DESCRIPTION – MASTER DEGREE IN EDUCATION (M.Ed.): The Master of Education – M.Ed. – degree is a post-baccalaureate degree emphasizing advanced expertise in education. The MBA can also serve an interim step if one subsequently pursues a Ph.D. in any of the various education specialties available.
FOCUS: A Master’s Degree in Education focuses on a variety of skills and techniques in teaching. The emphasis of the Master’s Degree in Education is typically more on the methodologies of teaching, curriculum development, etc. than on a particular subject matter content (e.g. history; English; chemistry). The focus is also usually on kindergarten through high school education (K-12) than on higher education (colleges and universities). You usually choose to pursue a Master of Education in a particular specialized area, e.g. a M.Ed. in Childhood Education, a Master Degree in Education in Early Childhood Education, a Master Degree in Education in Special Education, a Master Degree in Education in Educational Technology, a Master Degree in Education in Curriculum & Instruction, or a Master Degree in Education in Education Administration. Regardless of any specialty selected, the emphasis of the Master Degree in Education is always on the art and tools of teaching, how to organize subject materials into a structured approach to learning, and how students develop and receive learning.
EDUCATIONAL SOURCES: A Master Degree in Education can be obtained from various educational resources. There are many online Master Degree in Education programs available from private, public, and for-profit graduate schools. Most universities and many graduate-level colleges offer a Master Degree in Education degree within their graduate school of education. Most make their Master Degree in Education program available to part-time students; summer sessions are a primary time for pursuing advanced education, reflecting the increased availability of teachers to pursue their studies during that time. 30-45 graduate credits are typically required to accomplish a Master’s Degree in Education.