Why Earn a Master's Degree in Secondary Education?
The Master of Education in secondary education program can help you, the experienced teacher, broaden your expertise
and prepare for future leadership roles in the profession. Our program is designed for middle and high school teachers to gain advanced skills
in research-based practices for teaching subject matter to diverse learners. In our increasingly interdependent world, the program prepares
teachers to be global educators, who 'internationalize' schools through curriculum development, instructional design, action research, and
teacher leadership. Graduates of the program qualify for advanced professional certification from the Maryland State Department of
Education. M.Ed. graduates are frequently promoted to leadership roles in their subject areas or find positions in museums, foundations
and other organizations devoted to public education.
Develop Your Skills
As a graduate student, you can develop your skills through rigorous core course work:
Curriculum Theory and Development
Advanced Processes of Teaching and Learning
Teaching in a Multicultural Society
Research in Education
Integrated Professional Practice Seminar
Learn at Your Pace
The program offers convenient afternoon, evening, weekend, and summer classes. Student select either the Thesis Track or the Non-Thesis Track. Students are encouraged to pursue a more concentrated study in an area of their interest and write a thesis. Students who choose to write a thesis register for six credit hours of independent study with their thesis advisor. Non-Thesis Track students complete an additional elective as well as a three-credit capstone project--developing original research in curriculum development/instructional design, policy analysis/program development, or an action/field-based project.
Meets NBPTS Standards
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' mission is embedded in the program's seven goals:
Develop advanced competencies in curriculum development and instructional design.
Develop an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and society.
Assume leadership roles in the profession.
Use technology to enhance learning.
Understand and use appropriate assessment and evaluation.
Engage in scholarly activities.
Think and reflect critically about the educational process and professional practice.
What's the difference between Towson's Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)?
The M.Ed. program is designed exclusively for certified teachers who seek to enhance their classroom practice and develop teacher leadership. The M.A.T. program,
however, is designed for those who seek to enter the teaching profession and earn their first teaching certificate. For example, a banker may decide that
she wishes to change careers and become a high school mathematics teacher. Perhaps a person with an undergratuate degree in finance decides that
he wishes to teach middle school. In both cases, the M.A.T. program offers initial teacher preparation coursework for a first-time teacher. For more information
about Towson's M.A.T. program, visit the link.