Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure)

Graduate Program: Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure)

Online Program

Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure) Graduate Program Online

The Pittsburg State University Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education program focuses on preparing licensed middle/secondary teachers to move from novice teacher to Master Teacher. This program is also open to those who do not have a teaching license, but want to learn about pedagogy and teaching middle and high school age students. This program does not lead to a Kansas teaching license. 

Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure) program distinctives

The Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education program requires 33 graduate credit hours with 7 required courses, 3 electives and a practicum. The 3 elective courses can come from curriculum, assessment, or a content area. All of the courses are ONLINE.

The Master of Science in Teaching Secondary Education with the 3 electives (9 graduate credit hours) in a content area PLUS 9 additional graduate credit hours in the content area will qualify the middle/secondary content area teacher to teach DUAL CREDIT courses.  All 18 graduate credit hours must be in the same content area.

Career Options for Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure)

The Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education prepares a licensed teacher to attain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of a Master Teacher.  With nine additional credit hours in the content area, the program qualifies a middle/secondary teacher to teach Dual Credit courses.

If you do not have a teaching license but want to but want to learn about pedagogy and teaching middle/secondary students this program will prepare you for that career choice.  This program does not lead to a Kansas teaching license.

Internship and research opportunities

The program requires a 90 hour practicum that can be completed at in Grades 6-12. Classroom teachers who are employed can complete the practicum in their classroom.

For those who do not have a classroom, the practicum is arranged through the PSU Office of Teacher Education. International settings are also available for those who are not licensed teachers

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Approval from the Teacher Education Office
  • Successful completion of a basic skills test
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Complete Professional Disposition Assessment
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Background check
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA first 12 hours of Graduate work

Required Courses:

  • PSYCH 810 Adv Educational Psychology
  • READ 720 Content Lit Middle/Sec Teachers
  • SPED  815 Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • TCHL 825 The Professional Teacher-Initial Exp
  • TCHL 836 Positive Classroom Management
  • TCHL 839 Techniques for Teaching Secondary
  • TCHL 843 Trends and Issues
  • TCHL 849 The Professional Teacher: Culminating Exp
  • TCHL 850 Current Teaching Practices
  • TCHL 851 Multicultural Approach to Diversity
  • TCHL 878 Assessment for Effective Teaching
  • TCHL 879 Instructional Planning and Delivery

Program

Students in the Teaching (Secondary / Alternative Licensure) program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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