Best Online Master’s in Education: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2014/2015 Online Master’s in Education award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online master’s in education programs available.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.

#1. Stephen F. Austin State University

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Founded as a teachers’ college in 1923, Stephen F. Austin University is, at its core, a university committed to the preparation of quality educators.  The University is one of 4 independent public Universities in the state of Texas. SFASU enrolls over 13,000 students and offers some 120 areas of study through six colleges.  SFASU is ranked by U.S. News #75 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #25 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The James I. Perkins College of Education is the largest college at SFASU ranks #181 in Best Education Schools by U.S. News and includes the Departments of Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Human Services, Kinesiology and Health Science, and the School of Human Sciences.  Each department offers programs for certification as well as non-certification programs.  Online Masters programs offered include a Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education-Early Childhood, Master of Education-Educational Leadership (Principal Certification), Master of Education in Elementary Education, Master of Education-Reading Specialist and Master of Education in Special Education.  Most programs require 36 credits to complete.

Accreditation
SFASU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs within the School of Education are recognized by several National accrediting bodies including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$9,360 (All students enrolled in the Master of Education-Educational Leadership (Principal Certification) program receive generous scholarships that reduce the total cost of the degree to $6,000, making this particular program the most affordable, yet quality M.Ed degree available.)

#2. Fort Hays State University

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Enrolling over 13,400 students, Fort Hays is a public University established in 1902 in Hays, Kansas.  With about 40% of its student head count being located on its well developed virtual campus, Fort Hays State University was among the leaders in most categories of the inaugural U.S. News rankings for online education.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranking in at #20 in U.S. News Best Online Graduate Education Programs, Fort Hays offers Master of Science in Education programs in English for Speakers of Other Languages, Library Media Specialist, Reading Specialist, Technology Studies, Transition to Teaching (Alternative Certification, JROTC Instructor Prep, Higher Education Student Affairs, Adaptive Special Education, Building Leadership (Principal), Gifted Special Education, and School Counselor.  M.S.Ed programs are offered at Fort Hays through the College of Education and Technology, and special attention is paid in all programs to the vital role of technology in 21st century educational models.  These programs require anywhere from 33 to 45 credit hours for completion.

Accreditation
FHSU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Education and Technology also holds specialized accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$8,147-10,860.75

#3. Peru State College

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Established in 1865 under the Methodist Episcopal Church, Peru State College is the first and oldest educational institution in Nebraska.  PSC enrolls over 2,300 students which includes enrollment in an extensive online and distance learning program that has garnered much recent success.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Peru State College offers, as one of two online graduate programs of study, a Master of Science in Education-Curriculum and Instruction.  The 36 credit degree includes core courses in Curriculum and Instruction with 4 different optional areas of focus in Classroom Behavior and Management, Instructional Mastery, Inclusionary Practices and Policies, and Instructional Technology.  PSU ranked in at #186 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News .

Accreditation
Peru State is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as being Nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$9,900

#4. Lamar University

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Ranked 3rd nationally for Top Online Graduate Programs, Lamar University is a public research university that was founded in 1918 in Beaumont, Texas.  Lamar enrolls over 14,200 students annually and is one of 29 public universities nationally classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Lamar’s College of Education and Human Development offers Master of Education programs in Education and Administration, Education Technology Leadership, School Counseling, Special Education, Teacher Leadership and Teacher Leadership-ESL.  These programs are designed to prepare educators in the areas of general education, pedagogical content and strategies, content proficiency, communication skills, and analytical skills. All M.Ed programs at Lamar require at minimum 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and programs through department of education are recognized through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
In-State: $8,460
Out-of-State: $9,972

#5. University of Central Missouri

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Originally established as the Warrensburg Teacher’s College in 1871, the University of Central Missouri is a 4 year public university offering 150 areas of study, including 27 areas of teacher certification.  UCM enrolls over 12,000 students. U.S. News ranks UCM #92 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #32 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The University of Central Missouri offers Master of Science degrees in Elementary Education-Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, and Library Science and Information Services as well as Master of Arts in Teaching.  These programs require 30 or 32 credits minimum for completion.  All of these programs are available fully online, while some have the option to take some courses in face-to-face format at the UCM summit center.

Accreditation
UCM is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All teacher certification programs are nationally certified through NCATE.

Tuition
$9,645 – $10,288

#6. University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, was the first public institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi and is currently the largest University in the state, enrolling some 34,000 students. Founded in 1839, MU is one of the nations finest R1 research institutions and the first public university in the nation to establish a college specifically for the preparation of teachers.  Mizzou’s extensive Online college offers 70 online degree options and more than 900 online courses.  Approximately 3,000 students earn their degrees via Mizzou Online each year.  MU is ranked #97 in Best National Universities and #44 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #131 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #55 in Best Education Schools, Mizzou Online offers more than 30 master’s degrees, education specialist options and certification preparation programs through the College of Education by some of the leading researchers in teaching and learning in the country.  Most programs are fully online, while a few require a number of campus visits to Columbia, MO, or classroom attendance in other locations.  Master’s Programs in Education at Mizzou require 30 or 33 credits minimum for completion.

