Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification

The MA in Secondary Education provides candidates with the theoretical and pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for initial certification in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) in one of five subject areas: English, Math, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science), Social Studies/History, and World Language (French, German, Latin, or Spanish). Through a combination of foundational and subject-specific coursework, field experiences, and a culminating master's project, candidates earn both their initial certification and master's degree. Candidates can earn their master's degree and certification in Secondary Education through the post-baccalaureate master's degree program or through the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts degree program.

For the MA in Secondary Education, candidates complete all core and discipline-specific course work, including the following:

Core Curriculum
ED 0429Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 0441Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education3
ED 0442Educational Psychology3
ED 0499Introduction to Educational Research3
or ED 0552 Participatory Research and Advocacy in School and Community Settings
ED 0512Contemporary Schooling in Society3
ED 0530Assessment and Differentiated Instruction3
MD 0400Introduction to Educational Technology3
SE 0405Exceptional Learners in the Mainstream3
Discipline-Specific Courses
Select 18-24 credits in Discipline-Specific coursework (see below)18-24
Master's Project
ED 0511Educating for Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement: A Capstone Seminar 13
or ED 0599 Professional Writing Seminar: Product of Learning
Total Credits45-51
1

ED 0599 may be substituted for Secondary Math candidates only.

Note: Grade of B (3.0) or better is required in student teaching.

Discipline-Specific Coursework

English

ED 0459Developmental Reading in the Secondary School3
ED 0466English Methods3
ED 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education6
ED 0589English Seminar3
EN 0405Literature for Young Adults3
EN 0411Teaching Writing in the 3-12 Classroom3
EN 0417Teaching and Learning Grammar3
Total Credits24

History/Social Studies

ED 0468Social Studies/History Methods3
ED 0515Economic and Physical Geography3
ED 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education6
ED 0594Social Studies/History Seminar3
Select one elective in American Studies with advisor approval3
Total Credits18

Mathematics

ED 0455The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-123
ED 0464Mathematics Methods3
ED 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education6
ED 0591Mathematics Seminar3
Select two graduate-level mathematics electives in Statistics and Geometry with advisor approval 26
Total Credits21
2

If taken previously, alternate courses may be selected with advisor approval.

Science

ED 0462Science Methods3
ED 0572Guided Research in Science3
ED 0573Instructional Issues in Teaching Science3
ED 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education6
ED 0592Science Seminar3
Total Credits18

World Language

ED 0455The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-123
ED 0463World Language Methods3
ED 0581Directed Observation and Supervised Student Teaching: Secondary Education6
ED 0593World Language Seminar3
SL 0439Methods of Foreign Language Teaching for Elementary School3
SL 0467Language Acquisition3
Total Credits21