Preparing Middle and High School Students for Academic Achievement
High school and middle school teachers play an important role in guiding and mentoring students during a formative time in their lives. With a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Marymount University, you’ll be equipped with the tools and resources to help those students learn and thrive.
- Licensure to take you from B.A. to M.Ed.
Our program is designed for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and seek licensure to teach biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history and social science, mathematics, or physics.
- Student-teach at home or around the globe
Marymount offers 14-week student-teaching internships through our partners in the greater Washington, D.C., area and dynamic, immersive study abroad programs in countries like Colombia, Panama, New Zealand, and Uganda. Students enrolled in our Secondary Education program can also apply for international courses offered by other learning institutions through the Center for Global Engagement. Click here for more information about our global initiatives.
- Research in the field
Secondary Education teaching degree candidates may participate in faculty-sponsored or independent research. Graduates have presented their findings at conferences and symposiums around the globe.
- A master’s degree on your schedule
Schedule courses when it’s right for you. Classes are taught in the afternoons and evenings, hybrid and online. You can enroll part time or full time and earn your Secondary Education degree in as little as one year.
- 36 credits
- Program completion in 1-2 years
- Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Fall, Spring, or Summer enrollment
- Graduate application
- Professional résumé
- Proof of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA or 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours, or 3.0 in the endorsement area
- 2 recommendations regarding applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills
- Undergraduate transcripts showing courses needed for licensure requirements
- Passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) or math competency as determined by the licensure program academic advisor. Common math competencies include SAT/ACT/GRE scores, Praxis math scores, and college-level math classes. For more information, please reach out to an Education faculty member.
For university coursework completed outside the U.S., a course-by-course transcript evaluation is required from a NACES member evaluation agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators.
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at 1 of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ED 537: Literacy Across the Curriculum (Secondary)
Overview of the language and literacy process as it applies to teaching in secondary schools. Emphasizes reading and writing in content areas, and instructional strategies to support students’ literacy development. Focuses on ways reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in learning discipline-specific curriculum.
ED 571: Effective Classroom Management
This course is designed to explore the principles and best practices of effective and culturally responsive classroom management techniques, individual intervention strategies, and classroom community building in developmentally appropriate ways within the PK-12 education setting. Students will also learn behavior management assessments, techniques, and interventions within the schoolwide, classroom, and individual settings, including functional behavioral assessment.
ED 538: Secondary Teaching Methods
Examines research, theory, and pedagogical methods of instructional planning and delivery in today’s diverse classrooms at the secondary level. Historical and contextual factors of secondary learning are also examined.
Career and Salary Possibilities
From being able to teach American Literature to AP Biology, Marymount’s Secondary Education graduates are well-rounded and widely respected. Secondary Education master’s degree recipients are employed in school districts throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and across the nation in positions that include:
- Math, Science, English, and Social Studies teachers
- Corporate trainer
- Educational consultant
- Curriculum developer
- Instructional designer
- Education policy and research roles
Annual salaries for secondary education teachers in the Washington, D.C., area rank among the top in the nation at $71,000-$94,000, according to 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data.
Meet Our Faculty
We are a dedicated community of dynamic teacher-scholars who are not only experts in the field, but also passionate and innovative educators creating learning experiences that ensure all students succeed. Our faculty and staff have advised, nurtured, and inspired students for many decades. We prepare educational leaders and caring practitioners for diverse learning communities with a focus on service, global perspectives, and academic excellence. Our programs are well known for their small class sizes and for the personalized attention students receive from expert faculty. Graduates of our programs gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of others, across the nation, and the world.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you wish to receive additional information about our programs, resources, or activities. Join our vibrant community which affords limitless opportunities for both your professional and personal development. We all look forward to welcoming you to our School of Education!
Join us in making a difference!
Dr. Lisa Turissini
“I had always wanted to teach history. Despite the obstacle of a global pandemic and the added responsibilities of getting married and having my first child, I found success in Marymount’s Education program. Thanks to all the amazing professors and their invaluable expertise, I became equipped to not only succeed in my professional life but thrive. Attending Marymount helped shape who I am today and inspires who I still hope to become.” – Aaron Lee, Class of 2021, World History Teacher at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington, Va.
“I have very fond memories of my time in the master’s program in Marymount’s School of Education. I recall the faculty holding me to higher levels of expectation than I might have placed on myself, and the authenticity of my interactions with them. Still today, I quote their words of wisdom to my own students.” – Erick Johnson, Class of 2011, Head of School at the Howard Gardner School in Alexandria, Va.