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Online Teaching Degree Master's Program

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Earn Your Master's in Online Teaching

  • $637/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Learn how to teach online
  • Complete in as few as 15 months
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Address the needs of remote/hybrid student populations

Online Teaching Degree Concentration Overview

The 2020 pandemic changed the teaching world for educators. Teachers once accustomed to commanding classrooms full of students found themselves upended, transitioned into virtual and hybrid settings as a result of quarantines and stay-at-home orders.

Educators made the transition on the fly, often with little to no training or guidance.

"When remote learning was implemented in schools for many educators, they were thrust into the realm of online teaching without any warning and had to learn by doing," said Dr. Daniel Tanguay, senior associate dean of education at Southern New Hampshire University. "As such, many educators became incredibly frustrated and overwhelmed by the process, and though time has progressed, some educators still feel lost and discouraged in their ability to thoroughly meet their students' needs."

And that's why SNHU developed the Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Online Teaching.

With this specialized master's degree, you can develop the necessary knowledge for online teaching. You'll gain skills pertaining to differentiation, student engagement, individualized feedback, learning management systems (LMS), and the development of age- and grade-level appropriate content. 

Licensure Information

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure. SNHU also offers online post-licensure Master of Education (MEd) programs for currently licensed individuals who are interested in furthering their professional development and enhancing their credentials.

However, since state requirements for adding endorsements vary greatly, SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of those programs will result in rank, endorsements, and/or salary increases and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state licensure board prior to enrolling.

SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page.

What You'll Learn

  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment design
  • Research-based teaching strategies
  • Cultural competency
  • Inclusive teaching techniques
  • Data and technology for education

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

As teachers and schools get deeper into online learning, they'll find that technology will have some permanence in their classrooms.

Dr. Brandon Simmons with text Dr. Brandon Simmons"Future traditional learning environments (face-to-face) will have online aspects that will allow teachers to build learning environments that are ubiquitous learning environments," said Dr. Brandon D. Simmons, an adjunct instructor at SNHU and the curriculum and data coordinator for the second-largest virtual public school in the country.

Because online teaching should become a reality for most teachers, it's crucial to be prepared for it – and even take the lead within your school. 

Job Growth

Instructional coordinators –  including training and library roles – are expected to increase 2% through 2032.1

Salary

The median annual salary was $66,490 for instructional coordinators in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

And as more school districts seek out master's-educated teachers, developing straightforward curriculum and instruction skills actually goes hand in hand with online education integration.

"This MEd program is a much-needed program that is truly ahead of its time," Simmons said. "COVID-19 has shown us that online education provides the versatility to remove the barriers that traditional face-to-face learning has."

Dr. Daniel Tanguay with text Dr. Daniel TanguayPre-pandemic, classes were already moving to a virtual environment. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), during the 2017-18 school year, 21% of public schools and 13% of private schools offered at least one course online.2

"Though the pandemic has only increased this need, based on where online teaching was progressing beforehand, I do not see this need for educator development ending once the current pandemic has ended," said Dr. Daniel Tanguay, senior associate dean of education at SNHU.

"Educators need to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to develop a culturally responsive, data-informed, student-centered curriculum that addresses all the diverse learning needs of students," said Tanguay.

Where Could You Work?

Elementary Schools

Instruct young learners in basic subjects, leveraging support structures for online learning.

Charter Schools

Create and deliver hybrid-format instructional lessons that meet both curriculum requirements and the mission of the charter school.

Middle & High Schools

Create engaging online curriculum for active learning to support students for state testing and college prep.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Teaching Degree

Kelly Hoban

Ready for the Future

Dr. Kelly Hoban, adjunct instructor

"The need for skilled online educators is going to continue to grow, and we need educators to be ahead of the curve, ready with the knowledge and skills to take on those roles."

Courses & Curriculum

When you enroll in Southern New Hampshire University's online teaching master's program, you can gain an advantage as a leader in both the traditional and virtual classroom.

This 12-course (36-credit) program consists of 9 core courses – required of all online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction students, no matter the concentration – and 3 classes in the concentration.

Courses in the concentration may include:

  • Technology in Online Education: Gain the skills needed to select new and innovative ways of approaching instruction. Create learning activities that leverage teaching strategies and technology tools to provide experiences that meet the needs of students in an online environment.
  • Strategies in Online Instruction: Analyze and apply strategies for student engagement, differentiation, instructional delivery methods and feedback. Learn how online instructional strategies can benefit all students, including diverse populations.
  • Methods of Online Instruction: Apply instructional strategies and pedagogical practices into lesson planning in support of engagement and learning. Create lessons and explore how to build them in a learning management system (LMS).

The core will prepare you to become a leader in your field. You'll learn to apply local, state and national standards in designing learning experiences that are relevant, outcome-driven and culturally inclusive for all ages, education levels and learning environments.

You'll be prepared to implement positive change within your learning community by inspiring students and by serving as role models and support systems for colleagues.

Plus, the courses throughout the core weave educational technology in both learning and instruction throughout all the courses. It's actually expected that you integrate technologies and applications into your curriculum designs.

"Focus [is] placed on understanding the importance and influence of teacher leadership, the creation of data-informed curriculum, and the integration of technology within the learning experience," said Dr. Daniel Tanguay, senior associate dean of education.

Four of your core courses focus specifically on curriculum design. Explore the foundational design theories and principles in various learning environments, and then build upon that foundation by implementing Differentiated Instruction (DI) strategies to meet the needs of unique subsets of learners. From there, you'll explore assessment theories and, finally, dive into emerging theory and design.

Complete your core courses in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with an online seminar and a capstone – giving you the opportunity to showcase your work to future employers.

In your seminar, you'll finalize your portfolio, which will include your educational philosophy statement. You'll also draft a curriculum proposal that addresses a self-identified achievement gap.

And in your capstone, you'll need to demonstrate your mastery of knowledge and skills. Develop a complete curriculum in an area of interest, along with your portfolio, to show your growth as an educational leader.

In addition to the core courses, you'll also take the 3 courses that make up the online teaching degree concentration. When the 2020 pandemic struck, it became even more crucial for teachers to learn how to transfer their skills online.

This concentration specifically addresses any gaps you may have in terms of addressing the unique and newly discovered needs of students in remote and hybrid learning environments.

Tanguay explains that in many cases, when educators complete a teacher prep program, they are not fully exposed to instructional strategies focused on developing curriculum and instruction within the hybrid learning environment.

"With that in mind, the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Online Teaching provides these educators, as well as others, the opportunities to revise and bolster their existing knowledge and skills in the hybrid learning environments to better meet the needs of their students," he said.

"These courses were created with the input of educators who work in virtual learning environments and with an eye on the future need for educators prepared for the unique challenges of online teaching and learning," adds Dr. Kelly Hoban, an adjunct instructor at SNHU and an online high school teacher.

Vickie McCullough with text Vickie McCullough"Having skills and strategies to leverage technology for the best interest of students is another great item in our teacher toolbox," said Vickie McCullough, an adjunct instructor at SNHU who also leads an online charter school. "What we offer is not just a theory, but it is a theory connected with a practice."

Tanguay agrees.

"The immersed experience educators receive in this concentration, through the development of their own content in a fully functioning learning management system (LMS), helps ensure a sustainable learning experience," he said.

If you're unsure whether you want to pursue a concentration in online teaching, the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction program also has 5 other concentrations: dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, educational leadership, reading, special education and technology integration.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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