Nothing sums up better the importance of education than the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, who once said that "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest". And you know that too, because why else would you have landed on this article?
What is an M.Ed. degree?
The Master of Education degree (Ed.M. or M.Ed.) is a type of graduate degree which helps you become an academic expert and advance your teaching career.
During an M.Ed., you will learn how to use curricula to create study plans, how to integrate the latest technologies into your classes, and how to take into account the specific needs of every student. You will also learn how to:
- Communicate clearly
- Encourage students
- Monitor their progress
- Create and implement educational plans and initiatives
As a teacher or professor, you also need to master the art of giving and receiving feedback and create development plans for yourself and for students.
M.Ed. degrees allow you to work in a variety of settings, like public and private schools, home schools, NGOs offering educational programmes, corporate environments, etc.
Check where you can study an M.Ed. degree
Because a Master of Education is a niche degree type, you will not find this type of programmes everywhere around the world.
But don’t panic yet, there are still enough countries to pick from comfortably, with the USA leading the top in terms of number of programmes. Here’s where some good M.Ed. degrees hide:
- Masters of Education in the UK
- Masters of Education in USA
- Masters of Education in Australia
- Masters of Education in Canada
- Masters of Education in Ireland
- Masters of Education in Finland
This type of degree programme typically involves looking at issues in the area of education relevant to your subject of interest, preparing you to be a leader in this filed.
Find out if you match the M.Ed. admission requirements
After searching and comparing, you have decided on one or several Education degrees that you can apply to. The next thing to do is to carefully check the admission requirements for each programme to see if you fit them.
While you should always check with the university or college you have chosen the specific conditions for applying to an M.Ed., there are also general requirements applicable almost anywhere in the world.
The key eligibility condition is that you must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a qualification at an equivalent level, most often in Education. The undergraduate degree can be a B.A., B.Ed., B.Tchg. You might also be eligible if you do not have a Bachelor’s in Education, but you have worked as a teacher or trainer for at least 2 years.
If you don’t have professional teaching experience or a B.Ed. degree, but you do have an excellent track of academic achievement and you can prove you can undertake research, you can also apply.
M.Ed. application documents
Once you are sure you are eligible to apply for an M.Ed. degree, you can start collecting and preparing your application documents. Usually, your university application should include:
- Filled application form
- Last degree diploma obtained
- Transcripts of records from the post-secondary institution you attended
- An updated resume including relevant experience in education
- Statement of purpose (why you wish to pursue an M.Ed. and how it fits into your professional plans)
- Two-three letters of recommendation from professors and employers
- Standardized test scores: GRE
- Language proficiency scores: TOEFL or IELTS
- Receipt of the application fee (if the programme has one)
Deadlines for submitting the application vary a lot from country to country and programme to programme, but in general there are two applications sessions:
- Fall application session: typical deadlines are in January-February
- Spring application session: typical deadlines are in September
Wait for your acceptance letter
After you have submitted your university application, you will have to wait an average of 2 months to find out if you have been accepted. But when that letter or email comes in, you can throw a big party and brag about becoming an international student who will graduate with a degree that enables you to empower students. And that’s very cool!
The acceptance letter will also come with information about the enrolment process, such as paying tuition fees and getting your proof of enrolment.
Take into account the M.Ed. degree costs
Tuition fees for an M.Ed. degree can go from 0 to 40,000 EUR/programme. But to give you more exact figures here are the average tuition fees in several countries:
- M.Ed. tuition fees in the USA: 5,000-10,000 EUR/year
- M.Ed. tuition fees in Australia: 5,000-7,000 EUR/year
- M.Ed. tuition fees in Canada: 2,000-4,000 EUR/year
- M.Ed. tuition fees the UK: 1,000-4,000 EUR/year
- M.Ed. tuition fees Germany: 200-700 EUR/year
M.Ed. degree careers after graduation
You have patiently (well, there were some swear words here and there) gone through all the application process for doing a Master of Education abroad and you are now ready to go. But what can you expect from the next couple of years?
Well, during an M.Ed. degree you will engage in debates regarding educational issues and academic research, you will do literature reviews on different education-related topics, you will do coursework and you will write a final research paper. Luckily, you will do all of these under a supervisor who will help you. You will also meet new people, make new friends and discover a different culture.
After graduation, you will be ready to work in formal education environments (such as schools), or in non-formal learning. You will also be an attractive employee for many industries because you will have a set of transferable analytical and research skills. Some jobs you can take as an M. Ed. graduate are:
- Special education teacher
- School manager
- Career counsellor
- Corporate trainer
- Educational consultant
- Educational policy developer