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Online Master of Science Degree inTEACHING AND LEARNING

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You have the passion and the talent for teaching. Now become a more effective educator. 


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Do you love teaching? Do you have a love of education? Are you thrilled by the prospect of helping students develop their knowledge?

If so, then CSU-Global's online Master's of Science in Teaching and Learning can help you become an even more effective and passionate educator in this very rewarding field.

This CSU-Global master’s degree program in teaching and learning is designed for all types of educators, including K-12 teachers, adult teachers, school administrators, corporate trainers, special education teachers, and instructional designers.

As a teaching and learning expert, you will be responsible for overseeing school curricula, teaching standards, developing instructional materials, coordinating the implementation of those materials, and assessing the effectiveness of the educational programs.

Fill out the form to the right to speak to an Enrollment Counselor, and find out what CSU-Global can do to help you become the professional educator you know you can be.

Be sure to check out the Licensures that you can obtain as part of your Master of Science in Teaching and Learning degree. These will help you to become a principal, vice principal, or teach in high-demand subject areas. Click here to learn more.

Earn Your Master's Degree In Teaching and Learning

In CSU-Global’s Master of Science in Teaching and Learning degree program, you’ll develop more effective strategies for educating students with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles.

The program will familiarize you with the latest research on the ways in which people learn, and you’ll explore how to handle the ethical, legal, and social issues that surround education today.

In addition, you’ll learn the best ways to design a curriculum, and how emerging technologies can be used to improve the efficacy of your teaching methods.

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The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program elevates students' leadership competencies, intellect, and professional knowledge of K-12 educational best and emerging practices. The program is designed to develop educational leaders through its emphasis on instruction, research-based practices, and program development and management in K-12 learning environments and non-traditional settings. Through a curriculum that is both rigorous and relevant and that implements and assesses project-based outcomes, students will gain techniques for the promotion of lifelong learning and academic excellence as well as learn to analyze and evaluate teaching and learning principles to meet specific educational needs. CSU-Global does not provide educator licensing or endorsement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify strategies for developing, administering, evaluating, and managing educational programs.
  • Examine various learning theories and design teaching and assessment strategies for specific learning environments.
  • Acquire advanced instructional and design principles. 
  • Explore and facilitate the use of contemporary and emergent technologies relevant to learning environments.
  • Apply skills for effective program planning and development within an educational setting.

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All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.

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Career Outlook

The projected growth rate for this industry within the next seven years is 13%, about as fast as the all-occupation average. This means that you can expect strong competition for the best jobs in the best school districts, and a master's degree in teaching and learning can go a long way toward separating you from your competition. 

You may be a successful teaching professional if you like to:

  • Develop learning plans
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher conferences
  • Assess and discuss education standards and regulations
  • Recommend teaching materials
  • Train other teachers about new content or new programs
  • Improve the quality of education

Most educational professionals are in charge of making sure all the tasks listed above are completed.

If it sounds like we are describing you, become an even more effective teacher by earning your master’s degree in teaching and learning. Fill out the form to your right to get started.

Degree Optimization

We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Teaching and Learning Assessment Strategies and Education Theory and Research are two of the awards you can receive as part of our teaching and learning program. 

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CSU-Global’s accredited online master’s degree in teaching and learning is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of 8 three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. (Some M.S. in Teaching and Learning students may be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.) 

  • RES501*: Fundamentals of Research and Writing

    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.

    The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.

  • OTL502: Learning Theories and Models of Instruction

    This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address diverse learning styles and conceptual frameworks for engaging learners. Students will explore theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and cognitive development. By examining a range of principles, perspectives and tools, students will gain an understanding of learning and teaching in a variety of contexts. Students will use problem solving, application, and evaluation skills to analyze the theories and practices of educational organizations.

  • OTL504: Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in 21st Century Learning

    This course provides educators with an overview of the legal, ethical, and social issues that are unique in the 21st century learning environment. Topics such as learner privacy online, the appropriate uses of newer technologies, copyright, and intellectual property on the Internet will be presented. Students will also examine privacy law and contemporary legal issues of the 21st century classrooms.

  • OTL539: Theory and Practice in Backward Design

    Introduction to instructional system design theories and models used in Pre-K-12 learning environments and nontraditional settings with a focus on backward design. This course is a replacement course for OTL540k as of the 2017-2018 Fall term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses.

  • OTL547: Evaluation and Assessment

    Examination of methods and techniques for evaluation and assessment of learning in Pre-K-12 settings with a focus on instructional improvement and student achievement. Students who take OTL541K will not be able to apply this credit towards any program requiring OTL547. Students in the Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning program prior to the 2017-2018 Fall trimester take OTL541k.

  • OTL545: Technology and Innovation

    This course presents how present and emerging technologies are transforming society and schools and the implications these changes have for teaching and learning. Strategies for building students' critical thinking habits, innovation, and creativity with respect to new technologies and media will be developed in the context of 21st century literacies (information, visual, etc.). Students will explore the practical context for the use of technology and will develop skills that identify and address the challenge of using technology creatively in teaching and learning situations today.

