Master of Education—Secondary Education

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Sara Young
Phone: 508-929-8246

The Education Department at WSU is committed to creating a teaching/learning-based environment that will provide caring, competent, creative teachers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. The programs provide theoretical and practical knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. Practitioners who are schooled in reflective practices and contemporary, research-based classroom techniques, strategies, and resources become skilled educators. Lifelong learning is a requirement of being an effective teacher/scholar and professional development is integral to teacher growth.

The Master of Education in Secondary School Education is for High School teachers who already possess an initial or professional license. People who do not have their initial license should complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Initial Teacher Licensure in Middle or Secondary School prior to applying to the M.Ed. program.  Students have used the degree for career advancement, professional licensure, curriculum leadership, and other professional and personal goals. WSU's Department of Education collaborates with relevant departments in the Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide content area courses. Please discuss your content area with the program coordinator to ensure WSU can meet your needs.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at WSU, candidates must possess the following attributes:

  • Possession of an Initial or professional license in secondary school (grades 5-12 or grades 8-12) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure.

Program of Study

This program consists of thirteen (13) courses for a total of thirty-seven (37) credits. Four of the courses (12 credits) are in core education requirements, while six (18 credits) are content area requirements. All students take ES  950 Disciplinary, Multimodal and Critical Literacies Across the Curriculum as well as five (5) classes in their field of licensure (i.e. Math, Biology, World Language/Spanish, English, or History) to meet the content area requirement.  The final three classes of the program are advanced education requirements where students take a Research Course, a Thesis Seminar, and complete a one credit program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy.

Core requirements(12 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-974Curriculum Development and Innovations (Secondary School)3
ED-975Assessment, Differentiation and Data Analysis in Secondary Schools3
ED-963The Understanding and Teaching of Culture3
Content area requirements(18 credits)
Graduate credits (5 courses) - from the student’s content area15
ES-950Disciplinary, Multimodal and Critical Literacies Across the Content Area3
Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements(7 credits)
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-994Thesis Seminar3
ES-926Portfolio Evaluation (Middle/Secondary)1
Total Credits37