What Can I Do With a Master’s in Education?

Michelle Tran headshot Michelle Tran,  
7 months ago

From research to administration - a master's in education can take you to the next level.

As an educator, you understand the value of lifelong learning. But sometimes the return on investment of a master’s degree can be vague. Let’s break it down. Earning an advanced degree in education will open up new opportunities in and outside of the classroom, all while giving you insight into the broader education system and providing you with the tools needed to advance your career.

Better yet – you can do it in the comfort of the DMV with UVA’s School of Education and Human Development (UVA EHD).


Pursue Teaching

Master of Teaching – English As a Second Language

UVA EHD prepares teacher candidates to honor and grow the assets and resources that students bring to classrooms and schools. This program is ideal for working professionals seeking a flexible licensure program. All coursework is in an online, asynchronous format. Candidates typically take 1-2 courses per semester but will work with an advisor to develop an individual plan of study to meet their needs.

Master of Teaching – Special Education

The Master of Teaching – Special Education program reflects the depth of UVA EHD’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they work together with students toward actualizing a more just society. By drawing upon the expertise of experienced educators and community partners, UVA EHD prepares teacher candidates to honor and grow the assets and resources that students bring to classrooms and schools. They lead with integrity, committed to student, family, and community success and well-being. This community is equity-oriented teacher educators, collaborators, and innovators.

Pursue Curriculum & Instruction

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective instructional practices and better curriculum development strategies. This program is 100% online and asynchronous. In addition to core requirements in the four pillars of the program (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and diversity), students will select an area of emphasis from among ten options.

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction – Reading Education

The program is designed to develop knowledge about science-based reading instruction and effective and efficient reading assessment and instruction at both the elementary and secondary levels. The program develops students as literacy leaders in their schools and districts and prepares individuals for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers, and private practice.

Pursue Research

An education degree offers boundless job prospects beyond teaching and instruction. Interested in research? Several degrees from UVA EHD pave the way for research careers. UVA EHD is dedicated to enhancing the world through research and service, visible through their impressive array of work. Discover their impactful portfolio and how an EHD degree can unlock your next opportunity in the field of research.

Pursue Administration

Master of Education in Administration & Supervision

Quality educational leadership is vital to the overall success of a school. Good leaders create collaborative environments where adults and children learn and develop. In the M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision program you will learn how to support the teaching of excellent instructors, manage the complex needs of students and parents, and help orchestrate school reform.

Not sure where to start? 

Don’t know what program you’re interested in? Attend a virtual information session to learn more about the programs and get your questions answered!

 Don’t wait. Apply before the deadlines!