Middle school and high school are the key life checkpoints where most students begin figuring out “who they are” and “what they want to do”—they grow more independent and begin determining their own schedules, participating in extra-curricular activities, and preparing for the next step of their lives. Teaching at this level requires a special calling. At UM, our Secondary Education candidates are trained to pinpoint and emphasize the strengths of their students, to shape their academic potential, and to provide challenging yet accommodating learning environments.
At the undergraduate level, UM offers Secondary Education degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and Foreign Languages. If you have an interest in teaching Art, Biology, Business/Marketing, Chemistry, General Science, Math, English/Language Arts, History, or Social Science, then we have an advanced degree that allows you to pursue these areas. The alternative M.Ed. degree allows returning students to earn an advanced degree while also fulfilling the requirements for initial certification to teach in grades 6-12.
For practicing middle and high school classroom teachers, the traditional master’s degree program in Secondary Education is a perfect way to deepen one’s knowledge and learn the advanced skills that define a “master teacher.”