50 Best Value Masters in Special Education Programs

The following is a list of the top 50 Best Value Residential Masters in Special Education programs in the United States for the coming academic year. The ranking is based on full time enrollment cost of attendance at public four year colleges or universities.

Top 50 Best Value Masters in Special Education Programs 2015-2016The cost of attendance is based on room and board, tuition, fees, books, and transportation for in state full time graduate students living on campus who will start the program in Fall 2015. These costs are only estimates and are based on published information from each individual institution. For the most current information we suggest contacting the institutions directly.

#1. Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City is a branch coeducational school in the Oklahoma State University system that was established in 1961. Originally Oklahoma State University Technical Institute the named changed in 1990 to OSUOKC. The campus is situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near the I40/I44 interchange. Current enrollment stands above 7,000 students and the university offers over 40 degree and certificate programs.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City is a 36 credit hour program that requires the applicant already have a bachelor’s degree in hand. Applicants must submit an application with a 500 word essay detailing their individual statement of purpose. Students that don’t meet minimum requirements for admission must also have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work and letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $10,500

#2. Minot State University

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Minot State University was founded in 1913 in the city of Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is North Dakota's third largest university and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current enrollment tops 3,000 students. Minot State University competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of the NCAA Division II

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Minot State University's masters of special education is offered in four concentrations, deaf or hard of hearing, specific learning disabilities, early childhood special education, special education strategist, and developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorder. The program is generally 30-36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $12,800

#3. University of Georgia

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Located in Athens Georgia the University of Georgia is a public land grant university established in 1785. With over 30,000 students the University of Georgia is the states largest university. UGA athletic teams compete in the Southeastern Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of teaching in special education at the University of Georgia promotes leadership, and practical skills for students who already hold a bachelors degree in teaching but are seeking to move into the realm of special education. Applicants must hold a valid teaching certificate, must have one year of teaching experience and must complete an online application. The program is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $14,500

#4. Washburn University

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Washburn University is a four year university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees which include programs in business and law. Washburn was established in 1865 under a state charter and is situated in the capital of Kansas, Topeka. Current enrollment stands above 6,000 students with a staff of over 550.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Washburn University offers a masters in adaptive special education, k-6 and 6-12. The program is designed for educators wishing to serve in one of the many unique special education settings including a self contained environment, resource room, or as an itinerant support teacher.
The degree plan is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Washburn University is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance - $14,650

#5. Utah State University

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Utah State University is a public research university that was originally founded in 1888 as an agricultural college. Today Utah State is a large university with a student body over 20,000 students. Athletic teams at Utah State University compete in the NCAA Division I and are a member of the Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education program at Utah State University is structured as an advanced level of preparation for educators who work with students with disabilities. The program is designed to prepare teachers and to develop their skills in order to better serve special needs students. The masters program is divided into three possible concentrations, Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Master of Education or Science and concurrent education leadership emphasis. The programs are designed to meet the needs of different populations. Regardless of which program a student chooses generally this is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Utah State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Cost of Tuition - $15,100

#6. Southern Arkansas University

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Southern Arkansas University was established in 1909 as an agricultural school. Southern Arkansas University is currently a four year institution that offers a small student to instructor ratio in an effort to create a more conducive learning environment. The university is well known for their game and animation design with a computer science concentration, degree. Additionally Southern Arkansas University has a well regarded engineering program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. in special education from Southern Arkansas University is designed for educators seeking to enhance their capacity in the special education environment. This program is aligned with the competencies outlined by the National Board of Professional Teaching and meets teh standards set by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The program offers two tracks that include the Early Childhood Instructional Specialist (P-4) and the Instructional Specialist (4-12).

Accreditation
Southern Arkansas University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $15,100

#7. University of South Alabama

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The University of South Alabama (USA) is a public coeducational, research university in Mobile, Alabama. The University of South Alabama was created by the Alabama Legislature in May, 1963. The University of South Alabama serves the almost one million people of the greater Mobile area and is divided into ten colleges including a state supported medical school. Current enrollment tops 16,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
South Alabama University offers an alternate masters of education degree in special education that gives educators the information and skill training that will enable them to properly serve students in this crucial field. Applicants must submit an application and include official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, results from the GRE exam and a statement of purpose. The program is 42 credit hours in length and includes a practicum requirement.

Accreditation
The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $15,550

#8. New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University is a public land grant university situated in Las Cruces New Mexico. NMSU is the oldest public college or university in New Mexico having been established in 1888. Current enrollment stands at over 18,000 students making New Mexico State University the second largest university in New Mexico. Sports teams at the university compete in both the Western Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference of the NCAA division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
New Mexico State University offers a M.Ed in special education geared towards fields of special education, speech-language pathology and audiology. Applicants interested in applying to this program must submit an application along with a letter of intent that chronicles the applicants goals and purpose for applying to the program. No GRE score is required for this program! Program length varies depending on the area the student chooses but generally is 36 credit hours in length

Accreditation
New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $15,870

#9. University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is a public coeducational university located in Wilmington North Carolina. UNC-Wilmington was established in 1947 as Wilmington College. Today the university is part of the University of North Carolina system and boasts a student body of over 14,000 students. UNC-Wilmington offers over 50 undergraduate degrees and nearly three dozen graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of North Carolina-Wilmington offers a masters of education in special education that is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills to excel in the self contained and itinerant support environments. Applicants should hold a current teaching certificate and must have at least one year of teaching experience. This program is approximately 36 credit hours in length.

AccreditationThe University of North Carolina-Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $16,400

#10. Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University was founded in 1905 and is located in Maryville, Missouri. Northwest Missouri was originally founded as a teachers college, it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Northwest has some well known athletic programs which have won several NCAA Division II championships in the past two decades. These include the several football national championships and three cheerleading national championships.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of science in special education at Northwest Missouri State prepares students to work with children that have mild to moderate disabilities. The degree has a variety of elective options depending on the concentration a student wishes to focus on. Generally the program is between 32-40 credit hours depending on certification requirements and prior course work the student has completed.

Accreditation
Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $16,600

#11. University of Southern Mississippi

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The University of Southern Mississippi is a research university situated in Hattiesburg, MS. Approximate enrollment stands at about 15,000 students. The university was established in 1910 as a normal school then became a teaching college, today USM is a Carnegie Foundation research university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at the University of Southern Mississippi is geared towards building the capacity of classroom teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Admissions requirements include a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, letter of intent and licensure as an educator. The program is 36 credit hours in length and is specifically geared towards elementary school educators.

Accreditation
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $16,600

#12. University of Alaska-Fairbanks

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In the middle of the Alaskan wilderness you will find the city of Fairbanks home of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The Fairbanks campus is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system and is a distinguished research university. The University of Alaska Fairbanks was originally established as an agricultural college and school of the mines but now is a full fledged university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Alaska Fairbanks M.Ed in special education from 36-42 credit hours in length depending on the concentration and certification pathway the student chooses. Acceptance into this program is contingent on the student having a bachelor's degree, minimum of 24 credits of education courses, and an average 3.00 GPA in undergraduate level course work.

Accreditation
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance - $16,650

#13. Northern State University

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Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Northern State University was established in 1901 during a rapid growth spurt in South Dakota's history. Today the university has just under 4,000 students and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of the NCAA Division II.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of science in teaching and learning with a Special Education emphasis at Northern State University is designed for the working student. Students are able to choose from either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which they must complete a research project. If a student elects to take only coursework, the student must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours in order to graduate. If the research option is chosen, the student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, Admissions requirements include a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work, a bachelors degree, and prior teacher certification.

Accreditation
South Dakota State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the state of South Dakota. In addition, the early childhood education program holds accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Cost of Attendance - $16,800

#14. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the flagship of the University of Nebraska System. The university was established in 1869 as a land-grant university under the 1862 Morrill Act. Though the University of Nebraska is known for its athletic programs, especially the football team the university is a major research university with eight colleges, located on several campuses and dedicated research facilities.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed degree in special education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is meant for students whose primary interests are in teaching children with disabilities. The program in offered in three concentrations, early childhood special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and autism spectrum disorders and severe disabilities. In most cases delivery of course work is done in a mixed format with both face to face coursework and online based classes. Generally speaking most programs are 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Cost of Attendance - $17,000

#15. Tennessee State University

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Tennessee State University is the only historically black university that receives state funds in Tennessee. Established in 1912 as an agricultural and industrial school, Tennessee State has grown to a school of over 9,000 students. Tennessee State offers 45 undergraduate degrees, over two dozen masters degrees and seven doctoral level degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education degree at Tennessee State University provides candidates with courses and experiences that will prepare them for the special education environment. In order to be admitted to the program the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale, a valid teacher certificate, and submission of an official report of the (GRE) score.

Accreditation
Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance - $17,900

#16. Chicago State University

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Chicago State University is a member in the Thurgood Marshal College fund and is situated in Chicago, IL. It was established in 1867 as the Cook County Normal School. Today the school boasts an enrollment of over 7,000 students. CSU participates in the Western Athletic Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education from Chicago State University strives to build a strong theoretical foundation, with effective teaching practices in an effort to deliver high quality instruction. Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements, 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of bachelor's degree course work, passing score on the Illinois teacher certification exam, two letters of reference, and a copy of their official undergraduate transcripts.

