Take the next step in your education career.

You’ve already spent time in the classroom and know the challenges, now you can work to find the solutions with a tailored master’s degree in secondary education. You can choose educational studies to deepen your knowledge of your field of expertise or educational technology to expand your knowledge of technology in the classroom. 

Since Southeast has been preparing educators since 1873, you can feel confident in our history, our reputation, and our accreditation. We're consistently recognized for academic excellence by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for institutions in the Midwest and fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

What You'll Do

The M.A. in Secondary Education program focuses on improving your teaching and organizational abilities to take your classroom instruction to the next level. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Complete research relating to challenges in your own teaching. 
  • Start using what you learn immediately in your classroom. 
  • Learn the latest technology and educational methods for secondary education. 

What Can You Do with a M.A. in Secondary Education?

Teacher’s with a master’s degree in secondary education are often considered leaders in their school because of their specialized knowledge. What you learn can be used to improve your classroom instruction and prepare you to take on other roles in the district. 

You’ll be prepared to take on roles such as: 

  • District Technology Director 
  • Curriculum Leader 
  • Program Leader 

Those who choose 18 hours of content as their electives may be eligible to teach dual credit courses in their school.

Secondary Education Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Secondary Education by the Numbers

  • $66K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for instructional coordinators is $66,490.

  • $63K

    Training and Development Specialists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for training and development specialists in education is $63,080. Training and development specialists create programming around professional development and training.

Secondary Education Curriculum

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale 

International applicants must also have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 OR TOEFL score of 95. This requirement is for non-United States citizens who are not native English speakers. Students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from English proficiency verification. 

Probationary Admission 

Probationary admission will be considered by the Office of Admissions if the applicant presents a GPA that is 2.5 to 2.749. The applicant must complete six hours of graduate level course work in the core area of study with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the program. 

Appeals Process 

Applicants who are denied admission can appeal to the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies Admission Appeals Committee, which is composed of one representative from each program offering a graduate program. 

Core Courses:

  • GR691 Methods of Research (3)
  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Exam (0)- Must be taken during the last semester
  • SE600 Multimedia in Education (3)*
  • SE638 Improvement of Instruction and Assessment (3)
  • SE641 Teaching in a Multicultural Society (3)
  • SE642 Secondary Curriculum Development (3)

*May not be required for the Educational Studies option, depending on the content area chosen

Educational Studies Option:

  • 15 hours in subject specialty area - Autism, Educational Studies, English, or Science

Educational Technology Option:

  • SE500 Technology in Instruction (3)
  • SE617 Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
  • SE618 Assessment Using Technology (3)
  • SE683 Instructional Design and Technology (3)
  • SE685 Planning for Tech in the School District/Organization (3)
These two programs do not require an internship or practicum. However, the Educational Studies option best serves those students who are current teachers.

Professor in the Department of Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education

"In order to promote a sense of community and collaboration, I design each class to address active student engagement where my philosophy centers on the constructivist approach to learning. "

Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Ed.D.

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College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.


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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Office Location
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Mailing Address
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