Master of Education Degrees

Ninety-seven percent of our graduates would recommend our online programs to a friend.

Located in the Kansas City area, Graceland University's School of Education is proud to be a leader in online education. We understand that teachers lead extremely busy lives and do everything they can to create a positive experience for their students. Our Master of Education courses are carefully designed to provide relevant content that can often be immediately used in a teacher's classroom. Our online master's degree in education format allows teachers the flexibility to learn when it is convenient. In addition, we understand that teachers need access to affordable education, which is why we strive to keep our tuition costs competitive. We offer our education graduate programs in Missouri, Iowa and online with multiple start dates per year.

A couple things to keep in mind

Our School of Education was awarded the United States Distance Learning Association's (USDLA) Platinum Award for Best Practices. We have also chosen to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The 2016 Princeton Review recognized Graceland University as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.

At Graceland, we offer six Master of Education programs to meet the various needs and interests of teachers. We welcome you to explore each of our graduate programs in education to see which would be most applicable to you.

Online Master of Education programs

Graceland’s Master of Education courses are carefully designed to provide relevant content that can often be immediately used in a teacher’s classroom and are 100 percent online. Our "practical, application-based" approach is accomplished by many of the assignments being done in the teacher’s classroom with their students. Teachers will also work collaboratively in online cohort groups to improve their classroom practice. Our asynchronous format allows flexibility, which makes balancing courses, family and work manageable.

Curriculum and Instruction: Collaborative Learning and Teaching is designed to enable teachers to take the essence of Graceland’s various Master of Education programs and improve their skills and student outcomes. Theories and content from Differentiated Instruction, Literacy Instruction, Special Education, and Classroom Management and Technology Integration are combined to help teachers enhance every aspect of teaching. This degree promotes the professional development of practicing teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas. 

Differentiated Instruction is based on the works of Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, who is a world-renowned expert in Differentiated Instruction and assessment strategies and techniques, and Dr. William Glasser, whose concepts on "choice theory" and his instructional approaches are designed to meet students’ individual needs and strengths. 

This program is the first to combine the ideas of Tomlinson and Glasser into a comprehensive course of study to help teachers meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population within the context of today’s challenging standards-based curriculum. Strategies for Differentiated Instruction covered in this program include pre-assessment of learning styles and preferences, monitoring and managing student learning, modifying lessons based on student readiness, tiered instruction, flexible grouping and authentic assessment. 

Literacy Instruction is designed to provide practical content, including instructional strategies for reading and literacy development. This program investigates the key issues facing early literacy instruction programs, and of literacy practices and teachers’ roles regarding reflective, instructional decisions based on an evolving view and an understanding of the literacy process. Various philosophies and theories of reading, writing and language acquisition are examined. 

Our program continues by detailing the diagnosis of reading abilities and disabilities of individual pupils, development of programs for small groups and individuals at different levels of readiness, and evaluation of progress in reading ability based on both psychological and emotional adjustment. Theories of reader response in relation to the reading process and implications for instruction are explored. 

Management in a Quality Classroom focuses on best practices of effective classroom management in the context of a responsive approach to instruction. Program topics, learning experiences and outcomes are based on the classroom management strategies of Jonathan Erwin, the Differentiated Instructional approaches of Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, and the Quality Schools concepts of Dr. William Glasser.

Through our online classroom management program, teachers will learn preventative strategies to minimize classroom and behavior management problems, and remedial strategies to deal effectively with discipline incidents.  Teachers will also increase their knowledge of establishing productive classroom climates, applying management techniques, and fostering student learning and behavioral accountability. 

Special Education is designed to enhance the teaching strategies of K-12 special education teachers and teachers who serve students with disabilities. It is a curricular and instructional methodologies-based degree following IDEA guidelines, which include behavior management, assistive technology and transitional programming. Another major focus is Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including managing behavior and instructional strategies. 

Technology Integration teaches how to use current and emerging technologies at an in-depth level, while exploring such areas as podcasting, Web 2.0 technologies, TPAK Model, Wiki creation, MOOC and Netiquette. Our integrated technology training coursework will help teachers tap into their students’ natural motivations. Some of the topics covered are adaptive learning, blended learning, course management systems, flipped classrooms and Open Education Resources (OER). This program meets National Education Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Offered in January and June only.

Instructional Leadership (for non teachers) focuses on best practices designed for managers or supervisors, trainers or staff personnel who want to improve their own leadership skills and learn how to train adults. This multifaceted degree will assess your own leadership style, explore how to influence the organization and its culture, how to build effective and collaborative partnerships, and how to resolve and minimize conflict. It accomplishes these goals by examining the latest in adult learning theories, effective curriculum and facilitation of professional development and training experiences, critical evaluation of your staff development program, and determining the best technology tools for your instructional needs. 

  • For questions, start dates and fees, please contact us at 816-423-4716.

  • Jeanette Calipetro, MEd, Admissions Representative
    Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road
    Independence, MO 64050


About Your Location (online students only):

Every state in the U.S. creates its own specific regulations about online enrollment of the students who live within the state. Some states require fees and/or application efforts that require a considerable investment of university resources. Due to this, we have elected to not accept students from Maryland.

Graceland accepts students from Texas but is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Higher Education Code.

Campus Based

Curriculum and Instruction: Collaborative Learning and Teaching
This curriculum and instruction-based degree is the only one of its kind to be based on the five core propositions of the NBPTS and is perfect for teachers considering national board certification.

Continuing Education
Earn graduate credits by taking Russ Pieken courses designed to enhance what you do in the classroom.



Graceland University has been approved by Iowa to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements