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Earn Your Master’s Degree In Secondary Education Through NAU

Northern Arizona University’s Master of Education (MEd) in Secondary Education degree program helps you to deepen your teaching skills and prepare for state certification so you can teach in high school classrooms. With online classes, as well as in-person classes offered at night and on weekends, this degree program provides flexibility and gives working teachers and professionals the advanced tools to teach and develop curriculum for different classroom settings. 

An NCATE-Accredited Master’s Degree That’s Respected Everywhere

Earning your MEd in Secondary Education through NAU’s respected program is the first step toward increasing your salary and marketability. That’s because NAU is known for its outstanding education programs and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
The job market for secondary and high school teachers is expected to increase through 2020, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Benefits to teaching in such areas include:
  • Federal Perkins Loan Loan Cancelation Program
  • Federal Student Loan Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Guaranteed Job Placement

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Secondary Education-Continuing Professional Emphasis

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MED
30 units
Maximum Transfer Units
0
30
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to graduate from this program. In addition to course grades, content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Oral Defense Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study

Purpose Statement

The MEd in Secondary Education degree program provides students with the necessary augmenting knowledge and skills related to teaching in secondary classrooms. This degree offers students, typically practicing secondary teachers, the opportunity to enhance their content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills. Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in a wide variety of areas, including the history and philosophy of education, issues and trends in curriculum and instruction, and educational research and statistics. Additionally, students can pursue coursework in a content area of interest or in endorsement courses in reading, special education, and technology. Students complete the program with either an action a research project as part of a graduate seminar or a thesis project focused on a selected topic.

Students pursuing this degree work closely with their advisors to select topics and courses that will assist them in achieving their personal goals as secondary teaching professionals. From a variety of courses, students are encouraged to choose foci which assist them in expanding their teaching repertoire and knowledge base in relation to their professional needs and interests.

Students who complete this program will have a deeper and broader understanding of teaching and learning, preparing them to excel in secondary teaching contexts, as well as other venues where teaching knowledge and skills are valued. This does not lead to Arizona teacher certification.
 

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • IVP Fingerprint clearance card
    • Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one)
Master's Requirements
  • Select courses in a content area commonly taught in the public schools or in endorsement courses in reading, special education, and technology (9 units).

    Additional coursework, select from (3 units):

    • ECI 698 for the capstone seminar (3 units)
    Or
    • ECI 699 for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis (3 units)
    • Please note that if you choose the thesis option you may end up taking more than the 3 units of thesis credit you can count toward your degree because you must register for ECI 699 each semester while you are working on your thesis.

      Also note that preparing a thesis generally requires one semester of residency, in Fall, Spring, or Summer.

  • Please note that at least fifty percent of your courses must be at the 600-level or above.

    Courses are offered for this degree during Fall, Spring, and Summer in Flagstaff—and at statewide locations.
     

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Secondary Education - Biology Yuma

Campus Locations

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Online
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Blended
BSED
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 40 units of Education major requirements
  • At least 59 units of Biology and support courses major requirements, 17 of which may be applied to Liberal Studies Requirement
  • Up to 9 units of liberal studies requirements can have the same prefix as the major.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Note: The required mathematics for this major is MAT 220 from AWC.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the secondary education bachelor’s degree program in biology is to prepare highly qualified professional biology teachers for Yuma area secondary schools. NAU-Yuma facilitates student development in the philosophy, theories, concepts, and practices of both biology and education. Our students become critical and reflective teachers for meaningful learning in their classrooms and practical application in a global community and digital world. In partnership with the community college, we serve a population that is culturally and linguistically diverse and includes traditional and nontraditional first generation families as well as military and veteran families. We provide academic and language support services including assessment-based interventions for success not only in the academic program, but also for state teacher certification requirements and for continued professional growth. Students benefit from a culturally-relevant curriculum including rich, meaningful, and authentic practicum and field experiences preparing them to become competent and committed professionals literate in inquiry, technology, data-informed decision-making, and the academic language of the discipline. True to the academic and research interests of our department faculty, our graduates are prepared to be community leaders of environmental sustainability and capable of engaging students in regional and global citizenship.



Student Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

2. Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse

3. Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

4. Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

5. Application of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

7. Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

8. Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • If you are completing a teacher-certification program, you must apply for admission to our Teacher Education Program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the NAU-Yuma Enrollment Services at 928-317-6400 to obtain an application packet which indicates the exact application timelines.

