Secondary Education: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) with an emphasis in Secondary Education is a thirty (30) hour program that enhances the knowledge and skills of content teachers in the secondary (7 – 12) classroom. The candidate may choose one of four content areas as a specialization: English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies. The program allows for two options: Option I is geared toward candidates who wish to remain as high school teachers, while Option II is for candidates who wish to pursue employment at the community college level. The program addresses current state and national standards with special emphases placed on lifelong learning, research findings and innovative curricula.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction must meet the following requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully. These include but are not limited to: Passing Score on Praxis II Content Field, or Passing Score on Praxis II PLT, or competitive Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE: all sections).
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
  • Undergraduate degree in (Elementary, Secondary, Special, Early Childhood) Education or a closely related field.

(Completion of the M.Ed. does not lead to initial licensure for programs in the Department of Teacher Education.)

Application deadlines:

  • April 1 (summer admission)
  • May 1 (fall admission)
  • November 1 (spring admission)

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

Candidates may return to their respective schools and receive the pay increase for the AA license if Option I is chosen, or they may pursue a position at the community college level.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The full program of study for the Master of Education with an emphasis in secondary education is offered only at the Oxford campus. There are some online courses and a number of the courses needed are taught at the regional campuses. Typically a candidate can complete at least half of the needed hours either on-line or at the regional campuses.

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