A master's degree in any field, including education, typically takes 1 to 2 years of full-time coursework. Part-time students can expect to need 2 to 5 years to earn their master's degree in education. The exact length of time depends on the school, number of classes taken each semester and program.
A master's degree is often considered a terminal degree, meaning students who receive it generally have the skills needed to enter or advance in their chosen field. One way students can receive a master's degree is by participating in a year-long intensive graduate education program, such as those offered through the Harvard University School of Education. Other options include online programs and part-time enrollment.