Hybrid General Education Masters Programs blend online learning with campus courses in one low residency and flexible format that often appeals to working and busy adults. If you are interested in learning effective communication skills and teaching strategies to bring to both private and public sectors, or potentially advancing into a supervisory[i] position, earning a master’s degree in education is often required. In fact, some states require all kindergarten and elementary teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification[ii]. The same is true for middle school[iii] and high school[iv] teachers. One of the features of some masters in general education degrees is that they provide credentials for licensure in a specific area. If this appeals to you but you cannot commute to a classroom every day, a Hybrid Masters in General Education degree program warrants consideration.
Hybrid General Education Masters Program: Basics
Hybrid General Education Masters Programs may take from 1 to 3 years to complete depending on whether you take classes full-time or part-time. Often this type of degree requires students to take an initial core set of classes in general pedagogy after which they are able to take concentration courses in areas such as school counseling, curriculum and instruction or educational technology. A supervised practicum may be required, and there may be the option to write a thesis or not; if you are using the degree to springboard to a PhD or EdS degree, the thesis option is usually the way to go.