Secondary Education (Teaching Advanced Academics) (M.Ed.)

M.Ed. Secondary Education (Teaching Advanced Academics)

Innovative program designed to help individuals and organizations meet the increasing demand for college transitional programs in high schools.

Program Overview

Many school districts offer advanced academic programs that allow students to receive college credit while still in high school (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Early College High School models). This concentration is designed for certified teachers who want the credential to teach and lead in these programs. Graduate students in this program complete curricular coursework in advanced academics and in a specific content area.

Course Work

Graduate students in this program complete 18 hours of coursework in advanced academics and 18 hours in a specific content area. Advanced academics courses address:

  • Preparing educators to teach college courses to high school students who are developmentally in a different place than college students by:
    • Comparing characteristics of postsecondary learners with those of secondary learners
    • Exploring how postsecondary institutions actively teach learning strategies and develop critical thinking skills
    • Identifying teaching practices that can effectively develop postsecondary critical thinking skills in a high school setting 
  • Knowledge and skills for teaching excellence in dual credit/early college high school teaching and learning by:
    • Examining factors creating racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other barriers to equitable participation in dual credit classes
    • Supporting high school experiences that accurately reflect instructors’ abilities to deliver college-level content and skills
  • Systems, organizational, and advisory expertise of how dual credit teaching fits into the P-16 ecosystem by:
    • Understanding the role and influence of P-12 and postsecondary relationships
    • Analyzing policies and best practices that inform the way students are advised through dual credit programs
    • Developing leadership skills essential for successful dual credit programs at the campus and district levels

The remaining 18 hours of coursework are dedicated to a specific content area (e.g., Math, Political Science, History, or English). These courses are content-based rather than curriculum-based, satisfying the current accreditation requirements for post-secondary instructors.

DegreeHours Thesis
36 hours
Non-Thesis Option

What Our Alumni Say

“What I loved most about earning my Master of Secondary Education in the Advanced Academics program was the variety of courses. It allowed me to expand my knowledge and expertise in curriculum and instruction and in my chosen subject area of literature. Because of this program, I now get to pursue new opportunities in my career as a well-rounded educator and scholar."

Elisabeth Pulliam, M.Ed. '23

Program Details

The degree programs do not require teacher licensure or prior courses in specific areas for admission.

Program Mission

The mission of the graduate secondary education program is to prepare culturally responsive educators at an advanced level to meet the challenges of the 21st century by:

  • enhancing instructional, leadership, inquiry and collaborative expertise
  • expanding knowledge, understanding and application of current research
  • using technology to make advancements in the teaching-learning process

Career Options

Graduates are well-positioned for teaching college courses at both the high school and postsecondary level. While the focus of the program is to prepare teachers to become dual credit/dual enrollment instructors, graduates will also be positioned to fill adjunct or per course faculty positions at community colleges and undergraduate programs at four-year universities. Graduates will be credentialed to teach postsecondary courses in the content area they choose (e.g., Math, History, etc.) as well as education courses. This program also prepares graduates to succeed in campus and district administrative positions related to dual credit/enrollment or advanced academics.

Program Faculty

Graduate secondary education faculty are nationally recognized leaders and scholars in education. Through their peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences, grant writing and awards, and service as officers and board members of professional associations, they bring a wealth of academic and professional experience to the program. They engage in advanced academics research on teacher identity, liminal pedagogies, and student supports in the secondary classroom.   

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Jeffry King
Education Building (ED), Room 2124


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. Citizen International
U.S. Citizen
February 1
February 1
U.S. Citizen
June 15 (Flexible)
June 1
U.S. Citizen
October 15 (Flexible)
October 1
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
April 15 (Flexible)
March 15
Summer II
U.S. Citizen
June 1 (Flexible)
No Admission

*This program’s deadline is flexible for those not requiring an F/J visa. A flexible deadline means applications received after the standard deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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  • Transcripts & GPA

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) (Effective Fall 2024: a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, plus any completed graduate courses)

    Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • Statement of purpose (one page) that answers the question:
      • What has motivated you to enter the teacher profession, become a dual-credit teacher, and/or want to earn your M.Ed.?

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