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Master of Arts in Teaching

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Many aspiring teachers opt to pursue advanced teaching degrees. A Master of Science in Arts focuses mainly on support and leadership and can be an excellent way to establish one's self as a highly qualified expert and potentially earn more money.

Master of Arts in Teaching Programs

Examples of Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Programs

Stephen F. Austin State University’s online Master of Arts in Education program helps students explore a teacher’s role as an educational leader, scholar-practitioner, and researcher. The degree track requires 36 credit hours. All coursework is online. Students also complete a paid one-year internship or a semester of student teaching on-site.

The graduate -level coursework includes titles such as

  • Advocacy in Early Childhood
  • Child-Centered Environments
  • Social/Environmental Foundations
  • Technology in Education

Michigan State University has a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum that is suited for international, experienced, or beginning teachers. Students choose at least one area of concentration that includes:

  • English Language Learners/English as a Second Language
  • Science and Mathematics Education
  • Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
  • Literacy and Language Instruction
  • K-12 Educational Administration
  • Educational Psychology

All areas of concentration require nine credit hours from a list of approved electives, as well as, core curriculum that includes:

  • Curriculum Design, Development, and Deliberation in School
  • Professional Roles and Teaching Practice
  • Inquiry into Classroom Teaching and Learning

No written thesis is required.

The University of Southern California has a Master of Arts in Teaching program that is designed for teachers in grades K-12 who want to develop skills that make them effective educators. Live online classes bring students face-to-face with peers and faculty around the world. The curriculum focuses on theoretical foundations, the development of innovative teaching strategies, and practical learning experiences. Those who graduate from the program are eligible for recommendation for a California teaching credential. Those seeking to earn certification or a credential in another state work with a student services team that provides direction and support to identify the most efficient and direct path to local certification.