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Master of Education in Secondary EducationRequest Information

Dr. Bolton, Program Coordinator

This program is designed primarily to strengthen the professional knowledge, skills, and understanding of the graduate student. Practicing teachers will increase their knowledge base of effective teaching. In addition to the education courses offered, the 15 semester hour elective area allows students to increase their knowledge in the academic content area.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting admission requirements of the University, the student must

  • Submit two letters of recommendations, all transcripts and a goals statement.
  • Be approved by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education for graduate work.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant have a valid teaching certificate. Applicants whose certification is not in secondary education may, at the department chairperson's discretion, be required to take course work beyond the minimum semester-hour requirements for the degree.

Upon admission, students will be assigned advisors who will help them to outline the appropriate program. All work for the program must be approved by the advisor and the departmental graduate committee.

To apply for the graduate program, go to the Graduate Studies web page and click on the APPLY NOW button.

Requirements for Admission to Degree Candidacy

During the pre-candidacy period, the student must

  • Attain full status, if admission status to the program was provisional.
  • Complete these required courses: EDF 500 and 510, and EDP 550.
  • Achieve a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the required courses in the area of concentration.
  • Show evidence of academic, personal, and professional qualities that satisfy the advisor and the departmental graduate committee.

Degree Requirements (36 semester hours)

  • Required Courses (9 semester hours) EDF 500 and 510, EDP 550
  • Area of Concentration Requirements (12 semester hours) A minimum of 12 semester hours must be selected from the following
    EDF 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 509, 515, 516, 520, 570, 580, 581, 589, 590; EDP 531, 557, 560, 569; EDS 502, 505, 524
  • Electives (15 semester hours) The electives may be from courses listed above, or from courses in the student's teaching field. They also may be a combination of both.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must perform satisfactorily on a written comprehensive examination, which is given at least once in each semester and in the summer session.

To be eligible, students must have

  • Taken the required courses: EDF 500 and 510, and EDP 550.
  • Completed 28 semester hours of coursework, including the nine semester hours of required courses and 12 semester hours from the area of concentration.
  • Attained a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the required courses and the courses in the area of concentration.
  • Received their adviser's recommendations and the approval of the departmental graduate committee.

Students who fail the comprehensive examination are allowed a second attempt. A second failure terminates candidacy.