Online Master of Education in Secondary Education – Teacher Certification

All students deserve access to high-quality, well-prepared teachers. The master's in secondary education online program leading to teacher certification gives aspiring educators the opportunity to earn a graduate degree from a top-ranked college of education.

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Next start date: 08/19/2021


Total classes: 16

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 38

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What is online teacher certification in secondary education?

Online teacher certification in secondary education is the process by which aspiring educators earn licensure to teach within their chosen area – math, science, English or history – after completing required coursework, exams and other criteria.

The secondary education master’s degree is ideal for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree in any field and want to further their knowledge in education for grades 6–12.

What will I learn in an online teacher certification in secondary education program?

 

The program connects theory and practice through quality instruction from ASU faculty – experts in the field who are actively engaged in the educational research community. The degree includes internship and residency experiences in schools and learning environments. These professional experiences are carefully designed to provide the support you’ll need to be successful in today’s rapidly evolving educational environment.

This online degree also leads to teacher certification via two routes for added flexibility.

  • Traditional certification: This route allows you to take courses online while conducting internships and residencies on-site in a local school. 
  • Alternative pathways certification: This route provides certification for individuals already working as a teacher of record on an Arizona Alternative Teaching Certificate (or equivalent in other states). If you’re interested in this route, you must secure a full-time teaching position before starting the program, allowing you to immediately put coursework into practice.

Is it worth it to be certified in secondary education?

 

Yes! Most schools require teachers to obtain state certification in order to teach grades 6–12. Additionally, teacher certification demonstrates your readiness to enter the classroom as a subject matter expert in your chosen area: math, science, English or history.

If you enroll in a program leading to initial teacher certification and commit to teaching in Arizona after graduation, you may be eligible for the Arizona Teachers Academy at ASU tuition scholarship.

Professional licensure and certification

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information: ASUeducation@asu.edu.

Secondary education online teacher certification courses

The secondary education curriculum combines core coursework aligned with teacher certification requirements. You’ll also take a range of elective courses and participate in professional experiences in middle and high school settings. These educational experiences will prepare you to teach grades 6–12. You’ll also complete a final applied research project in which you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate and identify an education challenge and design an intervention within your own classroom.


Required

Creating Equitable Learning Environment: Decision-Making and Action


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Educator Scholar Community I


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ELA Methods and Assessment


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Instructional Design, Planning and Assessment


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Secondary Mathematics Methods and Assessment


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Science Teaching Methods for Secondary School


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Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies


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Research and Evaluation in Education


What jobs will I get with a secondary education teacher certification?

This secondary education master’s degree leading to teacher certification prepares students to start a career as a certified teacher in math, science, English or history across grades 6–12. The successful completion of this program can lead to a variety of educational positions, such as:

Educator in non-school settings

Educator in public, charter or private schools

High school teacher

Middle school teacher

Study with award-winning educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Study with award-winning educators

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Master’s in secondary education online admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. View the graduate program’s application deadlines.

Please note: This program has an earlier application deadline than other online degrees offered by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

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Study at top destination for learning and professional growth

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #17 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. According to U.S. News & World Report, 2021, our college ranks in the top 15 best online graduate programs in the nation. Our programmatic honors include:

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