Online Master's in Education Degree Programs

Whether you are a current or aspiring educator, an online master’s in education can open doors for your career, introduce new opportunities and foster relationships while increasing your earning potential. GCU offers accredited online teaching degree programs to help you qualify for endorsements, promotions and pay increases within your school or district. If you have a bachelor’s degree in a different field outside of education, a master’s in education online can lead to teaching licensure as you transition into the education field.

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Online Master's Degree Programs for 
Current Educators

If you are looking to advance your education by earning your next degree, you may be interested in our variety of master's in education degree programs designed for current educators looking to take the next step in their career. Explore our programs in areas like curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional technology and more.

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Online Programs for 
Postsecondary Education

Do you aspire to teach students at a two- or four-year institution? GCU's master's degree programs in diverse content areas with an emphasis in education help prepare you to teach at the postsecondary level. In these programs, you will gain skills in pedagogical trainingstrategic curriculum design and diverse adult learning theories. Prepare to teach undergraduate courses at colleges and universities while satisfying requirements necessary for ongoing professional development.

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Online Initial Programs for
Teacher Licensure & Non-Licensure

The initial programs offered by the College of Education give you the opportunity to start the exciting and rewarding journey to becoming an educator. We offer both initial teacher licensure (ITL) and non-licensure programs in a variety of areas so that you can prepare to teach students of all ages, including early childhoodelementary and secondary. Or, pursue your calling to teach those with special learning needs by earning a Master of Education in Special Education.

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Active teachers who hold a master’s degree can enhance their skill sets and broaden their applicable knowledge by earning one of GCU's doctoral education specialist (EdS) degrees. It can provide the intellectual challenges, rewards and opportunities that accompany earning a doctoral degree with shorter credit hours and no residencies.

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How long does it take to get a degree in education online?
At GCU, you will take one class at a time while earning your online degree in education, allowing you to maximize learning and build your knowledge base. Your program length will depend on which online degree in education you choose. You may have an opportunity to earn credit through GCU-approved certificates, national exams or transfer credits. Speak to an enrollment representative when you fill out the form above.
What are online teaching degree requirements?
Admission requirements for our online education degrees will depend on whether you want to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you are a qualified student who is committed and dedicated to learning the art and science of teaching, willing to uphold the university's vision and mission, and open to the possibility of spiritual and intellectual development, you are encouraged to apply. Get more information about your steps to admission when you fill out the form above.
What is the difference between a “Leads to initial teacher licensure” and a “Does not lead to initial teacher licensure” program?
A degree that leads to licensure will include a student teaching or internship experience needed to seek certification. A degree that does not lead to licensure, may include many of the same courses as a licensure program, but does not have the same student teaching or internship requirements. As you choose the right degree program for you, it is important to be aware of different certification requirements specific to the state you plan to teach or lead in.
Are online education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and bettering your life and career. GCU’s College of Education degree programs, whether obtained in the online or campus classroom, are aligned to academic standards specific to your program of study. GCU’s education degrees also include required field experiences, an important factor in not only fulfilling degree requirements, but also gaining knowledge and understanding in a real-world setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look for answers to some questions you may be asking about online education degrees at GCU. If you still have more questions, fill out the form at the top of this page to talk to a GCU Counselor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a degree in education?
At GCU, you will take one class at a time while earning your online degree in education, allowing you to maximize learning and build your knowledge base. Your program length will depend on which online degree in education you choose. You may have an opportunity to earn credit through GCU-approved certificates, national exams or transfer credits. Speak to an enrollment representative when you fill out the form above.
What are online teaching degree requirements?
Admission requirements for our online education degrees will depend on whether you want to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you are a qualified student who is committed and dedicated to learning the art and science of teaching, willing to uphold the university's vision and mission, and open to the possibility of spiritual and intellectual development, you are encouraged to apply. Get more information about your steps to admission when you fill out the form above.
What is the difference between a “Leads to initial teacher licensure” and a “Does not lead to initial
teacher licensure” program?
A degree that leads to licensure will include a student teaching or internship experience needed to seek certification. A degree that does not lead to licensure, may include many of the same courses as a licensure program, but does not have the same student teaching or internship requirements. As you choose the right degree program for you, it is important to be aware of different certification requirements specific to the state you plan to teach or lead in.
Are online education degrees respected?
Seeking to advance your education displays the dedication and commitment you have toward earning a degree and bettering your life and career. GCU’s College of Education degree programs, whether obtained in the online or campus classroom, are aligned to academic standards specific to your program of study. GCU’s education degrees also include required field experiences, an important factor in not only fulfilling degree requirements, but also gaining knowledge and understanding in a real-world setting.

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Grand Canyon University offers a variety of online education degree programs to help you position yourself for possible career advancement. Our online courses offer a values-based curriculum developed so that you receive the well-rounded education you need to take your career to the next level. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions.

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