Accreditation
Chicago State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $18,200

#17. University of Nevada Las Vegas

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The University of Las Vegas Nevada is well known for its strong emphasis on science and technology, business management, and the law programs. UNLV has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research intensive university. Current student enrollment stands at nearly 30,000 student. UNLV's athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education from The University of Nevada Las Vegas is geared towards students who already hold a bachelors degree in education and are seeking to serve children with disabilities. The degree can be attained in one of seven concentrations, autism, early childhood special education, learning disabilities, generalist-mild disabilities, gifted and talented, emotional behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities. This is a 36 credit hour program that culminates with a comprehensive exam.

Accreditation
The University of Nevada Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Cost of Attendance - $18,800

#18. Tarleton State University

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Tarleton State University is part of the Texas A&M University system and is situated in Stephenville Texas which is approximately 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Current enrollment is estimated at 10,000 plus students. Tarleton State University is a member of the Lone Star Conference and an NCAA Division II athletic program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Tarleton's M.Ed in special education is a hybrid and face to face format program delivered both online and in face to face classroom environments. The emphasis of this program is on behavioral management in special education environments. The program is 36 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Tarleton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance - $18,900

#19. Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public university and research institution situated in Richmond, KY. The university was established in 1906 and currently has an enrollment of nearly 16,000 students. In addition to its myriad of residential academic programs Eastern Kentucky University offers 25 online degree options.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Eastern Kentucky University offers a master of arts in education in communication disorders and a M.Ed. in Education with advanced studies in learning and behavioral disorders. The programs are generally 30-36 credit hours in length and are geared towards preparing students for the special education environment.

Accreditation
Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance - $18,900

#20. Eastern Washington University

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Eastern Washington University is a public university located in Cheney, WA. The school was established in 1882 and currently boasts a student enrollment of over 13,000 students. Eastern Washington University offers a variety of degrees including, 10 master's degrees, 7 graduate certificates, all in more than 100 fields of study,

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Eastern Washington University is a 36 credit hour course. Course work focuses to dig deeper into delivering high quality education to students with special needs, and issues dealing with requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Students are admitted on a quarterly basis and must present three letters of recommendation, and a copy of state teaching certificate.

Accreditation
Eastern Washington University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Cost of Attendance - $19,600

#21. Fitchburg State University

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Fitchburg State University is located in Fitchburg Massachusetts and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees to its 5,000 plus students. Fitchburg was founded in 1894 as State Normal School of Fitchburg. Today Fitchburg State University offers a variety of degrees across 25 concentrations.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Fitchburg is a hybrid model with classes meeting on Saturday's. This program has an emphasis on developing practical skills to enable educators to meet the needs of high special education students. The program is 36 credit hours in length. Requirements for admittance into this program include a bachelors degree, a professional resume, official GRE scores and three letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, (NEASC).

Cost of Attendance - $20,000

#22. Boise State University

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Boise State was originally founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church but became an independent college in 1934. Boise State offers over 200 degrees in 190 different fields of study. Current enrollment at Boise State University surpasses 22,000 students with over 650 staff. Boise State competes athletically in the NCAA Mountain West Conference which is a division I conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Boise State University is for experienced teachers who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of special education.. The program is 33 credit hours in length and is designed to improve the delivery of education for children with special needs.

Accreditation
Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance - $20,000

#23. McNeese State University

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McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles Louisiana and was established in 1939. McNeese is a public university with over 8,000 students and was originally a division of Louisiana State University.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
McNeese State University offers a M.Ed in special education that is 36 credit hours in length. In order to be considered for admission into this program the student must have a bachelors degree from an accredited university and must fulfill other requirements as laid out by the university. The degree is meant to prepare educators who wish to pursue advanced study in special education or specialized study in autism disorders or educational diagnostician preparation.

Accreditation
McNeese State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Cost of Attendance - $20,200

#24. University of Northern Iowa

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The University of Northern Iowa was established in 1876 and is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Northern Iowa University is consistently named one of the best universities in the midwest by a variety of reporting entities. The University of Northern Iowa prides itself in maintaining small class sizes and keeping classes staffed by tenured staff.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education degree at the University of Northern Iowa is offered in a variety of concentrations including a variety of special education endorsements. In order to be considered for admission into this program the student must have a bachelors degree from an accredited university and must fulfill other requirements as laid out by the university. This is a 30 credit hour minimum program.

Accreditation
University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Cost of Attendance - $20,500

#25. St. Cloud State University

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The educational system in Minnesota is well known for it's excellence, St. Cloud State University is no exception. Founded in 1869 St. Cloud State University offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees. Current student enrollment is above 15,000 students. St. Cloud State University is one of the largest schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
St. Cloud State University's college of education offers students a masters of science degree in special education that is meant to develop, the teaching capacity of teachers to meet the needs of students with specific disabilities. The program is 36 credit hours in length, prospective students must have a 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate course work and no GRE score is required.

Accreditation
St. Cloud State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance - $20,500

#26. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Florida Gulf Coast University was only established in 1991 but already boasts a student body reaching 15,000 students. Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Myers and is near several major airports giving students many options for travel. Florida Gulf Coast University athletic teams participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is a member of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. program in special education at Florida Gulf Coast University is designed to provide advanced study in special education pedagogy. Prospective students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate course work, and must have a bachelors degree in order to be considered for admission in this masters level program. This is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Cost of

Cost of Attendance - $20,760

#27. University of Northern Colorado

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The University of Northern Colorado is a coeducational research university located in Greeley, CO. The university was established in 1889 as a normal school and has a long history of excellence in preparing teachers and other educators. The University of Northern Colorado has over 50 graduate programs most of which are in education solidifying the universities excellence in educator preparation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education generalist at the University of Northern Colorado focuses on preparing the student to teach children with a wide range of disabilities. Requirements for acceptance into this program include, a baccalaureate degree, submission of a completed admission packet, official transcripts, and a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework.

Accreditation
The University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $20,800

#28. Frostburg State University

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Frostburg State University was founded in 1898 and is situated in Frostburg, Maryland. Frostburg State is part of the University of Maryland system. Current student enrollment is just over 5,000 and the university has an endowment of almost $20,000,000. Frostburg competes in Division III of the NCAA.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of special education at Frostburg State University is a 39-42 credit hour program. The program is designed for working teachers who seek to increase their capacity in the area of special education delivery. Prospective students must undergo an interview process, have a bachelors degree, a valid teacher certificate, and must submit writing samples and letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Frostburg State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $21,000

#29. University of Montana

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The University of Montana is the flagship university of the University of Montana system. Located in Missoula, the University of Montana is noted for its beautiful campus and the surrounding area. Academically the University of Montana has many accolades bestowed upon it over the past decade proving that the University of Montana is not only beautiful but also distinguished.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Montana strives to maintain a master's program in education with a special education endorsement that prepares students who are working in public school settings to deliver instruction at a high level. The program is designed for students who are currently in the field of teaching but who are seeking to serve students with special needs. This degree program encompasses 37 credit hours. Acceptance requirements include, completion of application, official transcripts from undergraduate work, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a current resume.

Accreditation
The University of Montana is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Cost of Attendance - $21,000

#30. Norfolk State University

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Norfolk State University was founded in 1935 and is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Student enrollment currently stands around 7,000 with over 10% of those students attending graduate programs. Norfolk offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 50 fields. Norfolk State University competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of the NCAA's division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of pre elementary with a concentration on special education from Norfolk State University is a 36 credit hour program that concentrates on providing field instruction, and clinical practices that develop capacity in teaching skills to serve special needs populations. Acceptance into the program is contingent on a number of prerequisites including, a bachelors degree with teacher certification, minimum of three years in a K-12 school setting, official test scores from either the GRE or MAT exams and a writing sample.

Accreditation
Norfolk State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $21,200

#31. University of Hawaii-Manoa

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The University of Hawaii Manoa is a land grant university that was founded in 1907. The university is situated in the suburb of Manoa which is part of Honolulu. Today the university boasts a student enrollment of nearly 20,000 students. The University of Hawaii Manoa is a perrenial power ranking school in a variety of areas and is recognized by a multitude of organization.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed program in special education at the University of Hawaii Manoa is a 30 credit hour course program with course work typically taking two years to complete. The program is meant for applicants who already hold a valid teaching certificate and are practicing teachers. Applicants must have two years of classroom experience, submit an application and provide letters of reference.

Accreditation
The University of Hawaii Manoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,000

#32. Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 as a "normal school". Eastern Michigan University is a highly regarded university for its development of highly effective and qualified school personnel. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and has embraced the hybrid model that has become very popular throughout the United States.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Eastern Michigan University is offered in over a dozen concentrations including autism spectrum disorders and visual impairment. The program is 36 credit hours in length. Program entry requirements include an undergraduate degree, minimum 2.7 GPA, letters of recommendation and performance review documentation that is provided for review by the university.

