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Become a More Effective Educator with Advanced Skills

As a teaching and learning expert, you could teach K-12 students, adult learners, school administrators, corporate trainers, special education teachers, and instructional designers. Some responsibilities might include the following:


Career Outlook

TEACHING AND PRINCIPAL LICENSURE OPPORTUNITIES Earn a Teaching License online through our trusted-partner program, TeacherReady, an NCATE accredited program. Or further your career as a principal or administrator with CSU Global’s state-approved Educational Leadership program.

76% OF ALUMNI WORKING IN THEIR FIELD Master’s in Teaching and Learning alumni from CSU Global report high rates of working in the education field after completing the program.

$64,152 ESTIMATED STARTING SALARY According to the BLS, the average annual salary for project managers, portfolio managers, and project engineers is more than $68k.

EDUCATOR, LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, TEACHER Top three job titles as reported by Master’s in Teaching and Learning alumni from CSU Global.

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New to Teaching Online?

CSU Global has launched a FREE course on K-12 online teaching, available to educators who are teaching in an online environment for the first time.


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  • Degree specialization options.
  • Career paths and industry employment options.
  • Program accreditation and endorsement details.

What will I learn in this degree?

Elevate your leadership competencies, intellect, and professional knowledge of K-12 educational best and emerging practices. As a student in the M.S. in Teaching and Learning program, you will become an educational leader with emphasized skills in instruction, research-based practices, and program development and management in K-12 environments, and non-traditional settings.

Meet specific educational needs by learning to analyze and evaluate teaching and learning principles in a variety of settings. Through rigorous and relevant coursework, that implements and assesses project-based outcomes, you gain techniques for the promotion of lifelong learning and academic excellence.

Please note that CSU Global does not provide educator licensing or endorsement.

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Learn Valuable Skills

The M.S. in Teaching and Learning program gives you strategies for developing, administering, evaluating, and managing educational programs as a leader in the field. Additional learning outcomes include…

  • Examine various learning theories and design teaching and assessment strategies for specific learning environments.
  • Acquire advanced instructional and design principles.
  • Explore and facilitate the use of contemporary and emergent technologies relevant to learning environments.
  • Apply skills for effective program planning and development within an educational setting.

Courses in this Degree:

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Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • OTL502 Learning Theories and Models of Instruction
    This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address diverse learning styles and conceptual frameworks for engaging learners. Students will explore theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and cognitive development. By examining a range of principles, perspectives and tools, students will gain an understanding of learning and teaching in a variety of contexts. Students will use problem solving, application, and evaluation skills to analyze the theories and practices of educational organizations.
  • OTL504 Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in 21st Century Learning
    This course provides educators with an overview of the legal, ethical, and social issues that are unique in the 21st century learning environment. Topics such as learner privacy online, the appropriate uses of newer technologies, copyright, and intellectual property on the Internet will be presented. Students will also examine privacy law and contemporary legal issues of the 21st century classrooms.
  • OTL539 Theory and Practice in Backward Design
    Introduction to instructional system design theories and models used in Pre-K-12 learning environments and nontraditional settings with a focus on backward design. This course is a replacement course for OTL540k as of the 2017-2018 Fall term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses.
  • OTL545 Technology and Innovation
    This course presents how present and emerging technologies are transforming society and schools and the implications these changes have for teaching and learning. Strategies for building students' critical thinking habits, innovation, and creativity with respect to new technologies and media will be developed in the context of 21st century literacies (information, visual, etc.). Students will explore the practical context for the use of technology and will develop skills that identify and address the challenge of using technology creatively in teaching and learning situations today.
  • OTL547 Evaluation and Assessment
    Examination of methods and techniques for evaluation and assessment of learning in Pre-K-12 settings with a focus on instructional improvement and student achievement. Students who take OTL541K will not be able to apply this credit towards any program requiring OTL547. Students in the Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning program prior to the 2017-2018 Fall trimester take OTL541k.
  • OTL565 Cultural Responsiveness in the Differentiated Classroom
    An examination of the theories and concepts that define cultural responsiveness with an emphasis on the theory and methods for creating multiple pathways of learning to accommodate students with varying backgrounds of knowledge, readiness, language, interest, and learning styles.
  • OTL568 Action Research
    Advanced examination of an educator led research approach with an emphasis on instructional improvement and student learning.
  • OTL579** Capstone - Research-Based Professional Project
    This research-based course is an opportunity for students to integrate and synthesize their learning across the program curriculum and demonstrate the skills needed to be an effective educator in today's global community. The culminating professional project will be framed around nationally recognized educator effectiveness knowledge, skills, and standards that can be of strategic benefit to a professional or educational organization. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

* Master’s Plus - Some M.S. in Teaching and Learning students may be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** Effective as of the 2013-2014 Winter-A term, students have the option of selecting OTL579 or OTL581 as their capstone course. OTL581 is a replacement course for OTL599. Students who started prior to the 2013-2014 Winter-A term may select to complete OTL599 as their capstone degree requirement instead of these options.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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How much will my degree cost?

Tuition Rates

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Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of your education.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.


CSU Global was ranked #2 on Best Value Schools’ Top 10 Cheap Online Master’s in K-12 Teaching and Education Degree Programs list.


In Best Value Schools’ Best Teaching Degrees 2018, CSU Global lands #18 spot.


In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.


Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.

“CSU Global has wonderful professors and a manageable schedule and format to hep me as a working professional further my education. I appreciate everything I have learned as a student at CSU Global, and know it will be helpful in my career.”


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