On Campus Versus Online Masters of Education

A "Different" Education

Receiving your master's in education online may be different than, but not inferior to, receiving a campus-based degree. While you may not face-to-face interaction with your professors or classmates, access to them won't be barred by time of day or location. Many online instructors require that students participate in group projects, and students may often find online group projects easier than classroom ones. For one, emails and discussion boards allow for interaction whenever inspired, not under the constraints and anxieties of the classroom. Yet, regular participation in your online master's of education should be a key determination in your grade.

Online Classes--What to Expect

To be successful in an online class, you should anticipate the following requirements:

  • Supplying ongoing (at least weekly) contributions to an online class discussion board.
  • Maintaining regular email communication with your instructor.
  • Fulfilling all examination and paper obligations.
  • Providing thought-provoking responses to writing prompts while displaying competent grammar/writing skills.

Such requirements help to maintain the online degree's integrity.

Online Degree Credibility

Online degrees may carry the same weight as campus-based degrees, as long as the online institution is accredited. Many traditional institutions provide distance learning degree programs, and many of these make no distinction between courses earned online and those earned on-campus.

Employers may provide tuition reimbursement to their employees who attend online classes. For teachers pursuing their master's in education, online degree programs may offer the best of both worlds for both employer and employee: teachers may gain more expertise and credentials through an advanced degree, while remaining in the classroom.

Online Master's Degree in Education Programs

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Online Programs

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Northcentral University

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George Washington University

At the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, we prepare progressive leaders across disciplines to meet the challenge of developing and delivering health care to diverse populations. Our flexible, online programs are designed to advance the careers of health professionals in the areas of Clinical Research Administration, Health Care Quality and Regulatory Affairs.

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Pacific Oaks College

Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.
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Saint Marys University of Minnesota

At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

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Keiser University Graduate School

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

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