MS in Higher Education: Online College Teaching

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching program is designed to prepare students to pursue a career as an educator in an online setting. Learn more about the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching program at Kaplan University here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of program is it?

The Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching program at Kaplan University is offered online. Core courses give students the opportunity to study higher education foundations, laws and regulations, organization and governance, finance, and research methods. Specialization courses focus on technological innovations, pedagogical developments, and online education strategies. Students also have the chance to study topics such as teaching adult learners, assessing student learning online, and effective online instruction. There are nonthesis and thesis tracks for this program and students should check with Kaplan University regarding their availability.

What are the prerequisites?

Applicants interested in enrolling in Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching program should already have a bachelor's degree. In addition, applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What are the course requirements?

To earn the Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching from Kaplan University students must complete 50 credits. In addition to taking 30-40 credits of core requirements, students take 10-20 credits of specialization courses. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Master of Science in Higher Education with a Specialization in Online College Teaching Requirements

Nonthesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Higher Education and Instructional Technology
  • Teaching Adult Learners
  • Assessing Student Learning Online
  • Teaching and Learning Online
  • Effective Online Instruction - Design and Practice

Thesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Higher Education and Instructional Technology
  • Master's Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis Defense
  • Choose two of the following:
    • Teaching Adult Learners
    • Assessing Student Learning Online
    • Teaching and Learning Online
    • Effective Online Instruction - Design and Practice

What could I do after I graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Higher Education with a specialization in Online College Teaching program could be prepared to pursue employment in an online education setting. This could include teaching adults online, developing curriculum, conducting classes, handing out and grading assignments, and communicating with students.

Positions that graduates could pursue include:

  • Adjunct online professor
  • Online instructor
  • Online teacher
  • Virtual instructor