Accreditation
Eastern Michigan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,000

#33. California State University— San Bernardino

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California State University San Bernardino was established in 1965 and is part of the California State University System. A new college of education opened in 2008 giving CSU San Bernardino a significant push in its mission to better the education of all students in P-20 programs. CSUSB participates in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and has had great success within that system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
California State San Bernardino's M.Ed in special education is designed for both elementary and secondary teachers seeking to work with children with disabilities. The program provides opportunities for teachers to gain expertise and knowledge in subject matter content and pedagogy in order to prepare them to teach gifted students. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, teacher certificate, three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose

Accreditation
California State University San Bernardino is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,500

#34. University of Wyoming

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Situated in Laramie Wyoming the University of Wyoming is a land grant university established in 1869. The University of Wyoming consists of seven colleges: agriculture and natural resources, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and applied sciences, health sciences, and law. Sports teams at Wyoming compete in the Mountain West Conference and are a NCAA Division I program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in special education degree at the University of Wyoming is a 36 credit hour program that focuses on developing teachers skills in order meet the needs of special populations. Additionally the program enables the student to maintain their busy lifestyle while earning a degree that will give them the tools to become exemplary school leaders. Delivery of course work happens through a hybrid model which includes video conferencing, online delivery and face to face class time.

Accreditation
The University of Wyoming is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,500

#35. Portland State University

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Portland State University is a public four year university that was established in 1946 Situated in down town Portland this university is truly a gem of the Pacific Northwest with a variety of amenities that attract young people from all over the country. The Princeton Review ranked Portland State in the top 15% of schools in the country in 2012.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Portland State University offers a masters of special education that can either include licensure or not depending on the program chosen. The degree program is designed to accommodate the schedules of students who are currently in the field of teaching. Course work can take up to two years and is a 45 credit hour program. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
Portland State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,800

#36. Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University is a member of the University System of New Hampshire which was established in 1871. Current enrollment hovers above 6,000 students with roughly 2,000 of those being graduate students. Plymouth State University is classified under the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at Plymouth State has a variety of concentrations that are between 36-42 credit hours in length. The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective teaching and classroom management in the special populations realm.

Accreditation
Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $22,800

#37. University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is the largest university in the state with nearly 20,000 enrolled students. The university was established in 1743 as a land grant university. Though technically a private university the University of Delaware does receive public money for its operations and has a number of satellite campuses.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in exceptional children and youth (special education) at Delaware is a 36 credit hour program that spans a two year period. The University of Delaware strives to maintain a special education program that challenges its students to see educating kids with disabilities as a calling rather than a job. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
The University of Delaware is accredited by the The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $23,000

#38. Indiana University Northwest

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Indiana University Northwest is a four year institution located in Gary, Indiana. IUNW is a member of the Indiana University System and currently has roughly 6,000 students and a faculty of over 180 full time faculty. IUNW competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as an independent school and fields a variety of coed athletic teams.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Indiana University Northwest strives to maintain a masters of education program with a concentration in special education that prepares students who are working in public school settings to meet the needs of all students. They are able to do this through learner–centered programming that prepares graduates to meet the challenges of teaching kids with special needs. This is a Masters of Science degree which encompasses 33 credit hours that typically takes two years to complete.

Accreditation
Indiana University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Institution.

Cost of Attendance - $23,000

#39. Kent State University

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Kent State University was established in 1910 and is currently a research university offering a myriad of undergraduate and graduate degrees. With an enrollment above 40,000 students Kent State is one of the largest schools in Ohio. Many of the education classes that students will take for the listed M. Ed program are taken in nearby Stark, Ohio which is a satellite campus for the main campus in Kent, Ohio.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education from Kent State University provides an opportunity for licensed teachers to attain an endorsement or certificate training to enhance their existing skills. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license. This is a 36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
Kent State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $23,400

#40. Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1849 as Connecticut Normal School, making Central Connecticut State University the oldest publicly funded university in the state. Considered a commuter school an estimated half of CCSU's 12,000 student drive into school every day.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Central Connecticut State University offers a masters of education in special education program that aims to prepare teachers to teach students with disabilities in accordance with the high standards of the state of Connecticut. Requirements for admission to the program include a 2.7 gpa in undergraduate work a minimum of three years teaching experience and a Connecticut teaching certificate

Accreditation
Connecticut State University receives its accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $23,800

#41. Francis Marion University

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Francis Marion University is a four year university situated in Florence, South Carolina. The school was established in 1970 and currently has over 4,200 students enrolled. Francis Marion's athletics teams compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Francis Marion offers two masters of education programs in special education instructional accommodation (M.Ed.-IA) and learning disabilities (M.Ed.-LD). Program entry requirements include two letters of recommendation, and a philosophy of education statement at least 500 words in length.

Accreditation
Francis Marion University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $24,000

#42. University of Maine

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The University of Main is a flagship school established in 1865 for the state of Maine through the land grant designation. In 1882 it was founded through the Morrill Act which was signed into law that year by President Abraham Lincoln. Current enrollment tops 11,000 students. Currently the University of Maine is the only institution classified as a research institution in the entire state of Maine.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education program at the University of Maine is offered in four concentrations, high incidence disabilities
low incidence disabilities, and individually designed early intervention. The course work is roughly 33-36 credit hours in length. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work, completion of the application, a written statement of purpose, and a valid teachers license.

Accreditation
The University Maine is accredited by the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $24,250

#43. University of Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh was established in 1787 just after the revolutionary war. This historic university has survived several moves including two terrible fires. The University of Pittsburgh has 17 undergraduate and graduate schools that serve its nearly 30,000 students. Pitt competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Pittsburgh offers a masters of special education and dual teaching certificate for grades 7-12. Students will study evidence based pedagogy in an effort to improve child learning through Special Education practices. This is a 42 credit hour program.

Accreditation
The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Cost of Attendance - $26,000

#44. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is a public four year university with a student body of over 27,000 students. UWM is considered an important research university and is the second largest university in the University of Wisconsin System. Athletic teams at UWM participate in the Horizon League of the NCAA's Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers a masters of science in exceptional education that prepares students to work in the special education environment with an emphasis on urban education. The program is 30 credit hours in length. Admission into this program is contingent on a minimum 2.75 gpa, holding a valid teacher certification and a bachelors degree.

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $26,000

#45. University of Rhode Island

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The University of Rhode Island is the principal land grant research university in Rhode Island. Rhode Island University is located in Kingston, RI and currently has a student enrollment of over 16,000 students. The University of Rhode Island offers 79 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through seven academic colleges.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at the University of Rhode Island is designed to to meet the Council for Exceptional Children standards and the requirements for Rhode Island special education certification in the area of mild to moderate disabilities in elementary special education (grades 1-6) or in secondary special education (grades 7-12). Course work is typically 36 credit hours in length. Admission requirements include a bachelors degree from an accredited university, valid teachers certificate, and a professional goals essay.

Accreditation
The University of Rhode Island receives its accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Cost of Attendance - $27,000

#46. University of Vermont

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The University of Vermont was established in 1791 making one of the oldest universities in the United States of America. Today UVM is a school with over 11,000 students and nearly 1,200 staff. UVM is located in Burlington and is a perennial award winner in a variety of publication.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at the University of Vermont is designed to provide educators with the skills and know how needed for working with students with disabilities. We seek to promote the success of all K – 12 students public/private elementary and secondary school settings. This is typically a 30-36 credit hour program.

Accreditation
The University of Vermont is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance - $27,000

#47. William Paterson University

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William Paterson University is a public four year university located in Wayne, New Jersey. William Paterson currently has an enrollment hovering around 12,000. Additionally William Paterson offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through it's five colleges. The university was established in 1855 and is the second oldest university in the state of New Jersey.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
William Paterson offers a masters of education in special education is offered in three concentrations, autism spectrum disorders, general learning disabilities, and severe learning disabilities. Admission requirements for this competitive program include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above, two letters of recommendation and a standard New Jersey teaching certificate.

Accreditation
William Paterson University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Cost of Attendance - $28,900

#48. West Virginia University

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West Virginia University is a public land grant university in Morgantown West Virginia. The school was established in 1867, and offers over 190 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current student enrollment hovers around 30,000 students. Athletically West Virginia University competes in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA's Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in special education at West Virginia University is offered in six concentrations, autism spectrum disorders, early childhood special education, gifted education, low vision, multicategorical special education, and severe disabilities. Generally these programs are 36 credit hour programs. Admissions requirements include a 2.75 GPA, letter of purpose and exam scores from the PRAXIS exam.

Accreditation
West Virginia University receives its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $29,800

#49. Arizona State University

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With over 70,000 students at four campuses, Arizona State University is a major research university that strives to shape its identity around whom it includes versus those it excludes and the communities that it is rooted in. This plays out in its mission and goals to have its student body represent the socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the communities around it and by creating an environment on campus that gives all people access to quality education.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Arizona State University offers two options for a masters of education in special education and meets the needs of those seeking Arizona teacher certification in cross categorical special education (grades K-12). Course work ranges from 36-50 credit hours in length. This program includes a clinical practicum portion. Admissions requirements include a bachelors degree, teacher certification and a statement of purpose.

