Empower high school students: Master’s in Secondary Education

Enhance your undergraduate degree with Carlow’s Master’s in Secondary Education, and you’ll be ready to inspire the next generation of students as a middle or high school teacher.

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Credits required: 

35 credits

Cost per credit: 


Time to degree:

As few as 12 months


On campus or online

Secondary Education degree curriculum 

The curriculum pairs coursework and practical field experiences to prepare highly effective educators for the demands of 21st-century classrooms. Eight-week sessions make the program more accessible for working students. A three-semester program sequence allows placements in local high schools. 

The Interdisciplinary Models course highlights technology fluency and emerging technology via Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, where you will have access to robotic technology.

Quick facts

  • Choose your content area: art, biology, chemistry, English, general science, math or social studies/history
  • Train in restorative practices, trauma-informed teaching practices, and culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy
  • Earn your degree in 1 year or 2 years

Alternate degree completion options


Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Masters in Secondary Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers in many regions, according to the BLS.

With an MEd in Secondary Education from Carlow University, you will be positioned to assume a middle school or high school teaching position in public, private, charter or parochial schools.  

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Certification requirements

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass: 

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

You may qualify for the Carlow Noyce Program which offers up to $18,000 to graduate students pursuing teaching certification.

Terrel Williams, a bearded African American man, stands in the shade in front of a field of grass.

Be great for your community.

Terrel Williams, BA ’17, MEd ’22, uses his Carlow education to help troubled minority youth with mental and behavioral health issues. “I always reach down to pull people up if I can. Carlow’s education department inspires me to be great to help others become great.”

Read Terrel’s story

Secondary Education faculty

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If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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