Secondary Education
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Master's Degree Online

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 teacher to Master Teacher. 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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  • About Emphasis
  • Career Options

The Master of Science in Teaching with an Emphasis in Secondary Education program requires 33 graduate credit hours. Students take 7 required courses, 3 electives, and a practicum. The 3 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 3 electives (9 graduate credit hours) in a content area in addition to 9 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: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work 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 specificrequirements for the coursework.

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

  • Effective Middle/Secondary Classroom Teacher
  • Teach 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 Masters 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 faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

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