Best Master’s in Teaching Degrees

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Continuing education for the educator is crucial.

While most states do not require you to hold a master’s degree to earn initial teaching licensure, graduate credentials do open to doors to higher pay, advanced state sponsorship, and high-ranking professional certification. A master’s program also allows you to pursue advanced topics and self-motivated research projects, paving the way to careers in educational consulting, curriculum design, and teacher training. If your professional goals lie in classroom instruction, post baccalaureate training provides the theories, tools, and practice to ensure your teaching methods are student-centered, culturally relevant, and equitable.

As a graduate student, you benefit from diverse academic options, including master’s in teaching programs leading to initial state licensure. If you are an active teacher, specialized master’s degrees in areas like educational leadership or global learning environments can empower career advancement. Education careers continue to expand due, in part, to national teacher shortages. According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, middle and high school teachers benefit from 8% positional growth through 2026. Instructional coordinators can expect an 11% increase in jobs.

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Top 10 Best Master’s in Teaching Degrees

Rank School Location
1 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
2 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
3 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4 Suny at Albany Albany, NY
5 University of Houston Downtown Houston, TX
6 University of Nebraska Lincoln Lincoln, NE
7 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
8 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
9 Brown University Providence, RI
10 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA

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  1. University of California-Los Angeles
    Location

    Los Angeles, CA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Founded in 1919, and now one of the most successful and preeminent schools in the nation, the University of California-Los Angeles makes a significant impact. Located on 419 acres in Westwood, the University enrolls approximately 44,000 total students.

    Teacher Prep at UCLA is distinct. IMPACT is an innovative teacher education program developed in partnership with UCLA Center X TEP, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Center for Powerful Public Schools. Programs are especially STEM-focused and currently are only offered in Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Elementary Education. The program is a mentorship model with student cohorts. Starting on day one, students are in the classroom with mentor teachers as Apprentices. After the first year, Apprentices have their California Preliminary Credentials. The next year, students have their own classroom and are supported by UCLA faculty and their peer cohort as they complete an inquiry project before their graduation from the program. The amazing part of this program is the collaboration and connection to community. On top of that, there are $20,000 fellowships for Apprentices and currently there is a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. This unique program has gained national recognition, has been featured in the LA Times, and graduates have received outstanding accolades. Click here for more information as well as a documentary about the program. There is no doubt that the IMPACT MAT program belongs at the top of the list.

  2. University of Florida
    Location

    Gainesville, FL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    With approximately 37,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate students, the University of Florida is a sizable university offering ample choice and flexibility. Research is a focus with a record $724 million last fiscal year. Commendably, 56 percent of students graduate with no student loan debt.

    With the third lowest tuition and fees on our list at $6,400, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation one of the highest at $60,300, the financial consideration is a slam-dunk. Practicing teachers will be pleased to find Master of Art in Education degrees offering flexible formats at an affordable price. The MAE degree is offered in eight different concentrations designed for teachers to deepen skill and craft. To mention one, the MAE in Reading Education is an exceptional literacy program that helps teachers move up in their careers or into leadership and mentoring roles. The program is 36 total credits with a capstone research project or thesis; it can be pursued online, on-campus, or in a hybrid format. There are also programs available for those seeking certification as well. For example, a Master of Arts in Art Education is offered through Floridas Educators Preparation Institute, which allows students to earn a Masters degree and a K-12 Florida Art Teacher Certification. With so many options for continuing education and teacher licensure, the University of Florida is top-notch.

  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Location

    Champaign, IL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. In step with their mission, University of Illinois does just that. Located in the twin cities Champaign-Urbana, it is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System and home to 43,000 total students.

    There are incredible choices in multiple formats for teachers who are seeking to grow in knowledge, skill, or leadership. MA degrees in Curriculum, Aesthetics Teacher Education, Language Literacy, Mathematics, Science Engineering Education, Social Sciences Education Policy, and Teacher Leader Specialization all take students to the next level. There is also Master plus Licensure programs in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education. All applicants apply through the Graduate Colleges online Apply Yourself Application Network. Requirements include letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and passing scores of various tests depending on the program (though a GRE is not required for MA degrees in the College of Education). Worth noting, if youre interested in early childhood or special education degrees, 100 percent of 2014 graduates were employed. Lastly, in terms of deciding, the financial aspect of UI is a draw. Tuition and fees are $15,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is a respectable $65,400.

  4. Suny at Albany
    Location

    Albany, NY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the University of Albany was established in 1844 as the State Normal School of Albany. Today, it is known for business, criminal justice, information technology, public administration, science, and the incredible study abroad opportunities. There are 17,000 total students, over 1000 study abroad options, and 120 undergraduate and 125 graduate programs.

    With UAlbanys roots as a normal school and motto Wisdom both for its own sake and for the sake of teaching it comes as no surprise that there are exceptional teacher education programs. The School of Education has 19 outstanding Master of Arts and Master of Science programs, including popular online degrees. These masters degrees require a minimum of 30 to 67 credits of coursework beyond the bachelors degree. Specifically, UAlbany offers MA degrees for teachers looking for professional development in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology, General Educational Studies, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Reading, Literacy, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Many of these programs are available online, and uniquely, there is as a certificate program that prepares educators to teach online. Tuition and fees are $9,000 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $55,300.

  5. University of Houston Downtown
    Location

    Houston, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Opening its doors in 1974, the University of Houston-Downton now offers bachelors degrees in 44 areas of study and eight masters degrees. Part of the University of Houston System, but operated independently, the School has 14,000 students and a 20:1 student to faculty ratio.