Accreditation
MU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The University of Missouri college of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Tuition
$10,419- $11,460.90

#7. Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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Established as a Teachers’ College by the Louisiana State Legislature for the preparation of teachers in 1884, NSUL is a public university that has been dedicated to teaching and learning for over a hundred years.  Northwestern State enrolls over 9,200 students. The NSUL campus is also home to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a state sponsored boarding school for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  U.S. News ranks NSUL #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
NSUL’s College of Education and Human Development offers online M.Ed programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology Leadership and Special Education.  Though the programs are fully online, students have the option to take some classes traditionally at the Northwestern campus.  All students admitted into these programs also have access to study prep sessions for the national licensing exam, which are offered on campus each semester free of charge.  Northwestern State University is ranked #120 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News.

Accreditation
NSU is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Education and Human Development has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954.

Tuition
$10,547 – $11,495

#8. Framingham State University

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Founded in 1839 as the Normal School in Lexington, Framingham State University was the first school of its kind in the United States established to train high school graduates to be teachers.  FSU has offered online courses since 1998 making it among the first Universities to experiment with E-learning and has been a leader in online learning since.  The university enrolls around 6,500 students.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Framingham State University offers asynchronous (no scheduled class times), fully online, as well as hybrid online/on-campus Master of Education programs with concentrations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM for Teachers in Grades 1-6, Educational Technology, Nutrition Education, and Elementary Education.  The M.Ed. degree requires 30 credits minimum for completion and consists of a core curriculum that develops the students understanding of theoretical foundations of education, and research and evaluation methodologies.

Accreditation
Framingham State University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College.

Tuition
$10,850
(Special scholarships are available to students pursuing the Master’s of Education STEM concentration.)

#9. University of Wyoming

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Located in Laramie Wyoming, UW is land grant university founded in 1886, consisting of seven colleges and offering over 190 degree programs.  The University of Wyoming enrolls over 13,900 students annually.  The Universities Outreach School offers more than 30 degrees, certificates, and endorsement programs through online learning platforms and video conference classes.  UW has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges and universities by U.S. News ranking in at #161 in Best National Universities and #88 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The College of Education at UW offers the following graduate degrees online: M.Ed.-Educational Administration with concentrations in Adult/Postsecondary Education and K-12, M.Ed-Instructional Technology, M.Ed.-Special Education, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.  These programs of study may be delivered through a combination of online coursework, video/audio conferencing, and periodic on-campus intensives.  The majority of degree programs will require 34 credits, while some may have a 41 credit hour option for the inclusion of thesis work for those planning on pursuing postgraduate studies.

Accreditation
UW is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. Education programs are nationally accredited through NCATE.

Tuition
In-State: $7,514-$9,061
Out-of-State: 14,824-$17,876

#10. Valdosta State University

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Located in Valdosta, Georgia, about half-way between Orlando and Atlanta, VSU is one of three regional Universities in the University System of Georgia.  Valdosta State University was founded in 1906 as a Normal College for the preparation of teachers in the region.  Enrolling approximately 12,500 students, Valdosta State offers the academic, cultural and social opportunities of a major university while maintaining the small class sizes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions.  VSU is ranked #30 in U.S. News Top Public Schools ranking and #69 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
VSU offers a wide variety of Masters degrees their online study environment including M.Ed. in Adult and Career Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Math & Science, School Counseling, M.A in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers, and Master of Library and Information Sciences.  These programs require between 36 and 39 credits minimum for completion, are conducted through an asynchronous online format (no scheduled meeting times) and are designed around a professional education core that establishes a framework of knowledge in educational research, trends in education, and multicultural studies across curriculum.

Accreditation
VSU is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs are nationally accredited through the NCATE.

Tuition
$9,669-$11,427

#11. Marshall University

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Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University is a public research university founded in 1837, consisting of nine undergraduate colleges and three graduate schools.  Marshall University enrolls over 13,700 students.  Though MU’s graduate forensics science garners the most attention for the University as one of 20 accredited programs of its kind in the nation, the University as a whole is exceptional and was ranked #39 in U.S. News Best Regional Universities (South).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The Graduate College at Marshall University offers Master’s in Education programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education each with a variety of concentrations.  The programs do not provide endorsement for initial teacher licensure, and are designed for students who already hold a license.  The program has a required 39 credits for completion which includes core classes that provide a broad foundation in pedagogy, technology, and human development, as well as six courses related to the students area of emphasis, and a final capstone course.

