COE: MEd: Secondary Education | Concentration Options
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Become a distinguished educator through your uniquely designed graduate program

We believe professional educators know a great deal already and that their voices need to be heard in identifying and solving real world problems of practice rather than just top-down flavor-of-the-month quick fixes. Rather than depending on brief professional development days in your school, become a designer of your destiny. Take a deep dive into the areas of knowledge and skills of your profession that are designed to impact your educational practice.

Do you feel you need to know more about how to support your students with disabilities? Your English language learners? Do you want to learn how character education might improve classroom climate? Do you want to test the waters in educational leadership to see if administration is in your future? Maybe you want to teach an AP class and will bring in graduate credit in a subject area to your masters experience. Assessment practices always need honing, so we designed a three course dip into theory and practice. Two linked concentrations will support a journey to literary specialist. Lots of options to serve learner needs.

Students who choose to continue their education with us at UMSL will have the opportunity to engage in Action Research within their own classrooms or educational work settings, identifying problems of practice and collecting and analyzing data to make things better for learners. As one of the largest programs in the state, the College of Education boasts a strong research and teaching faculty recognized by national reviews for high productivity.

Within the Master’s Degree in Secondary Education several concentration areas provide focus on high-leverage problems of practice such as designing curriculum, improving instruction, social justice, ESL, leadership, assessment, or content area courses needed to teach in the Advanced Credit Program.

  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration I
  • Supporting Language Learners: TESOL Concentration II (DESE TESOL Endorsement)
  • Literacy Concentrations I
  • Literacy Concentrations II
  • Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
  • Special Education Concentration
  • Social Justice Issues Concentration
  • Leadership in Education Concentration
  • STEM Concentration
  • Discipline Content Area Concentration
  • Elective Concentration

How do professional educators benefit from continuing their education in higher education after completing a degree and/or certification? Students on the Masters Exit Survey shared insights such as this:

I feel the M.Ed. program has helped me grow as a professional. I feel more committed to creating an ideal learning environment for my students and am strengthened in my belief that all students can learn. My teachers in the program have been very helpful and knowledgeable about their subject matter. I have had a number of professors who have impacted me profoundly.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisors:

Marty Woytus & Kristel Schlemper

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5937

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1


Slide 1 Education and English alumna Eleanor Taylor connects to students and family history through language learning
Eleanor Taylor, an education and English alumna, was one of seven finalists for the 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Taylor has also taken opportunities to travel the globe, expanding her horizons and understanding of language education. She completed her student teaching in Fuxin, China, participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and traveled to Senegal to study the country’s education system as a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 MEd grad Eric Conners shines on the stage and in the classroom
Eric Conners began his career in fine arts as a professional actor with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Black Rep and The New Theater before attending to UMSL to get his MEd. He still performs but now spends most of his time inspiring the drama students at Hixson Middle School. (Photo by August Jennewein)

The master’s degree in Secondary Education is an accredited program appropriate for secondary teachers, specialists, department chairpersons, and those who work in informal learning or international educational settings. Candidates choose electives that will support their personal growth and development as an educational leader to impact the communities with which they work.

Diverse candidates will engage in a learner-centered environment committed to the success of historically marginalized and diverse students, research, and community engagement. Within diverse education settings, candidates will: advance pedagogical knowledge, recognize inequalities in educational opportunity, design differentiated assessments to inform practice, critically examine professional practice, and demonstrate commitment to ethical professional practice.  

It is important that both candidates and advisors plan ahead to ensure courses are taken when they are offered in the schedule. Programs must be planned with an academic advisor and meet the approval of the faculty advisor, adhering to the College of Education and UMSL Graduate School policies.

Curricular Program for Secondary Education 

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education consists of 4 required courses (12 hours) plus candidate choice from emphasis areas and electives. The general program option requirements are met by (a) completing 2 required foundation courses (6 hrs.) toward the beginning of the M.Ed. program, (b) completing the coursework for an emphasis area (9-18 hrs.), and (c) completing the 2 exit research capstone classes (6 hrs.) for a total of 30 hours.

Most emphasis areas indicate 3-6 required courses. In addition, electives allow candidates to construct an individualized set of target courses. Transfer graduate credit from another institution may also fit into elective hours. 

Emphasis areas offered in SEC ED include General, Reading, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching of Writing, Curriculum & Instruction, and Special Education. For the General emphasis, students take 18 hours of electives. Reading and TESOL may require additional coursework for licensure, as noted. For a Curriculum & Instruction emphasis, students select the 3 Curriculum & Instruction courses and an additional 3 electives. Those who want to take 9 graduate hours in an academic content area may use the additional 3 electives to integrate this advanced work into their M.Ed. program. Required 12 hours of M.Ed. core courses plus an additional 18 hours of graduate level courses.  

Required Core
Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study:
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
Required Research Courses
These two research courses should be taken in sequence (not concurrently) at the end of the program. Candidates will design and execute a piece of original practitioner research and present their findings in a public forum.
TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I (Take semester prior to Teacher Action Research Capstone, TCH ED 6910.)3
TCH ED 6910Teacher Action Research Capstone3
Total Hours12


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