The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education is a combined undergraduate-graduate five year degree program (bachelors + masters + teaching license) designed for students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and who also wish to obtain teaching credentials. Students must complete general education requirements, a liberal arts or sciences major, and professional studies (education course work) requirements. Students complete education course work and field experiences at the undergraduate level; graduate with their class receiving their bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts or sciences major; and return for one more year during which they complete graduate education course work, an internship, and a research study.
The Secondary Education program is designed for the following licensure areas where endorsement is for grades 6-12:
- Biology (Major in Biology)
- Chemistry (Major in Chemistry)
- Computer Science (Major in Computer Science)
- English (Major in English)
- Earth Science (Major in Environmental Science or Geology)
- History and Social Sciences* (Major in History, Economics, Geography or Political Science)
- Mathematics (Major in Mathematics)
- Physics (Major in Physics)
- Add-on endorsements: Journalism, Speech Communication and Algebra I
You must major in the content area that you will teach.
*Other majors may be considered, e.g., Anthropology, Religion, Sociology, etc. Please see Dr. Broome for more information.
During their undergraduate studies, students in the Secondary Education program complete approximately 90 hours in multiple practicum experiences in local schools. During their graduate year, students complete a two-semester student teaching internship. This consists of four weeks during the fall semester and 14 weeks during the spring semester during which students are in appropriate subject area classrooms full time. Self-analysis and reflection on planned and implemented instruction and frequent conferences with the mentor teacher and the university supervisor are prominent aspects of the experience. Prospective teachers meet as a group throughout the experience for seminars and workshops. Because the internships must be supervised, placements are made in schools local to the university.
After formal acceptance in the program, each candidate is assigned a full-time faculty education advisor in the College of Education. This is in addition to their College of Arts and Sciences advisor. Advising occurs throughout the year whenever students have questions about program and/or licensure requirements. Academic advising for course registration occurs during specific periods in Fall and Spring semesters.
Graduates of the Secondary Education Program are well-prepared for Secondary Education teaching experiences. Our graduates are in high demand in the surrounding areas, and enjoy an excellent reputation when applying for jobs across the state and country. Graduates have gone on to teach in school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and United States, as well as around the world through such organizations as the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Program Course Sequence
Candidates for licensure in this program work towards bachelor’s degrees with a major in the endorsement sought, e.g., a major in English if they wish to teach English. The following professional studies courses are required of all candidates in the Secondary Education program:
General Education Courses:
- Math 200 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits) – Recommended
Required Undergraduate Courses:
- EDUC 204 Introduction to Teaching and Learning: Secondary and PreK-12 (3 credits)*
- EDUC 351 Instructional Design and Assessment (Revised Course) (4 credits)*
- EDUC 384 Introduction to Special Education: Secondary (3 credits)
- EDUC 385 Managing the Secondary Classroom (2 credits)*
- EDUC 420 The Professional Teacher and Critical Issues in Education (3 credits)
Methods Course (select one based on major course of study):
- EDUC 453 The Teaching of English and Theatre Arts (3 credits)*
- EDUC 455 The Teaching of History and Social Sciences (3 credits)*
- EDUC 456 The Teaching of Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)*
- EDUC 458 The Teaching of Sciences (3 credits)*
Required Graduate Courses:
- INDT 501 Instructional Technology (3 credits)**
- EDCI 515 Literacy and Language Across the Curriculum (3 credits)*
- EDUC 521 Educational Research Methods (2 credits)**
- EDUC 530 Masters Research (3 credits)
- EDUC 531 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
- EDUC 535 Advanced Pedagogy (3 credits)
- EDUC 536 Advanced Pedagogy Internship (5 credits)*
- EDUC 540 Initial Licensure Internship (12 credits)*
- EDUC 541 Secondary and PreK-12 Graduate Internship Seminar (1 credit)
*denotes course requiring practicum
** courses taken during final undergraduate year
Teacher Education Program Admission & Licensure Testing Requirements
Admission to the program requires passing scores on Praxis Core (reading, writing and mathematics) or the qualifying equivalent exam.
To become a fully licensed teacher in Virginia you must take and pass licensure tests before your graduate year. The tests required are the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and the Praxis II exam for the content area.
Documents, Deadlines & Policies
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Biology
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Chemistry
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Computer Science
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Earth Science
M.Ed. Secondary Education: English
M.Ed. Secondary History and Social Sciences
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Math
M.Ed. Secondary Education: Physics
Program Policies: Graduate Academic Catalog
Questions about programs, contact:
Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Dr. John P. Broome
Program Director of Elementary, PreK-12, Secondary, and Special Education
Phone: (540) 654-1352