Accreditation
Arizona State University is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance - $30,650

#50. State University of New York, at Albany

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State University of New York at Albany is a public research university situated in Albany, NY. The university was founded in 1844 and currently has a student enrollment over 17,000 students throughout its nine schools and colleges. SUNY offers 50 undergraduate majors and 138 graduate degree programs

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The master of education in special education from the State University of New York at Albany is designed for students who wish to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities. The program is typically 30-36 credit hours in length. Admissions requirements require three letters of recommendation and completion of the program application.

Accreditation
State University of New York at Albany is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Cost of Attendance - $33,500

Technology and education are being fused in new and exciting ways. Let us help you find the best Educational Technology degree.

It’s a truism to state that technology has infiltrated every area of our lives—until recently, though, education has been relatively immune to the siren call of the digital age. But those days are no more.

Technology and education are finally coming together. And for those with a passion for education, as well as a bent for technology, a Master’s in Educational Technology could prove to be a happy marriage of the two.

There has been a recent boom in educational technology that could potentially transform the classroom. Technology is helping teachers create engaging learning opportunities—from software that facilitates the task of curriculum design to media tools that help present new information.

But there are many brilliant educators that are not able to take full advantage of these innovations—either because of the notorious time constraints of the job  (teachers are busy!) or lack of technological training.

Enter the Master’s in Educational Technology.

Educational Technology (or Ed Tech) is an umbrella term for both the technological tools and the theoretical foundations that support learning and teaching. As such, it is a huge field encompassing everything from the development of educational software to supportive roles that help teachers integrate that software into their classroom.

And by classroom, we do not mean only K-12 classrooms. There are Educational Technology programs that are equally applicable to a number of professional training situations—from government to military, business, nonprofit, or higher education settings.

This means that programs vary widely in focus. And the language can be confusing.  In this ranking, you’ll see program titles like Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Learning Design and Educational Technology, Instructional Design and Technology. . . you get the picture.

Read program websites closely to get a sense of emphasis. Some programs offer a lot of flexibility while others will have a more narrow focus. Some focus more on the technical aspects of educational technology development. Others emphasize pedagogy—or the human side of the fusion between technology and the learning process. Most programs blend the two.

There are many different facets of Educational Technology, but some courses you’ll frequently come across include:

  • Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning with Technology
  • Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology

Are you feeling under-equipped for a technology program? It may comfort you to know that most programs do not require an academic background in technology for admission (though it may give you a leg-up in the program). Most, if not all, programs will require a Bachelor’s degree, though, and some will want you to have an academic or professional background in Education.

Of course, any endeavor in higher education involves a hefty financial investment. So it should encourage you to know that Education is one of the fields in which a master’s degree really does pay off. The Bureau of Labor statistics lists Education among the professions in which having an advanced degree delivers a “relatively high” payoff.  

What are the Best Master’s in Education?

We believe a great program should combine an excellent learning experience with a good return on investment. So our ranking takes into account a number of factors—like reputation scores, peer assessments,  tuition costs, and early career earnings of graduates. We then calculate a composite score that balances academic excellence with the all-important return on investment.

So read on, Ed Tech leader of the future! We hope our ranking helps you find a program that is the right fit for you!

1.Harvard University

Overview

You probably don’t need much of an introduction to the first school on our ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is an iconic East Coast ivy league school whose history stretches back to 1636. Ranking at #2 among national universities (US News and World Report), Harvard is home to 13 prestigious schools and institutes, including the top ranked Graduate School of Education.

Program Features

Harvard’s Graduate School of Education offers a Master of Science in Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) that welcomes students from a diversity of educational and professional backgrounds. Grounded in teaching and learning, Harvard’s TIE program has a foundational commitment to using technology to enhance learning experiences for all students. Courses offered include:

  • Informal Learning for Children
  • Growing Up in a Media World
  • Field Experience in 21st Century Learning

Notables

You don’t need previous computer science or technology experience to join Harvard’s TIE program, though passion and creativity are a must. The program is highly customizable as there is no required core. Instead, students choose five courses out of a list of eighteen technology-related courses as well as three electives.  Students complete the program’s 32 credits in one year.

 

2. Teachers College at Columbia University

Overview

One of the elite graduate schools at Columbia University, the Teachers College at Columbia University (colloquially referred to as TC) ranks among the best graduate education schools nationally. The first and largest graduate school in the country, TC has long been a leader in creating educational policies that aim to remove all barriers to students’ success in the classroom.

Program Features

The Teachers College at Columbia University offers a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media which combines pedagogical strategies with emerging technologies. Students will be challenged to identify best practices for integrating information and communication technologies in classrooms, including principles of design. Courses include:

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Programming
  • Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Cognition and Computers

Notables

TC’s MA in Instructional Technology and Media is a 32-credit course comprised of 16 credits of core coursework, as well as 7-10 elective credits, and a required integrative project.  The program applies to all subject areas and serves students, staff, and faculty members who share a commitment as educators to use digital technologies to improve education at all levels.

 

3. Ohio State University

Overview

Located in the state capital of Columbus, The Ohio State University is a nationally ranked, public research university and one of the largest in the country. The school is home to the highly ranked College of Education and Human Ecology which in turn houses the Department of Educational Studies. The DES offers many nationally ranked programs, making it one of the best places to get a degree in educational specialties.

 

Program Features

The Department of Educational Studies at OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology offers a Master of Learning Technologies degree that will provide you with the skills you need to excel in the field of learning technologies. With a broad focus on a variety of educational contexts (from K-12 education to professional and corporate environments), the program applies current research to the question of how to use technology to best support learning. Courses include:

 

  • Issues and Practices in Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning with Technology
  • Introduction to Instructional Design

Notables

Ohio State’s Master of Learning Technologies is a minimum 30-credit program, comprised of seven core courses, and nine credits for elective, research, and capstone courses. This is an online, streamlined curriculum and you can adjust the workload for a part-time or full-time schedule.

 

4. Florida State University

Overview

Located in the college town of Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public research university, and with a student population of 22,000, it is the second largest in the state. The school ranks among the top 100 national universities (US News and World Report) and among the top 50 public schools in the country. Auburn’s College of Education at Auburn also ranks in the top 100 nationally.

 

Program Features

FSU’s College of Education offers an online or in-class Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies which will put you in demand in a variety of professional contexts. With a trifold focus on instructional design, emerging technologies and performance improvement, the program will teach you to create innovative approaches to help people improve their skills, knowledge, and job performance. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies
  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
  • Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction

Notables

FSU’s MS in Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies is comprised of 36 credit hours of coursework, an internship, and a portfolio. In all courses students will apply their knowledge to real world problems. By enrolling in a minimum of six credit hours in six consecutive semesters (fall, spring and summer), you can complete the degree in two years.

 

5. Auburn University

Overview

Located in the college town of Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public research university and with a student population of 22,000 it is the second largest  in the state. The school ranks among the top 100 national universities (US News and World Report) and among the top 50 public schools in the country. Auburn’s College of Education at Auburn also ranks in the top 100 nationally.

Program Features

For those with an interest in working in libraries, Auburn University’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Library, Media and Technology. The program covers information science, instructional design, instructional technology, educational leadership, and learning theory. Graduates will have a library media certification. Courses include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional & Informational Technologies
  • Selection & Use of Media for Youth

Notables

Auburn’s M.Ed. in Library, Media and Technology prepares students for careers as teachers, information specialists, instructional partners, and school library program administrators. The program is comprised of 30 credits of core courses, an internship, and other supporting courses. If you’re interested in an online program, this one is available in both on-campus and online formats.

 

6. Arizona State University -West Campus

Overview

One of the four campuses that comprise Arizona State University, ASU’s West campus is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school is one of the newer campuses, having been founded in 1984, and is home to the much lauded and highly ranked (#11 nationally according to US News and World Report) Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College.

Program Features

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology that will empower you to harness knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education. Applicable to a variety of professional and educational contexts, the program emphasizes the design of learning technology for real-world settings. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies
  • Foundations of Learning Design and Technologies

Notables

ASU’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 30-credit program comprised of 21 credits of core coursework, as well as an elective and a culminating experience (applied project). If you’re looking for a flexible online program, this one is offered in online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year and accelerated 7.5 week classes.

 

7. Ball State University

Overview

Situated in the city of Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public research university with a total enrollment of around 22,000 students. The university, which ranks among the top 100 public schools nationally, is home to several nationally ranked and award-winning programs, including the Ball State Teachers College which ranks at #101 nationally.

Program Features

Ball State Teachers College offers a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Educational Technology designed for educators seeking to integrate technology into K 12 curriculum and other instructional contexts. While critically examining technology’s ever-changing presence within schools and society, students will learn to utilize technology to meet the learning needs of students. Courses include:

  • Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology
  • Technology Policy and Pedagogy
  • Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development

Notables

Ball State’s M.A. in Curriculum and Educational Technology is a 30-credit program with a core courseload of 21 credit hours followed by nine additional credit hours in your area of concentration (Curriculum or Educational Technology).  If you need added flexibility, many courses are offered in both online and on-campus formats.

 

8. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Overview

Generally referred to as Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic and State University is a public research university located in the eclectic university town of Blacksburg, VA (named by Southern Living magazine as the “best college town in the south”). The school as a whole ranks among the top 100 national universities, with its School of Education coming in at #84 (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Virginia Tech’s Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology prepares students to practice their profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government. With a double focus on product and process, the curriculum applies current knowledge about the learning process to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning experiences and products. Courses include:

  • Instructional Technology: Audio-Visual and Computer Uses
  • Design for Learning
  • Principles of Learning Message Design

Notables

Graduates of Virginia Tech’s 30-credit M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology program find themselves applying their expertise in a variety of professions. They are instructional designers, trainers, or performance consultants in industrial settings and as teachers or technology coordinators in preK-12. This is a good choice for those who need a flexible program - many courses can be completed on campus, online, or through a hybrid format.    

 

9. Stanford University

Overview

Another school that hardly needs an introduction, it’s never surprising to see Stanford’s name on any “Best Of” list.  Located in the Bay Area of California, Stanford consistently ranks among the top 5 national universities, with its School of Education sitting at #2 nationally (US News and World Report). And graduate students are guaranteed housing on Stanford’s beautiful campus, as long as they apply on time!

Program Features

Stanford’s Graduate School of Education offers a Master’s in Learning, Design, and Technology for students from a broad range of professional backgrounds.  With a foundation of empirically grounded education design theory and principles, as a student you’ll learn to use emergent technologies to enhance learning environments and improve outcomes. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Behavior Design
  • Consciousness Hacking: Designing Technology for Well-Being

Notables

Stanford’s Master’s in Learning, Design and Technology program is comprised of 45 units of coursework, which includes an internship and a Master’s project and Portfolio. Students join a select cohort of students from diverse backgrounds and, under the guidance of an Academic Advisor, align their program of study to their specific goals.

 

10. Iowa State University

Overview

Located in the small town of Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University (or if you want to get technical: “Iowa State University of Science and Technology”) is the state’s flagship public research university. The largest school in the state, Iowa State is home to several highly regarded graduate programs, including a School of Education that ranks in the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Iowa State’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology which gives classroom teachers and other educators the skills to integrate technology in teaching and learning. With authentic learning experiences and a collaborative learning environment, the curriculum focuses on Learning, Pedagogy, and Leading. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Digital Learning
  • Designing Effective Learning Environments
  • Using Technology in Learning and Teaching

Notables

Iowa State’s online Curriculum and Instructional Technology program is comprised of 32 credit hours, including credits in research, foundations, applications, and leadership in educational technology. Students typically complete the degree in three years. This is a good program if you’re thinking of working in a K-12 setting—classes are small and mostly formed by K-12 teachers, technology specialists and other educational practitioners.

 

  1. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Overview

Located along the Minnesota River in the college town of Mankato, Minnesota (and not too far from the Twin Cities), Minnesota State University is the second largest public university in the state. MSU Mankato is the flagship campus of the Minnesota State Universities and Colleges system and currently ranks at #103 among regional universities in the Midwest. MSU is also home to a nationally accredited College of Education.

Program Features

MSU - Mankato’s College of Education offers an online Master of Science in Educational Technology program that is designed to meet the increasing demands for educators, integrationists, designers, and leaders in educational technology.  The curriculum is both comprehensive and flexible to meet the diverse needs of individuals and organizations. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Technology
  • Differentiation through Technology
  • Using Technology in the Classroom

Notables

Minnesota State’s MS in Educational Technology is a fully online, 34-credit program that is technology-integrated and research-based. As part of the program, students complete core coursework and develop and complete a paper, project, thesis or manuscript as a capstone. You can complete this program in two years of full-time study or take up to 6 years part-time.

 

12. Drexel University

Overview

Located in in Philadelphia, PA, Drexel University is a private university with a reputation for being a highly innovative technological university.  Drexel consistently ranks among the best-value schools in the nation, and among the top 100 national universities(US News and World Report). In 2017 Drexel’s College of Education ranked at #179.

 

Program Features

Drexel University’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Learning Technologies that prepares students to create learning solutions for an interconnected world. Fusing national education standards, digital literacy, design thinking, learning sciences, and field experiences, the curriculum ensures that students will be prepared for a broad range of careers in education and business settings. Concentrations include:

  • E-Learning Leadership
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Tech Specialist
  • Learning in Game-Based Environments

Notables

Drexel’s M.S. in Learning Technologies is a 45 credit program that is available both on campus and online. The curriculum is comprised of core coursework, concentration courses, electives, and an Action Research Capstone. This flexible, accredited online program is ideal for teachers, trainers, and other educational leaders.

 

13. Concordia University—St. Paul

Overview

Located in the beautiful and pristine Minnesota state capital, Concordia University - St. Paul is a small, private, Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts university. Established in the late nineteenth century, the school is a member of the ten school Concordia University System. Their comprehensive academic offerings include high quality programs in Education with abundant internship opportunities.

Program Features

Concordia University—St. Paul offers a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in  Educational Technology to help educators utilize technology effectively in the classroom. Primarily aimed at experienced educators wishing to enhance student learning, Concordia’s EdTech curriculum familiarizes students with innovative approaches to technology. Courses include:

  • Technology Trends & Social Media
  • Exploring Classroom Tech Tools
  • Virtual Classroom

Notables

Concordia—St. Paul’s M.A. in Educational Technology program is comprised of 27 credits of coursework, including coursework, a field experience and a capstone project.  Courses in this EdTech program stress practical applications and will address the positive and negative implications and effects of technology in the teaching and learning process.

 

14. University of Pennsylvania

Overview

With the rare distinction of having been founded (in 1740) by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school is one of 14 founding members of the exclusive Association of American Universities and is home to a  School of Education that ranks third in the nation (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division of the University of Pennsylvania offers an online Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Learning Sciences and Technologies. This is a customizable program, with opportunities for students to study and create real-world learning experiences to make education more effective, efficient, and engaging. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Design of Learning Environments

Notables

The University of Pennsylvania’s M.S. in Education is comprised of ten courses (core, specialization, and electives) as well as a Master’s Paper. LST students at UPenn work closely with their academic advisor to tailor their program of study to their interests. And as a student in this program you will participate in a two-semester internship program in order to experience how learning occurs in out-of-school settings.

 

15. Emporia State University

Overview

Located just East of the Flint Hills of Kansas, Emporia State University is a small public university which ranks at #108 among regional public universities in the Midwest (US News and World Report). The school has a mission to create a student-centered learning environment both on campus and through its online programs - this includes high-quality programming in Instructional Design and Technology.

Program Features

The Teachers College at Emporia State offers a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology that gives students skills in the design, development, and integration of technology and online learning in various educational environments. This program is not limited to K-12 teachers, and is applicable to anyone working as an instructional designer/trainer in business, industry, healthcare, military, and post-secondary institutions. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • Web Design
  • Instructional Design

Notables

Emporia’s M.S. in IDT is available both online and on campus and is comprised of 36 credits of core coursework, electives, and a research component. Students can choose between a thesis option (if you want to focus on research and evaluation of instruction design topics) or a non-thesis option (intended for IDT practitioners). This is a great option if you’re looking for flexibility in your master’s program.

 

16. Kansas State University

Overview

One of America’s first land-grant colleges, Kansas State University is a large public research university, located in the city of Manhattan, Kansas. The school is home to a College of Education that prepares educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers. It also ranks among the top 100 in the country (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Kansas State’s College of Education offers a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. The program focuses on the study and ethical practice of learning technology in educational environments—both processes and resources. K-12 educators make up the largest contingent of students, but it is equally applicable to those in higher education or corporate/industry professions. Courses include:

  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Social/Cultural Issues in Educational Technology
  • Online Teaching and Learning

Notables

Kansas State’s M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is comprised of between 31-36 credits (depending on whether you choose the Master’s Report or the Master’s Project). All students will cover the core areas of curriculum, teaching and learning, diversity, educational technology, and research and scholarship. The Educational Technology specialization consists of 15 credits of the total coursework.

 

17. Indiana University—Bloomington

Overview

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is a large public research university located in Bloomington, Indiana. The school, which aims to provide an “ideal college experience” for students, is the flagship campus of the IU system and ranks among the top 100 public schools in the country. Notably, in 2017 US News and World Report ranked the IU’s School of Education at #32 nationally.

Program Features

IU Bloomington’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Systems Technology in which you will learn to design effective instructional materials that can be delivered through various media. This is a hands-on degree in which students test processes, products, and services that have been created for educational or training settings. Courses include:

  • Instructional Performance and Technology
  • Instructional Development & Production
  • Evaluation & Change in the ID Process

Notables

IU Bloomington’s M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology is a 36-credit program consisting of 15 credits of core coursework and 21 IST and non- IST electives. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in an internship as well as a year-long studio project (conducted under faculty supervision)—upon graduation you will be well prepared for a career as a practitioner of instructional technology.

 

18. Boise State University

Overview

Located in Idaho’s state capitol, the eponymously named Boise State University is a public university that offers nationally ranked programs to its diverse population of over 22,000 students. Boise State’s College of Education ranks among the top 60 in the country and is supported by accomplished faculty and staff, research centers, and institutes.

