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FSU’s Online Master of Education, Special Education Concentration, Ranked by GetEducated.com as “Best Buy” for Students Seeking High-Quality Low-Cost Online Degree
09/25/2014

FSU’s Online Master of Education, Special Education Concentration, Ranked by GetEducated.com as “Best Buy” for Students Seeking High-Quality Low-Cost Online Degree

Frostburg State University’s online Master of Education, Special Education concentration, has been ranked a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com, the consumer guide to online colleges, in its independent review of online master’s in the education and special education subject areas. FSU’s program ranked 21st on the special education rankings among all competing options nationwide.

“Frostburg State University’s online Master of Education, Special Education concentration, provides remarkable value to our students, and I’m proud that it is being recognized,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

The online Master of Education, Special Education concentration, is designed for certified teachers or those eligible for certification wishing to add a special education certification. It prepares graduates to diagnose educational problems, prescribe educational programs to meet the needs of individual students, teach students with special needs, evaluate current research in the field of special education, apply new approaches to the classroom and contribute new information and ideas to the field. Students can participate full- or part-time and can earn the degree entirely online or attend some of the core education courses on campus.

The Master of Education, Special Education concentration, like FSU’s other teacher-preparation programs, is accredited by NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Comprehensive rankings for the Best Affordable Master’s in Education Online are based on a survey of 439 online master’s programs from 147 schools offering online options. FSU’s program ranked 71 on this comprehensive list. For the Best Affordable Online Master’s Degree in Special Education, the online college affordability rankings compared tuition and distance learning fees at 49 programs offered at 37 universities with online-only options across the country. To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy affordability ranking list, the online degree profiled must objectively cost less than the national average cost of all the online degrees surveyed in the comprehensive data set.

“FSU has constructed a laudable online delivery system for advanced teacher education. The University’s e-learning system ensures that career advancement is accessible and available in rural areas, especially in areas where no educational opportunity previously existed for working teachers in need of post-bachelor specialization in critical shortage areas such as special education,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com. “FSU is a national leader in the area of teacher education. The school is a laudable example of how the affordability and accessibility crises in teacher education are being solved by traditional schools willing to do the hard work of engineering technologically innovative teaching systems,” said Phillips.

To view the lists of “Best Buys” in online master’s degrees in education, visit http://bit.ly/XXcNWY and http://bit.ly/1qndz63.

The average cost of an online master’s in education, according to the survey, is $18,301, and the average cost of an online master’s degree in special education is $15,857. GetEducated.com estimates the cost of FSU’s online Master of Education, Special Education concentration, at $13,728 for Maryland residents.

For more information about FSU’s online Master of Education, Special Education concentration, call the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053, email gradservices@frostburg.edu or visit www.frostburg.edu/grad.

Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com publishes independent reviews and rankings of the best online universities in the United States along the consumer dimensions of affordability, student satisfaction and national reputation.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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