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Education, MA

The online Master of Arts in Education from Greenville University is designed for working educators who are ready to advance their careers in a specialized area. It features four concentration options in Coaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

When you graduate, you will be an experienced educator with the knowledge and skills you need to improve learning outcomes and create meaningful educational opportunities for your students. Students who may be looking to obtain Illinois licensure may be interested in our Master of Arts in Teaching-Elementary Education.

The program takes a faith-based approach to education and is grounded in Christian values. Through a specialized curriculum, you will complete courses that are most relevant to your career goals and pursue advanced study for professional development.

Greenville University is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved continuing education provider, so you can be confident you’re earning a valuable credential for continued success. Courses in the master’s in education online program are delivered in a flexible format so you can study while maintaining your daily teaching responsibilities.

Program Benefits

  • Earn a degree from an ISBE-approved continuing education provider
  • Choose from 4 concentrations
  • No application fee or GMAT/GRE scores required

Fast Facts

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Cost per credit: $500
  • Credit hours: 30-33

Greenville University’s online M.A. in Education features four career-focused concentrations in:


    Develop cutting-edge coaching techniques, maximize your athletes’ potential, and produce wins. Designed for working coaches, this program offers a convenient and collaborative learning experience focused on performance, philosophy, and leadership. Work with top faculty. Interact with other coaching professionals, and apply your coursework on the job. Learn how Christian values inform character development on and off the field.

    This program is ideal for coaches who work with athletes in junior high school, high school, or college. Coaches employed by not-for-profit, church, or community sports organizations will also benefit.

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    Curriculum and Instruction

    Expand your knowledge of teaching and learning in this all-online program that you complete at your own pace. Learn how to build opportunities for your students and improve learning. As part of your capstone project, design and implement an improvement effort in your school district or organization. Educators designed this program for educators. You do not need a teaching certificate to enroll.

    Special Education

    Help students with special needs achieve their full learning potential. Advance your knowledge and broaden your qualifications to work with these students. Named one of the “Best Online Master’s in Special Education” programs in 2017, this year-round program offers a fully online format that you can complete in as little as 18 months. Complete an additional clinical practicum and earn your Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement, valid for the grade range of a current Illinois teaching license.

    Teaching English as a Second Language

    Prepare to engage culturally and linguistically diverse persons. Discover your potential to impact students as you communicate across cultures in diverse contexts.

    Greenville University's online ESL program prepares you to teach English to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. If you hold an Illinois teaching license, you will also complete 100 hours of field experience needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for ESL approval/endorsement. This program is not an initial licensure program.

    Application & Eligibility

    Greenville University’s convenient application process for online students makes it easy for you to get on track to meeting your goals. To apply for one of our career-focused degrees, complete the steps below.

    • Submit the free online application.
    • Work with your enrollment counselor to request official transcripts for any previously attended institutions.
    • Graduate students should also:
      • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or other recognized institution from another country.
      • Be employed or actively involved in a paid or volunteer position with enough responsibility to complete a capstone project.
      • Have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

    Additional programmatic requirements may vary. Please visit the admissions section of your chosen degree page for details.

    Admissions Details

    Tuition & Aid

    At Greenville University, we believe your degree is an investment in your future. That’s why we work with you to ensure your education is within reach. We are proud to offer competitive tuition and were named among the Top 10 Online Colleges in Illinois for 2021 by Affordable Colleges Online.

    Financial Aid

    Explore how you can make your Greenville University degree more affordable with the options below:

    • FAFSA
    • Military Benefits
    • Alumni Discount
    • Employee Tuition Benefits

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    Get Connected

    Our dedicated admissions counselors are here to help you through the application process and guide you every step of the way on your journey to GU. They can provide details about financial aid, U.S. military benefits, transfer processes, and more. Contact us by sending a message or call 618-664-7200.

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    Why GU

    Deepen Your Education

    Deepen Your Education

    We’re a liberal arts school. That means you get a holistic education that introduces you to many subjects and ideas, helping you grow your interests and skills.

    Personalized Attention

    Personalized Attention

    Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students, and know your strengths and abilities in the field of social work.



    Learn to incorporate your faith into both your studies and your career.

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