    You must be admitted to the Secondary Education Program in order to take education coursework other than the following courses: EDU 301W, EDU 317, EDU 325, or EDU 437.

    Please be aware that NAU-Yuma's Education Department's Secondary Education Program is controlled by special admission and retention standards. Our faculty members may, under certain circumstances, recommend that a student be referred to remedial instruction or to be removed from the Secondary Education Program. Also be aware that you must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate.

    All NAU-YUMA Secondary Education students, prior to being admitted to Teacher Candidate status, must pass one NES Middle Grades or Secondary Assessment in Science. Students will also need to pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary as a State certification requirement. The test should be taken at or near the completion of the program. In addition, the academic progress of all students will be monitored regularly and assessment results will be used to determine any remediation or supplementary instruction that may be required.

  • To pursue an undergraduate program in Second Education, you must meet the following admission requirements:

    • 45 units of transfer-credit coursework (Education, Liberal Studies, Math, and Science)
    • *EDU 110 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • *MAT 220 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • two lab science courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
    • the English foundation requirement (*ENG 101 and *ENG 102) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
    • Recommendation Form (included in the application packet) completed by someone who has directly observed your work with children or adolescents within the ages of pre-school through high school. Such work experience can be either voluntary or paid, but must have occurred in a structured setting for a minimum of fifteen hours. Examples of acceptable experience may include work as a camp counselor, swimming instructor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer in a classroom, or other similar settings.
    • Attendance at a program orientation and attendance at the Secondary Education Seminar.
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. You may pick up an application packet in the AC Building reception area.
    • Be admitted to NAU.
    • One of the following GPA requirements
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
      • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
      * Denotes AWC course number

Major Requirements
Teacher Preparation
  • In our teacher education program, you are required to complete a student teaching experience. Student teaching includes participation in a student teaching seminar. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. Additional field experience may be required.

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C".
    • Complete all plan requirements prior to student teaching.
    • All education courses and departmental requirements, with the exception of *EDU 110 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • Pass one NES Middle Grades or Secondary Assessment. 
    • All Teacher Candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
  • State Teaching Certifications

    After you complete your teacher education program, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education for certification in grades 7-12. NAU issues Institutional Recommendations for Teacher Candidates indicating that you have successfully completed the program. You must pass the Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge Tests of NES for Arizona certification.

    Be aware that you must meet U.S. and Arizona Constitution requirements to satisfy Arizona certification requirements. This may be done through course(s) or tests. Please consult faculty or advisors. 

    Program and Course requirements are subject to change. Please keep informed through regular review of your education plan with faculty and advisors. 

  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • NAU assesses a fee, in addition to tuition, of $40 for practicum (EDU 308) and $85 for each student teaching course (EDU 495C). The fee structure may change at any time; advance notice is given when possible. 

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Secondary Education - Physical Science Yuma

Campus Locations

Show locations that offer this degree:
In-Person
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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BSED
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 40 units of Education major requirements
  • At least 59 units of Chemistry, Physics, Math, and selected Earth and Space Science major requirements, 17 of which may be applied to Liberal Studies Requirement
  • Up to 9 units of liberal studies requirements can have the same prefix as the major. No EDU course qualify as Liberal Studies courses.)

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Note: the required mathematics for this major is MAT 220 from AWC.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the bachelor program in secondary education in physical science is to prepare highly qualified professional physical science and/or mathematics teachers for Yuma area secondary schools. NAU-Yuma facilitates students’ development in the philosophy, theories, concepts, and practices of both biology and education. Our students become critical and reflective teachers for meaningful learning in their classrooms and practical application in a global community and digital world. In partnership with the community college, we serve a population that is culturally and linguistically diverse and includes traditional and nontraditional first generation families as well as military and veteran families. We provide academic and language support services including assessment-based interventions for success not only in the academic program, but also for state teacher certification requirements and for continued professional growth. Students benefit from a culturally-relevant curriculum including rich, meaningful, and authentic practicum and field experiences preparing them to become competent and committed professionals literate in inquiry, technology, data-informed decision-making, and the academic language of the discipline. True to the academic and research interests of our department faculty, our graduates are prepared to be community leaders of environmental sustainability and capable of engaging students in regional and global citizenship.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

2. Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

3. Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

4. Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

5. Application of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

7. Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

8. Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • If you are completing a teacher-certification program, you must apply for admission to our Teacher Education Program. We accept applications at set times each year; contact the NAU-Yuma Enrollment Services at 928-317-6400 to obtain an application packet which indicates the exact application timelines.

