Why This Matters

  • 24+ MILLION STUDENTS AGE 12 THROUGH 17

    The U.S. had 24 million students between ages 12 and 17 in 2019, and that figure is growing slowly. By 2029, more than 25 million students are expected to be in this age group.

  • MORE THAN 40,000 ADDITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE NEEDED

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school teaching jobs will grow by 4% from 2019 to 2029. That should create 40,200 more positions for secondary educators by 2029.

  • EARN MORE WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN 88% OF DISTRICTS

    An advanced degree generally leads to more pay in the teaching field. According to the National Council on Teacher Equality, 88% of school districts pay teachers who have advanced degrees higher salaries.

Our Research

We looked at many Master’s in Secondary Education degree programs, including Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (MEd) degrees. Our list contains online, hybrid, and dual-mode programs.

All of these programs are regionally accredited, and many are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs (CAEP). Attending an accredited program ensures the quality and acceptance of your degree program.

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 74 hours to write this article
  • 166 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 263 education programs we compared

The Top 33 Master’s in Secondary Education Degree Programs

Best Master's in Secondary Education Degree Programs
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Lehigh University

intelligent score 98.81

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Delivery Format On-campus, Online

Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

Department College of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit $565 per credit

accreditation Middle States Commission on Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 610-758-3225

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Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

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Georgia Southern University

intelligent score 94.88

Award Best for Economics

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Delivery Format On-campus, Online

Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

Department College of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $277 per credit; Out-of-State: $1,105 per credit

accreditation Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 912-478-4636

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Delivery Format On-campus, Online

Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

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Hope International University

intelligent score 94.24

Award Best Alumni Network

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Delivery Format On-Campus, Online

Programs Master of Education

Required Credits to Graduate 51 credits

Department College Of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit $525 per credit

accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 714-879-3901

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Programs Master of Education

Required Credits to Graduate 51 credits

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Slippery Rock University

intelligent score 93.73

Award Best for Professional Development

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education Math/Science

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

Department College of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $516 per credit; Out-of-State: $774 per credit

accreditation Middle States Commission on Higher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 724-738-2146

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education Math/Science

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

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Mercy College

intelligent score 92.86

Award Best for Social Studies

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Programs Master of Science in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

Department School of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit $927 per credit

accreditation National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 877-637-2946

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Programs Master of Science in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

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Wisconsin Lutheran College

intelligent score 91.64

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Programs Master of Arts in Transition to Teaching

Required Credits to Graduate 42 credits

Department Education Division

Estimated Cost per Credit $545 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 414-443-8800

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Required Credits to Graduate 42 credits

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Umass Global

intelligent score 91.09

Award Best Hybrid Program

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Programs Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 49 credits

Department School of Education

Estimated Cost per Credit $660 per credit

accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 800-746-0082

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Programs Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 49 credits

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Arizona State University

intelligent score 90.95

Award Best in the Southwest

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Award Best in the Southwest

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

Department Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Estimated Cost per Credit $837 per credit

accreditation Higher Learning Commission

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 480-965-9995

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Required Credits to Graduate 33 credits

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Boston College

intelligent score 90.53

Award Best for Earth/Space Science

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Award Best for Earth/Space Science

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 37 credits

Department Lynch School of Education and Human Development

Estimated Cost per Credit $1,538 per credit

accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 617-552-4214

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Required Credits to Graduate 37 credits

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Columbus State University

intelligent score 88.44

Award Best in the Southeast

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

Department College of Education and Health Professions

Estimated Cost per Credit In-State: $210 per credit; Out-of-State: $817 per credit

accreditation Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

more program informationEmail: [email protected]
Phone: 706-507-8800

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Programs Master of Education in Secondary Education

Required Credits to Graduate 36 credits

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Best for World Languages
George Washington University
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Best in the Midwest
Indiana University Bloomington
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Best for English Education
Temple University
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Best for Art Education
University of California, Irvine
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Best for Physics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Best for Field Experiences
Vanderbilt University
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Most Rigorous Curriculum
Kennesaw State University
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Best Thesis Option
Northern Arizona University
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Best for Social Contexts of Education
Northwestern University
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Best Asynchronous Program
Old Dominion University
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Best in the Northeast
University of Maine
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Best for Chemistry
University Of Mississippi
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Best Scholarships
UNM College of Education & Human Sciences
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Best for Student Activities
University of South Alabama
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Best for Study Abroad
Western Kentucky University
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Best for Environmental Science
DePaul University
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Best Non-Thesis Option
Towson University
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Best for History
The University of Alabama
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Best Externships
University of Kentucky
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Best On-Campus Program
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Best for Talent Development
Texas State University
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Best Fellowships
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Best for Political Science
Wayne State University

What You Should Know About This Degree

Secondary education is generally a bachelor-level entry field, although a few states require teachers to obtain a master’s degree. State requirements for public school teacher certification vary, and you should make sure a program meets your state’s requirements before applying. A few states only accept programs accredited by the CAEP, although this is the exception rather than the rule.

Some of these master’s programs are designed for individuals who aren’t yet teaching, while other programs are intended for individuals who have teaching experience and/or certification. You should choose a program that’s well-suited to your academic and professional background.

The Master’s in Secondary Education is different from the Master’s in Elementary Education, which prepares individuals for teaching kindergarten through sixth grade. Alternatively, you can also pursue a subject-focused educational degree, such as a Master’s in Math Education or a Master’s in Science Education. Consider your interests and goals as you evaluate these different options.

The vast majority of these programs have an in-person student teaching component, and this is true of traditional programs as well as online programs. Find out what a program’s student teaching requirements are before enrolling, and be sure your schedule will allow time to meet those requirements.

What’s Next?

As you research Master’s in Secondary Education degree programs, consider these questions:

  • How long does it take to complete this online degree? Most of these degrees require around 30 credits of work, which usually take students two years to complete when studying full-time. A few programs are longer or shorter.
  • What licensing or certifications are required? Public school teachers are licensed or certified at the state level, and state requirements vary. Check with your state, and make sure any program you consider meets those requirements. Private school teachers are less regulated.

Once you have a list of potential programs, learn what their admissions requirements are. You can contact programs directly or check their websites to learn what materials have to be submitted and the relevant deadlines.

Also, give thought to how you will pay tuition. Ask programs about their scholarship and financial aid options. If you’re employed in a relevant field, check with your employer to see if it offers a tuition reimbursement benefit.