M.Ed. Secondary Education
The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the secondary level by broadening the background of teachers in the various areas of study and preparing teachers as action researchers. The departments in which courses are normally taken are: Biology, Chemistry,Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Health Education, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre.Students who wish to complete a concentration in one of the disciplines normally taught at the secondary school level, as part of a Master of Education degree, must already hold a professional teaching certificate. If the applicant does not have an acceptable background but desires to complete a major, these deficiencies may be removed by completing courses for undergraduate credit.Students planning to complete this program must complete 22 credits of professional development courses and 15 credits in an appropriate discipline, representing the student’s greatest interest. The Master of Education in Secondary Education degree requires a minimum of 37credit-hours to complete. Professional development courses may be completed concurrently with content area courses. Elective courses and content area courses taken prior to completing the professional development courses should be held to a minimum. After completing twelve (12) credit-hours of professional development courses, the student should complete candidacy and committee papers with the approval of the initial advisor.The student’s program should be planned with the advisor prior to selecting courses. The students completing the M.Ed. Secondary Education program are required to present a Professional Level Teaching Portfolio as part of the oral examination.