Master's in Education for Non-Teachers

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree has numerous applications outside of teaching. We'll examine a range of careers in which an M.Ed. is preferred and several M.Ed. programs to prepare for those careers.

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The Master of Education, or M.Ed., is a valuable professional credential for teachers at all levels. However, it can also be a useful graduate degree for a range of other professionals. Read more for some information on degree options and career paths for the Master of Education beyond that of a teacher.

M.Ed. Career Options

In fields such as adult learning design, human resources, non-profit management, and higher education administration, graduates of M.Ed. programs will find excellent opportunities. Some career examples are as follows:

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Projected Growth, 2016-2026**
Academic Advisor $41,003 13% (school and career counselors)
Assistant Director of Admissions $48,013 10% (postsecondary education administrators)
Non-Profit Program Manager $49,603 18% (social and community service managers)
Corporate Trainer $54,484 11% (training and development specialists)
Instructional Technologist $54,813 11% (instructional coordinators)
Learning and Development Specialist $58,691 11% (training and development specialists)
Director of Career Services $60,483 13% (school and career counselors)
Instructional Designer $61,184 11% (training and development specialists)
Dean of Students $62,544 10% (postsecondary education administrators)
Curriculum Director $72,864 11% (instructional coordinators)

Sources: *PayScale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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M.Ed. Program Information

It is important to choose a Master of Education program focused upon your area of interest. Read below for more information on various types of M.Ed. degrees.

M.Ed. in Instructional Design

A M.Ed. focused on instructional design is a useful degree for those involved in the education or training of adults in a workplace setting. Typically, to be admitted to a program, requirements would include holding a bachelor's degree, participating in an interview, and providing a statement of interests, transcripts, and resume. Some common courses in an M.Ed. program focused on instructional design might be The Adult as a Learner; Planning, Design and Development of eLearning, and Planning and Assessment in Instructional Design. Methods of communication will be an important component of this master's degree program. Graduates can seek positions in corporate training and development.

M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration

The Master of Education in Higher Education Administration is useful for those who wish to work in advising, enrollment, or other aspects of college life. To apply for these programs, expect to submit transcripts, recommendations, and GRE scores. Courses may include the Nature and Function of Higher Education, Post-Secondary Access, and Introduction to Enrollment Management. A practicum or internship, to allow you to gain direct experience, may be a component of your program. The M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration can be completed in two years of full-time study. Those who complete this program can find positions at colleges, universities, and education non-profits.

M.Ed. in Instructional Technology

The Master of Education in Technology is a degree for those who seek to work as technology coaches, use technology to increase student learning, or perform in other technology-related roles in schools. As this degree is focused on student learning, prior teaching experience or certification may be required. Other admission requirements may include transcripts, resumes, and recommendations. This type of M.Ed. can typically be completed in two years. Courses may include Internet Tools in the Classroom, Instructional Technology Leadership, Educational Games, and Facilitating Online Learning.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

A Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program will consider issues of planning and evaluating a school's curriculum, assessment practices, and methods of instruction. Admission requirements can include transcripts, GRE scores, and a statement of personal goals. The program can typically be completed in two years. Some common courses might be Reading Strategies and Interventions, Assessment in Moderate Disabilities, Strategies for Classroom Management, and Science Teaching and Learning.

The Master of Education can provide outstanding instruction and preparation for a range of careers. Even for those who do not wish to become a teacher, the degree can lead to great options.

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