Accreditation
Marshall University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$11,583

#12. Valley City State University

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Valley City State University is a public university and member of the North Dakota University System, enrolling over 1,300 students annually.  VCSU has been recognized by U.S. News as #1 or #2 in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) 5 years consecutively.  Established as a Normal School, or Teacher’s College in 1890, VCSU still remains dedicated to producing some of the best educators in the upper midwest with Education and Teaching being among the most popular majors.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #42 in Best Online Masters Programs in Education by U.S. News, the Master’s of Education degree at VCSU is designed for currently practicing or experienced teachers.  The curriculum is structured around core requirements that provide a foundation in education, research, and technology. Six concentrations are available including Teaching & Technology, Technology Education, Library & Information Technologies, Teaching English Language Learners, Elementary Education, and English Education.  The degree requires 35 hours of coursework, an action research report, and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio for completion.

Accreditation
Valley City State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and Nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$11,831.75

#13. Saint Joseph’s College

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912, Saint Josephs College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Standish, Maine.  Saint Joseph’s College Online offers graduate and undergraduate programs to more than 2,500 students which is more than double the student body enrolled on-campus.  Saint Joseph’s ranked 81 on U.S. News Best Colleges ranking for Best Regional Universities (North).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Saint Joseph’s College Online offers a Master of Science in Education with five unique concentrations in Teaching, Leadership, Catholic Leadership, Adult Education, and Health Care Education.  These programs require either 33 or 36 credits to complete and each is comprised of a unique core curriculum geared towards supporting teachers and administrators on their varied routes to becoming the best educators they can be.

Accreditation
Saint Josephs’s is regionally accredited through the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$11,880—$12,960

#14. Columbia College

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A private, non-profit, liberal arts and sciences college, Columbia College was originally founded as a Christian Female College in 1851 and was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature.  CC maintains 34 satellite campuses nationwide in addition to the day and evening campus in Columbia, MO, and its online campus, and between them enrolls over 31,000 students.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The online college at Columbia offers both a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership both of which require 36 credits for completion.  The MAT curriculum consists of three core classes, two student selected classes in each of three areas of Curriculum and Instruction, (Psychological and Philosophical Foundations and Measurement and Evaluation) and three additional elective courses.  The M.Ed in Educational Leadership consists of two possible tracks, the Principal Track and the Instructional Leader Track.  This is a highly structured curriculum with a core of 27 credits and 9 credits of track courses.  These programs are ranked #90 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Accreditation
CC is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$12,060

#15. Western Governors University

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Western Governors University is a private nonprofit, online university established in 1997.  The Universities goal is to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs,” and does so by students working in coordination with faculty mentors online and through frequent phone communication, taking tests online which are proctored via webcam and other online proctoring technologies.  The university enrolls over 46,300 students.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
WGU’s Teachers College offers a wide variety of Masters degrees geared toward already licensed and practicing teachers.  These programs of study can be completed between 4 and 6 terms which are a full six months in length.  During each term the student can complete as much or as little of the degree requirements as possible which allows the student the flexibility to fit the program into his or her lifestyle.  Degrees offered include many standard education degrees such as an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.Ed. in Instructional design, but also uniquely offers M.A. in Secondary Science Education with areas of emphasis on particular sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biological Sciences, and Geosciences).  This would be a an excellent choice for the practicing science teacher looking to take his or her teaching to the next level.

Accreditation
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally by the NCATE.  WGU has the distinction of having been the first and only university to receive regional accreditation simultaneously from four regional accrediting commissions, and was also the first exclusively online university to have its teacher preparation programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$11,560 – $17,340

#16. Emporia State University

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Founded in 1863 as a Teachers’ College, Emporia State University has been preparing teachers in nationally acclaimed teacher education programs since. The school enrolls over 6,000 students annually. ESU is ranked #92 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #32 in the Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The Teachers College at Emporia State has consistently received national recognition for excellence and innovative methods in teacher preparation.  One of just four schools to be named by Arthur Levine as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program in his 2006 national study, and recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education, Anne Duncan, in 2009 as “home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame,” Emporia’s teacher preparation programs remain among the best in the nation.  Online programs offered in education are many and varied, each with its own unique and focused curriculum.  Most programs require a minimum of 36 credits for completion. U.S. News ranks ESU #103 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Accreditation
Emporia State University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the teacher education programs are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
In-state: $8,760—$10,512
Out-of-state: $12,090—$14,508

#17. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University is public research university founded in 1930.  ODU offers 70 bachelors degrees, 60 masters and 35 doctoral degrees in various fields and enrolls over 24,400 students.  Old Dominion is a leader in technology mediated distance learning and one of the largest providers of online learning in the nation through TELETECHNET, the schools distance learning platform where bachelors and masters degree programs are delivered through video streaming, satellite, 2-say web conferencing, and other online technologies.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Old Dominion University ranked #70 for Best Education Schools and #42 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News.  Programs offered include: Master of Science in Education (Elementary Education), Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Education (Instructional Design & Technology), and Master of Science in Education (Special Education). Depending on the program online study may be synchronous (regularly scheduled class times that occur in an online environment) or asynchronous (without regular class meetings).  The programs require between 30 and 39 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Old Dominion University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the College of Education is nationally recognized by NCATE.

