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Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education gives you the opportunity to construct your studies around your personal and professional goals toward becoming a transformative, reflective expert in the field of teaching and learning. This is an advanced professional development program, where teachers develop their own innate leadership skills. The focus on teacher leadership is designed to develop educational leaders who a) advocate for higher standards of student learning and professional development; b) collaborate with colleagues, students, and the community to create new possibilities; c) affect positive change in school culture; and d) inspire fellow teachers to grow personally and professionally.

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the College of Education for more details.

Learning Goals

In your online coursework, you will address critical issues, test new ideas and approaches to learning, and become prepared for participation in a complex and challenging society. The curriculum and strategic course requirements help participants elevate student performance, foster an innovative environment, be effective teacher leaders, and increase community engagement to enhance student learning.

The focus on teacher leadership is designed to develop education leaders who:

  • Advocate for higher standards of student learning and professional development
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and the community to create new possibilities
  • Affect positive change in school culture
  • Inspire fellow teachers to grow personally and professionally

Program Details

The MA in Secondary Education online is designed with a focus on teacher leadership to advance opportunities for classroom teachers to be leaders in schools and classrooms.

Required courses include:

  • EDUC 500 Research Applications to Education
  • EDUC 501 Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society
  • EDUC 502 Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • EDUC 503 Data-Informed Instructional Leadership
  • EDUC 513 The Process of Reflection and Inquiry
  • EDUC 520 Effective Teaching and Student Learning
  • EDUC 542 Principles of Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 552 Social Justice in Education
  • EDUC 590 Seminar

NOTE: Obtaining this degree from the UNM College of Education does not guarantee approval for licensure by the State Public Education Department, as additional requirements exist for students seeking New Mexico Administrative Licensure. The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state board of education to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. Please contact the College of Education for more details.

Degree Requirements

The degree is offered as a Masters Plan II Option program (no required thesis) which consists of 32 total credit hours, including a seminar.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or its equivalent in the last two undergraduate years and in the major field
  • Official transcripts from every higher education institution previously attended
  • Demonstrate the minimum undergraduate prerequisite is 12 semester hours of upper division coursework (300-level or higher) in the major field to which the student is applying, or cognate areas
  • Hold an elementary or secondary teaching license