Master of Education in Secondary Education

The Master of Education (MEd) in Secondary Education program focuses on the needs and subject areas of today’s secondary school students. Geared toward college graduates and working professionals with undergraduate degrees outside of education, this graduate program prepares graduates to teach grades seven through 12 in their chosen content area such as English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or World Languages.

This graduate program offers paths to initial certification in a variety of subject areas and with several design approaches. All options involve earning the equivalent of an academic major in a content area as well as taking development and pedagogy courses that prepare students to effectively teach chosen content areas to adolescents.

You can complete this graduate degree on a part-time or a full-time basis with evening classes on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. However, you will be required to fulfill a student teaching requirement, which is a full-time commitment.

After successfully completing the minimum requirements for certification, students may choose to leave the program with only certification, or they may elect to continue in the program, completing the additional credit hours and requirements necessary to receive certification and earn a master’s degree.

Applicants to Secondary Education programs who are interested in earning certification through a full-time, urban-focused STEM teacher residency program may also explore Temple’s Teacher Residency program.

Who might be interested?

The Secondary Education MEd program is designed for individuals choosing to change careers after earning a bachelor’s degree in one of the fields below, to prepare them for initial teacher certification in secondary education (grades 7 through 12) and special education.


You'll choose from the following concentration areas in Secondary Education MEd. 

  • English Education

    Prepare to engage secondary students in the production and interpretation of literary and non-literary spoken and written texts. Learn to identify the structures and functions of language; become familiar with the texts and histories of U.S., European and non-Western literary genres; and place reading and writing within the larger context of films, plays, videos and other forms of expression. Learn more about the Master of Education in Secondary Education program with a concentration in English education.

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  • Mathematics Education

    Gain knowledge of the interests and abilities of students at different levels of mathematics achievement. Focus on problem-solving skills, mathematical thinking processes, and methods of actively engaging children and young adults in their own learning. Learn more about the Master of Education in Secondary Education program with a concentration in mathematics.

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  • Science Education

    Build a strong foundation in at least one science discipline with supporting expertise in mathematics as appropriate. Graduate with an understanding of the nature of science and its complex relationship to the society in which it functions and which it serves. This program offers concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, and Physics. Learn more about the Master of Education in Secondary Education program with a concentration in science.

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  • Social Studies Education

    Develop the skills necessary to create an informed citizenry with respect for diversity in a democratic society. Focus on critical thinking about curriculum frameworks and materials; curriculum development grounded in teaching for understanding; and sensitivity around areas such as race relations, gender, war and peace, equality of economic and social opportunities, and global interdependence. Learn more about the Master of Education in Secondary Education program with a concentration in social studies.

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  • World-Foreign Languages Education

    Learn a combination of fluency in your target language and the ability to implement best practices in foreign language pedagogy. Focus on a foreign language and developing intercultural understanding in order to escape a narrow cultural perspective. Through the experiences in this program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of culture and the Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish languages.

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Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.


In addition to state certification exams and student teaching, you must complete field experiences as part of your coursework. Field placements are designed to give you teaching experience working with children in educational and non-educational settings. The majority of field experiences require students to spend seven full days over the course of a semester in the classroom. During the student teaching semester, students are required to spend every day in the classroom for 14 weeks.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Education offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

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Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. You'll also find opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Students can join the 

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For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011


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