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Secondary Education (MA/MEd)

Today's high school teachers are subject matter experts, but they offer much more than the subjects they teach: They are teacher-leaders and transformers, as well as advocates for diverse young people in urban schools. They know how students learn subject matter and use engaging, interactive methods to motivate students and ignite their desire to learn.

The two-year Secondary Education master's degree program provides college graduates in fields other than education the opportunity to become teaching professionals. It is designed for those who are invested in the generation of tomorrow and who want to inspire its members to wrestle with ideas, solve problems and make decisions about their future.

Secondary educators teach in high schools. Graduates can opt to advance their careers and serve as department chairs, curriculum specialists or assistant principals. Some secondary educators work as adult education teachers, community educators or tutors, while still others work as education consultants or in textbook publishing.

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements and how to apply.


The Secondary Education master's degree program leads to Secondary Education teaching licensure in the state of Illinois. It is an Illinois State Board of Education approved program for endorsement.

Biology Requirements

Chemistry Requirements

English Requirements

Environmental Science

History Requirements

Mathematics Requirements

Physics Requirements

Social Sciences Requirements

Visual Arts Requirements

Degree Program

Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Education (MEd) 

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the Secondary Education program offers courses that meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format (although field experience and student teaching requirements must be fulfilled during weekdays). In addition, the program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The Secondary Education master's degree program includes 56 quarter hours of coursework in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education and Teaching and Learning; however, teaching licensure requires more than a series of courses - there are special requirements such as completing field experiences, meeting content area coursework requirements and passing state licensure exams.

In addition to these requirements, students who opt to earn the MA must complete one additional 4 quarter hour course that requires a thesis and oral defense (60 quarter hours in total).