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$62,870 Median Annual Salary for High School Teachers
1,052,080 Projected New Jobs through 2029
36 Credit Hours Required
$525 Cost Per Credit Hour

Design and Deliver Quality Online Lessons for Diverse Learners

The number of students—at all grade levels—taking classes and completing assignments online continues to grow. With USF’s Master of Online Teaching degree, licensed educators like you can discover and apply several methods to create and teach quality online lessons while reaping the career and salary advancement benefits that come with a master’s.

Guided by Franciscan values, USF MOT graduates have a profound impact on their students as they reverence each person’s unique dignity and encourage a trustful community of learners in their classrooms.

You’ll learn from longtime educators with extensive online experience, all in a program structure that helps you balance your studies with the rest of your schedule. USF’s Virtual Campus has six start dates during the year, and most courses are offered in short eight-week sessions.

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Graduates of the MOT program are prepared to:

  • Design quality online lessons and courses by adapting existing frameworks for online learning (ADDIE, Backward design, Bloom’s Taxonomy, etc.).
  • Skillfully implement online learning tools into their everyday instruction—even when teaching students face-to-face.
  • Transition from in-person to online teaching more seamlessly in case of emergencies or other circumstances.
  • Create a fair and equitable online learning environment by increasing their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Pursue online instruction career opportunities at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

MOT Program at a Glance

You can complete your master’s by taking just 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours. Each course builds on your existing skills as you adapt your teaching style to better meet the needs of online learners.

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Why Choose USF for Your MOT Online?

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Institutionally Accredited

HLC-NCA: University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Complete in One Year

12 months when attending full time
(2 classes at a time)

24 months as a part-time student
(1 class at a time)

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Become a More Effective Teacher

99% of USF education graduates are rated effective or highly effective teachers by their school principals.

$525 per credit

(2021–2022 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

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Potential Career Settings

  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • District, State, or Other Administrative Settings

Average Salary Difference

For Teachers with a Master’s vs. a Bachelor’s in Fort Wayne Community Schools

+$4,147

National Council on Teacher Quality (2018)

Growing Online Demand

Percentage of U.S. Students Who Use Digital Learning Tools Daily

High School: 63%
Middle School: 64%
Elementary School: 45%

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Meet Your Program Director

Brittany Straub

“Now more than ever, educators must know how to utilize technology and educational programs to support student learning. With a master’s degree in online teaching, educators will advance their skills in virtual teaching to enhance student learning in an online or in-person environment.”


Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

As an online student at the University of Saint Francis, you’ll work with an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

Smarthinking Tutoring Service

Need help with a challenging course or assignment? Smarthinking’s online resources and video tutorials are available 24/7. Plus, you can schedule live tutoring or writing sessions Sundays through Thursdays.

USF Mentoring Program

USF alumni can provide one-on-one mentoring to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Just create a profile, get matched with a USF grad, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“Not every learner is the same. When I treat my students on an individual level, it matters to them. USF treated me the same way; I wasn’t just a number. When I teach, I carry that on with me.”

—Nadzara Sakinovic, USF Education Bachelor’s and Master’s Graduate

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