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Secondary Education

The graduate program in secondary education is designed for people who desire to improve their competencies as educators. It provides teachers with opportunities to acquire additional knowledge in professional education and in their teaching specialties. The program offers courses dealing with topics of practical interest, such as classroom management, measurement and evaluation, curriculum development, and advanced teaching methods, all classes in which direct classroom application is the main focus.

Students may choose to study in an additional area:

  • Gifted and talented
  • ESL (MEd only)
  • English/language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Middle school
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social studies

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education nationwide, and the college is also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report.

The MEd is designed for students who desire to work in the field of education. This includes school personnel as well as individuals who are involved in education-related activities in industry and other areas.

USU also partners with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) to offer an alternative route to licensure to help hired secondary education teachers earn licensure. Students must have a bachelor’s degree in a subject taught in secondary education, be determined eligible by the USOE, find employment as a teacher, and then apply to graduate school at USU. Recommendation for licensure comes from the USOE. Utah State University simply provides most of the coursework (USOE Pedagogical Knowledge Requirements) and the opportunity to earn an MEd in secondary education. Courses are delivered at various locations throughout Utah through USU’s Regional Campuses.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

Graduates generally continue on in their teaching careers in schools. Additionally, graduates may also pursue leadership positions in private and public K-12 organizations.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.