Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Secondary Education (M.Ed.)
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Why get an M.Ed. in secondary education?

With a Master of Education in secondary education, you’ll gain the knowledge, experience and skills to teach in today’s classrooms and communities. Subject matter, research, theory and field-based experience will help you teach with confidence. Learn to foster caring, cooperation and improvement, with internships available in culturally, linguistically and socioeconomically diverse urban and rural schools. Our teacher education program prepares teacher-leaders  ̶  excellent practitioners who work toward improving education in and beyond the classroom. The M.Ed. leads to certification for teaching in secondary schools, as does the M.A.T., which requires more subject matter concentration, rather than education. 

Why choose UNH for your secondary education degree? 

At UNH, you’ll be able to enter the secondary education program at the graduate level or as part of the accelerated master’s program, through which you begin preparation at the undergraduate level with a semester of field experience and professional coursework in education. After completion of your baccalaureate degree, you’ll move into a fifth year of study and full-year internship, leading to the M.Ed. degree and licensure for teaching. Issues related to the challenges and rewards of serving in diverse schools are woven into the teacher preparation program, with unique opportunities through UNH Manchester.  

Potential career areas

  • Secondary school teaching

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Secondary Education program provides certification and an M.Ed. degree for those who wish to teach in secondary schools.

What is the difference between an M.Ed. and the M.A.T in Secondary Education? The M.A.T. requires that at least three graduate-level courses be in an area of subject matter concentration rather than in education.  The basic program to achieve these ends is the five-year program in which students begin preparation for teaching at the undergraduate level with a semester of field experience and professional course work in education. Students complete a baccalaureate degree outside of education and move into a fifth year of study and full-year internship which lead to either the M.Ed. or M.A.T. degree and licensure for teaching.

Admission Criteria

In determining admission of students to teacher education graduate programs, several criteria are used:

  1. The undergraduate record. The undergraduate overall minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0.  The undergraduate grade point average of students admitted to the graduate programs in teacher education is approximately 3.55 (based on 2020 admissions). For students pursuing the Accelerated Masters, a minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
  2. Positive recommendations from EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching, EDUC 935A Seminar and Practicum in Teaching or the equivalent, and from those able to relay information about a candidate's performance in teaching situations or related areas.
  3. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exam scores are required. Applicants must obtain, at a minimum, a qualifying score (as set by the state of New Hampshire at the time of testing) on all three (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) Core exams in order to be considered for admission. Current NH qualifying scores may be found at the ETS Praxis Website under the “Tests required for all licensure areas” page.
  4. Clearance on a criminal history records check through the NH Department of Safety.
  5. Additional required application materials can be found at the Graduate School website under programs.

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate-­level credits. The exact number of credit hours will depend on the student's academic background, competencies, and professional goals, and will be determined by the adviser.

Any Education course taken for a teacher licensure requirement must be completed with a grade of B- or better.  This applies to any courses from other departments that have been designated as equivalent to an Education course.

Core Requirements (may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level).
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
or EDUC 935A Seminar and Practicum in Teaching
EDUC 801Human Development & Learning: Cultural Perspectives4
EDUC 807Teaching Reading through the Content Areas (807 is required for licensure in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics, and Social Studies)2
EDUC 851BMethods of Inclusive Secondary Education: Literacies, Learning, and Transitions4
EDUC 605Educational Perspectives in Critical Times4
or EDUC 959 Issues in Education
Methods Courses Required for Secondary Licensure (see below list)
EDUC 900AInternship and Seminar in Teaching (Fall semester) 13 or 6
EDUC 901AInternship and Seminar in Teaching (Spring semester) 23 or 6
Degree (Minimum of 32 Graduate credits)

In addition to the 12 credit internship, 10 graduate credits must be UNH Education courses. The remaining credits can in Education or another department.

The number of credits for EDUC 900A Internship and Seminar in Teaching and EDUC 901A Internship and Seminar in Teaching will be determined by the advisor based on professional goals.


A Master's Inquiry Project is required during the internship year.

Methods Courses Required for Secondary Licensure
Recommended methods courses be completed before the internship.
Art K-12
ARTS 791Art Education (Elementary)4
ARTS 792Art Education (Secondary)4
EDUC 703FTeaching Elementary School Science4
EDUC 703FTeaching Elementary School Science4
THDA 786Dance Pedagogy4
Earth Science
EDUC 703FTeaching Elementary School Science4
ENGL 892
ENGL 810
Teaching Literature and Literacy
and Teaching Writing
or ENGL 726
ENGL 725
Seminar in English Teaching
and Seminar in English Teaching
English as a Second Language
ENGL 815/715Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Methods4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
Health Education
KIN 848Skill Development and Assessment in Health Education4
KIN 871Health Education Pedagogy4
or KIN 910 Curricular Issues in Health Pedagogy
Middle Level Science
EDUC 703FTeaching Elementary School Science4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
Mathematics High School
MATH 709Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 6-124
Mathematics Middle School
MATH 703Teaching of Mathematics in Grades K-54
or MATH 709 Teaching of Mathematics in Grades 6-12
Music Requirements - A course in teaching methods for elementary grades and a course in teaching methods for secondary grades.
One course in teaching music in elementary grades, to be selected in consultation with an advisor.
MUED 891Teaching Secondary School Music3
Physical Education
HPE 610Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy4
HPE 655Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy4
EDUC 703FTeaching Elementary School Science4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
Social Studies
EDUC 803D/703DSocial Studies Methods for Middle and High School Teachers4
LLC 791Methods of Foreign Language Teaching4
THDA 727Methods of Teaching Theatre4

This graduate program is approved to be taken on an accelerated basis in articulation with certain undergraduate degree programs.

