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Secondary Education (MA/MEd)
Secondary Education (MA/MEd)
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Inspire and prepare youth for success

Apply your passion for teaching and become an advocate for young people with a Secondary Education MA/MEd from DePaul. High school teachers are not only subject matter experts, but they also offer much more as teacher-leaders who transform student lives. In this program you’ll use your expertise to present engaging and interactive methods to motivate students and ignite their desire to learn.

You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with a Secondary Education (grades 5–12) endorsement, or if you are already a licensed teacher, you can add a Secondary Education (grades 5–12) endorsement to your PEL. Choose from one of the following content areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts

Courses are held weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, online, or as a hybrid of both. Field experience and student teaching requirements are fulfilled during weekdays. The program can be completed in two years.

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Connect to the classrooms of Chicago

You’ll gain practical skills in field experiences in Chicago Public Schools, charter schools and private schools in the city. Designed to provide you with the theory and practice necessary to succeed in any classroom, the program culminates with 10-weeks full-time student teaching.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and personal statement.

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Required Courses

You’ll take a total of 56 quarter hours, complete field experiences and student teaching, meet content area requirements and pass state licensure exams. The MA, requires an additional course and thesis.

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of master’s graduates from the College of Education were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The average reported salary for Secondary Education graduates was $53,000.

Insights from experts in secondary education

Professor Christopher Worthman teaches an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Cook County Correctional Facilities. The course, “Deconstructing the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” brings DePaul students to the jail for a university class with incarcerated individuals. Worthman also coordinates an international educational program that unites faculty from universities in Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and other countries; the program has prepared nearly 250 faculty members to internationalize their curriculum in the past 11 years.

“In my current position, I have been able to incorporate everything I‘ve learned from my previous years in teaching with my time studying at DePaul. I’ve been able to build my network, refine my pedagogy, learn new standards and skills because of my coursework at DePaul and my teaching experience. I developed a deeper understanding on how to navigate the system of education because the program had us constantly engaging in classrooms throughout the city.”

Pedro (MEd ’13)

English teacher, Francis W. Parker School
Pedro, Secondary Education MEd alumnus  

Alumni Network

Your degree connects you with DePaul’s community of more than 195,500 alumni, 122,500 of whom are in the Chicago area. Alumni have gone on to work as school administrators, such as department chairs, curriculum specialists or assistant principals. You’ll also have the credentials to work as an adult education teacher, a community educator or tutor, an education consultant or in textbook publishing.


Scholarships such as the The John and Frances Beck Endowed Scholarship are available to graduate students in the College of Education, based on academic standing, degree program and financial need. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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