• Master of Education
    in Secondary School Education

    The Master of Education in Secondary School Education program at Worcester State University helps you refine your teaching skills and broaden your content area knowledge so that you can excel as an educator in grades 8-12. Designed for teachers with an initial license in secondary school education, our Education Department’s well-established program offers an advanced degree in education with a concentration in one of the following subject areas: biology, English, history, math, or Spanish.

    You’ll be able to advance your career at your own pace: You can complete the program either full- or part-time, and courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms in a range of formats, including in person, online, and hybrid (a mixture of both). What’s more, our highly respected program also is an exceptional value. In fact, students who earn their initial license through WSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Initial Teacher Licensure in Middle or Secondary School Education program can use four of those courses toward their M.Ed.

    By taking courses in your subject area as well as in education, you’ll gain a blend of content area expertise and secondary school pedagogy that will strengthen your knowledge of adolescents’ developmental needs, abilities, and interests. You’ll also conduct research on an issue relevant to your classroom teaching, creating the proposal yourself and carrying out the project under the guidance of a faculty member.

    Graduates of our program go on to rewarding careers as high school teachers, department heads, and curriculum leaders. You may use the WSU master’s degree in secondary school education to further your career advancement—and as a possible pathway to professional educator licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Admissions Requirements
    In addition to the general admission requirements, possession of an Initial license in secondary school license (grades 8-12) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the relevant field of licensure is requires for admission to this program. Applicants also must provide evidence of an undergraduate or graduate course in adolescent/developmental psychology with a minimum grade of B or a CLEP exam in Human Growth and Development with a score of 50 or higher.
    Program of Study

    This program consists of thirteen (13) courses for a total of thirty-seven (37) credits. Six of the courses (18 credits) are in education, while six (18 credits) are in the specified content field of licensure. The remaining 1 credit is awarded for completing a program portfolio encompassing both content and pedagogy, and demonstrating how students have successfully attained the state standards for professional licensure.
    Core Requirements  

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 974 Curriculum Development: Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • ED 975 Assessment and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • ED 963 Understanding/Teaching of Culture (3 credits)

    Content Area Requirements

    • 18 graduate credits (6 courses) from the following areas: Biology, English, History, Math, Spanish
    • ES 950 Disciplinary, Multimodal, & Critical Literacies Across the Content Areas

    Advanced Education and Thesis Requirements  

    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 994 Thesis Seminar (3 credits)
    • ES 926 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)
    Students have the option of choosing a thesis research topic in education or in their content area.