This is a ranking of the top 10 best value accelerated online master’s in education degrees for 2017. Most states now require teachers to pursue professional development and eventually earn a graduate degree if they wish to keep their certification. This can be difficult for teachers who have to contend with busy schedules during the school year. The online programs we profile below are designed so teachers can earn their degree quickly, without having to quit their job in the meantime. All of the programs in this ranking are a maximum of 18 months long, and the shortest take as few as 10 months. Besides time, the other aspect of value we factored into this ranking is affordability.

Methodology

The programs are all 18 months or under, and they are ranked according to the cost of the program. Information on the sources used in this article can be found at the bottom of the page.

#10. Auburn University

Online Master of Education in Music Education (Vocal or Instrumental)

Both the vocal and instrumental music education programs at Auburn can be completed at an accelerated pace.

Both the vocal and instrumental music education programs at Auburn can be completed at an accelerated pace online.

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While we picked one degree to list, Auburn offers 14 graduate programs through their college of education, including programs in agriscience education, business education, elementary education, and special education. Not all of these can be completed on an accelerated schedule, but the master of education in music education can be completed in just three semesters online (including summer).

Tuition: $26,406

#9. Concordia University–Portland

Online Master of Education

The curriculum design and instruction concentration can be paired with another subject area in a dual concentration program.

The curriculum design and instruction concentration can be paired with another subject area in a dual concentration program.

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Concordia University’s online master’s in education can be completed in just fourteen months. The program offers concentrations in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, career and technical education, special education, advanced study in special education, and special education with endorsement (for OR and WA residents only).

Tuition: $20,910

#8. Northcentral University

Online Master of Education

Northcentral’s online master of education program features weekly course starts for just about the most flexible educational experience available.

Northcentral’s online master of education program features weekly course starts for just about the most flexible educational experience available.

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Northcentral University’s accelerated online master of education program offers 20 concentrations in areas like instructional leadership, educational leadership, English as a second language, global training and development, and special education. The educational leadership and leadership in higher education tracks offer accelerated programs that can be completed in as few as twelve months.

Tuition: $16,821

#7. Mercer University

Master of Education Online in Early Childhood Education

Students in this program will learn to design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of K-5 children.

Students in this program will learn to design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of K-5 children.

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Each class in the accelerated online master of education in early childhood education at Mercer is offered in the eight-week format. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months. Students also have the opportunity to earn endorsements in ESOL, reading, science (ECE K-5), or mathematics (ECE K-5). Georgia teachers who complete this program will be able to upgrade their teaching certificate to a master’s level 5.

Tuition: $14,904

#6. Indiana State University

Online Master of Education in Elementary Education

This program is designed for elementary and early childhood teachers who wish to meet licensure requirements and improve their professional qualifications.

This program is designed for elementary and early childhood teachers who wish to meet licensure requirements and improve their professional qualifications.

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The accelerated online master of education in elementary education program from Indiana State University can be completed in as few as 18 months if students start during the summer session. The program is designed so the bulk of the credits fall during the beginning and ending summer sessions, keeping teachers’ loads comparatively light during the school year.

Tuition: $13,716

#5. University of North Texas

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

This program is designed for educators seeking to make the transition into school administration.

This program is designed for educators seeking to make the transition into school administration.

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Students can earn the accelerated online master’s of education in educational leadership from the University of North Texas in just 12 months. The eight-week courses have five start dates per year. Tuition is the same for both resident and non-resident students. Students will take courses like instructional leadership, management of school resources, and administration and leadership for student educational services.

Tuition: $12,740

#4. Regis University

Online Master of Education in Reading

The online master’s of education in reading is perfect for teachers who wish to pay special attention to the issue of literacy.

The online master of education in reading is perfect for teachers who wish to pay special attention to the issue of literacy.

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Teachers from Colorado or Wyoming can get the reading specialist endorsement or reading teacher endorsement upon completion of this program. Students will take courses like reading assessment and intervention, evidence-based reading techniques, organization and management of school literacy programs, and reading strategies for secondary students.

Tuition: $10,800

#3. University of Texas at Arlington

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

UTA offers all students in this online program the same low tuition whether or not they are Texas residents.

UTA offers all students in this online program the same low tuition whether or not they are Texas residents.

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The accelerated online master of education in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington is 36 credit-hours and takes 18 months to complete. Each course is five weeks long. Students will take courses like curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, educational research and evaluation, leadership in the instructional setting, and leadership theory.

Tuition: $9,840

#2. University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

This program has six start-dates throughout the year.

This accelerated online program has six start-dates throughout the year.

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The online master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin can be completed in just 12 months. The tuition for the master’s in education is the same for resident and non-resident (online) students. Students in this program will take courses like cultural proficiency, school finance, school law, theories of educational leadership, and principalship.

Tuition: $9,396

#1. University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

This program was designed to develop educational leaders who are culturally responsive and are capable of serving a diverse population.

This program was designed to develop educational leaders who are culturally responsive and are capable of serving a diverse population.

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The accelerated online master of education in educational leadership program from UTRGV can be completed in just 10 months. A particular emphasis is placed on serving English language learners. Students will take courses like ethics and school law, curriculum leadership for school improvement, school community relations, and administration of human resources and budgeting.

Tuition: $6,874

Sources

All information in this article was drawn either directly from each school’s website or the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database.

This concludes our ranking of the top 10 best value accelerated online master’s in education degrees for 2017.

CVO Staff
April 2017