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Enrich Future Generations

There is a growing need for well-educated teachers in Texas. Youth deserve excellence in education, whether in the private or public-school setting. You can provide them with the best through our master’s degree in secondary education. Become familiar with designing curriculum that not only engages the mind but the person. Learn what it means to teach well and show others how to do the same. You’ll not only educate students, you’ll transform lives.

Where It Is Offered Online

1.5 to 2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Secondary Education(MED/MS) :: Big easy links

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SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A master’s DEGREE in secondary Education

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Secondary Education (MED/MS) :: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

Our department offers two different tracks for secondary education to meet your research interests and career goals.

Master of Education (MEd) Non-thesis

Already have a Texas teaching certificate? We recommend our Master of Education program. Improve student engagement and retention by sharpening your classroom management and content delivery skills. Design an individualized degree plan that prepares you for developing classroom instruction and curriculum for at-risk learners.

Master of Science (MS) Non-thesis

Are you ready for a career change? Interested in becoming an educator but don’t have a teaching certificate yet? Our master of science program is designed for you. Earn your teaching certificate along the way through our post-baccalaureate certification program. Upon graduating, you’ll be well-prepared to improve student engagement, classroom management and teaching effectiveness.

Study What Interests You

Earn a certificate or specialization as part of your graduate curriculum. These recognitions provide career benefits like higher salaries and job opportunities.

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What You Will Learn

A master’s degree in Secondary Education will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Teach young learners to think critically in the modern world
  • Design specialized secondary education curriculum for a diverse community
  • Address the needs of at-risk learners
  • Incorporate current pedagogical principles to the middle and high school classroom
  • Explore the philosophical and social forces that affect their development and understanding
Man teaching a high school classroom.
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Secondary Education (MED/MS) :: Careers


Gain the recognition you deserve by earning your master’s degree in secondary education. Many ISDs reward educators who pursue higher learning with salary increases and job openings. Our graduate program also opens opportunities to make a difference at the administrative level.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teacher
Middle School Teacher
Instructional Coordinator
Middle and High School Principal

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Potential Employers

Local ISDs often seek after our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction is ranked highly in our education program. These are just a few examples of districts where our students found employment. Now’s your chance to discover where you belong.

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Secondary Education (MED/MS) :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Secondary Education (MED/MS) :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our flexible program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. We offer fully online, face to face and hybrid courses at our main campus. Design a degree that interests you with 18 hours of electives.

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Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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Secondary Education (MED/MS) :: Domestic Program Admission Requirements


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Note: This program is not available to international students.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “Secondary Education, MED or Secondary Education, MS” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Statement of Goals

Submit a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less on the following prompt:

  • Discuss your educational and professional goals and how you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve them.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores or Teaching Certificate

You do not need to submit test scores if you have a valid teaching certificate. Email a copy of your valid teaching certificate to [email protected]

If you do not have a teaching certificate, you may submit your scores for one of the following tests:

  • PPR, ExCet or TExES

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for FAFSA and TAFSA financial aid through the state and federal governments during the admission application process. Use code 003565.
  • Apply for outside scholarships once you are admitted to A&M-Commerce.
  • Check your financial aid and scholarship info through myLeo > Student Resources > Financial Aid Information.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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