Program Features

Boise State offers a Master of Educational Technology program which focuses on skills for improved classroom performance at all levels of education. The curriculum fuses theoretical foundations with hands-on technology skills for a diversity of learning environments. If you’re thinking of completing doctoral work, this program will provide you with a good foundation. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • The Internet for Educators
  • Instructional Design for Educators

Notables

Boise State’s M.E.T. program is a 30-credit program which consists of 15 credits of core coursework and 15 credits of electives. All M.E.T. students complete a portfolio as their culminating activity. As a student in this program you’ll also have the option of earning a graduate certificate in one of four specializations: Online Teaching, Technology Coordination, Technology Integration, or Games and Simulations.

 

19. University of Georgia

Overview

Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is a historic public research university (the first public, state-supported college in America) that ranks among the top 100 national universities in the country. Among its high-ranking schools and institutes, UGA’s College of Education sits at #35 nationally and is home to several highly ranked programs (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The University of Georgia’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology. This program will first teach you to identify and analyze learning problems, and then create and implement more effective designs for learning to address these needs. Students at the Athens campus students participate in the research oriented M.Ed. which will prepare you for further doctoral studies. Coursework includes:

  • History, Trends, and Issues in the Field
  • Learning Theory and Instructional Models
  • Research Methods

Notables

UGA’s research-oriented M.Ed. is a 36-credit program. This will include both coursework and a major project or research paper that you will create (with advice from a faculty advisor) and present at the end of the program. For students with an interest in a professional or practitioner-based MEd, UGA offers two professional M.Ed. emphases online through the Gwinnett campus.

 

20. SUNY at Albany

Overview

Founded in 1844,  the State University of New York’s University at Albany (UAlbany) is a public, comprehensive research university that boasts highly ranked programs and a diverse student body. US News and World Report currently ranks UAlbany’s School of Education as number one among SUNY institutions and 5th among all universities in New York State.  

Program Features

UAlbany’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology which explores the intersection of curriculum and instructional design in 21st-century educational environments. This program is ideal for a variety of career goals, including  K-12 education— but equally applicable to those working in higher education, business, or training settings. Courses include:

  • Systematic Design of Instruction
  • Media in Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Computing

Notables

UAlbany’s M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology is a customizable 30-credit program which includes coursework (in which students have a significant amount of choice) and a Master’s thesis. This program is available both on-campus and online —and UAlbany’s online graduate education programs recently ranked as #6 nationally by US News and World Report.

 

21. Concordia University—Chicago

Overview

Located just ten miles west of Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, Concordia University-Chicago is a private, Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college and a member of the ten school Concordia University System. The school offers high-quality graduate education programs both on campus and online and strives to equip students to lead with integrity, competence, and compassion.

Program Features

If you’re a licensed teacher who wants to become a technology specialist, technology director, or technology coach, then you should look closely at Concordia University-Chicago’s Master of Arts in Education Technology: Leadership program. The curriculum is aligned with national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education. Courses include:

  • Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Educational Technology Hardware and Software
  • Visual Literacy in the Classroom

Notables

Concordia-Chicago’s M.A. in Education Technology is a 30 credit program that students complete in 24 months. The program is available on campus and online and is comprised of nine core courses and a capstone experience. Successful graduates will qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the state of Illinois.

 

22. University of Virginia

Overview

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public research university and the flagship of the Commonwealth of Virginia. With a campus that has been designated as a World Heritage Site, the school as a whole ranks among the top 30 national universities in the country and is a member of the elite Association of American Universities. The Curry School of Education ranks among the top 20 nationally.

Program Features

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Instructional Technology. The program is designed for people working in education settings who want to gain skills in effective instructional practices and curriculum development. Courses in the Instructional Technology focus area include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Online Instruction for K-12
  • Computer Courseware Tools

Notables

The University of Virginia’s M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit online program online program, half of which (15 credits) are devoted to your chosen focus area. Students studying full-time can complete the program in a year, but there are also part-time options. You can also transfer up to 6  credits into this program if they are approved by your advisor.

23. Appalachian State University

Overview

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University is a comprehensive public university that ranks among the top ten Regional universities in the South. The school was originally founded as a teacher’s college in 1899, and the Reich College of Education continues that tradition of excellence, maintaining a place on national rankings to the present.

Program Features

Appalachian State’s Reich College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Educational Media: Instructional Technology program in which students work in both traditional and emerging technologies. The curriculum blends design, production, application, and evaluation of a broad range of media and technology. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to assume leadership roles in various fields of media and technology. Four concentrations are offered:

  • K-12 Concentration
  • Online Learning and Professional Development
  • New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives
  • General Concentration

Notables

Appalachian State’s M.A. in Educational Media is a 36-credit program, comprised of 18 credits of core coursework and the remainder being devoted to your chosen concentration. The K-12 concentration leads to 077 ‘M’ level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists, while the other three concentrations do not lead to licensure in North Carolina.

 

24. University of Oklahoma

Overview

Situated just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university that ranks at #111 nationally. The school was founded in 1890 and today has a student population of over 30,000 students—including those at the Rainbolt College of Education which ranks at #77 in the country.

Program Features

The Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma offers a Master of Education in Instructional Psychology and Technology (delivered by the Department of the Educational Psychology). The curriculum blends research, theory and practice to examine problems of instruction and learning in a variety of educational and business settings. Students choose from four specializations:

  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning (online program)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Integrating Technology in Teaching
  • Instructional Design and Technology

Notables

The University of Oklahoma’s M.Ed. in Instructional Psychology and Technology is a 36-credit program, with courses varying widely depending on the specialty chosen. All specialties have at least 18 credits of required courses, and all students must pass a comprehensive exam or thesis.

 

25. The University of Texas at Austin

Overview

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas system - it has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for great educational diversity. Among the renowned colleges, the College of Education is one of the best in the country, ranking at #11 (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education at UT-Austin offers a Master of Arts or Master of Education degree in Learning Technologies. This flexible program prepares students to become practitioners in various educational settings, such as K-12, higher education, and training in business and industry. Required courses include:

  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Foundations of Learning Technology
  • Interactive Multimedia Design and Production

Notables

UT-Austin’s Learning Technologies master’s programs are between 36-39 credits. M.A. students can choose between completing a thesis (3 extra credits) or a report. The M.Ed. program (which is comprised of only coursework) is open to students who have at least one year of teaching, training, instructional development or project management experience. Some courses are offered in online or blended formats.

26. University of Southern California

Overview

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) is an urban public research university located in Los Angeles. With a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, the school ranks among the top 25 national universities. The Rossier School of Education is no exception to the school’s tradition of high-quality programs, ranking at #15 nationally.

Program Features

USC’s Rossier’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology for those who want to pursue careers in educational program design.  The curriculum is broadly based and covers a number of topics. You will become proficient in educational program design, online learning, corporate training, and instructional design and evaluation, among other topics. Courses include:

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Human Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Media Selection and Evaluation

Notables

USC’s M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology is a 30-credit program that is designed to be manageable for working professionals to complete in 21 months.  This is a widely applicable program that was formed with advice from leaders from a variety of industries, from museums to higher education institutions and the military.

 

27. St. Cloud State University

Overview

Situated along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, St. Cloud State University is a public university and one of the largest in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The school ranks at #115 among Midwestern regional colleges and is home to a School of Education with a rich history of teacher preparation.

Program Features

St. Cloud State University’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Information Media - Technology Integration program. The curriculum will give you skills to apply technology in your classroom, training environment or other workplaces. In this hands-on program you will work directly with a wide variety of technologies, developing projects that demonstrate your ability to fully integrate technology into your chosen field. Courses include:

  • Information Theory, Media, and research
  • Instructional Design
  • Technology Integration

Notables

SCSU’s M.S. in Information Media - Technology Integration program is a 39-42 credit program that is designed for the working professional. Students can choose between part-time and full-time options, and all courses are available online or during evening hours. And for eligible students, the school also offers six scholarships for information media.

 

28. Pennsylvania State University

Overview

Located in University Park, PA, Pennsylvania State University is a public research university known colloquially as one of the “public ivies.” The school also has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for an educational diversity not available at smaller schools. The College of Education at Penn State offers high-quality programs for educational professionals, and ranks in the top 50 nationally.

Program Features

Penn State’s College of Education has a Learning, Design, and Technology program that offers either a Master of Education or a Master of Science option. With exceptional faculty, Penn State is a leader in LDT programs globally.  The LDT program is highly flexible and applicable to a variety of research or  practitioner settings. Core courses include:

  • Systematic Instructional Development
  • Emerging Web Technologies and Learning
  • Design of Constructivist Learning Environments

Notables

Penn State’s LDT M.Ed. degree is a 30-credit practitioner’s program with nine credits of core LDT courses and 21 credits of professional application courses. The M.Ed. is also available online through Penn State’s World Campus. The LDT M.S. is a 36-credit research-oriented degree in which students complete a thesis in addition to other coursework.

 

29. New York Institute of Technology

Overview

Located in the village of Old Westbury, NY, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is a private research university that ranks among the top regional schools in the North. The school is home to five schools and two colleges, including the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education which offers innovative and high-quality programs to graduate students.

