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Master of Science in Education – Secondary Education

Gain Advanced Training for High School and Middle School Teachers

IU South Bend’s Master’s Degree in Education in Secondary Education gives educators an opportunity to enhance their classroom teaching skills and gain greater insight into today’s educational challenges at the high school and middle school level.  This 36-credit hour graduate degree program is designed for practicing teachers in the field of secondary education.

Those with a baccalaureate degree in hand who are interested in entering secondary teaching can do so by completing a 51-credit hour graduate degree program known as Graduate Certification.

The Secondary Education graduate program is aligned with secondary school standards as set forth by the Indiana Department of Education.

  • Participate in graduate classes that are held weekday evenings to accommodate the schedules of working teachers.
  • Be part of a small graduate student group allowing you to build close relationships with your classmates and professors.
  • Attend most graduate classes on the IU South Bend campus, which encourages student interaction that enhances learning.
  • Some classes are offered online for convenience and to give students experience with current learning environments.

Learn more about the School of Education

Master’s in education in secondary education highlights:

  • Choose from the following areas of concentration:
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • English as a New Language
    • Reading
  • Learn from faculty who are teacher-scholars respected locally and abroad.

Engaging secondary education master’s courses you will take:

Education and Social Issues – Explore the identification and analysis of major problems set for education by the pluralistic culture of American society.

Assessment in the Schools – Delve into the history and theory of measurement, interpretation, and measurement data, tests for administrative and supervisory purposes and for teaching aids, prognostic testing, and testing in relation to pupil diagnosis and adjustment.

Senior High or Junior High/Middle School Curriculum – Explore the functions, organizations, planning, and evaluation of the junior high and middle school curriculum in specific areas.

All courses in the Master of Science in Education in Secondary Education program emphasize the use of appropriate technology for teaching and learning.

More about IU South Bend’s MS in secondary education program of study

Career Outlook for Middle and High School Teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, middle school teachers can expect career opportunities to grow about 15% through the decade ending in 2018. During the same period, high school teachers will likely experience growth in the range of 9%. Job opportunities are expected to be greatest in inner city and rural areas. For more information, go to

MS in Secondary Education Admissions Requirements

  • Visit to complete the IU South Bend graduate application online.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a personal statement which includes
  1. why you are applying
  2. what makes an effective teacher
  3. what  skills you need to become an effective teacher
  • Provide official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended. Must have earned a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA in a degree program from a regionally accredited institution.
  1. Applicants to graduate programs in the School of Education must have an overall CGPA of 3.000 or have earned a CGPA of 3.000 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree and meet all other admission requirements to be fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Education.
  2. Applicants whose CGPAs are between 2.500 and 2.999 must earn required GRE scores of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning Test and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Test and meet all other admissions requirements to be fully admitted to programs in the School of Education. 
Applicants with undergraduate CGPAs between 2.500 and 2.999 will not be allowed to take any graded graduate course work until they have submitted the required GRE scores and met all other admissions requirements.
Applicants whose undergraduate CGPAs are between 2.500 and 2.999 may take S/F graded graduate workshops before being fully admitted. These S/F graded workshops will not fulfill degree requirements.
Those pursuing the combined Master of Science in Education/Educational Leadership Program must obtain a recommendation from their corporation superintendent or the educational leadership program coordinator.

Graduation Requirements
MSEd in Sec. Ed - Curriculum and Instruction
MSEd in Sec. Ed - English as a New Language focus
MSEd in Sec. Ed - Reading focus
MSEd in Sec. Ed - with initial licensure