General Accelerated Master's policy, note that some programs have additional requirements (e.g. higher grade expectations) compared to the policy.

Please see the Graduate School website and contact the department directly for more information.


  • demonstrate depth of knowledge in their subjects. recognize how knowledge in their subjects is created, organized, and linked to other disciplines.
  • identify the organizing themes and central concepts necessary for understanding a subject.
  • identify associated content necessary for students to understand these themes and concepts.


  • understand how students develop and learn.
  • treat students equitably and work diligently to help each student reach his or her potential.
  • create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • recognize diversity among their students and adjust their practice accordingly.
  • create and maintain an atmosphere fostering mutual respect and caring.
  • cultivate within their own students a recognition and valuing of diversity.


  • demonstrate specialized knowledge of how to teach subject matter to their students.
  • use multiple approaches to facilitate student learning. create lessons that are engaging and motivating for students.
  • create learning experiences that are appropriately challenging for all students.
  • involve students in thoughtful inquiry and reflection.
  • ensure that students understand the purpose of activities within and across lessons and units.


  • use multiple strategies to assess students.
  • regularly assess student progress using appropriate measures.
  • demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions about students and their learning based on classroom, district, and state assessments.


  • make well-reasoned choices and decisions within the complex and demanding conditions of teaching.
  • analyze the effects of their actions and make appropriate changes.
  • take into account the moral and philosophical implications of educational decisions.
  • improve their practice by reflecting on their own experience, observing others, seeking advice, and drawing upon educational research and scholarship.


  • assess the relative merits of educational reform efforts and determine their appropriateness to the classroom, school, and broader societal contexts in which teaching and learning occur.
  • develop and articulate their own conceptual and philosophical perspective on teaching and learning based on professional experience and current theories and research in education.
  • develop an understanding of how leadership is informed by varied perspectives on the structure of public education, the nature of educational change, and the teacher's role in the change process.
  • are willing to take risks as advocates for the benefit of students, teachers, and the profession.


  • work with colleagues to enhance their own teaching, learning, and professional development.
  • work collaboratively with students, peers, and community members to create and contribute to effective learning environments.
  • participate in professional organizations.
  • continue to pursue avenues of inquiry into the teaching and learning process through study, research, and dialogue.

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Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: Students who plan to begin their internship Fall semester, must have a completed Graduate School application by March 1st and have taken all prerequisite coursework.

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted. At least one letter should be from a university/college level instructor.

Test Scores: Praxis Required

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exam scores are required of all applicants to Master’s level (M.Ed. and M.A.T. ) programs leading to initial certification in Teacher Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education. Applicants must obtain, at a minimum, a qualifying score (as set by the state of New Hampshire at the time of testing) on all three (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) Core exams in order to be considered for admission. Current NH qualifying scores may be found at the ETS Praxis Website under the “Tests required for all licensure areas” page. To have scores sent to our office please use our recipient code which is 3922.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

In no more than two pages, describe the reasons you wish to pursue the degree program you have chosen, including relevant personal qualities and life experiences that have shaped your beliefs about learning, development and teaching, counseling, or administration (depending on the program to which you are applying).

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

State and Federal Background Check

A background check is a requirement before an application can be reviewed by the Education department. Here is the document and instructions Department of Education Background Check and Criminal History Release form.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program-specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Explore Program Details

For students in educator preparation programs at UNH, a two-semester, post-graduate teaching internship is required. [Note: A four year undergraduate option, including one semester of student teaching is available for teacher candidates in Kinesiology, Family Studies, Mathematics, and Music.]

In many respects, the two-semester internship experience is the heart of UNH teacher preparation programs, and the selection of healthy, productive sites and competent, supportive school personnel is of critical importance to the quality of our program. We are very aware of the essential role that cooperating teachers and other school personnel play in the professional development of our interns. We view our relationship with the schools as a truly collaborative one in which we strive to create communities where we can support one another and explore new ideas and concepts together.

Resources for Secondary Interns

  • Internship Handbook (complete information about the internship)
  • Field Placement Policy
  • Secondary Internship Placement Form
  • Internship Timeline for Durham Campus
  • Internship Timeline for UNH Manchester
  • Photo Resume  Word Doc
  • Praxis Core and Praxis II
  • Secondary Sites (near Durham campus)
  • Secondary Intern Preference Form
  • -->Additional Resources for K12 Art, Music, Physical Education Interns
    • Art Intern Preference Form
    • PE Intern Preference Form

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