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Advance Your Career as an Educator with a Master’s Degree

You’re a teacher or working professional looking to advance your career as an educator, maybe in a leadership role or perhaps in a sought-after specialty area.

IUP’s online MEd in Education program can help you reach your career goals—and boost your earning potential—whether you have a few years of teaching experience or are well into your career.

  • Early-career professionals: Earn the graduate-level credits you need for Level II certification in Pennsylvania.
  • Mid-career teachers: Pursue P–12 administration and other leadership certificates to prepare for new roles and promotions.

The MEd in Education program is fully online and can be completed in less than 18 months.

Why Pursue Your Online Master of Education Degree at IUP?

You love teaching. You love your school, your classroom, and your students. But it’s also clear the challenges of being an educator are increasingly complex, now and looking ahead. As a student in the MEd in Education program, you’ll gain insights into managing those issues more effectively.

In your courses, you’ll work with faculty and instructors who have decades of leadership and teaching experience in K-12 classrooms. They’ll share their insights with you during class sessions and coursework to help prepare you for leadership roles in all types of education settings and environments.

Earn Your Degree Online for Less

As an online program, MEd in Education classes are offered year-round, starting each fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. That schedule allows you to make continual progress toward degree requirements, saving you time and money.

The program’s cost structure means you can pursue your professional goals at a cost significantly lower than national averages for an online master of education degree.

What You’ll Learn

The MEd in Education program degree will expand your knowledge of critical issues in education, such as:

  • Fostering learning environments that benefit all students
  • Integrating evidence-based strategies to motivate learners
  • Teaching with technologies
  • Using multifaceted assessment practices

You’ll choose from one of four specializations to develop practical expertise:

  • Administration and Leadership PK-12 Principal Certification
  • Business Education with Initial Certification
  • Career and Technical Administration Certification
  • Instruction and Learning

Requirements in the Business, Computers, and Information Technology Specialization results in an initial instructional certificate in Pennsylvania. The Principal and Vocational Administrative certificate can be added once an initial certificate has been granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Imagine Your Future

The MEd in Education program can help prepare you to advance in a field with growing opportunities.

Job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers


between 2021 and 2031

Job growth for high school teachers


Between 2021 and 2031

Median pay for elementary, middle, and high school principals


per year in 2021

Classes and Requirements

In IUP’s online MEd in Education program, you'll begin with core coursework through five, three-credit classes.

Depending on your interests and career goals, you'll choose from one of the program's four specializations and take 15–18 credits in that area:

  • Administration and Leadership PK-12 Principal Certification
  • Business Education with Initial Certification
  • Career and Technical Administration Certification
  • Instruction and Learning

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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