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8 Options for an Online M.Ed. Program

Completing an online master's degree program in education is the kind of professional development that helps you better serve your students and community, while you still honor the other commitments in your life. Whether your passion as an educator is literacy, special education or leadership, the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) has options to build your skills and open new doors for your career, including six specialties in Curriculum and Instruction and two in Leadership.

Picking Your Path Forward: Options in Curriculum and Instruction

If you admire the reading specialist's ability to guide literacy development across reading, writing and listening skills, then look into the M.Ed. C&I Reading. If you really value the special skills exercised in English as a Second Language instruction, then it's worth your time to be well-grounded in both theory and practice. Let a faculty that includes many non-native English speakers educate you in the M.Ed. C&I ESL.

In addition to those possibilities, ULM's Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. degrees also include a suite of special education practices. Learn how to analyze the needs of students, modify curricula and evaluate diagnostic results. Tailor the implementations of those insights to better support populations served by Early Intervention or Gifted Education. Note that the M.Ed. C&I Special Education in Mild/Moderate Grades 1-12 program caters to the needs of exceptional students and their education in diverse instructional settings including classrooms, homes and hospitals. It is also an excellent course of study to hone your approach to managing student behavior and organizing your classroom.

Or perhaps you can see your work shifting to greater collaborations with speech therapists and social workers as you acquire the capabilities to identify students with special needs specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Certainly, if that kind of district-level teamwork and administration of standardized tests appeals to you, it only makes sense to look into the M.Ed. C&I Special Education in Educational Diagnostics program.

Preparing for Leadership Roles

Sometimes an educator's calling to promote and advance education can lead her or him out of the classroom. If you have the ambition to be district administrator or dean of students, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership will prepare you to manage policy and processes within a legal and ethical framework. If you imagine a future as a distance learning director or educational software consultant, then it is time to explore technology as an educational tool and assess tech trends in the classroom as you pursue the M.Ed. in Educational Technology Leadership.

Excellence Across the Board

All of these degrees offer the flexibility you'd expect of an entirely online program, but with courses taught by the same faculty you would find on campus. All of the courses are designed to advance you to a new stage as an educator.

Master's students can complete their 36 credit hours of coursework in as few as 15 months, and multiple start dates a year let you begin right away. The same affordable tuition applies across all M.Ed. programs, and students can even pay by the course.

Learn more about ULM's online M.Ed. programs.


Sources:

Grad School Hub: 5 Reasons Teachers Embark on a Master's in Education Program

Education Degree: Should You Pursue a Master's in Education?


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