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Master’s in Education – M.Ed. Degree for Career Switchers

Earn Your Master’s in Education, Impact Student Lives and Find Your New Calling

Are you a Career Switcher with a bachelor’s degree seeking to advance in the world of education, build your skills, and transition into a long-term career in teaching?

Once you acquire your initial teaching license, you can deepen your understanding of both the power of knowledge and the importance of a values-based education by furthering your own education and earning your M.Ed. in teaching.

With your M.Ed. in teaching, you can enhance your reputation in the classroom and access even more teaching opportunities. Our M.Ed. program can grant you unique insights into the new approaches and technologies transforming the classroom both today and tomorrow.

June 17, 2024
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Grow Your Career Prospects

A master’s in education offers teachers increased credibility in their professions and gives them a competitive edge in the job market, especially when they’re just beginning their teaching careers. The M.Ed. in teaching can enhance your leadership abilities, enhance your leadership abilities, train you on new approaches and technologies in both curriculum and the classroom, and help you develop effective programs that improve student outcomes both within and beyond the classroom.

Earn a Higher Salary

With an M.Ed. degree, you can boost your earning potential by commanding a higher salary than you would with just a provisional license. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, teachers with a master’s degree can earn several thousand dollars more compared to their peers with just a bachelor’s degree. With an M.Ed., you can also qualify for administrative and principal positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, principals at elementary, middle, or high schools earned a median annual salary of $101,320 per year in 2022.

Help Fill the Critical Shortage

Teaching is a noble profession, but across the U.S., there’s a critical shortage of educators at all levels. By obtaining your license and gaining the qualifications you need to excel in the classroom, you can be a part of the solution. The M.Ed. in teaching program can empower you to meet the growing demand for teachers and ignite your passion for supporting student success.

Align Yourself with Excellence

Ranked among the Top 5 Best Online Graduate Education Programs in Virginia for 11 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report 2023, Regent’s M.Ed. program offers you the top-quality academic credentials you need to build or advance your career. Regent University is accredited by SACSCOC and offers the following CAEP-Accredited M.Ed. teacher licensure programs and advanced degrees: K-12 Special Education (Licensure), Career Switcher; Curriculum & Instruction – Gifted & Talented (Endorsement), Reading Specialist (Endorsement), Leadership in Mathematics Education, and Educational Leadership.

Learn from the Best & Take the Next Step

Presented from a Christian worldview, Regent’s Master of Education degrees are supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach. Learn from renowned international scholars and practitioners who are invested in your success.

Join an Accredited Career Switcher Program

The School of Education’s educational leadership and teacher preparation programs and the College of Arts and Science’s bachelor’s in education programs are awarded full national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, to 12/31/2030.

The School of Education’s Career Switcher program is awarded recertification by the Virginia Department of Education for a period of seven years, to 2/2/2028.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

Looking for our Career Switcher Certificate? You can earn a provisional teaching license while completing our Certificate of Graduate Studies in Career Switcher in just a few semesters. Visit the Certificate of Graduate Studies in Career Switcher page for more information.

On completing the M.Ed. program for Career Switchers, you can:

  • Assess and evaluate students under the mentorship of a seasoned instructor.
  • Smoothly transition from your former career to teaching.
  • Manage a classroom and develop curriculum.
  • Qualify for higher-level positions within education.
  • Gain essential skills in leadership, organization and administration that can boost your career and earning potential.

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary School Teacher (Pre-K-3; Pre-K-6)
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Principal/Administrator
  • Educational Director/Consultant
  • Curriculum Developer/Instruction Specialist
  • Child Care Director
  • Corporate Trainer

Students taking Level I only must choose 4 of the following electives (12 credits); students taking Level I and II must choose 2 electives (6 credits).

