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Why Online for a Master’s in Education?

For working teachers, going back to school can seem both exciting and daunting. Earning a master’s in education can help teachers be more effective in their jobs and advance their careers, but graduate school can also be time-consuming and expensive. This is especially true for people with substantial work and family obligations.

The fully online graduate degrees offered by the University of Southern Maine are designed to address the concerns of working educators. These accelerated master’s programs are affordable and convenient. Plus, USM’s online graduate education concentrations can help teachers develop advanced knowledge and skills specific to their field and apply them to the job in real time.

Is Online More Affordable?

Consider the cost of tuition and fees in the 2018-19 academic year. The College Board reports that public schools charged an average of $8,850 annually for master’s degree programs, while tuition and fees at private nonprofit schools averaged $30,450.

For a traditional two-year, campus-based program, factoring in room and board and two years of tuition and fees, a master’s degree costs around $38,000 at a public school and nearly $85,000 at a private school. This did not include books, transportation, common living expenses or child care. And, of course, tuition can vary exponentially beyond these averages school to school.

In comparison, USM’s online graduate education programs cost $12,900 in total tuition. With online education, your cost of living will not change, and you can continue working, meaning continued income and substantial savings.

Here’s the great thing about online learning: You can do it from any place at any time. Work on your studies wherever and whenever your calendar permits. Make your own schedule to work around your job and family.

What Are the Benefits of Accelerated Courses?

The accelerated online class model can be intense, with courses concentrated into seven-week periods. But this has its benefits. Foremost, students can complete their degrees in as few as 12 months, letting them put their advanced credentials and qualifications to use quickly. Plus, students can apply what they learn in their classrooms immediately, resulting in the unique depth of learning that comes with experiential education. Students can also choose to schedule heavier course loads when they have more free time, such as during summer break.

The online master’s in education is not for everyone. It demands self-motivation, determination and vigorous time management. But for those inspired to further their education while maintaining work-life balance, USM’s online graduate education programs could be a perfect fit.

Learn more about the University of Southern Maine’s online Master of Science in Education programs.


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