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Advance your teaching career with Kentucky's most affordable Master of Education degree program.

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30 Credit Hours
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$250/Credit Hour
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Earn a 100% online Master’s degree in education from Midway University. Our Teacher Leader program is designed to help educators improve their professional skills while remaining in the classroom. Teachers graduate from our Master of Education Teacher Leader Program ready to serve as agents of change who positively impact student performance and the educational culture of their school. Kentucky teachers who complete the program can achieve Rank 1 or 2 upon completion.

Become a Teacher Leader with Midway's Online Master's Degree in Education

In our online Master's degree in education program, Midway University provides educators and related professionals with the skills they need to create positive learning environments. Our curriculum blends academic and leadership preparation to create educational professions who are able to:

  • Evaluate high-quality research on student learning
  • Plan for differentiated instruction in diverse P-12 classrooms
  • Enhance expertise in content knowledge
  • Incorporate reflective practices
  • Provide clinical experiences that examine student achievement in diverse settings
  • Enhance instructional design using Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) and EPSB themes
  • Provide evidence of mastery of advanced-level Kentucky Teacher Standards

State Licensure Requirements

Midway University makes every effort to ensure state licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. 

If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Kentucky, you should contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program. 

Top Ranking

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Midway University has been recognized by OnlineU as the Most Affordable Online Master's Degree in Education for 2023. At just $250 per credit hour, this is the most affordable program in Kentucky and beyond.

Program Highlights

Midway University's M.Ed. Teacher Leader program is offered 100% online and can be completed in 24 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer a simple online application process. Create your account, submit all materials and track your application status conveniently online. Admissions Counselors are available to assist you with the application process and answer any questions you may have about Midway University and our programs. Give them a call at 1.800.952.4122 or email
Applicants for the MED must meet the following admission requirements: 
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended with a minimum GPA 3.0 overall GPA  
  • Submit a signed Code of Ethics Form 
  • Have your principal or assistant principal complete a Principal Recommendation Form  
  • Complete and submit a Professional Dispositions Self-evaluation Form 
  • Submit evidence of a current teaching credential (current certification or teacher license) 
Yes, for teachers who are certified in elementary, middle, secondary, or P-12 education in Kentucky, the MED program leads to the Teacher Leader Endorsement and either a Rank 2 or Rank 1 depending on the rank held at admission.

No, the MED program is an advanced program for those who already hold an initial teaching credential.  

Candidates may opt to complete the program in a one-year track (five 8-week modules) or a two-year track (nine to ten 8-week modules) based on their individual preference. Courses are offered in regular rotation requiring attendance in each module to complete the program in the selected timeframe.  

Yes, the MED is a fully online program with all courses offered in the online format. 

Students may start the program at the beginning of any of five modules. Modules 1 and 2 are in the fall term, Modules 3 and 4 are in the spring term, and Module 5 is in the summer term each academic year. View the current Academic Calendar online.

No, students in the MED program complete a Teacher Research Project as part of the capstone course, EDU 531, using action research methodology to study a problem of practice in their classroom or school. 

The program is a state-approved program offered by a SACSCOC accredited institution.  

Students are eligible as “full-time and “part-time” students for Federal loans and may be eligible for Federal and/or State grants. (A full-time student is a student taking 12 credit hours or more per term; a part-time student is a student taking 6-12 credit hours.)

Make sure you get the whole picture before making your decision. First, complete your FAFSA so you can see what financial aid you are eligible to receive and complete your application. Once you are admitted to Midway University, you can meet with our Financial Aid Office to discuss all the eligible aid (federal, state and institutional) that you have access to. This is the only way to figure out the true cost and if you will have any out-of-pocket expenses to cover. We also have specific resource information for military students.

The program is among the most affordable approved masters programs offered by an institution in Kentucky with a total cost of only $7,500.  

Midway’s Teacher Education Faculty are always available via email, phone, face-to-face meetings or Zoom web meetings to assist our students. Our job is to work with you throughout the program to ensure your successful understanding of the professional knowledge and skills in the MED curriculum. Additionally, Canvas Tier 1 support is available to the Midway Community.  As a student, you have access to this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Midway University’s Student Success Center provides both Academic Support and Career Services resources for all Midway students. Academic Support includes one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring and virtual (or online) tutoring. Workshops are held throughout the year to support student learning. 

Career Services resources are available to students, alumni and others within our community to help them gain relevant and practical career readiness training through education and experiential learning within internships, job shadowing, career counseling and strategic corporate partnerships. 

Career Outlook

How can a master’s in education work for you? In Kentucky, teachers who have pursued graduate studies or earned their master’s degrees are eligible to earn more per year than their colleagues who have not. (source)

Individuals with an M.Ed. degree often work in educational environments and can serve in roles such as a curriculum specialist or department chair.

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Small Classes

Our average class size is 17 students allowing more interaction with faculty.

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Annually 99% of our traditional undergraduates receive institutional aid.

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Personalized Attention

Our student to faculty ratio is 15 students to 1 faculty member.

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Faye Deters
Professor of Teacher Education
Chair of Department of Education