Students not currently working in education may opt to earn an Associate of Science in Educational Paraprofessional, which puts them on track to work in the classroom as a teaching assistant and in other entry-level positions in the kindergarten through high school setting.
The program, which requires students to successfully complete 90 credits, culminates with a capstone course. Students will finish their capstone course having created a portfolio of their work to show future employers.
Kaplan University offers the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Education for those students, who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to earn a graduate degree in education.
The Master of Arts in Teaching leads to certification only for those students living in Iowa. Those students outside of Iowa will gain the knowledge they need to earn their certification through alternate paths, if they are not already certified.
Both programs focus on secondary education - fifth through 12th grade - with the non-certification route requiring 40 credits to graduate. (Students in Iowa must complete 50 credits.) Both M.A. in Teaching degrees take between 18 months and two years to complete.
The Master of Science in Education features 10 areas of specialization, including teaching literacy and language, teaching math, teaching science, and educational leadership. The M.S. caters to current teachers who want to advance their careers and requires 46 credits to graduate.
Students in all concentrations of the M.S. in Education program are required to complete eight core courses that focus on the practice of teaching, curriculum design, educational leadership, and student assessment.
Students may also earn a Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology.
Kaplan also offers graduate certificates in K-12 educational leadership, literacy and language teaching, mathematics teaching, and teaching with technology. Each program requires students to take 17 credits, and the certificate can be completed in two semesters, if done full-time.
Graduate certificates are designed to further students’ expertise and to allow them to advance in their current positions. The K-12 Educational Leadership certificate, for example, helps prepare teachers for leadership roles such as an assistant principal or a department chairperson.
Those students unsure of which program is best suited for their professional goals can use the Program Comparison chart, which provides an overview of each program, and the educational opportunities available with each degree. Kaplan University also makes it convenient to talk with an admission’s adviser through live chat.