Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education

A secondary education degree empowers you to empower adolescent minds during a pivotal stage of intellectual exploration.

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About This Program

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Secondary Education gives students the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become a truly impactful educator in their field. 

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education has four emphases to choose from:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

 The M.Ed. program prepares teachers to:

  • Develop and engage in appropriate teaching strategies by studying, interacting, practicing, and reflecting
  • Collaborate to identify and meet the broad range of goals for which schools are responsible today
  • Model and encourage students to lead, problem-solve, and pursue lifelong learning
  • Respect and serve culturally diverse populations and communities

Read on to learn how the Master in Secondary Education at Ole Miss can prepare you to shape tomorrow's leaders.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Master's Program

    Area of Study



    2 years


    M.Ed. in Secondary Education

    Program Location



    Social Studies;

    Required Credit Hours


    M.Ed. in Secondary Education

    M.Ed. in Secondary Education graduates master engaging instructional strategies, effective classroom management techniques, and curriculum development tailored for adolescents.

    The M.Ed. in Secondary Education requires the following courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

    To complete the Master of Education in Secondary Education, students must complete:

    • 9 hours of Professional Core Courses
    • 21 hours of Specialization Courses

    Professional Core Courses (9)

    • EDCI 601 Advanced Learning Theory & Practice
    • EDCI 603 Measurement & Evaluation for Classroom Teachers
    • EDRS 605 Educational Research I

    Specialization Courses (21)

    Specialization courses vary by emphases. Please refer to the Degree Plan for more information.

    Other Academic Requirements

    M.Ed. in Secondary Education candidates must successfully complete EDCI 630 and have a minimum of 45 hours of advisor-approved field experiences.

    Students applying to the M.Ed. in Secondary Education must meet the following requirements. Students must have:

    • An undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of their coursework.
    • A teaching license OR the results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully.
      • These may include but aren't limited to: a passing score on the Praxis II Content Field or on the Praxis II PLT, or a competitive GRE score (all sections), or a valid teaching license.

    There are two options for the Master of Education in Secondary Education:  

    • Option 1 is geared toward candidates who wish to remain as high school teachers, while  
    • Option 2 is for candidates who wish to pursue employment at the community college level. Teaching candidates that choose Option 2 will need to become full-time students and expect to take courses between 8:00am and 3:00pm on the Oxford campus.  

    The program addresses current state and national standards with special emphases placed on lifelong learning, research findings and innovative curricula. 

    To properly complete the application process for admission, students must submit all application materials before the following priority deadlines:

    • April 1st (summer admission)
    • May 1st (fall admission)
    • November 1st (spring admission)
    Ellen Foster

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    If you have any questions about the M.Ed. in Elementary Education, don't hesitate to reach out!

    Ellen Foster

    Professor of Teacher Education

    How much more can you make with an master's degree in Secondary Education?


    According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, a "master's degree earns teachers an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor's degree."

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