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Distance Learning & Online K-12 Education Degree Programs

Graduates from a K-12 education program have a generalists training in education in the four key areas. These include early childhood development, elementary school, middle school and ending with high school. Graduates are qualified to teach those grade levels, although many states and local districts will require additional endorsements or certification for specific subject areas or specialized areas of teaching such as English as a second language, gifted and talented, or special education. Typically as teachers progress to higher grade levels the demand for individual training in specific subject areas will increase.

Courses in a generalist K-12 education program include assessment and evaluation of students, effective and best teaching practices, research methods, curriculum assessment, teaching methodologies and an strong background in developmental issues, learning strategies and modalities and an understanding of how to modify and adapt curriculum for students of various abilities. Graduates will learn how to teach the various subject strands including mathematics, social sciences, life sciences, English and literature, reading and technology. Additional courses will also include information on physical education, legal and ethical issues, working with parents and developing leadership and classroom management strategies.

Students will have opportunities to learn to be effective communicators, to try out new techniques and strategies and to learn the relevant educational and legal issues with regards to teaching in a particular area or location. Organizational structure of schools and school districts will also be addressed as will team building courses designed to help teachers work together within school systems. Teachers will develop lesson plans, teaching strategies and practical applications of the information through class assignments and projects. Some students graduating from the program may also work as specialized consultants or resource teachers within a school or school district, depending on their level of specialization and prior knowledge or experience .

Bachelors Programs

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BA Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) from Western Governors University

The B.A. in Mathematics (5–9 or 5–12) is designed to prepare you to become a certified middle school or high school mathematics teacher. A perfect fit for individuals with a considerable mathematics background who wish to become math teachers, this… Additional Information »

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BS in Elementary Education - English from Grand Canyon University Online

The Bachelor of Science in elementary education in English is a specialized program that will train professionals to teach English to students from kindergarten through to the sixth grade. The focus of the program will be on methodologies, various in-class… Additional Information »

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BS in Elementary Education - Math from Grand Canyon University Online

The Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a focus on math will prepare students with the advanced theory and methodologies needed to be an elementary math teacher or math resource teacher for students from grade six down to kindergarten.… Additional Information »

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BS in Elementary Education - Science from Grand Canyon University Online

For students that already have a strong background or interest in science a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a focus or specialization in science will be an ideal course of study. The program prepares students with the theory and knowledge… Additional Information »

Masters Programs

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MA English Language Learning (PK-12) from Western Governors University

The M.A. in English Language Learning/English as a Second Language (PreK–12) is designed for licensed teachers with bachelor’s degrees who are interested in ELL/ESL instruction. This challenging program prepares you to teach core subjects to non-English… Additional Information »

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MA Teaching (K-8) from Western Governors University

The M.A. in Teaching, Elementary Education (K–8) is a great way for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree—preferably in a liberal arts field—to become certified elementary school teachers and earn their master’s degree at the same… Additional Information »

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MA in Teaching (PK-8) from Grand Canyon University Online

The online Master of Arts in teaching degree program for pre-kindergarten to grade eight focuses on preparing individuals meeting the necessary requirements to teach in elementary and middle schools. This teaching program equips educators with the… Additional Information »

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MA Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) from Western Governors University

The M.A. in Teaching, Mathematics (5–9 or 5–12) is a great way for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree—preferably in a math-intensive field such as math, engineering, or science—to become certified middle school and high school… Additional Information »

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MA Teaching - Science (5-9 or 5-12) from Western Governors University

The M.A. in Teaching, Science (5–9 or 5–12) is a great way for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree—preferably in science or a related field—to become certified middle school and high school science teachers and earn their master’s… Additional Information »

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Master of Education in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University Online

The Master of Education in Elementary Education program from Grand Canyon University prepares students with the instructional and communication teaching skills necessary to appeal to and stimulate young learners. The elementary education course focuses… Additional Information »

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Master of Education in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University Online

The Master of Education in Secondary Education degree program provides educators with the instructional skills and communication skills required to teach young adults and adolescents. This course focus is on providing primary knowledge of the educational… Additional Information »

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MS in Education from Walden University

A general yet highly beneficial program, the Master of Science in education with an emphasis on K-12 teaching and learning prepares the graduate from roles as a teacher-practicioner or researcher or as an administrator with a specialized department,… Additional Information »

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MS in Education - K-12 Studies from Capella University

The Master of Science in Education in K-12 studies is designed for those teachers already working as professionals in the education field to improve their skills and move into head teacher, administrative, school district or consultant positions in… Additional Information »

PhD Programs

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PhD in Education from Walden University

A PhD in Education helps students understand procedures and environments that heighten both student learning and teacher's effectiveness and prepares them as leaders in the field of education. Students can specialize in higher education, special education,… Additional Information »

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PhD in Education - K-12 Studies in Education from Capella University

A PhD in Education from Capella University online, for K-12 Studies in Education, is a program designed for career-oriented professionals wanting to stand out as scholar-practitioners. K-12 education includes high school, middle school, elementary… Additional Information »

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