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Degree Overview: Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Education with a Secondary Licensure Track

Majors Overview July 27, 2015

This article talks about the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree programs in Education with a secondary licensure track and their education requirements, coursework, job and wage outlook, and continuing education and licensure choices.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Programs in Education with a Secondary Licensure Track

Individuals who want to change careers and become secondary school level teachers would benefit by enrolling into a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education with a secondary licensure track. Program graduates are trained to become eligible for professional licensure. Concentration areas for subjects such as math and science are available in some programs. Program coursework is augmented by clinical field experiences and student teaching experiences in classrooms under licensed teachers’ supervision. Significant research projects may also have to be completed by students.

Education Requirements

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree, in addition to registering for the basic skills assessment as required in many states.


Program coursework covers courses in teaching strategies, learning, and psychology. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Educational psychology
•Educational Leadership
•Teaching methods
•Content area literacy
•Lifespan developmental psychology
•Current issues in education
•Health in educational settings

Job and Wage Outlook

Over the 2012 – 2022 decade, a job growth rate of six percent has been predicted for high school teachers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Teachers of certain subjects, such as science and mathematics, are likely to witness better job prospects. In May 2014, secondary teachers (excluding special and career education teachers) brought in an average annual wage of $59,330 (BLS).

Continuing Education and Licensure Choices

Program graduates must obtain state licensure by meeting education and supervised teaching experience requirements. Individuals who plan to teach a specific subject must pass a content area test. Continuing education requirements have to be met in many states (BLS). The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers professional certifications for various subject areas and grade levels.

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