    One of the most attractive aspects of the MAT degrees at UHD is the price and the payoff. The tuition and fees are $5,800, the lowest on our list, and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $47,800. As for the MA options at UHD, there are four MAT programs: Elementary (EC-6), Middle Level (4-8), and Secondary (7-12) leading to licensure, and the MAT in Curriculum and Instruction in six concentrations for licensed teachers; they are all a hybrid of online and traditional in delivery. The MAT Secondary options include math, English, social studies, and science. Those looking for licensure in Secondary Education must have 24 credits of undergraduate work in the content area. Both the Elementary and Middle Level degrees have concentrations and offer a Supplemental Certification in ESL (36 credits). Scholarships are possible through the Gordon and Mary Cain Graduate Academic Merit Scholarship which will pay for half the price of the program.

  6. University of Nebraska Lincoln
    Location

    Lincoln, NE

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Located in Lincoln, a smaller city with a big city feel, not to mention more parkland per capita than Portland, Oregon, gives University of Nebraska students a perfect place for study and leisure. There are 25,000 students at UNL.

    Understanding the need for teachers, the University has multiple MAT options: English, Elementary Education, Math, Languages, and Science. These programs lead to licensure and feature cohort-style education with an inquiry-based project and full year of student teaching. The MAT program is also available to international teachers pending admissions requirements are fulfilled. In addition to licensure programs, UNL has MA programs for educators professional development in five Areas of Emphasis: Curriculum Studies, Language, Literacy and Culture, Social Analysis, Educational Policy and Reform, STEM Education, and Teaching and Learning with Technology. The College of Education also provides an MA with endorsements in Reading Education and ESL and the online GOLDEN (Global Online Language Distance Education Network) MA. The latter is a unique program involving World Language culture, language and literature in German, Spanish or Chinese. Worth mentioning if you are a Nebraska teacher is the TEACH Nebraska for funding your graduate degree. All in all, high quality academics, variety of options, and affordability put U of I in the top 10.

  7. University of Iowa
    Location

    Iowa City, IA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    With just over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nations top public research universities. The University is home to one of the largest academic medical centers; Iowa City, where UI is located, is known as one of the countrys most livable communities.

    The University of Iowa has quality options at an affordable price; tuition and fees are $8,100. The Graduate College offers multiple MA degrees. English, Science, Math, Music, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and ESL are MAT programs available through the College of Education. Some of these degrees are terminal and others lead to the Ph.D. level. All the MAT programs require admission to the Graduate School and the Teacher Education Program. Requirements for admission to the MAT program are a passing GRE score, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and for the TEP, passing Praxis score, an essay, and the 10 Hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience form. In addition to these MAT programs which lead to licensure, U of I offers many MA degrees for teachers seeking to grow in their related fields or looking for leadership skills. One example is the MA in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency. The mean salary 10 years after graduation is $58,900, leaving the University of Iowa as one of the best.

  8. Michigan State University
    Location

    East Lansing, MI

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Michigan State University works to advance the common good in uncommon ways. This began when MSU became the prototype for the 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The School now has approximately 50,000 students, over 200 degree programs, and is known for their excellent research.

    There are a few different MA programs at MSU; they are not licensure programs, but rather professional development or specialization programs for those seeking to gain knowledge and skills or those moving into educational leadership roles. The entirely online Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum (MATC) is for beginning, experienced, or international teachers. The degree focuses on critical inquiry, student engagement, training in technology, and teacher leadership. An attractive degree for the full-time teacher, the MATC is 30 credits and can be completed in as little as one full year (the maximum allowed is five). Other MA degrees include, the MA in Education and the MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both online degrees with options and flexibility for the full-time educator. Other options include concentrations in Technology and Learning, Sports and Coaching, Literacy Education, Science and Mathematics, Educational Psychology, and ELL/ESL. The last notable features are the low tuition and fees at $13,500 and mean salary 10 years after graduation at $58,700.

  9. Brown University
    Location

    Providence, RI

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Being an Ivy League School, Brown University is steeped in tradition, history, art, research, and culture. Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and serves 9000 students.

    Brown offers an MAT leading to certification in Elementary and Secondary Education. Both programs are designed to be small, with intimate cohort and faculty relationships that provide the creative space for developing the teaching craft. Brown features a passionate commitment to equity and social justice where MAT candidates become content experts who create innovative and rigorous learning experiences for youth. Based upon each students passion for young people, opportunities are diverse. From private, public, and charter schools, to ELL, special education, and high-achieving students, Browns preparation is personal and planned. The Secondary Education MAT is offered in English, history/social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). Both degrees require a minimum GPA of 3.0, an acceptable GRE score, an interview, letter of recommendation, and a writing sample for the MAT in English; experience working with youth is recommended as space for program is intentionally limited. Tuition and fees are $49,300 and the mean salary 10 years after graduation is $81,500.

  10. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
    Location

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    The University of Pittsburgh has accolades stretching back to when the U.S. Constitution was signed. Founded in 1787, Pitt truly offers world-class education across many fields of study. From Nobel Prize winners, to Fulbright, Rhodes and Truman Scholars, to professional athletes, Pitts impact is big. Now educating 33,000 students with 384,000 alumni, the University has a global reach.

    There are multiple MAT options at Pitt: English and communication, science, math, social studies and an MAT in Foreign Language. This program leads to certification in the State of Pennsylvania and is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin. All the MAT admission requirements are similar: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and bachelors degree, 30 hours of experience working with K-12 students, and passing scores on the Praxis or content-related exams. The programs are generally three semesters, 36 credits, and require a full academic year student teaching experience. Student testimonials commonly share the individualized help and attention by the School of Education faculty as well as the effective preparation they received. A notable resource at Pitt is the Falk Laboratory School, a child-centered school associated with the School of Education that helps prepare Pitt students training to be teachers.

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