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 9-12) endorsement, or if you are already a licensed teacher, you can add a Secondary Education (grades 9-12) endorsement to your PEL. Choose from one of the following content areas:
- Environmental Science
- 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.
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
Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and personal statement.
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.
of 2017 graduates are employed or continuing their education.
Insights from experts in secondary education
Turn your teaching passion into teaching practice with Jennifer Cohen, associate professor of Secondary Education. Professor Cohen, who specializes in school culture and academic achievement in urban public education, will prepare you to create curriculum and develop teaching practices that meet the needs of diverse students.
“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
Your degree connects you with DePaul’s community of more than 180,000 alumni, 116,000 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.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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