The best source of information about getting a graduate degree in education is Bowdoin’s Education Department.
Graduate schools of education generally offer several programs and degrees. The master’s degree in education is recognized by several titles depending on the institution, but each carries the same weight: for example, Harvard Graduate School of Education offers an M.Ed. (Master’s of Education), University of Pennsylvania offers an M.S.Ed. (Master of Science in Education), Stanford University School of Education offers an M.A. in Education (Master of Arts in Education), and Brown University offers an M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching).
Universities offer a number of master’s programs, ranging from nine months to two years in length. As well as programs leading to a master’s with teaching certification, graduate school of education offer such programs as counseling and psychological services; education policy; education leadership; higher education; early childhood education; language and literacy; teaching, learning, and curriculum; education, culture, and society; arts in education; and international education policy. Consult specific schools of education for program offerings and admissions requirements and speak with Education Department faculty members at Bowdoin for additional guidance.
Like the master’s degree, the doctorate in education degree is recognized by several titles depending on the institution, but each carries the same weight: the Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) and the Ph.D. in Education (Doctor of Philosophy in Education) are the most common. The doctorate in education degree prepares students to assume such roles as university faculty members and senior-level educational leaders, policy makers, and researchers.