Program Features

NYIT’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education offers two Master of Science in Instructional Technology programs: one for educators and one for trainers. Both programs help individuals integrate and apply new technology to their teaching environments. The program for educators is primarily designed for P-12 educators. The program for trainers is directed at those in the corporate, nonprofit, government, or online arena. Courses include:

  • Educational Uses of Social Media
  • Assessment and Evaluation Methods
  • Curriculum Design and Development

Notables

NYIT’s innovative M.S. in Instructional Technology programs are both comprised of 33 credits of coursework. The program for Educators includes a Field Experience Practicum while the program for trainers includes an independent study component. Online and onsite courses are both available. This program promises the knowledge and experience to become a master teacher, instructional technology leader, coach, professional developer, or instructional designer.

 

30. University of Florida

Overview

Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida is a major public research university which ranks among the best national universities in the country. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (the only AAU member in Florida) and of the State University System of Florida. UF’s College of Education ranks in the top 30 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

UF’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology for those who are interested in a career as an instructional designer or educational technologist. As a student, you will study how technologies and emerging physical, virtual and blended learning environments empower educators and learners and impact society. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Distance Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design

Notables

UF’s M.A.E. in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program which is comprised of 30 credits of required coursework and 6 hours of thesis or project. Some courses are offered online as well as face-to-face, and you can complete the program in two years of full-time study.

 

31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Overview

One of the oldest universities in the country (it was founded in 1789), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is public research university located in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. The school is home to many highly regarded colleges, three of which have collaborated on the Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program.

Program Features

UNC offers a Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (MEITE) that was designed in collaboration with Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Information and Library Science and the Department of Computer Science. Students in the program learn to develop the leading edge of educational technologies and curriculum, and explore organizational models that support entrepreneurs to take their ideas to market. Courses include:

  • Design-Based Research
  • Technological Literacy
  • Emerging Technologies

Notables

UNC’s MEITE master’s program is a professional, cohort-based degree program. Students complete the 36-credits of coursework in 12 months—taking 12 credit hours of coursework and three credit hours of internship each semester. You can tailor the program to your own professional needs through the six electives from three course categories. All students conclude the program by completing a Master’s thesis.

 

32. Virginia Commonwealth University

Overview

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an urban public research university that ranks among the top 100 public schools nationally.  With a commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the school is home to many nationally renowned centers and institutes, including a School of Education that ranks at #41 nationally.

Program Features

The Department of Teaching and Learning at VCU’s School of Education offers a Master of Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Designed for experienced educators, the program provides experiences to help students use technology in support of teaching and learning. The curriculum blends the theoretical with the practical, to help you critically examine current research and make use of the best educational technology. Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Strategies Using the Internet

Notables

VCU’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 33-credit program comprised of nine required courses (foundational and core) and 6 credits of electives. This program is not limited to K-12 educators—the Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to the preparation of teachers for schools, government agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations as well.

 

33. University of Minnesota

Overview

Located on both sides of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN the University of Minnesota is a public research university and the oldest and largest campus in the U of M system. The school has a stellar reputation, ranking among the very best public schools in the nation, and has a College of Education that ranks in the top 25 nationally.

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the U of M’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in Learning Technologies for a variety of educational settings. Core focus areas include online distance learning and multimedia design. The program also prepares students to conduct research and engage with educational technology for higher education, K-12, and business settings. Courses include:

  • Technology tools for educators
  • Teaching and learning with the internet
  • Special topics in learning technologies

Notables

The U of M’s Learning Technologies degree can be completed as either an M.Ed. or M.A.—both of which are 30-credit programs. The Master of Education is a practitioner-based program for those who want to use educational technologies order to advance their careers and leadership capacity. The M.A. program offers a stronger research orientation in which  students complete a thesis.

 

34. University of South Carolina

Overview

Located in the state capital of Columbia, South Carolina, the University of South Carolina is a public research university and the flagship of the University of South Carolina’s eight-campus system. The nationally ranked school offers over 350 programs of study, and a College of Education that ranks in the top 100 nationally.

Program Features

USC’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology that will help educators integrate and understand technology into their classrooms. The program curriculum gives you the opportunity to study topics like instructional design, media management, and facilities planning, among others. Courses include:

  • Applications of Learning Principles
  • Instructional Design and Assessment
  • Management of Technology Resources

Notables

USC’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program delivered in an online format. As part of the program, students complete a web-based portfolio and an internship in Educational Technology. The program is designed to be equally applicable to people from a variety of professional backgrounds, including classroom teachers, corporate trainers, and educational software developers.

 

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Overview

Located in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)  is a public research university and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. The largest public university in New England, UMass ranks among the top 100 national universities and is home to a top 50  College of Education (#41 in US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education at UMass offers a Master’s in Learning, Media, and Technology in which media and technology are seen as both tools and objects of study in themselves. The program prepares students to understand, design, and improve technology and media-based learning and teaching for a variety of settings. Courses include:

  • Online Tools for Learning and Instruction
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Educational Web Design

Notables

UMass’s Master’s in Learning, Media, and Technology is a minimum 33-credit program. In addition to the required coursework, students must complete a culminating Master’s project. Recent graduates have accepted positions in a variety of settings, including K-12, community college, university, organization, and corporate settings as educational media and online learning developers.

 

36. University of Dayton

Overview

Located on the shores of the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Dayton is a private, Catholic research university. The nationally ranked school ranks among the best value schools in the nation (US News and World Report) and is home to a highly regarded School of Education. UD also boasts small classes and a close relationships between students and instructors.

Program Features

The School of Education and Health Sciences at UD offers a Master of Science in Education in Technology Enhanced Learning. Aimed specifically at P-12 educators, the program will prepare you to integrate technology into your own teaching and to assist other professionals in their schools. Courses include:

  • Cognition, Learning, and Technology
  • Multimedia Production
  • Planning & Assessing Technology

Notables

The concentration courses in UD’s M.S. in Education in Technology also meet the requirements for the computer technology endorsement from the state of Ohio and the graduate certificate in technology-enhanced learning. As part of the program, you will be eligible to participate in the Lalanne Program. The Lalanne Program offers graduate students the opportunity to live in a communal setting with fellow teachers while pursuing their studies (with a living stipend and loan deferment).

 

37. SUNY Buffalo State

Overview

Located in Buffalo, New York, SUNY Buffalo State is a public research university in the State University of New York system. With its low tuition and academic excellence, the school ranks among the top 50 public schools in the Northern region. SUNY Buffalo State is home to a School of Education which has designed high-quality Educational Technology programing for educators.

Program Features

The Graduate School at Buffalo State offers a Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Educational Technology. This program is designed primarily for P–12 educators, trainers from business and industry, and other professionals, who wish to expand their skills in the educational application of technology in a variety of teaching and learning environments. Courses include:

  • Integrating Digital Video Technology into the Classroom
  • Instructional Technologies
  • Authoring for Educators

Notables

Buffalo State’s M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Educational Technology is a 33-credit program comprised of 18 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives and a masters project. Applicants should have previous experience with the internet and common software tools (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software). Elementary/Secondary teaching certification is recommended (but not required).

 

38. University of Houston

Overview

Located in Houston, Texas, the University of Houston is a Carnegie Tier One public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Houston system. The school has earned a place on national rankings among top public schools and has a College of Education that ranks among the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Learning, Design, and Technology. Not limited to K-12 teachers, the program provides education, healthcare, and business professionals opportunities to learn new skills to integrate the latest technologies in teaching and learning. Courses include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Educational Multimedia

Notables

The University of Houston’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 30-credit program consisting of 2 core Curriculum and Instruction courses and eight Learning, Design, and Technology courses. The program offers the flexibility of full-time or part-time formats. And students can choose between on-campus or online delivery (or a hybrid format).

39. University of Tennessee

Overview

Located in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee is a historic public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system. The school ranks at #103 among National Universities and its College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences ranks at #62 for their innovative programs (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The University of Tennessee’s College of Education offers a Master of Science with a concentration in Instructional Technology. The program prepares students to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online learning environments. The skills that students gain in the program will be widely applicable in contexts such as education, corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. Courses include:

  • Online Learning Environments
  • Understanding Online Interaction
  • Instructional Systems Design

Notables

The University of Tennessee’s M.S. in Instructional Technology is an online program offered through Distance Education. Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework with a professional portfolio requirement as the capstone experience for the program. It takes two years to complete the program part-time, with courses being delivered in a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online formats

 

  1. University of Northern Iowa

Overview

Consistently sitting at the top of rankings for the Midwestern region, the University of Northern Iowa  has a reputation for blending a strong liberal arts curriculum with a culturally diverse community. The College of Education extends this commitment to preparing educational leaders and ranks at #77 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UNI’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology that has a mission to prepare knowledgeable and visionary technology leaders. The program is primarily aimed at those wanting to work in K-16 settings. Students learn about a wide variety of current and emerging technologies and how to include them in classroom instruction. Courses include:

  • Understanding Visual Literacy
  • Digital Imaging
  • Using Social Media in Education

Notables

UNI’s M.A. in Instructional Technology is a 33-credit program offered completely online in two year cohorts. A background in education is not necessary for admission—a bachelor’s degree in any field is sufficient. Graduates of the program become successful teachers, technology coordinators, instructional designers, trainers, web designers, or community college instructors.

