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Growing Teacher Leadership Through an Online M.Ed. in Teaching

Credentials are important part of the teaching profession. They can set you on a successful career path where you can make a real difference in children’s lives. Whether it has been one year or 20 years since you earned your bachelor’s degree, a higher calling may be enticing you to return to school. A Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching is an ideal degree for working teachers because it allows you to expand and build on previous knowledge and experience. In contrast to a traditional degree, which requires commuting to and from class and fitting studies into a stricter schedule, an online M.Ed. in Teaching could be the perfect platform to balance school, home, and work.

Reach struggling students

It can be both frustrating and heartbreaking to see a student struggle despite your best efforts. You learn new ways to reach students through teacher leadership training. Everyone learns differently, whether through visual, audible, or tactile ways. Teacher leadership training can help you understand how to pinpoint learning differences and adjust your teaching methods. A master’s program allows you to dig deeper into teaching strategies and create a stronger platform to build young minds. As a teacher leader, you can even help other teachers with their struggling students to better help the school.

Lead communication within the school

With an online M.Ed. in Teaching, you can learn how to communicate your ideas more effectively. You may gain more responsibility during school meetings, for instance. Disagreements between departments or colleagues can be resolved with a better understanding of what works best for the students. The students’ education must be kept as a priority. You can help facilitate communication and priorities while keeping the faculty running smoothly.

Branch out to the district level

Moving up within a school district can be difficult for teachers without an advanced degree. An online M.Ed. in Teaching gives you the degree most supervisors are looking for in a new colleague. Through online courses, you can learn about effective policies that work throughout a district. The skills gained through an advanced degree can help you bring creative ideas to multiple schools and see test scores potentially soar. You may also gain a better understanding of how to work on troublesome programs that simply need small adjustments. A master’s degree can give you more opportunities to be part of the conversation and possibly change key policies within a school district.
Active teachers use online programs to excel

One benefit of an online degree is that you can continue teaching your students while taking earning a master’s degree. You choose the study times and assignment work periods. The flexibility can be a significant benefit for working teachers. And being a student again may help you see opportunities for new programs and incentives to keep learning fresh and fun for your students.

Your online M.Ed. in Teaching can open many doors to new positions, allowing you to align yourself with the right opportunity. Organize your time after school, in the evenings, and on weekends to complete the coursework successfully. Soon enough, you'll be ready to apply that new information and improve your life and your students’ outlook on learning.

Learn about the University of South Carolina’s online M.Ed. in Teaching program.


Sources:

http://opensource.com/education/15/1/interview-stephen-oconnor-ny-state-education-department

http://www2.ed.gov/teachers/dev/contedu/edpicks.jhtml


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