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Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

The Secondary Education program is designed to serve those secondary school teachers who desire to remain classroom teachers. The goal of the program is to provide the classroom teacher with the expertise, knowledge, and skills to become a master teacher.

There are four areas of specialization: (a) academic content major, (b) curriculum specialist, and (c) mathematics. The Master of Education degree program requires the completion of: 33-36 semester hours, a written comprehensive examination, and a seminar paper.


Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School and must present proof of holding a current state professional teaching certificate certifying qualifications to teach an appropriate area of specialty.


The program makes provisions for the student to acquire:

  1. broad knowledge of school curriculum;
  2. an in-depth understanding of current issues in secondary education;
  3. knowledge of principles of teaching and learning related to classroom practices, procedures, and assessment;
  4. knowledge and skills of classroom management and supervision;
  5. knowledge and skills related to school community relations;
  6. increased comprehension of the foundations of secondary education;
  7. an interdisciplinary conceptualization of the role of the school and the society it serves, including special needs, multicultural, and global populations;
  8. skills in research techniques and the use of various forms of assessment in the interpretation and evaluation of best practices as they relate to secondary education;
  9. technological knowledge and skills related to curriculum design and implementation;
  10. ability to interpret the curriculum to students and parents and to involve parents and students in the process of curriculum change;
  11. skills in recognizing the importance of being a reflective practitioner and the value of theory in practice; and
  12. skills as a mentor teacher to assist others in developing effective teaching strategies.


An area of specialization within secondary education must be selected. The student, in consultation with his/her graduate advisor, should make the selection of an area of specialization. The program includes: a total of 33 semester hours; a written, comprehensive examination; and a written research paper.

The written comprehensive examination may not be taken until the student has completed a minimum of 24 semester hours. Before an individual may take the final course, EDUC 540 Seminar in Secondary Education, the student must have been advanced to candidacy and have passed the written comprehensive examination.

Areas of Specialization

I. Academic Content Field

Four courses of electives in an elected content area (up to 12 hours may be transferred)

EDUC 501 - Learning and Teaching

EDUC 706 - Introduction to Research

EDUC 531 - School Curriculum Development

EDUC 527 - School Law

Two (2) Electives

EDUC 540 - Seminar in Secondary Education

Total 33 Credits


II. Curriculum Specialist

EDUC 501 - Learning and Teaching

EDUC 505 - Recent Issues in Education

EDUC 706 - Introduction Research

EDUC 513 - Curriculum Change and Instructional Methods

EDUC 531 - School Curriculum Development

EDUC 522 - School Administration

EDUC 527 - School Law

EDUC 539 - Curriculum Materials and Appraisal

EDUC 540 - Seminar in Secondary Education

EDUC 557 - School Supervision

One Elective

Total 33 Credits


III. Secondary Mathematics

EDUC 501 - Learning and Teaching

EDUC 506 - Introduction to Research

EDUC 531 - School Curriculum Development

EDUC 540 - Seminar in Secondary Education

MATH 501 - Transition to Abstract Mathematics

MATH 502 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra

MATH 503 - Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries

MATH 507 - History of Mathematics

Two mathematics electives from the following:

MATH 504 - Introduction to Number Theory

MATH 505 - Overview of College Mathematics

MATH 506 - Software and Technology for Math

MATH 509 - Linear Algebra

MATH 508 - Probability and Statistics

MATH 510 - Introduction to Analysis

MATH 511 - General Topology

Two education electives from the following:

EDUC 503 - Statistical Methods in Education

EDUC 505 - Recent Issues in Education

EDUC 527 - School Law

EDUC 510 - Tests and Measurements

EDUC 532 - Classroom Practices and Procedures

EDUC 567 - The Middle School

EDUC 576 - The Talented and Gifted

Total 36 Credits

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Bruce Crim
14000 Jericho Park Road
James E. Proctor Jr. Building,  Room 233Q
Bowie, MD 20715