Tuition
$$12.360 — $16,068

#18. Stephens College

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Founded in 1833 as Columbia Female Academy, Stephens College is a women’s college located in Columbia, Missouri with an enrollment of over 1,000 students.  Stephens is the second oldest remaining female only college in the country.  The college offers online Master’s and Graduate Certificate programs to both men and women.  U.S. News ranks Stephens College #30 in Best Regional Colleges (Midwest).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Stephens offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  This is an accelerated, 14 month, low-residency program with a two-week on campus program during the students first month of enrollment.  The program is designed for certified, early childhood and elementary teachers built around the full-time schedule of a working teacher.  The program offers one-on-one mentorship and advising.  The curriculum consists of a 32 credit core that establishes a theoretical knowledge in education and an application of professional classroom practices and the major content areas of elementary and early childhood education are looked at through the lens of a holistic approach to learning.

Accreditation
Stephens College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$12,416

#19. Boise State University

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Founded as Boise Junior College in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, the school has since grown to be the largest educational institution in the state of Idaho enrolling over 22,000 students.  Boise State offers programs of study in nearly 200 areas of interest through seven colleges.  U.S. News ranks BSU #65 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #21 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The Master’s in Educational Technology for Educators and Trainers program has been offered through Boise State’s College of Education for well over a decade.  Both a research oriented program for those considering pursuing higher level research or doctoral work after the completion of their masters: Master of Science in Educational Technology (M.S.E.T) and professional oriented degree focusing on skills and improving the performance of educators in the classroom: Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) are available. Both degrees require 33 credits for completion and consist of a core curriculum that explores the theoretical foundations, hands-on technology skills, and integration strategies for today’s learning environments.

Accreditation
Boise State University is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the online graduate programs in Educational Technology are recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$12,518

#20. University of Colorado Denver

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Located in downtown Denver, Colorado, the University of Colorado—Denver is a public research university enrolling over 17,000 students.  Originally established as a school of Medicine and Surgery in 1883, CU—Denver has since grown to become a comprehensive university offering over 130 degree programs through 13 schools and colleges.  The University of Colorado in Denver is currently ranked by U.S. News as #190 in Best National University ranking and #108 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #98 in Best Education Schools and #29 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News, CU, Denver offers a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies with one of two concentrations: eLearning design and Implementation, or School Library, as well as a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education.  These degrees require between 30 and 36 credits at minimum to complete the program.  Note that the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, while an online degree, is limited to Colorado residents.

Accreditation
The University of Colorado—Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, while the programs in education are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Tuition
In-State: $10,575—$12,726
Out-of-State: $12,690—$15,228

#21 University of Nevada—Reno

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Established in 1874, the University of Nevada—Reno is a public research university enrolling more than 18,200 students.  UNR is rated a top-tier university by U.S. News ranking #181 in Best National Universities and #101 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Rated #36 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News, the College of Education at UNR offers the following online Masters degrees in education: Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, Master of Education in Literacy Studies, Master of Science in Equity and Diversity in Education, and Master of Science with an emphasis in Information Technology in Education.  These programs require between 32 and 39 credits for completion.  Among these, the Master of Science in Equity and Diversity in Education is a unique offering of UNR as an advanced program of study on the use of inclusive methods to serve diverse learners in the classroom.

Accreditation
The University of Nevada—Reno is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, while the College of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Counseling and Educational Psychology programs have been given the counseling professions highest seal of approval by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Tuition
In-State: $8,448—$10,296
Out-of-State: $12,672—$15,444

#22. University of Arkansas

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The University of Arkansas is a public research university founded in 1871 and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with very high research activity, a distinction which only two percent of universities and colleges nationwide have received.  Enrolling over 25,000 students the U of A is the largest University of the Arkansas University System. U of A ranks #128 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Rated #42 in U.S. News Best Online Graduate Education Programs ranking, the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas offers online Master of Education programs in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Physical Education, and Special Education.  These programs require between 33 and 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
The University of Arkansas is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Master in Education programs are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$12,813.57—$13,978.44

#23. Wilkes University

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Located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University is a private, non-sectarian university enrolling over 4,500 students.  The university was founded in 1933 and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, engineering, business, science, and the liberal arts through four different colleges. U.S. News Best Colleges ranked WU #74 in Best Regional Universities (North).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Wilkes University offers a wide variety of Master’s degrees in education both fully online and via hybrid, On-Off-Campus delivery.  Many of the programs are partner programs with one of three partnering educational organizations (National Institute for Professional Practice, PLS 3rd, or Discovery Education).  The degrees require between 30 and 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Wilkes University is regionally accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$12,860—$15,392

#24. Missouri Baptist University

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Founded in 1957 as an extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College at Tower Grove Baptist Church in midtown St. Louis, Missouri Baptist University is a private, evangelical Christian University located in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The University currently enrolls more than 5,200 students on its main campus and several satellite campuses throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Missouri Baptist University offers four online masters degree options for educators: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Educational Technology, Master of Arts in Counseling, and the Master of Science in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. These degrees are offered 100% online with the exception of the MSE which gives the option of completing either fully online or through a hybrid approach.  These programs require 31, 36, or 55 (M.A.C.) minimum credits for completion.

