Whether you’re looking for a program that works with your work schedule and home life, or one that appeals to your educational preference, you may be able to find programs to earn the degree or certificate you want in a format that supports your needs.
In addition to the previously mentioned subject areas and program formats you might choose when earning your education graduate degree, programs might be offered at the graduate certificate, master’s, and doctoral level.
Earning Master’s Degrees in Education
Education master’s programs might include: Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master’s of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Science in Education programs, among others. You might also consider degree types specific to certain specialties, such as potentially earning your Master of Psychology in Educational & School Psychology programs. If you're new to education altogether, you might be more interested in programs that include some or all of the requirements for certification in your state, and are designed for students with little to no professional experience. On the other hand, you may wish to pursue an additional higher distinction on top of your master’s degree in some other programs, such as earning an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or Psychology Specialist (Psy.S.) degree or credential, which are sometimes seen as being a step between the master’s and doctoral program levels.
Doctorate in Education Programs & Schools
Similar to education master’s programs, education doctoral programs might include a few different degree types, such as Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Ph.D. in education programs, or even Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) programs, depending on your concentration area. The specific differences between each might vary depending on the school in question, the subject area, and other factors, such as whether you prefer to go into a role performing research, teaching at the university level, or utilize your expertise in the field in an administrative role. Read program listings for doctorate in education programs or inquire with your preferred school for more details.
Earn Your Education Graduate Certificates
Whether you’re interested in studying at the master’s or post-master’s level, a variety of graduate certificate programs may be available for you to consider. Graduate certificate programs in education are typically shorter than full degree programs, and may focus on a narrower topic within your preferred subject area. This could help you to develop the skills and knowledge you’re interested in. Whether you're just starting out in your post-baccalaureate education, or want to learn more on top of graduate degree or degrees you've already earned, graduate certificate programs might be one way to achieve graduate level education outside a degree program.