Master of Education

Secondary Education

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Teaching allows you to impact the world for the better! We are looking for Vets, college grads with a commitment to social justice, recent college grads from the borderlands of Arizona, and mid-career changers who want to become the kind of teacher who changes the lives of their students.

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    A Science teacher fellow and her students in the classroom

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    Bisbee High School Math Tutoring session -

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    In the Library

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    Science class in Palominas

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education offers two pathways for students with a Bachelor's degree - the Alternative Path to Certification and Fast Track. As a member of a robust learning community, you learn to teach by doing it! To learn more about the program and requirements, go to our how to apply page.



The majority of the course work is online, allowing you to learn on your own schedule. The program begins in the summer with a one-day orientation on our Sierra Vista campus. Students take four courses over the summer, preparing them for the challenges of the classroom. Most program participants begin teaching in August and continue to complete their coursework over two years.

Program participants who pass the Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) class and the National Evaluation Series (NES) in their subject area in their first summer of course work will be eligible for an Arizona State Intern Certificate, allowing them to work as a Highly Qualified teacher as they complete the Alternative Path program. Details on the Intern Certificate program in Arizona can be found at the Arizona Department of Education's Teaching Intern Pathway to Certification Page. Please note that Arizona Department of Education internships are not valid for teaching positions that are funded by Career and Technical Education.

Monthly mentoring seminars provide a learning community environment that links your course work to your teaching experiences and supports you as you begin your teaching career. Program participants build strong relationships with master teachers and fellow students. These interdisciplinary seminars are designed to give program participants deeper content knowledge, pedagogical competencies and cultural competencies needed to teach in our unique border schools.


demo-picIf you are not interested in teaching right away, some program participants choose to follow a more traditional path into teaching by completing a 12 week student teaching experience. If you choose this path you are still a member of the robust Mentor Network. Program participants on this path follow the "Fast Track" course rotation and are able to complete the program in one year.

The Borderland Experience

Living and teaching on the U.S./Mexico border puts you at the center of contemporary geo-political history and prepares you to live in a bi-national/bi-cultural world. As a Secondary Education student, you will have opportunities for cross-border teacher exchanges and cultural experiences.

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Your Curriculum


Students' course work is linked to their classroom teaching. Fast Track students can complete the academic program in as little as one year or if they take a full time teaching job when they become Alternative Path students, the course work takes two years to complete. Click here to view the Secondary Education Course Rotation.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1557396. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors(s) and not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.