Accreditation
MBU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the programs in education are accredited through the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$12,865—$27,995

#25. College of Saint Scholastica

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The College of Saint Scholastica is a private Catholic College located in Duluth, Minnesota with satellite campuses across Minnesota and a new location in Arizona at the Communiversity at Surprise.  Founded in 1912 by a small group of Benedictine nuns, the college enrolls over 4,000 students and is ranked as a top tier school by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest)  at #33.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The online Master of Education in Educational Technology at Saint Scholastica is ranked #48 by U.S. News’ Best online Graduate Education Programs Ranking.  The program challenges currently practicing educators to utilize research-based best practices in their educational settings and focuses on education for the 21st century learner and is comprised of a core curriculum of seven courses that provides a foundation in technology integration, assessment of data-driven decision making, differentiated instruction, action research, and promotion of student learning.  The remainder of program consists of 3 elective courses in one of two concentrations (Educational Technology, or Online Instruction).

Accreditation
The College of Saint Scholastica is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Education is also one of the first in the nation accredited under new national standards for teacher preparation programs.  The School volunteered to be a pilot program for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which is the new body formed after two accrediting bodies, the Teacher education Accreditation Council, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, came together.

Tuition
$13,035

#26. California State University-East Bay

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Enrolling nearly 440,000 students California State University is a public university system made up of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers across the state of California.  Cal State is the largest public university system in the nation. The East Bay campus was founded in 1959 and is ranked #90 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (West) and #37 in Top Public Schools. The school is well known for the quality of its Education Department.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
California State University-East Bay offers its Master of Science in Education in Online Teaching and Learning via online delivery, and as need communication with program advisors through email, telephone, and video conference.  The program requires 45 units (equivalent to 30 credits or 10 courses) for completion and the curriculum consists of a core of 36 credits and an additional 9 credits of elective coursework.  The curriculum is balanced between establishing a strong theoretical framework for online teaching and implementing research based methods and practices for quality online learning.  Courses include: Teaching Models for Online Instruction, Technology Tools for Online Instruction, History and Culture of Online Learning Communities, Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction, Supervising and Evaluating Online Teaching, Building the Online Environment, Creating Digital Media for Online Instruction, and more.

Accreditation
Cal State-East Bay is regionally accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the schools Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition
$13,275

#27. University of South Dakota

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Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD is a public research university that is consistently rated among the top doctoral institutions in the country.  The University of South Dakota was established in 1862 making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas.  The University of South Dakota is comprised of seven colleges and offers 205 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs of study, and enrolls over 10,200 students.  U.S. News ranks the University of South Dakota #190 in Best National Universities and #108 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #162 in Best Education Schools, the College of Education at USD offers an online Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration with emphases in in Adult and Higher Education, PreK-12 School Principal, and School District Superintendent, and a Master of Science in Technology for Education and Training which focuses on instructional systems and the principles of learning design.  These programs require either 32 or 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the School of Education holds NCATE for all degree programs.

Tuition
$13,275.20—$14,934.60

#28. San Diego State University

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Founded in 1897 as the San Diego Normal School, SDSU is a public research university enrolling over 29,300 students. SDSU is designated as a top-tier research university by the Carnegie Foundation with very high research activity. Originally established as a school teacher’s college it remains committed to teacher preparation offering 26 different teaching credentials.  SDSU ranks #152 in U.S. News Best National Universities ranking and #81 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
SDSU offers a Master of Arts in Learning and Design Technology (Formerly Master of Education in Technology) online which prepares students for careers as instructional technologists, educational specialists, instructional designers, trainers, and performance consultants. The program consists of a core curriculum that establishes a strong foundational knowledge of educational technology, methods of inquiry, and intensive study of selected areas of education.  Additionally 12 elective credits in education and related fields are to be selected with the approval of the advisor based on the student’s interests and goals.

Accreditation
San Diego State University is regionally accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition
$13,500

#29. University of West Florida

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Established in 1963, the University of West Florida is a public university located in Pensacola, Florida with multiple satellite campuses throughout the region enrolling over 12,800 students.  UWF maintains a strong presence online with over 500 online courses offered and 30 degrees or certificate programs.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Online master’s degrees offered at UWF include a Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education, and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Reading, and Instructional Technology.  These are individualized programs of study for the career development of individuals who teach and design curricula in public schools.  These degrees require a minimum of 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
UWF is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs in Education are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
In-State: $13,676.76
Out-of-State: $13,676.76-$14,807.52 (Out-of-State tuition includes a 100% fee waiver, which must be requested and eligibility confirmed every semester).