 

41. Webster University

Overview

Situated in St. Louis, Missouri, Webster College is a private school with a global focus. The school ranks among the top universities in the region while maintaining multiple campuses around the world. The School of Education at Webster University is also a leader in developing and cultivating a world of learners—students gain knowledge, experiences and practical tools for life-long learning.

Program Features

Webster University’s School of Education offers a Master’s in Educational Technology (M.E.T.) program designed for corporate and military trainers (among other professional educators) who want to apply technology in learning environments. The program will give you the skills to develop learner and content-centered projects and assessments and foster creative thinking using technology. Courses include:

  • Curriculum Design Technology Apps
  • Instructional Design
  • Technology Ethics and Society

Notables

Webster’s M.E.T. program is a 33-credit program comprised of 19 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives, and a capstone project.  The program is available both online and on campus in St. Louis. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who have aligned the curriculum to International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS-T standards.

 

42. University of North Carolina Wilmington

Overview

Part of the 17- campus University of North Carolina system, UNC Wilmington is an urban public university located on the coast of North Carolina. The school ranks as one of the top regional public schools in the South and is also home to the highly regarded Watson College of Education that offers quality programs, extensive field experiences, and a collaborative learning environment.

Program Features

UNC Wilmington’s Watson College of Education offers a Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.I.T.) program which blends knowledge from educational and applied psychology, instructional systems design, computer science, systems theory, and communication theory. The innovative, cross-curricular program prepares students for work in a broad range of settings, including business, human services, government, and K-12 education. Topics covered include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Development
  • Utilization
  • Management

Notables

UNC Wilmington’s M.I.T. program aims to be uniquely flexible for a broad range of students. Courses are available both online and on-campus, and students are admitted to the program each semester.The MIT Program also offers an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) & 079 Endorsement in Educational Computing and Technology Facilitation (TF) online certificate. And if you’re keeping an eye on your return on investment, the program boasts a 99% job placement rate.

43. University of Oregon

Overview

Located in Eugene, Oregon, the University of Oregon is a public research university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. With a commitment to broad-based liberal arts and sciences education, the school is also a research powerhouse and ranks among the top public universities in the country. U of O’s College of Education ranks at  #14 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

U of O’s College of Education offers a Master of Science in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology and Virtual Schools designed to prepare individuals for careers in educational technology. With an emphasis on technology leadership in pre-K-12 settings, the ETVS emphasis gives theoretical knowledge and applied skills for leadership of technology-based programs and virtual schools. Courses include:

  • Leading Change
  • Technology Foundations
  • Online Programming for Virtual School

Notables

The University of Oregon’s EDLD M.S. in Educational Technology and Virtual Schools is comprised of 49 credits divided between core courses and an additional focus area. Students in the program can choose between a focus on  Educational Technology Within a Classroom or Virtual School Leadership with a school site-based focus. All students take a common core in educational studies and technology.

44. Waynesburg University

Overview

Located in the borough of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University is a private Christian university with a liberal arts foundation. The school ranks among the best value schools in the region (US News and World Report) and its Department of Education is committed to preparing educators who will dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession.

Program Features

Waynesburg University’s Graduate School offers a Master of Education in Instructional Technology that can be taken with or without a K-12 specialist certificate. Aimed at dedicated K-12 teachers and administrators, the program offers practical experience, small classes, and personalized instruction from professors. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Technologies
  • Contemporary Issues in Technology
  • Online Course Design and Instructional Strategies

Notables

Waynesburg University’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 39-credit program comprised of ten core courses and three additional courses which vary depending on whether a student is completing the certificate or not. Students completing the Specialist Certificate also complete a practicum (and a current PA teaching certificate is required). All courses are available as evening classes.

45. University of Delaware

Overview

Originally founded in 1743  in Newark, DE, the University of Delaware is a now a large public research university that ranks among the top 100 national universities in the country.  The school is home to many acclaimed programs, and their College of Education and Human Development ranks among the top 50 Graduate Education programs in the country.

Program Features

The University of Delaware’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology which will provide theoretical and a practical grounding in educational technology methods and techniques. The curriculum assumes that new media and the internet can have a positive effect on the learning process and emphasizes theories of teaching and learning that support educational technology in the classroom. Courses include:

  • Learning Technologies Across the Curriculum
  • Technology and Cognition
  • Multimedia Literacy

Notables

The University of Delaware’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 33-credit program divided between core, specialization and elective courses. In addition, all students must participate in a field-based practicum. Depending on a student’s career path (K-12 or other settings), assessments are evaluated according to the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) or the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

 

46. SUNY College at Potsdam

Overview

Situated in the village of Potsdam, New York, SUNY College at Potsdam is a public university and the oldest of the State University of New York campuses. The school ranks among the top Regional universities in the North and is home to a School of Education that has been preparing teachers for over 200 years.

Program Features

The School of Education at SUNY Potsdam offers a Master of Science in Education, Educational Technology Specialist program. As the name implies, the program prepares students for technology leadership and management positions in a range of industries. Electives, applied learning opportunities, and customized projects will give you a broadly valued skill-set. On graduation, you will be qualified for positions in organizations such as military, social service agencies, K-12 schools and higher education. Courses include:

  • Simulation Games for Teaching and Learning
  • Project Management
  • Technology in Education

Notables

SUNY Potsdam’s M.S.Ed. Educational Technology Specialist program offers two distinct tracks. The first is NCATE-accredited and for K-12 instructors. This track leads to a recommendation for an additional New York certification as an Educational Technology Specialist, and satisfies the academic requirements for Professional Certification. The second track is for those interested in applying Ed Tech principles to other non-classroom contexts.

 

47. Kent State University

Overview

Located near the Cuyahoga River in the city of Kent, OH, Kent State University is a large, nationally ranked, public research university. The school has seven regional campuses across the state and is home to a College of Education that ranks among the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State offers an NCATE-accredited Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Not limited to K-12 education, the program will prepare you to use educational technologies in school classrooms, training facilities or other instructional settings. The program offers two concentrations, one of which leads to an endorsement in Computing/Technology. The concentrations are:

  • Instructional Technology / General (non-endorsement)
  • Computer/Technology (leads to K-12 endorsement)

Notables

Kent State’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology requires a minimum of 34 credits, though the Computer/Technology concentration will actually require 36 credits. In addition to the choice of concentration, students also have the option to take on a thesis project in lieu of taking two courses (6 credits). And if you’re looking for a flexible, online program—this one is available both on campus at Kent State and online.

 

48. East Tennessee State University

Overview

Originally founded in 1911 as a Teachers College, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is now a public university that offers high-quality programs through nine colleges and schools. Continuing in the school’s long tradition of teacher training, the Clemmer College of Education ranks at #172 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at ETSU’s College of Education offers a CAEP-accredited Educational Media and Educational Technology, Master of Education with a concentration in Educational Communications and Technology. The program prepares leaders in the field of Educational Technology to serve in settings that include K-12 schools, business and industry, human services, higher education, government, and the military. Courses include:

  • Essentials of Multimedia
  • Research Methods in Computer Science
  • Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet

Notables

Eastern Tennessee’s EMET M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology is a 36-credit program divided almost evenly between Core and Concentration course requirements. The program also includes a practicum. And if you’re interested in library media, the school offers a School Library Media Concentration (SLIB) which leads to certification as school library media specialists for K-12 schools.

 

49. University of Cincinnati

Overview

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is a large, nationally ranked public research university and a part of the University System of Ohio. The school has an international reputation for high-quality education and innovative research and its College of Education is no exception. Currently, UC sits among the top 100 Graduate Education Schools in the nation.

Program Features

UC’s School of Education offers an Instructional Design and Technology Master of Education with a specialization in Design and Development. This program will provide you with the skills to design cutting edge media and technologies (like mobile apps, gaming and simulations, and interactive video) to optimize learning in a variety of contexts. In this program you will become a content creator, designing innovative learning solutions to help solve instructional problems in a range of professional settings. Courses include:

  • Mobile Learning
  • Educational Game Design

Notables

UC’s IDT M.Ed. in Design and Development is a 30-credit program that you can complete in one year of full-time study or longer if you need to study part-time. The program is offered in flexible formats—both on campus, online, or a blend of both.  A teaching background is not necessary for admission and the program does not lead to teaching licensure—however, UC does offer an IDT M.Ed. teaching specialization in online learning as well.

 

50. University of Central Missouri

Overview

Located in the small city of Warrensburg, Missouri, the University of Central Missouri is a public state university that serves a diverse population of students. The school’s combination of hands-on learning and global focus have landed it on national rankings—currently, the school is listed among the top 25 public schools in the region.

Program Features

The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development offers a Master of Science in Educational Technology that will help you integrate technology into your teaching. The program provides the knowledge and skills to engage and motivate students, to differentiate instruction, and reach a higher level learning. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Ed Tech
  • Communication in Online Learning
  • Ed Tech Leadership

Notables

UCM’s M.S. in Educational Technology is an online, 30 credit program, comprised of 8 required courses and two electives. The M.S. program also includes the completion of a summative portfolio which you build as you go throughout the program and then present as a part of your internship course. If you’re looking for the flexibility of a distance Ed Tech program, this one is available 100% online.