    You must be admitted to the Secondary Education Program in order to take education coursework other than the following courses: EDU 301W, EDU 317, EDU 325, or EDU 437.

    Please be aware that NAU-Yuma's Education Department's Secondary Education Program is controlled by special admission and retention standards. Our faculty members may, under certain circumstances, recommend that a student be referred to remedial instruction or to be removed from the Secondary Education Program. Also be aware that you must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate.

    All NAU-YUMA Secondary Education students, prior to being admitted to Teacher Candidate status, must pass one NES Middle Grades or Secondary Assessment in Science. Students will also need to pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary as a State certification requirement. The test should be taken at or near the completion of the program. In addition, the academic progress of all students will be monitored regularly and assessment results will be used to determine any remediation or supplementary instruction that may be required.

  • To pursue an undergraduate program in Second Education, you must meet the following admission requirements:

    • 45 units of transfer-credit coursework (Education, Liberal Studies, Math, and Science)
    • *EDU 110 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • *MAT 220 with a minimum grade of "C"
    • two lab science courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course
    • the English foundation requirement (*ENG 101 and *ENG 102) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (If your English GPA is below 3.0, you may take an approved writing course to achieve the 3.0 GPA.)
    • Recommendation Form (included in the application packet) completed by someone who has directly observed your work with children or adolescents within the ages of pre-school through high school. Such work experience can be either voluntary or paid, but must have occurred in a structured setting for a minimum of fifteen hours. Examples of acceptable experience may include work as a camp counselor, swimming instructor, Sunday school teacher, volunteer in a classroom, or other similar settings.
    • Attendance at a program orientation and attendance at the Secondary Education Seminar.
    • A copy of your State-approved Identity-Verified Print (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. You may pick up an application packet in the AC Building reception area.
    • Be admitted to NAU.
    • one of the following GPA requirements
    • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in Liberal Studies courses
    • a cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses
    *Denotes AWC course

     

Major Requirements
  • Take the following 99 units with a Grade of "C" or better:

    Foundations (15 units):

    Curriculum and Methods (13 units):
    Student Teaching (12 units):
    Physical Science/Math (59 hours):
    • *BIO 100 or *BIO 181 (4 units)
    • *CHM 151, *CHM 152, CHM 235, CHM 235L, CHM 320, CHM 320L, CHM 440 (20 units)
    • *MAT 220, *MAT 230, *MAT 252, *MAT 270 (17 units)
    • *PHY 121, *PHY 131 (8 units)
    • Earth/Space Science electives from 3 prefix areas (10 units)
    *Denotes AWC course

     

Teacher Preparation
  • In our teacher education program, you are required to complete a student teaching experience. Student teaching includes participation in a student teaching seminar. In addition, a minimum number of units of practicum is required, which involves supervised field experience with a practicing teacher. Additional field experience may be required.

    Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

    • Admission to the teacher education program
    • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5, with a GPA of 2.5 in all teacher preparation courses, with no grade lower than a "C".
    • Complete all plan requirements prior to student teaching.
    • All education courses and departmental requirements, with the exception of *EDU 110 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching.
    • Pass one NES Middle Grades or Secondary Assessment. 
    • All Teacher Candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching.
  • State Teaching Certifications

    After you complete your teacher education program, you must apply to the Arizona Department of Education for certification in grades 7-12. NAU issues Institutional Recommendations for Teacher Candidates indicating that you have successfully completed the program. You must pass the Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge Tests of NES for Arizona certification.

    Be aware that you must meet U.S. and Arizona Constitution requirements to satisfy Arizona certification requirements. This may be done through course(s) or tests. Please consult faculty or advisors. 

    Program and Course requirements are subject to change. Please keep informed through regular review of your education plan with faculty and advisors. 

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • NAU assesses a fee, in addition to tuition, of $40 for practicum (EDU 308) and $85 for each student teaching course (EDU 495C). The fee structure may change at any time; advance notice is given when possible. 

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Department Information
Learn more about this program and the Department of Teaching and Learning.