#30. Southwestern College

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Located in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern College is a private, Methodist college founded in 1885.  The school’s focus on service learning has established nationally acclaimed programs in leadership, discipleship, and sustainability.  Southwestern College is ranked #83 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Southwestern College Online Studies offers several graduate level degrees in education: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and Master of Education in Special Education (Adaptive or Functional).  Online courses for these programs are provided in six-week sessions with eight sessions per year, allowing students the option to complete the program at an accelerated pace.  Programs require 33 to 36 credits at minimum for completion.  Southwestern College is ranked #84 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Accreditation
Southwestern is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Education programs are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$13,761—$15,012

#31. Graceland University

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Graceland University is a small, private liberal arts university founded in 1895 by the Recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church), though it is now a non-sectarian university.  With campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri, the school enrolls about 2,300 students.  The university is rated #92 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The online graduate programs in education at Graceland University are rated by U.S. News at #11 in Best Online Graduate Programs in Education with scores of 100 in both Faculty Preparation and Credentials as well as Student Engagement.  Graceland offers six Master of Education degree options in: Management in the Inclusive Classroom, Collaborative Learning and Teaching, Differentiated Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Technology Integration, and MildModerate Special Education.  These programs require between 30 and 36 minimum credits for completion.

Accreditation
Graceland University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$13,500—$16,200

#32. University of North Dakota

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The University of North Dakota is a public research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. UND was founded in 1883 and enrolls over 15,000 students.  It is the oldest and largest university in the state of North Dakota.  The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity and is ranked by U.S. News #173 in Best National Universities and #97 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
UND offers the following online graduate programs of study in education through the College of Education and Human Development: Master of Arts in Counseling with a K-12 School Emphasis, Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in English Language Learner Education, M.Ed or M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, M.Ed. or M.S. in Reading Education, and Master of Science in Special Education.  Depending on the program online courses may be offered either synchronously (live web classes) or asynchronously (courses accessed at anytime) and require between 32 and 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
The University of North Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$13,832.64—$15,561.72

#33. Bemidji State University

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Founded in 1919 as a Teachers’ College, BSU is a public university located on the shores of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota.  BSU enrolls over 5,300 students and offers about 80 degree programs and certificates.  Ranked by U.S. News #92 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #32 Top Public Schools, Bemidji State is considered a top-tier university.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
BSU offers a Master of Science in Special Education via its school for online/distance learning.  This is a 35 credit minimum program that consists of a core that is designed to establish foundational knowledge in areas such as the characteristics of learners, assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation, instructional content and practice, planning and managing learning environment, and managing student behavior and social interaction skills.  In addition to the core curriculum students can choose either a thesis option (9 credits) or a non-thesis research paper option (8 credits) to complete the degree program.

Accreditation
BSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition
$13,868.05

#34. Regis University

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Located in Denver, Regis University is a private, Jesuit university founded in 1877 in New Mexico. RU enroll over 9,700 students annually and is continually recognized as a national leader in quality higher education.  Regis is ranked #27 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (West).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #61 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News, the School of Education at Regis offers a wide variety of M.Ed. degrees with initial-licensure, non-licensure and added endorsement options.  The programs require between 30 and 45 credits for completion depending on if the student is seeking second endorsements or initial teacher licensure.  All degree programs are structured around a core curriculum that develops a foundation in educational theory as well as practical/professional skills for a well rounded preparation program regardless of the particular career path the student is pursuing.

Accreditation
Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and programs in education are recognized by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Tuition
$14,250—$20,900

#35. Bowling Green State University

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Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State university is a public university founded in 1910 as a Normal School, for the preparation of teachers.  The university enrolls over 17,700 students and offers over 200 undergraduate programs as well as master’s and doctoral degrees through eight colleges.  BGSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research institution with high research activity.  The university is ranked by U.S. News as #181 in Best National Universities and #101 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Bowling Green State University is ranked by U.S. News as #112 for Best Education Schools nationwide and #55 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs.  The College of Education and Human Development offers a wide variety of online graduate programs in Education through both fully online and online/on-campus hybrid delivery.  These programs include: Master of Education in Learning Design, Classroom Technology, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Administration, Special Education, and more.  These are rigorous and individualized programs of study for the career development of individuals who teach, design curricula, engage in evaluation and research for education in public schools, and higher education.  Programs require between 33 to 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Bowling Green State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
In-State Tuition: $13,992-$16,790.4
Out-of-State Tuition: $14,332-$15,634.90

#36. Dakota State University

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Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher education institution of the Dakota Territory.  DSU enrolls just over 3,100 students and is widely considered to be one of the most technologically advanced institutions of higher learning and many of the universities programs of study have a technological focus.  The university is ranked #86 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #30 Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The online Master of Science in Educational Technology at Dakota State University is ranked #50 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs.  The program is designed to prepare educators to use a variety of educational technologies, become an expert in multimedia, web authoring, instructional programing, and computer hardware.  While the program is primarily administered through online classes, two of the classes require time on-campus.  The program requires 36 credits at minimum for completion.

