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Secondary Education

master of education (m.ed.)master of arts in teaching (m.a.t.)master of science in teaching (m.s.t.)

Students in secondary education can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.), if they possess a strong background in their content area. Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major in the field of desired licensure or an equivalent degree. Those applicants with less content knowledge in the particular field should consult a faculty member in that field.

In addition to required courses in the field of education, secondary education master's degrees require courses taken at the graduate level in the arts and sciences department of specialization. M.Ed. students take a minimum of two graduate courses in A&S, and M.A.T./M.S.T. students take five graduate courses in their content area.

These degree programs lead to (grades 8-12) licensure in one of the following disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology (Earth Science), physics, and mathematics.

Courses of study are carefully planned with a faculty advisor. Given the shifting demographics of US schools, all candidates have the opportunity to obtain a Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Certificate. This experience prepares teachers to work with English Language Learners in mainstream classrooms.

All of the Master's programs leading to licensure in secondary education include practicum experiences in addition to course work. For the initial pre-practicum, candidates typically spend one day per week in a school setting with a mentor teacher. For the full practicum, candidates work full-time for 14 weeks in all aspects of classroom teaching working closely with a cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

For more information about eligibility and licensure, visit the Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction Department page.

Program of Study

In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

Upon completion of the program in Secondary Education graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Teach for social justice, defined as improving the learning of all pupils and enhancing their life chances. 
  • Possess subject matter knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge, and demonstrate this knowledge in practice.
  • Be knowledgeable about and show understand of the relationships among culture, language, learning, and schooling.
  • Develop and demonstrate in practice social justice orientations, commitments, and interpretive frameworks.
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning across their professional lifespan and possess knowledge of technology tools to do so.
  • Assess and promote all pupils’ learning.

View more information about the graduate admission and financial aid process.