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School of Education

Master's of Arts in Education

Secondary Education

General Requirements

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Two students studying
  • 30 credits minimum
  • Required Common Core of 6 credits (Foundations, Research)
  • Two electives
  • An academic specialization (18-24 credits)
  • Each student must produce a major paper
  • A written comprehensive exam near the end of the coursework is required for those students not completing a thesis.

The following Core courses are required:

Course Type




(choose one)

EDC 502

Foundations of Curriculum


EDC 503

Education in Contemporary Society


(choose one)

EDC 529

Foundations of Educational Research


EDC 530

Qualitative Research and Evaluation

The Specialization courses must include the following:

  • EDC 402  Education of Special Needs Students
  • EDC 574  Current Trends in Secondary Education (taken only once, see major paper below.)

Students must also complete the following electives:

  • 9 credits of education-related professional electives.
  • 9 credits discipline electives (subject area).

Major paper:

  • Students must enroll in EDC 574 (Current Trends in Secondary Education) in order to produce a substantial paper involving significant independent study. 

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