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Education: Online Teaching

Master of Education

Responding to an extraordinary increase in K-12 digital learning, our Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Online Teaching will prepare you to teach, facilitate, or lead in a K-12 online/virtual or hybrid school or virtual learning environment.

To satisfy your interest in internet-based teaching, you will analyze digital learning strategies that impact student success. You will also gain skill in interacting through digital learning and distance learning environments with program mentors, colleagues, parents, and community stakeholders.

The knowledge and skill gained through this program are becoming increasingly important as more states turn to online and virtual learning when weather disasters force school closures.

Important Note: This program is for currently licensed teachers and does not lead to licensure. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure here at

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze digital learning strategies that impact student learning.
  • Analyze ways to participate as members of professional learning communities.
  • Apply action research to enhance student achievement.
  • Apply research to address digital learning problems in practice.
  • Apply approaches to interact with program mentors, academic specialists, colleagues, parents, and community stakeholders in digital learning contexts.
  • Evaluate subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to digital learners.
  • Evaluate digital assessments.
  • Create digital learning environments for online, face-to-face, and/or hybrid contexts.

Admission Requirements

All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into the M.Ed. in Online Teaching program, and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • School of Education non-certification questionnaire
  • Graduate writing sample
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation including your transcript after you complete the enrollment application.

Important notes:

  • This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure.  In order to make an informed decision about your education, prior to applying here we strongly encourage you to explore any state-specific or other requirements applicable to you, including with respect to certification, licensure, and certificate enhancements.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You are required to take EDUC621 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC621.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or

Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.