  • OTL565: Cultural Responsiveness in the Differentiated Classroom

    An examination of the theories and concepts that define cultural responsiveness with an emphasis on the theory and methods for creating multiple pathways of learning to accommodate students with varying backgrounds of knowledge, readiness, language, interest, and learning styles.

  • OTL568: Action Research

    Advanced examination of an educator led research approach with an emphasis on instructional improvement and student learning.

  • OTL579: Research-Based Professional Project OR OTL581: Capstone - Researching Effective Educational Programming

    Students have the option of selecting OTL579 or OTL581 as the capstone course of this program. See the Academic Catalog for full course descriptions. Both options represent a culmination of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the M.S. in Teaching and Learning program.

* Master’s Plus - Some M.S. in Teaching and Learning students may be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** Effective as of the 2013-2014 Winter-A term, students have the option of selecting OTL579 or OTL581 as their capstone course. OTL581 is a replacement course for OTL599. Students who started prior to the 2013-2014 Winter-A term may select to complete OTL599 as their capstone degree requirement instead of these options.


  • Contemporary Practices in K-12 Online Learning

    Educators looking to gain advanced knowledge of online learning within K-12 instruction should consider this program. Focus on the best practices and theories of knowledge on how to incorporate engaging curriculum into online environments and the specialization includes a hands-on practicum.

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  • English K-12 Educators

    This specialization is designed to provide existing K-12 English teachers with the graduate level credit in composition, rhetoric, critical analysis & literature necessary to be qualified to teach dual enrollment courses.

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  • English Language Learning (ELL)

    Students in the English Language Learning program gain the experience and skills necessary to teach preK-12 students from diverse language backgrounds.

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  • Global Management

    The Global Management program facilitates student’s awareness of topics present in global business, including communications, international accounting and finance, and economic aspects related to business decisions.

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  • Human Resource Management

    Students interested in furthering their careers in the field of human resources should consider this program, which provides organizational management skills with an emphasis on personnel, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. This program is designed as an HRCI certification prep course.

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  • Human Resource Performance

    Students who aim to improve an organization’s effectiveness through human resources should consider the Human Resource Performance program. Emphasis is on the successful management of organized labor employees in dynamic environments.

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  • Information Technology

    Managers, directors, and senior executives in information technology can gain vital knowledge to increase an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace through the advanced IT strategies and implementation training provided by this program.

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  • International Management

    In today’s global marketplace, effective leadership in any industry requires special skills. Students interested in pursuing a career with multi-national strategic vision benefit from the skills and application of knowledge obtained in the International Management program.

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  • K-12 Education Technology and Instructional Design

    This program is ideal for instructional designers, K-12 educators, K-12 technology specialists, and K-12 library and media specialists who want to expand their expertise to that of the K-12 online school and classroom.

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  • Math K-12 Educators

    This specialization is designed to provide existing K-12 math teachers with the graduate level credit in mathematics necessary to be qualified to teach dual enrollment courses.

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  • Online Learning Innovation and Design

    Students of the Online Learning program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create a powerful and engaging learning experience. Areas of study include the practical application of innovative and original instructional delivery, virtual learning environments, and evaluation of learning outcome achievement.

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  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management

    Managers, at any level or tenure, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of business. Students in this program gain the tools for career advancement by learning to thrive through market innovations and handle rapid organizational growth and change.

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  • Organizational Learning and Performance

    Organizational Learning and PerformanceLearn to apply essential learning strategies and instructional design techniques in order to increase performance and accomplish organizational goals. Key topics include performance and delivery systems, assessment and evaluation, the use of learning technologies, and strategic planning and leadership.

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  • Population Health

    The Population Health specialization program prepares professionals in healthcare leadership roles to understand and analyze healthcare data on population groups, help to determine which socioeconomic factors may contribute to health outcomes, and recognize the needs of communities as related to healthcare, prevention, and safety.

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  • Project Management

    This graduate level program in project management offers extensive leadership and skill development regarding improved organizational efficiency and performance. These courses include topic areas, practical skills, and knowledge aligned to professional certifications associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) including the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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  • Strategic Digital Information Marketing

    The Strategic Digital Information in Marketing specialization provides students with the foundation and framework for a leadership role in marketing.

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  • Strategic Innovation and Change Management

    This program focuses on enhancing one’s ability to efficiently manage through the strategic implementation of change and evolution within a business or organization. Managers who effectively adapt to meet the needs of their environment are more likely to succeed.

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  • Teacher Leadership

    Teachers and professional educators who wish to become leaders of change and innovation will benefit from this program. In coordination with a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, students will gain the knowledge to enhance the learning environment through policy and professional development.

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Cost and Schedule


Earning your master’s degree shows you have excellent critical thinking and decision making skills; earning it at CSU-Global means you are already pretty good at it. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition upcharges. 

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We know you’re busy. But school can fit into your professional, family, and other life obligations. Our year round, 100% online classes give you the flexibility to learn and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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TeacherReady™ Licensure

While CSU-Global does not provide educator licensing or endorsement, its students now have the ability to earn a Teaching License online through our trusted-partner program, TeacherReady™, an online alternative licensure and NCATE accredited program.

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Principal Licensure

Interested in furthering your ability to lead your school or your district as a principal or in another administrative role? Our state-approved Educational Leadership program might be right for you.

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