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

Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs are designed for master's-level students who are not certified as teachers. They provide teacher training and preparation for licensure.

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Essential Information

M.Ed. programs with a secondary licensure option are designed for master's-level students who are not yet licensed as teachers. Individuals with undergraduate degrees and professional experience in other fields may benefit from these programs, which train students in pedagogy and prepare them for licensing exams.

These programs are a viable option for individuals who are interested in teaching specific grade levels or subject areas that could include biology, chemistry, English, social science and mathematics. In addition to coursework, these programs include student teaching, which places a student-teacher in a classroom under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Field experiences and research studies might also be necessary. Like many master's degree programs, M.Ed. programs require students to have a bachelor's degree for admission.

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Master's in Education

An M.Ed. program instructs aspiring teachers on methods of teaching and planning a curriculum. It also provides preparation for handling a classroom and assessing and interacting with students. Some possible course topics include:

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

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment opportunities for high school teachers will increase 6% from 2014-2024, which is about as fast as average ( The BLS states that some subjects, such as science and mathematics, will have a greater amount of openings than other areas. In May 2015, the BLS reported that secondary school teachers earned a median annual salary of $57,200.

Continuing Education

Graduates of these programs must be licensed in order to teach. Currently, to be able to teach in public schools, the BLS indicates that all states require at least a bachelor's degree and supervised teaching experience, while some states require a master's degree. Teachers may be licensed by grade level or subject area.

Professionals who want to redirect their careers toward teaching can get a comprehensive overview of the field of education by earning an M.Ed. Employment for secondary education teachers has average growth with a median salary of more than $57,000.

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