Accreditation
Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$14,401

#37. University of Louisiana—Monroe

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Founded in 1931, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, or ULM is a public university and part of the University of Louisiana System which is composed of 9 universities across the state.  The university enrolls over 8,645 students. ULM is often noted as being one of the most underrated universities in the State of Louisiana.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Rated #103 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs, ULM offers three master’s degrees in education through its online school: the Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and the Master of Education in Educational Leadership.  These programs require 36 credits for completion and are designed for certified teachers who wish to enhance their effectiveness in particular areas of their craft.

Accreditation
ULM is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$14,418

#38. Indiana Wesleyan University

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Indiana Wesleyan University is a private Christian university founded in 1920 by the Wesleyan Church Denomination.  The University has a total enrollment of over 15,000 students, a large portion of which are enrolled in IWU’s many online degree program.  U.S. News ranks Indiana Wesleyan University at #17 in Regional Universities (Midwest) and #6 in Best Value Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
IWU offers online Master of Education programs in Curriculum and Instruction, School Administration, Special Education. Reading, K-12 Online Learning and more.  These programs are designed for practicing educators wishing to bolster their effectiveness through research-based best practices and provide methods and materials to support the educator to that end.  Most M.Ed degrees at IWU require 33 credits for completion.

Accreditation
IWU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The graduate programs in education are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Tuition
$14,487

#39. University of South Alabama

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Located in Mobile, Alabama, the University of South Alabama is a public research university founded in 1963.  USA offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level through 10 colleges and enrolls over 16,000 students.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranking #111 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs, the College of Education at the University of South Alabama offers the following master’s programs: M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in English for Speakers of Other Languages, M.Ed. in Education Media (Library media Specialist), M.S. in Instructional Design and Development, and M.Ed. in Special Education.  Programs require 33 credits minimum for completion and may include the option of adding initial licensure or certification with additional course work.

Accreditation
The University of South Alabama is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$14,652

#40. Marian University

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Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Agnes, Marian University is a private, Roman Catholic liberal arts university, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  The university has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students.  MU is rated #86 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
MU offers three online Master of Arts in Education: Differentiated Instruction for All Learners, Educational Technology, and Special Education. Course work for these degrees is completed 100% online through asynchronous delivery (no scheduled class times).  These degree programs require between 30 and 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Marian University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and select online graduate education programs are accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Tuition
$14,700—$17,640

#41. Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public research university located in Richmond, Kentucky enrolling over 15,900 students.  Originally established as a Normal school for the preparation of teachers in the region in 1906, the school now comprises five academic colleges and offers more than 160 degree programs.  EKU is rated #55 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (South) and #22 in Best Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
EKU offers Master of Arts in Education degrees in a wide variety of educational areas including: Elementary Education, Gifted Education, Literacy P-12, Library Science, and Special Education.  Each degree offered requires a minimum of 30 credits for completion. Some degrees have the option of adding an initial certification with the addition of 6-12 credits depending on a number of factors.  Eastern Kentucky Universities ranks #93 in U.S. News Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

Accreditation
Eastern Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$14,700—$20,580

#42. University of Saint Mary

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Located in Leavenworth, Kansas, the University of Saint Mary is a private university established in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul of Leavenworth.  The school enrolls just over 1,000 students across its two Kansas State campuses and online and offers 30 undergraduate programs, eight graduate programs, and one doctoral program.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
USM offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with possible emphases in English as a Second Language, Teacher Leadership, and Learning Technologies.  The MAT program is designed for certified teachers and offers training in educational theory and research to promote learning for grades P-12.  The curriculum consists of 30 credits: 21 credits of core coursework in Research in Effective Classroom Environments, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, 21st Century Teaching and Learning Strategies, Learning Technologies, and more.  The remaining 9 credits for completion of the degree are in one of the three areas of specialization.

Accreditation
The University of Saint Mary is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the MAT program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$14,700

#43. Troy University

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Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School for the training and preparation of teachers throughout the region, Troy University is a public university in Troy, Alabama.  The uiversity enrolls over 31,000 students at campuses across the United States, Japan, Korea, and through its online learning environment.  Troy ranks #80 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #38 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Troy University is ranked #79 for best Online Graduate Education Programs.  Troy offers a variety of Master of Science degrees in Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education.  Each requires between 33 and 36 credits for completion and includes a variety of concentration options.  The curriculum is structured around a core of 18 credits in foundational knowledge in the field of education and includes course work in research methodology, educational evaluation and assessment, collaboration, educational technology, and psychological foundations of education.

