This article talks about master’s degree programs in K-12 education and their education requirements, coursework, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.
Master’s Programs in K-12 Education
Schools often offer master’s degree programs in K-12 education on-campus, online or hybrid formats that combine online and on-campus studies. Students take about two years to complete most programs. Initial teacher training courses are offered at many schools while some others may aim the program at licensed teachers who seek additional teaching credentials or career advancement.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs focus on the creation and implementation of coursework reflecting all students’ needs, assessment of student progress and integration of the best practices in teaching situations. Graduates are often required to complete a student teaching experience in a secondary or elementary school classroom.
Licensure is compulsory for teachers in all states; licensure can be gained by successful completion of an approved teacher education program and a student teacher assignment, in addition to the passage of a competency exam.
Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. Possession of valid teaching license may be compulsory for admission to some programs.
Program coursework involves the completion by students of about 45 credits; of these, 30 credits are in subjects such as teacher leadership and instructional strategies while elective courses account for the remaining 15%. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:
•Curriculum and instruction in secondary schools
•Methods of teaching adolescents
•Content reading, writing and communication for secondary schools
•Teacher as communicator
•Technology in Education
Job and Wage Outlook
Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, a job growth of twelve percent has been predicted for elementary school teachers. Over the same period, high school teachers are expected to see a six percent job growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). In 2012, K-12 teachers brought in an average annual wage of $53,090.
Continuing Education Choices
Program graduates seeking continuing education can enroll in a doctorate program in education or a related field. They may also seek continuing education opportunities offered by professional organizations, including the National Center for Alternative Certification, the National Education Association, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.