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Degree Overview: Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Program for Secondary Licensure

Majors Overview August 5, 2015

This article talks about Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs leading to secondary licensure and their educational requirements, coursework, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs for Secondary Licensure

Master’s level students who have yet to obtain teaching licensure could benefit from enrolling into Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs with a secondary licensure option. The program would particularly benefit undergraduate degree holders who have professional experience in other fields. Students enrolled in the program are trained in pedagogy and prepared for licensing exams.

These programs would also be particularly beneficial to those interested in teaching specific subject areas or grade levels; the subject areas could include chemistry, biology, social science, English, or mathematics. Additionally, coursework includes student teaching where an enrollee is placed in a classroom while being supervised by a licensed teacher. Field experiences and research studies might also be necessary.

Educational Requirements

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold bachelor’s degrees. Some programs may have additional requirements, including a content area preparation form, standardized test scores, such as the Graduate Record Examination, or recommendation letters.


Enrollees in a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program learn how to teach and plan a curriculum. The program also prepares them to assess and interact with students, while handling a classroom effectively. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Secondary classroom assessment
•Research methods in teaching
•Education and psychology
•Classroom management
•Theory of pedagogy

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). More job opportunities are available in some subjects, such as mathematics and science, than in others. In May 2012, secondary school teachers brought in the highest average annual wage of $55,050 among all teachers in the nation.

Continuing Education Choices

State-level licensure, a bachelor’s degree and supervised teaching experience are mandatory for teaching careers in public schools (BLS). In some states, a master’s degree is also mandated. Individual states may have additional requirements. Licensure may be available in subject area or grade level.

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