The world of education is changing, and educators and administrators need to keep pace with the latest instructional trends, technology and methodology to help students of all ages succeed at learning and growing. That’s why so many educators and instructional designers seek graduate degrees to grow their skills.
Strayer actually offers four different education master’s programs, with emphases in instructional technology, teacher leadership, curriculum instruction and assessment, and adult education development. Each emphasis can prepare you for different careers in the education sector. And some of those paths never even require you to step foot in a classroom.
Skills and Demand for this Degree
- Leadership & Administration: Educators seeking to move into administrative positions, such as a principal or school district administrator will need to be able to coordinate the daily operation of schools, oversee teacher evaluations and manage the overall development of the educational environment.
- Curriculum Development: Teachers spend much of their time, not in the classroom, but preparing lesson plans, writing tests and developing an overall curriculum for individual classes. They do research, stay up to date on the latest pedagogical principles and craft multi-culturally aware, socioeconomically sensitive and adaptable learning plans to serve a wide range of students.
- Public Speaking: Oral and written communication are vital to effectively communicating curriculum to students. Especially for K-12 educators, being able to manage a group of often young students is a requirement for getting your lesson plan across and getting students to engage with the material.
- Learning Assessment: Educators and administrators need to know the principles and methodologies involved in assessing the actual learning outcomes of students in their classrooms.
- Educational Technology: Students are now using technology in and out of the classroom to learn course material, get tutoring help and even interact with teachers and classmates online. Teachers need to be aware of the ways that new technology is changing the teaching profession and how they can improve student outcomes using new devices and online tools.
- Ethics: Educators need to be aware of the complex cultural, economic and societal issues that they’ll be dealing with when teaching a diverse student body. Learning to navigate these sensitive issues, and the added complexity that online interaction introduces to the classroom, is something every teacher should learn.
Salary and Prospects for Education Master’s Grads
Many teachers and administrators who are looking to add skills to their portfolio seek a master’s degree in education to gain promotions and pay raises, though standards vary depending on whether they are in private or public education, postsecondary education or even the educational technology and design sector. Demand for all of these jobs is steady, though salaries can vary significantly depending on your position.
- Postsecondary Administrator ($83,710)
- Elementary School Teacher ($51,380)
- High School Teacher ($53,230)
- Instructional Coordinator ($58,830)
- Principal or Administrator ($86,970)
Growth for educational administrators is about average, and as long as postsecondary education enrollment continues to grow, that should remain constant through 2020. Teachers looking to expand their earnings potential will benefit from gaining a master’s degree from a program approved by their state’s certification board, and demand can fluctuate, depending growth of student enrollment. There is significant growth and potential in the online education sector, and technology will continue to offer opportunities for educational entrepreneurs looking to create services that meet the demand for online learning tools.
Jennifer Cook writes on higher education, career development and the job market for Strayer University. When she isn’t combing through labor statistics, you’ll find her scooping up the latest news and debating politics online.