M.Ed. in Secondary Education

**New admittance into the 5-year programs will be discontinued starting Fall 2020.  Please refer to our new 4-year programs


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.

Endorsement Offered (recommended major)

  • 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

*Other majors may be considered, e.g., Anthropology, Religion, Sociology, etc. Please see Dr. Davis for more information.


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.

Clinical Experiences

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.


Testing Information

Program Policies: Graduate Academic Catalog

Questions about programs, contact:

Dr. April Brecht
Director of Advising Center Services
Phone: (540) 286-8032
Email: abrecht@umw.edu

Dr. John Broome
Program Director for Elementary, PreK-12 and Secondary
Phone:  (540) 654-1352
Email: jbroome@umw.edu