Collaboratively lead, design, implement, and evaluate school improvement and classroom culturally responsive practices that increase student learning and well-being. Includes information sources and processing, data literacy (use, analysis, and decision making), equitable resource planning, and program evaluation to inform and lead change. Cross-listed with EADM 707.
Understanding school law and demonstrating the capacity to model and advocate professional, moral, and ethical standards for a safe, secure, and culturally responsive school community. Includes the identification and application of educational policy development at state, local, and school levels that promote the school mission. Cross-listed with EADM 728.
Introduces a developmental leadership model focused on external skills embodied in the process of internal transformation. Requires a personal inventory of spiritual and professional maturity while equipping students with the tools necessary for growth. From that foundation, students will be expected to examine additional leadership models.
Increase learning and learner success by designing educational events that use instructional technology. Covers three basic areas of technology integration: planning, implementation and evaluation. Does not cover specific applications. Within this framework, various technologies and tools will be investigated for the purpose of determining which are best suited for particular instructional situations. Discusses broader issues regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of technology integration in education. The ultimate goal is to create a plan to integrate technology in your educational setting.
Overview of the field including history, definitions, identification methods, characteristics and needs of gifted learners. (Required for Virginia endorsement.)
Modify, create, and evaluate curriculum through differentiation and tiered assessments. (Required for Virginia endorsement.)
Designed to prepare teachers to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms. The course is appropriate for prospective and current ESL teachers and general classroom teachers.
Foundations of education in the U.S. from historical, philosophical, sociological development, including key legislative, judicial decisions that have shaped the current special education laws and policies. Addresses physical, cognitive, cultural, social/emotional, spiritual, psychological development of children and adolescents. Emphasizes theories of human development and identification for special education services.
In-depth overview of identification, assessment, program options, intervention and behavioral management solutions for learners with exceptional needs. Identifies appropriate behavioral interventions and social skill teaching strategies through case studies, simulations, and role-playing. Emphasizes modifying strategies based on learning style and cultural considerations.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 11Monday, August 21
Session MFriday, September 8Monday, September 18
Session BFriday, October 13Monday, October 23
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session TFriday, January 26Monday, February 5
Session DFriday, March 1Monday, March 11
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6
Session FFriday, June 7Monday, June 17


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and three years of full time professional work experience are required for both elementary and secondary tracks.

Additional Requirements:

  • CS (Elementary): If you are planning to teach either pre-K-3 or pre-K-6 in an elementary school, click here for an outline of admission requirements.
  • CS (Secondary): If you are planning to teach in either a middle or high school, you will need to pass both the Praxis II in the subject area you plan to teach and the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACESAACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your VDOE Application and Report on Experience

Submit your official VDOE Career Switcher Application and Report on Experience forms with a wet ink signature to the address below. To ensure your documents are correct prior to mailing the official copy, please submit an unofficial copy to Prospects are responsible for filing out the documents accurately; and incorrect forms can result in a prolonged review period for admissions.

Mailing Address:

Regent University
Enrollment Support Services
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Note: Prospects should not call the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) concerning this program; any questions will be answered by Regent University.

Step 4: Provide VCLA Scores

Arrange to have official VCLA scores sent directly to Regent University using Regent ETS code: 5135.

Step 5: Provide Praxis II Scores

We are able to accept an unofficial copy of your Praxis II exam in order to review your file for an admission decision. Please submit your unofficial scores to

Step 6: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Additional Requirements

Background Check: Because the program includes direct contact with students in field experiences, applicants to the Career Switcher Program must submit a background check. Regent University School of Education has entered into an agreement with CastleBranch, a private vendor that conducts background checks for many universities and educational institutions. After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided instructions to set up an online profile with CastleBranch and request your background check. Learn more.

First Aid, CPR, AED Training: Documentation that verifies completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The certification or training program shall be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Note: VDOE no longer accepts training certificates obtained from an online source – training must be conducted in person.


DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5656$3,390
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8003$2,400
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8003$2,400

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Education (M.Ed.)$5659$5,085
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)$8009$7,200
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)$8006$4,800
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)$8006$4,800

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“I looked at other institutions, but I understood the importance of a Christ-centered focus, and I wanted that to be a part of my graduate experience.”

Cheryl C. Askew, Ed.D., 2012 Principal, Landstown High School

“My credentials from Regent helped earn me the respect of parents and the confidence of school leaders. I'm so pleased that I could go one step further and share on a national level.”

Catherine Webb, Autism Certificate, 2004 Instructional Coach, Giles County Public Schools

“From the professors to advisors to support staff, my experience at Regent has been extremely satisfying, and I highly recommend the program to others.”

Lorri Wilke, M.Ed., 2012 NILD Educational Therapy

“Regent opened a door to self-discovery and selflessness. My Regent instructors encouraged me to operate on a higher level of motivation and others-oriented awareness.”

Sandra Turner, M.Ed., 2016 Professional Development

“Regent's M.Ed. in TESOL program has prepared me to organize and run the ESL courses at my school. Regent's TESOL professors assign the most applicable projects, which have helped me with planning lessons, selecting curriculum and creating assessments, as well as with conducting several teacher-in-service sessions for my school.”

Katherine Tipton, M.Ed., 2011 Teacher