9 Master’s of Education Programs You Can Finish in as Little as 12 Months

April 07, 2022

Nicky Wiley

Senior Director of Enrollment

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Looking for an affordable, online M.Ed. program you can finish in one year? Your search has come to an end. Here we will share how you can accelerate a master’s degree in education to finish in as little as 12 months as well as the specific programs where it’s possible.

How to Finish a M.Ed. Degree in 12 Months

To determine whether or not you’ll be able to finish a master’s degree in 12 months, the first thing to look at is the number of courses in the program or the number of semester credits. The fewer the courses, the higher the likelihood that you’ll be able to finish in a year.

Existing academic credits can also help you finish a master’s degree faster, as long as they are eligible and accepted. If you have credits you want to transfer, be sure to look for a transfer-friendly institution.

Next, see if the program allows you to take more than one course at a time. This will partially depend on how the program has been designed. Some programs may have courses you are required to take in a certain sequence. In that instance, it may be tougher to take more than one course at a time. If your goal is to finish your master’s degree in a year, look for programs where courses can be taken in tandem with each other.

Finally, it helps to time the start of your program around a time in your schedule where you know you’ll have more time to dedicate to your studies. For most educators, summers are an ideal time to accelerate their program because school isn’t in session and their schedules open up. They’ll take advantage of their extra time to take multiple courses each term, which is a surefire way to speed up a program. So it’s a good idea to plan ahead by starting your master’s program in the spring, so that all the introductory courses are out of the way by the time summer rolls around.

What M.Ed. Degree Programs Can I Finish in 12 Months?

At American College of Education, programs are specifically designed to allow all students the option to double up on courses, as long as the student is in good academic standing. That means you can finish any ACE program faster than our listed estimated time to completion.

There are nine M.Ed. programs that are especially well suited for a 12-month completion timeline:

Featuring some of our most popular and well-ranked M.Ed. programs, all of these master’s degrees are 31-semester credit hours and just 11 courses long. By doubling up on courses for only two terms, you can finish any one of these programs in as little as 12 months and start enjoying the benefits of a master’s degree right away.

American College of Education’s low-cost, high-quality education programs will help you reach your career goals. In some cases, you can even finish your master’s degree in as little as one year. Start your educational journey today.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of American College of Education.
Nicky Wiley
Nicky Wiley, Senior Director of Enrollment

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