Why should I study secondary education?
We shape thoughtful leaders who are ready to make an impact on the next generation. You will empower youth to reach a deeper level of learning and help them understand the importance of education to better serve a local and global community. We’ve built this program to be flexible to fit in your busy schedule. Take classes online, on our Denver campus or both.
Is an M.Ed. in secondary education for me?
Format: On campus, online or blended
Campus: Northwest Denver
Course Rotation: 8-weeks
Time to Complete: 2.5 - 3 years
Total No. of Credits: 43*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred.
What will I learn in this program?
You’ll gain a thorough foundation of common and unique teaching pedagogy before teaching in a local classroom for a semester. You’ll be able to reflect on your own strengths and gain new methodologies adaptive to how a diverse set of students learn and engage with the material. By graduation, you’ll feel confident and capable of leading a middle or high school classroom and you’ll be prepared to take the state licensure exam.
Our curriculum covers a wide base of topics within the education field, including:
- Foundational teaching theories
- Adapting curriculum materials
- Diversity and inclusion in the classroom
- Differentiation of instruction
- Cultural competence
- Social justice
- Classroom management
- Becoming a leader in education
- Lesson planning
- Formative and summative assessment
- Top 20 Online Education Program in the Open Education Databases' 2019 Online College Rankings
- 100-plus local partner schools for student teacher placement
- 10 percent preferred tuition discount for paraprofessionals or those with contracted positions in a school
Specialize your degree
In addition to the foundation coursework, you will work with your advisor to select an endorsement area that aligns with your bachelor’s degree. Endorsement areas including the following:
- World languages (French, German or Spanish)
- Social Studies
Students seeking licensure in secondary world languages, math or science must enter the program with a completed bachelor’s degree in the respective area. Licensure in other areas require related coursework completed in your bachelor’s degree.
Colorado State Licensure
As a part of the program, you must successfully take the state licensure examination to student teach in one of our partner schools. We will support and recommend you through this process. After completing your field hours in a Colorado school, you can apply for licensure in Colorado through the Colorado Department of Education with our recommendation.
A license is dependent on the major of your bachelor's degree. If the level and area of license you are seeking does not correspond to your specific major, you may need to take additional undergraduate credits as required by Colorado laws and regulations for license or take the state licensure exam prior to your first course.
Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
What careers can I pursue with this degree?
In addition to secondary teaching, other career opportunities include:
- Career counselor
- Educational coordinator
- Curriculum developer
- Instruction specialist
- Principal or administrator (with additional education or certification)
- School counselor (with additional education or certification)