- #1 – University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley
- #2 – University of Texas of the Permian Basin
- #3 – University of Texas at Arlington
- #4 – Regis University
- #5 – University of North Texas
- #6 – Indiana State University
- #7 – Mercer University
- #8 – Northcentral University
- #9 – Concordia University–Portland
- #10 – Auburn University
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 for Ranking the Best Accelerated Online Master’s Programs in Education
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)
- 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
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).
#8. Northcentral University
Online Master of Education
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.
#7. Mercer University
Master of Education Online in Early Childhood Education
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.
#6. Indiana State University
Online Master of Education in Elementary Education
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.
#5. University of North Texas
Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership
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.
#4. Regis University
Online Master of Education in Reading
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.
#3. University of Texas at Arlington
Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
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.
#2. University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
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.
#1. University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
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.
All information in this article was drawn either directly from each school’s website or the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database.