Accreditation
Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in education are also accredited at the national level by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$15,180—$16,560

#44. Park University

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Park University is a private nonprofit university located in Parkville, Missouri with centers located across the united states.  Park University enrolls over 23,000 students online and across its multiple nationwide campuses.  The University was founded in 1875 and was originally affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, though it no longer retains the affiliation.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Park University offers a Master of Education in Adult Education at an accelerated 8 week term pace.  The program requires 30 credits minimum for completion and is designed to develop the students ability to create programs and design and facilitate courses for adults in various educational and training settings.  The curriculum consists of coursework in the foundations of adult education, emerging technologies and facilitation strategies, program planning for adults, and more and requires 30 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Park University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$15,150

#45. University of New England

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The University of New England is a nonprofit university with campuses in Biddeford, Maine, Portland, Maine, and Tangiers, Morocco founded in 1939.  The university currently enrolls more than 9,300 students and is ranked #87 by U.S. News Best Regional Universities (North).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #111 in U.S. News Best Online Graduate Education Programs, UNE offers Master of Science in Education degrees in Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instructional Strategies, Educational Leadership, Inclusion Education, Literacy Education, and Teaching Methodologies and Concentration.  These programs require 30 credits for completion and are delivered through an asynchronous online format (without regular class meeting times).

Accreditation
The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$15,300

#46. Upper Iowa University

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Located in Fayette, Iowa, Upper Iowa University is a private university enrolling more than 6,000 students the vast majority of which are enrolled through UIU’s various distance learning programs including an online program, an independent study program, and nationwide centers and international centers of study located in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. UIU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in over 40 areas of study.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
UIU offers a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership via online delivery, or mixed classroom and online courses.  The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership is the only emphasis of UIU’s Master of Education degree that has the option of online completion.  It is a 36 credit minimum degree program designed for educators who want to develop skills and become experts in instructional leadership, classroom management and curriculum coaching.  The program is comprised of a core curriculum that establishes a base knowledge in educational research, teaching methods, and designing curriculum and learning environments.

Accreditation
Upper Iowa University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$15,300

#47. Concordia University Wisconsin

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Concordia University is a private liberal arts university founded in 1881 and affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. CUW enrolls over 7,900 students and offers over 130 degree programs and certificates at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.  The university is ranked #68 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Online Master’s in Education Overview
Ranked #145 by U.S. News in Best Online Graduate Education Programs, CUW Online offers Master of Science degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Education Administration, Educational Design and Technology, Special Education, and Literacy Education.  A number of these programs can be taken either through independent online (self paced study) or online cohort (collaborative online study with peers) formats and require between 30 and 33 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Concordia University Wisconsin is regionally accredited through the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$15,300—$16,830

#48. Kansas State University

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Kansas State University is a public research university with three campuses across the state of Kansas, its main campus being located in the city of Manhattan. KSU enrolls over 24,000 students and offers over 380 degrees and certificates at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level.  The university is ranked by U.S. News as #135 in Best National Universities and #68 in Top Public Schools.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning classifies Kansas State as an Institution with high research activity.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The College of Education at Kansas State University ranks #92 in Best Education Schools by U.S. News and offers online Master of Science degree programs in Academic Advising, Adult and Continuing Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership.  The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction is available with a number of areas of degree emphasis including Digital Teaching and Learning, English as a Second Language, Mathematics Education, Reading Specialist, and Teaching Civics and Government.  Some degree have the option to add an initial licensure to the program of study with additional coursework. The programs require 30 to 36 credits for completion.

Accreditation
Kansas State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Education programs at KSU are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$15,333—$18,399.60

#49. University of Wisconsin-Stout

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Founded in 1891, the University of Wisconsin in Stout is a member of the University of Wisconsin System which consists of 11 universities across the state of Wisconsin and is one of the largest university systems in the country.  The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a polytechnic university and one of few in the United State which focuses on the technical arts and applied sciences.  UWS enrolls over 9,200 students and ranks #57 in U.S. News Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #15 in Top Public Schools.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
The University of Wisconsin-Stout Online offers a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education.  The M.S. in Education is offered 100% online and requires 30 credits for completion.  This degree has a strong research component with emphasis on action research and includes a core curriculum that encourages students to put theory into immediate practice in their professional settings.  The M.S. in Career and Technical Education is delivered through a hybrid online and on-campus format and designed for professionals in leadership positions within education who focus on preparing people for careers in secondary, postsecondary, and adult education.  This is a 30 credit hour degree and it includes a number of emphases for the student to choose from.

Accreditation
UWS is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition
$15,750

#50. Arizona State University

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Enrolling over 73,000 students on campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona State University is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment.  The university was founded as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe in 1885 for the preparation of teachers in the region.  ASU is ranked in numerous Best Colleges categories by U.S. News including #2 in Up and Coming Schools #142 in Top National Universities, and #73 in Top Public Schools.  Arizona State also maintains an extensive online school, offering numerous degrees and certificates at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Online Master’s in Education Overview
ASU ranks #25 in U.S. News ranking for Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #18 in Best Education Schools.  The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and instruction with emphasis options in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Gifted.  Also offered are Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching English as Second Language.  These degree programs require 30 credits for completion.  In addition to the M.Ed degree some programs offer the option to add an additional teacher endorsement or initial teacher certification with additional coursework.

Accreditation
Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition
$16,330