Teaching (Secondary Education)
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The Pittsburg State University Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education program focuses on preparing licensed middle and secondary school teachers to move from novice teachers to master teachers. This program is also open to those who do not have a teaching license but want to learn about pedagogy and teaching middle and high school students. This program does not lead to a Kansas teaching license.



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  • Total tuition = $12,342*
    *Cost per credit hour and total tuition is based on 2022-2023 academic year tuition rates , master's program option, and assuming all coursework is completed online in the 2022-2023 academic year. Cost per credit hour and total tuition will vary if studies span over one or more academic year.

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  • Career Options

The Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education program requires 33 graduate credit hours. Students take seven required courses, three electives, and a practicum. The three elective courses come from curriculum, assessment, or a content area. Students take all of the courses online.

In the Master of Science in Teaching Secondary Education, students take three electives (nine graduate credit hours) in a content area in addition to nine graduate credit hours in a content area. All 18 graduate credit hours must be in the same content area. This qualifies students to teach dual credit courses. 

Options available for the degree include:

Option I: Thesis

This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

Option III: Coursework
This option requires completion of coursework that demonstrates evidence of advanced coursework in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams, or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a(n):

  • Effective Middle/Secondary Classroom Teacher
  • Teacher of Dual Credit courses (in content area) with 18 additional credit hours in content area

About Teaching and Leadership Department

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Master's Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The department offers Alternative Teaching Licensure programs in Special Education and Secondary Education. Certificates that lead to an endorsement to a teaching license in a variety of educational areas are available.

Pitt State has been ranked in the Top 25 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. The best online master's in education degree programs were chosen based on factors such as accreditation, admissions selectivity and academic and career support services offered to students.

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