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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Teaching is designed for currently licensed classroom teachers seeking a graduate degree in teaching. The online program links academic theory with best practices for effective teaching in the classroom. You will examine the significance of various educational historical developments, philosophies, pedagogical approaches, research methodologies, and educational theories and paradigms. In addition to the core requirements imparting classroom management skills, student assessment techniques, planning, and more, this graduate program offers unique concentrations for further focus.

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:

  • Demonstrate commitment to students and their learning.
  • Evaluate the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Manage and monitor student learning.
  • Systematically assess their practice and learn from experience.
  • Engage as members of learning communities.
  • Integrate problem-based inquiry in course experiences.
  • Interact with program mentors, academic specialists, colleagues, parents, and community stakeholders.
  • Integrate the use of action research to enhance student achievement and address problems in practice.

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Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Covers best practices in instructional and intervention strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students as well as an overview of ASD history, diagnostic methods, and treatment. Topics include federal legislation, assessment instruments, and educational programming considerations.


Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Evidence-Based Practice for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary Teachers

Focuses on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction and services for elementary students, as well as the developmental characteristics, culture, and background of special-needs learners and how their differences influence the learning condition. Topics include the integration of language arts into the social studies curriculum and the objectives, methods, and integration of mathematics and science.


Integrated Elementary Mathematics and Sciences


Issues and Ideas in Special Education


Integrated Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies


Elementary Reading

Measures the best practices in elementary reading curriculum and instruction; research-based practices, methods, and materials that support curriculum development; and a variety of assessment practices and tools to diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate effective literacy instruction. Emphasizes the creation of environments conducive to developing your students' skills in the language arts using research-based instructional strategies.


Literacy Instruction for Struggling and Challenging Students


Identifying and Diagnosing Reading Difficulties


Issues and Models of Language Arts Education


English Language Learners

Explores major concepts, theories, and research related to the nature and acquisition of language to construct learning environments that foster the development of English Language Learners (ELL). Utilizes speech training software with pronunciation tutoring technologies and learning features that provide immediate, understandable, and actionable feedback.


Diversity and Cultural Issues in TESOL Education


Methods and Materials in TESOL Education


Applied Linguistics in TESOL Education


Instructional Leadership

Studies how educational professionals create instructional practices that raise levels of teaching and learning to improve outcomes in educational settings. Explores teacher leadership, professional learning communities (PLCs), reshaping school culture, and shared leadership. Looks at technology as a tool to promote  learning and to improve communication, and examines contemporary issues related to special education instruction.


Supervision of Instruction


Issues and Ideas in Special Education


Emerging Issues and Trends in Education Leadership


Online Learning

Provides a foundation for developing problem-solving skills necessary for functioning in online, face-to-face, and hybrid instructional settings. Topics include online learning instructional formats and their impact on student achievement, personalized learning, emerging trends and issues as they relate to technology instruction, and copyright infringement’s implication for course development.


Online Learning for the Adult and the K-16 Learner


Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning


Online Learning and Student Achievement


Assessment of Online Learning


Instructional Design in Online Learning


Personalized and Individualized Online Learning


Online Teaching Technology Integration


Special Education

Explores the foundations of special education, including the philosophy, history, legislation, and theory that continue to influence professional practice in the field. Emphasizes the use of research, experience, and professional judgment to collaborate and work with others in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction and services for students with disabilities.


Foundations in Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education


Classroom Accommodations and Modifications for Special Needs Learners


Living and Learning with Exceptional Students


STEAM (STEM + the Arts)

Focuses on academic curriculum development and lesson plan creation by integrating the visual and performing arts with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content. Explores ways for teachers to use global and local resources and experts to connect curriculum areas and prepare K-12 students to be innovative, creative thinkers. Examines technological tools and their effect on student achievement.


Integrated Elementary Mathematics and Sciences


Elementary School Arts Across the Curriculum


Online Learning and Student Achievement

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 this 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)

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.
  • As of November 1, 2014, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You are required to take EDUC503 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC503.

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 via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

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:

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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.

School of Education

School of Education

This program resides in the American Public University School of Education which provides opportunities for practicing teachers to enhance their professional training in critical needs areas such as differentiated instruction, reading and literacy, gifted education, online learning, and educational leadership. We offer programs at all educational levels ranging from undergraduate certificates to masters of education. Undergraduate programs include pre-K child development, family and adolescence studies, and courses in instructional design. We also offer graduate-level certificates designed to enhance your leadership skills as school administrators.

The School of Education also provides individual continuing education courses to help you earn CE credits or meet your employer's professional development requirements. Our online educational courses are taught by the same professors teaching our degree programs. These courses are convenient, relevant, and affordable, and are ideal if you are an educational professional seeking to maintain certification or looking for career or salary advancement.

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners balancing school around work and life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Education webpage to learn more about the school and to find a program that’s right for you.