May 19, 2022
Graduate Coordinator, Secondary Education: Dr. Denise Ousley
Applicants seeking admission to the M.Ed. program with specialization in Secondary Education are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:
1. An application for graduate admission
2. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
4. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields (employers, professors, supervisors)
5. A 2-3 page typed letter of application which includes a description of the applicant’s professional goals, educational interests in pursuing graduate study, and philosophy of teaching
6. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by published deadline.
The criteria for graduate admissions decisions include:
1. A grade average of “B” in the undergraduate major
2. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test
3. Satisfactory letters of recommendation from appropriate references
4. Satisfactory writing skills indicated by the letter of application
5. Bachelor’s degree, earned from a regionally accredited institution, before graduate study begins
Admissions decisions are based upon several factors and where other indicators of success warrant, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission.
In addition to the general requirements, applicants to the program in secondary education are required to hold a North Carolina Class “A” teacher licensure in a secondary content area (English, history, mathematics, science).
Students who seek professional improvement or licensure renewal but do not intend to pursue a degree may register for graduate courses through procedures established for non–degree students. Those procedures are described in an earlier section of this catalogue. (NOTE: Licensure requirements change, and requirements must be adjusted to accommodate new mandated competencies and guidelines. Students should check with their advisors or the dean’s office to keep informed of changes.)
Degree Requirements (33 total credit hours)
The program leading to the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with specialization in secondary education provides advanced academic and professional study for individuals holding a North Carolina Class “A” secondary teacher licensure in one of the academic specialty fields included in the program. The 33-credit-hour program is comprised of a core of professional studies designed to enhance the instructional decision-making skills of secondary teachers and specialization tracks designed to enhance knowledge of subject matter, structure of the disciplines, and appropriate modes of inquiry.
Professional Core (9 credit hours)
Secondary Specialization (6 credit hours)
Focus Areas (at least 15 credit hours in one area)
At least 15 credit hours in one focus area as approved by advisor or graduate coordinator.
Focus areas may include, for example:
- Academic Content (English, mathematics, social studies, science)
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Technology in Teaching and Learning
- Diverse Learners (ESL, AIG, special populations, global education & social justice)
Some focus areas (e.g., AIG, ESL, Teaching and Technology, & Curriculum and Instruction) offer certificate programs requiring additional coursework.
Capstone Course (3 credit hours)
Students must complete and defend portfolio.
Please consult your advisor to fully understand implications for “M” level license. Students may only receive “M” level recommendation in the area of their “A” level license. However, students successfully completing any focus area will receive the master’s degree. Licensure codes are determined by the NC Department of Public Instruction and are subject to change.
Students earning dual degrees from UNCW and Galen University (Belize) should consult Galen University for degree requirements.