Secondary Education: MEd
The graduate program in secondary education is designed for people who desire to improve their competencies as educators. It provides teachers with opportunities to acquire additional knowledge in professional education and in their teaching specialties. The program offers courses dealing with topics of practical interest, such as classroom management, measurement and evaluation, curriculum development, and advanced teaching methods, all classes in which direct classroom application is the main focus.
Students may choose to study in an additional area:
- Gifted and talented
- ESL (MEd only)
- English/language arts
- Middle school
- Social studies
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education nationwide, and the college is also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report.
The MEd is designed for students who desire to work in the field of education. This includes school personnel as well as individuals who are involved in education-related activities in industry and other areas.
USU also partners with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) to offer an alternative route to licensure to help hired secondary education teachers earn licensure. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in a subject taught in secondary education, be determined eligible by the USBE, find employment as a teacher, and then apply to graduate school at USU. Recommendation for licensure comes from the USBE. Utah State University simply provides most of the coursework (USBE Pedagogical Knowledge Requirements) and the opportunity to earn an MEd in secondary education. Courses are delivered at various locations throughout Utah through USU’s Regional Campuses.
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Secondary Education - MEd
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students can receive the MEd by pursuing one of two options:
- The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.
- A second option, Plan C, does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.
Most students in the department pursue the Plan C option.
Applicants must have a standard secondary teaching certificate and have completed at least one year of successful secondary education teaching. Students who do not meet those requirements, however, can pursue the department’s secondary graduate route to licensure program. For this, they must have a bachelor’s degree in a licensable area, as determined by the state. Additionally, in this program students must choose between science, mathematics, and ESL.
- Fill out the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT
- GPA of 3.0 or higher during most recent 60 semester hours
- Provide a copy of your transcript
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- Recommendation by department screening committee
International students have additional admissions requirements.
The secondary education program has rolling admission, meaning applications are accepted at all times, and students are admitted depending upon available space in the program.
Graduate assistantships (teaching or research) for full-time graduate students are available. For the best chance to be awarded an assistantship, applicants should have their applications completed by the end of February.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
Graduates generally continue on in their teaching careers in schools. Additionally, graduates may also pursue leadership positions in private and public K-12 organizations.
The following degrees are available on the USU Eastern Price and Blanding Campuses:
- Education, PhD
- Administrative/Supervisory Concentration, Grad Cert
- Administrative Supervisory, Licensure
- Chemistry, Endorsement
- Secondary Education - Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL), Licensure
- Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), Licensure
- School Library Media Administration, Endorsement
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