Master's in Secondary Education

Students in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Secondary Education learn the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful middle and high school teaching that makes a difference in young peoples’ lives. The program is grounded in the belief that teaching adolescent students is socially significant,
intellectually serious work for resourceful, intelligent, and caring professionals. Through a range of planned experiences, students from various backgrounds have the opportunity to become educators with a strong sense of student-centered and community-based teaching and are empowered to become educational leaders. Students can obtain teacher licensure as part of the M.Ed. and may enroll in either a 1 or 2 year cohort.

All applicants for M.Ed. Secondary Education must complete and submit a Content Area Preparation Form for each subject matter you plan to teach. Please upload this document to your online admissions application under 'Writing Sample' or email it directly to gsehdadm@gwu.edu.

Highlights

Why a GW Master's in Secondary Education?

Students learn effective teaching practices through unique teaching and learning experiences including:

  • Community Engagement: Students learn how to create meaningful learning experiences that are determined by, and build upon, the needs of adolescents and the communities in which they live. A special focus on community engaged teaching provides experiences developed in
    collaboration with urban and suburban schools, and out-of-school community-based organizations.
  • Discipline-Based Teaching: As experienced professionals, or recent college graduates, students use their content expertise as a starting point for constructing their knowledge for teaching. A student may focus their studies on:
    -English
    -English as a second language
    -Mathematics
    -Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
    -Social Studies (History, Civics, Economics)
    -Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, German, Latin, and more)
  • Teacher Leadership: By integrating the study of research and theory with school-based experiences in actual middle and high school classrooms, students have the opportunity to reflect on what works in contemporary school settings as they move toward the kind of teaching and teacher-leadership roles needed in the schools of the future.
Curriculum

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits (36 credits for the ESL concentration), including required core courses, all courses in one concentration, and elective credits indicated in each concentration, if applicable; completion of master of education comprehensive examination; and completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments, in this case PRAXIS, which is required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office.
Core Courses (all concentrations)
CPED 6340 Teacher Leadership in Education
CPED 6507 Instructional Models and Classroom Management
CPED 6532 Professional Internship in Middle School Education
CPED 6534 Professional Internship in Secondary Education
CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development
CPED 6608 Development and Diversity
EDUC 6112 Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

English Concentration
CPED 6546 Teaching English in Secondary Schools
CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies
3 credits of electives selected in consultation with program advisor
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

General Science Concentration
CPED 6547 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies
3 credits of electives selected in consultation with program advisor
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

Social Studies Concentration
CPED 6548 Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools
CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies
3 credits of electives selected in consultation with program advisor
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

Mathematics concentration
CPED 6550 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools
CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies
3 credits of electives selected in consultation with program advisor
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

Foreign Language Concentration
CPED 6551 Second Language Instruction
CPED 6557 Second Language Acquisition
CPED 6627 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

English as a Second Language Concentration
CPED 6176 Academic and Psychosocial Assessment of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student
CPED 6551 Second Language Instruction
CPED 6556 Linguistic Applications in English as a Second Language
CPED 6557 Second Language Acquisition
CPED 6627 Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
Master of Education comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office

Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
(202) 994-2011
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-2007
Associate Professor
(202) 994-4516
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-3236
Assistant Professor

In the News

Sarah Beck, GSEHD alumna (master's, secondary education), has been named the 2017 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Outstanding School-Based Leader. Ms. Beck was the speaker at GSEHD's 2017 commencement celebration this past May and was awarded the inaugural GSEHD Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.