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Make a Positive Impact in the Classroom and Beyond

Take the next step in your career with the online graduate education programs at Purdue University. We offer a range of master’s in education degrees and a certificate to prepare educators for diverse learning environments and leadership roles. With options in curriculum and instruction, special education and learning design, our programs can equip you with the subject matter expertise you need to advance. Licensure and non-licensure options are available.

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Purdue offers 100% online programs created for working educators. Master’s degree and certificate options allow you to choose the program that aligns with your academic goals and professional development needs.

Online | 30 total credits | 18 months

Help make every student a successful learner by studying the latest methodologies and educational theory. The Purdue master’s in curriculum and instruction emphasizes social justice issues and K-12 STEM education to prepare you for today’s education landscape. The leading-edge skills you gain in this program will empower you to create effective learning experiences that help students thrive.

Choose from six concentrations:

  1. Educational Technology
  2. English Language Learning
  3. Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies
  4. Integrated STEM Education
  5. Mathematics Education
  6. Special Education – Non-Licensure

Online | 32 total credits | 20 months

Gain the essential knowledge and skills to design, develop, implement and evaluate multimedia instructional materials. This innovative program trains you to apply what you learn outside the educational field in settings like nonprofit organizations, government, corporate training and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn competency badges throughout the program — a feature unique to Purdue’s learning technology master’s degree.

Online | 31-45 total credits | 20 months

The online special education master’s program teaches the specific skill set required to plan and administer special education curricula while creating safe and effective learning experiences. Throughout the program, you’ll learn to use the latest strategies, technology and research to meet the unique needs of students with learning disabilities, mild developmental disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders and high-functioning autism.

Multiple pathway options ensure you can find the right program for you, whether you are already a licensed teacher or want to pursue licensure.

Choose from six program options:

  • MSEd in Special Education — Non-Licensure (Master’s Only)
  • MSEd in Special Education — Initial Mild Only Licensure
  • MSEd in Special Education — Initial Mild & Intense Licensure
  • MSEd in Special Education — Additional Mild Only Licensure
  • MSEd in Special Education — Additional Intense Only Licensure
  • MSEd in Special Education — Additional Mild & Intense Licensure

Licensure-only options are available for special education paraprofessionals or educators who want to add special education to an existing license. Contact us to learn more.

Online | 9 total credits | 2 Semesters

Develop your skills in learning design and technology with this interdisciplinary technology education program. You’ll gain a strong foundational understanding of learning systems design and the development and management of technology for learning. Electives are built into the course plan, allowing you to customize your studies for your professional interests.

After completing the Instructional Design Graduate Certificate, you can apply your credits toward the MS in Education in Learning Design and Technology program.

About Purdue University

Purdue is a public research university founded in 1869 with a rich history spanning more than 150 years. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have a global student network of more than 100,000 and over 600,000 alumni members. Purdue is committed to providing inclusive, innovative, sustainable learning opportunities to all our students.

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Accessible, Exceptional Online Learning

Our online programs provide the flexibility you need with the top-quality academics you expect from Purdue. With a range of options delivered 100% online, you can learn from anywhere in a format designed for your success. You’ll have access to the same rigorous programs and expert faculty guidance as our on-campus learners.

Discover Education Excellence

Our programs deliver the expertise you need for your education career. You’ll study instructional design principles, cutting-edge classroom technologies and proven learning methods while gaining hands-on experience. Purdue’s College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Advance Your Career as an Education Expert

Whether you are pursuing initial licensure or ready to advance through professional development, Purdue’s programs can help you achieve your goals. Prepare to master current, proven learning methods and technologies through a rigorous online curriculum taught by leaders in their respective fields.

Explore Education Career Paths

  1. Instructional designer: $68,853 per year1
  2. Instructional coordinator: $66,490 per year2
  3. E-learning specialist: $65,0081
  4. Special education teacher: $62,950 per year2
  5. Educational technology specialist: $60,000 per year1

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