Teaching (Secondary Education)

Graduate Program: Teaching (Secondary Education)

Online Program

Teaching (Secondary Education) Graduate Program Online

The Pittsburg State University Master of Science in Teaching with an emphasis in Secondary Education program focuses on preparing licensed middle and secondary school 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 students. This program does not lead to a Kansas teaching license.

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Why Pitt State?

The Master of Science in Teaching with an Emphasis in Secondary Education program requires 33 graduate credit hours. Students take 7 required courses, 3 electives, and a practicum. The 3 elective courses come from curriculum, assessment, or a content area. Students take all of the courses online.

In the Master of Science in Teaching Secondary Education, students take 3 electives (9 graduate credit hours) in a content area in addition to 9 graduate credit hours in a content area. All 18 graduate credit hours must be in the same content area. This qualifies students to teach dual credit courses.

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specificrequirements for the coursework.

Career Options

Graduates of this program leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:

  • Effective Middle/Secondary Classroom Teacher
  • Teach Dual Credit courses (in content area) with 18 additional credit hours in content area

Internship and research opportunities

As a student in this program, you will complete a 90-hour practicum, which may take place in classrooms ranging from Grades 6 to 12. If you are an employed licensed teacher, you can complete the practicum in your classroom. If you do not have a classroom, the practicum will be arranged through the PSU Office of Teacher Education. International settings will also be available for those who are not licensed teachers.

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

The faculty in the Master of Science in Teaching Secondary Education program are all former teachers who have the research interests that bring innovative teaching, assessment, curriculum, and discipline strategies to life. They work with area secondary teachers and present their research at state, national and international conferences.

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Teaching license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Background check
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA first 9 hours of Graduate work


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

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