacher Induction Emphasis, and an M.S. in Education, Secondary Education Concentration, Teaching Foundational Mathematics Emphasis. Each of these programs is geared toward deepening student’s knowledge and skill base in the chosen area and preparing them for roles in both public and private schools. The programs range between 30-31 credits and each requires a 3-credit culminating experience. Admission requires a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and a current teaching credential.

  • Annual Tuition: $32,944
  • Median Salary: $77,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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New York University offers an innovative Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education. The program places students in high need urban schools around the country, including schools in New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The program is 39 credits and includes ten modules synchronized with a school year. Students are full-time co-teachers, and check in with their content mentor and module instructor in synchronous sessions. The program currently prepares students in English, math, the sciences, social sciences, and special education generalist. Modules include, ‘What is Special Education?’ And, ‘What Are My Professional Responsibilities?’ Admission requires a bachelor's degree, a strong GPA, and GRE or MAT scores. Program cost is about $25,000, offset by salary and district or charter subsidy.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Median Salary: $66,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of North Texas offers a Master of Education in Teaching, with a Secondary Education Certification track. The program is 36 credits and results in initial certification.  Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a 2.80 GPA, and GRE scores. Program emphasis is in teaching, classroom organization, organization, curriculum development and integrating theory with teaching practice. Two courses are supervised practicums. Courses include Literacy for All, ESL Content Instruction, Maintaining Classroom Discipline and Successful Teaching in Secondary Schools. The UNT College of Education is highly ranked.  Graduate tuition for a 3-credit course is $1,510.29 for residents and $2,755.29 for non-residents. UNT has extensive support for online students.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,045
  • Median Salary: $64,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Memphis, recently named as the top online college in Memphis, offers an online Master of Arts in Secondary Education. The program is delivered through their online portal, UofMGlobal. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, and GRE or CORE scores. The degree is 30-46 credits, depending on a student's goals. The program leads to both a degree and licensure. Students spend a year at a local school observing, tutoring and then teaching. There is also a clinical teaching semester in a subject appropriate for a student's area of licensure. The capstone is the student's assessment of teaching performance. Online graduate tuition is $603 per credit, regardless of the student’s state of residency. UofMGlobal offers excellent support for online students.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • Median Salary: $63,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana, offers an online Master of Arts in Secondary Education. The program is 30 credits and is normally completed in two years. It has six areas of emphasis: Pedagogy, Curriculum, Foundation of Education, Educational Technology, Multicultural Education, and Educational Research. The aim is to enhance the professional development of practicing teachers and to train them in research and curriculum development. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA. The GRE is not required. Online graduate tuition is $410 per credit for in-state residents and $616 per credit for out-of-state residents. BSU offers extensive support for online students, including advising, peer monitoring, tech support, career planning, and online orientation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,960
  • Median Salary: $59,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
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Located in Central Virginia, Liberty University offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education. Up to 50% of credits may be transferred in for degree completion. This 30 credit degree takes an average of one and a half years to complete and focuses on current trends in education, teaching methodology, and classroom management. Liberty's strong Christian emphasis is evident in all classes and programs, explicitly seeking to integrate faith and Christian worldview into a student's career in education.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,952
  • Median Salary: $58,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque, offers both a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and an MA in Secondary Education in Teacher Leadership. Both degrees are 32 credits hours and are offered online. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA and a secondary teacher's license, and students are admitted in a cohort. The Teacher Leadership program trains students to advance to leadership positions. The MS in Secondary Education program has several concentrations, including Reflective Practice, Math, Science and Educational Technology, and Licensure. Online graduate tuition is $372 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,092
  • Median Salary: $58,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Alabama offers three Master of Arts in Secondary Education programs: English Language Arts 6-12 Certification, Reading Specialist P-12 Certification, and Science Certification. The 30 credit programs each require a bachelor's degree and a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA for admission. The Reading Specialist Certification requires that candidates have two years of teaching experience, and the other two programs require a bachelor's level teaching certificate. The programs train students on how to better engage with their students and also teaches them how to design and evaluate curriculum. Students in the Science Certification program may be able to obtain a master’s level teachers certification in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General Science. Online graduate tuition is $394 per credit for both in-state and nonresidents.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,784
  • Median Salary: $59,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Founded in 1887, TU is located in Troy, in southeast Alabama. The university was a pioneer in developing online instruction and now offers two online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree programs. They are in History Education and Social Science Education. Both are 36 credit hours and require a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA and teacher certification. A background check is also required. Both programs are traditional fifth year programs for teachers who already have bachelors-level certification. Among the courses offered are The Master Teacher, Educational Evaluation, and Psychological Foundations of Education. Online graduate tuition is $494 for residents and $988 for non-residents. Troy Online provides excellent support services to online students.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,056
  • Median Salary: $57,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Stephen F. Austin State University, located in Nacogdoches, in East Texas, offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, with either EC-12 or 7-12 teacher certification. This 30-credit program prepares students for secondary school leadership. It is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree, but are not yet certified to teach. Graduates will qualify for Texas teacher certification. One face-to-face meeting is required for the mastery certification exam. Admissions requires a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.8 GPA. A semester of supervised student teaching is also required. In-state graduate tuition for a 3-credit course is $1,185.50 and $1,545.50 for non-resident tuition.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • Median Salary: $55,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, offers a Master of Science in Secondary Education for licensed teachers. The program is 30 credits, and cohort based. It requires a capstone experience. The degree can be completed in as little as 18 months. The capstone options include a thesis or an internship and comprehensive exam. The thesis option requires a defense. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.8 GPA and a teaching license. The program emphasizes professional competencies in research and teaching, with the goal of producing teachers who excel in the classroom and in research. Online graduate tuition is $523 per credit for residents and $568 for non-residents. Support for online students is outstanding.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,066
  • Median Salary: $54,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Mississippi State University's Master of Science in Secondary Education is a 30 credit program that may be completed in less than two years. Students in the program select either K-12 or 7-12 grade concentration in any of ten areas: biology, business, English/language arts, foreign language, math, physics, physical education, social studies, chemistry or reading. Admission into the program requires a bachelor's degree, GRE scores, and a teaching certificate. The program aims to enhance the professional skills of both new and experienced teachers. Graduate online tuition is the same for both residents and non-residents, at $356 per credit. MSU provides excellent services for online students, including counseling. academic assistance, writing center, and technical support.

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Online Master's in Secondary Education Overview

Program Requirements

An online master's degree will typically take about two years to complete, and in order to be admitted, applicants need to have completed a bachelor's degree. Depending on the program, the bachelor's degree will need to be in a particular teaching subject, like English or math. Students with or without previous teaching experience can apply to a master's program. Other admission requirements may include letters of recommendation, a resume, a statement of purpose, and graduate test scores. Tuition will vary depending on the school and program, though students can plan on spending at least somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000 a year.

Curriculum

Sample course titles that a student might take include Adolescent Psychology, Language and Culture, Curriculum and Instructional Planning for Middle and High School, and Adolescent Literature. Student teaching will also usually be required. Once the program is completed graduates will be prepared to teach at the secondary level. A master's degree can make a teacher more competitive in the job market over those who only have a bachelor's.

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