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Master of Education in Secondary Education

The Master of Education in Secondary Education provides proficiency in professional education, curriculum and instruction, teaching skills, and a teaching specialty. Two tracks are offered within the master’s degree program, the initial licensure track, and the provisional initial licensure track.

Initial Licensure Track

The initial licensure track in Secondary Education is for those who have a baccalaureate (BA, BS) from an accredited institution with a major in a subject area taught in secondary schools and who want to prepare to be teachers. This track leads to licensure in teaching speciality. Students who start at a time of the year other than the Fall semester will need at least three semesters to complete the licensure classes. Most courses are offered in the evening for the convenience of students who work full time. Some courses require a field placement in a local school.

Title II definitions now require that program completers pass required assessments in addition to completion of courses on the student’s degree plan. Students in the initial licensure track of the MEd in Secondary Education are required to pass state required Praxis II assessments as of Spring 2001. For more information on Title II, go to program website.

Provisional Initial Licensure Track
State Requirements for the Provisional License
A candidate must meet the following criteria to be considered for the provisional license:
Be fully admitted to UALR’s Graduate School and in good standing in an educational program of study (graduate secondary education) and continually be taking classes. If the candidate drops out of the program or discontinues taking classes, the candidate will be reported to the State Department of Education.

Pass the Praxis I general knowledge and Praxis II content exams.
Complete and clear background checks. (Police and FBI)
Complete the application for the provisional license. NOTE: Completion of application does not guarantee approval. All sites must be approved by the Associate Dean in the College of Education.
Secure a mentor from the employing school. The school will assign the mentor. The candidate must have the mentoring form included in the licensure packet sent to the State Department for the provisional license application.
Complete Arkansas History (if the candidate is in social studies) prior to being recommended for a provisional license.
Contact Rene Carson, Certification Coordinator, at (501) 683-7306 or for information on Praxis scores, background check, and the provisional license.
Admission Requirements (For both Initial and Advanced Tracks)
Please also see specific admission requirements for Initial and Advanced Tracks and the program coordinator for content area-specific admissions requirements.
All applicants must have:
Regular Admission Criteria
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or
Grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
Grade point average 3.0 in the content major, or
Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Conditional Admission
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than a 2.75; and a General Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale,
Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.
Initial Licensure Track Admission Requirements
(In addition to the requirements for regular or conditional admission)
Baccalaureate or equivalent degree in one of the following teaching specialty areas: art; drama/speech; English language arts; life/earth science; physical/earth science; mathematics; vocal music; business technology; social studies; health and physical education, music, art, or foreign language; subject to areas approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores as required by the Graduate School. Please note: If you are applying for Conditional Admission to the Initial licensure Track because your grade point average is lower than a 2.75 (but no lower than a 2.5), you must take the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE- plus the Praxis I.
Praxis I scores of 171 in mathematics (or 316 on the computer-based test), 172 in reading (or 319 on the computer-based test), and 173 in writing (or 319 on the computer-based test) or the stipulated scores on two of the tests and the Arkansas Department of Education’s minimum score on one test.
Candidates who have completed the baccalaureate degree and lack no more than 12 hours in the specialty area may be admitted to the program and may complete deficiencies concurrently with a master’s program.
Interview with faculty.
Legal Requirements Prior to Field or Internship Placements
Students who apply to the Secondary Education program must complete the following requirements and submit documentation to the Field Placement Office in the College of Education prior to field or internship placements:
Proof of liability insurance. This insurance is provided through the School Workers Defense Program or by joining the Student Arkansas Education Association (SAEA).
A negative tuberculosis test. (Health card is available through the Arkansas Department of Health).
Criminal records check: state civil record check must be completed and submitted to advisor.
Completion of the Criminal Background Disclosure.
Before being recommended for licensure:
Criminal records check: state civil record check and FBI record check. The student is responsible for the fees associated with these checks.
Retention Requirements
Once admitted, students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average with at least a grade of B in all Secondary Education (SCED) courses. (This includes all courses associated with the licensure/degree plan). In addition, the student’s professional behavior, content knowledge, and classroom performance will be evaluated throughout the program.
Successful completion of the licensure program is not based solely on the number of course credits but requires demonstration of specified professional knowledge, skills, behaviors, and dispositions.
Once the student has begun the program, periodic evaluations will assess progress. Failure to progress satisfactorily might result in a student being removed from the program. While a student may require additional time to meet some performance expectations, the faculty may limit that time and reserves the right to drop a student from the licensure program should appropriate progress not be demonstrated.
Initial Licensure Track Program Requirements
EDFN 7320 Advanced Educational Psychology or SCED 5321 Adolescent Development and Diversity or EDFN 7330 Human Development
EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
SCED 7103 Supervised Clinical Teaching
SCED 7104 Curriculum Design Practicum
SCED 7106 Instructional Skills Practicum
SCED 7201 Curriculum Design
SCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
SCED 7302 Trends and Issues in the Secondary School
SCED 7304 Action Research Project or EDFN 7303 Introduction to Research
SCED 7306 Instructional Skills and Classroom Management
SCED 7601 Internship (Must pass Praxis II Content before application approval)
SPED 7204 Adolescents with Special Needs
Six hours of electives in the content area, education, or technology
Initial Licensure Track Graduation Requirements
A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0
A portfolio accepted by committee
Passing scores on all Praxis II examinations required by the Arkansas Department of Education
Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education
Students wishing to be receive a graduate certificate in special education will complete 21 graduate hours..
Admission Requirements
Students must meet the same admission requirements as those who apply for the master’s degree program.
Program Requirements
SCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
SCED 7103 Supervised Clinical Teaching
SCED 7306 Instructional Skills and Classroom Management
EDFN 7330 Human Development
SPED 7303 Adolescents with Special Needs
EDFN 7370 Assessment
SCED 7601 Internship
Graduation Requirements
Minimum of 21 graduate credit hours
Minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade below B
Praxis II content pedagogy exam or Principles of Teaching and Learning passed
Courses in Secondary Education
SCED 7104 Curriculum Design Practicum
Prerequisite: SCED 7306. Co-requisite: SCED 7201. A field placement centered around a technology-enriched environment. Preprofessionals work with students in a facilitative learning environment that includes students with special needs. Inquiry and problem-based teaching strategies are observed. Preprofessionals focus on technology in teaching and learning strategies and digital equity.
SCED 7105, 7205, 7305 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
SCED 7106 Instructional Skills Practicum
Co-requisite: SCED 7306. Observing and assisting Master teachers and testing candidate’s knowledge and selected skills of instruction, and management in metropolitan, multicultural secondary school classrooms.
SCED 7201 Curriculum Design Seminar
Prerequisite: SCED 7306. Co-requisite: SCED 7104. This course emphasizes the development of content specific and integrated thematic curricula. Students will develop teaching units that address the inclusion of students with special needs. Inquiry and problem- based teaching strategies will be modeled. The internet and technology as an integrative tool will be utilized to develop pedagogical techniques and materials in relation to whole course design with cross-disciplinary focus and active student involvement. All projects and assignments will be posted to the SCED 7201 discussion list for peer collaboration and review.
SCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
Co-requisite: SCED 7103. Objectives, philosophy of the subject field as applied to secondary education; consideration of issues, research in the content areas; application of adaptive and unique instructional strategies, methods to specific areas.
SCED 7301 Secondary School Curriculum
Theory, practice of the secondary school program; includes patterns of organization, techniques for development, overview of secondary curriculum trends, issues, current status as a whole and in each subject field; curriculum specialists in subject areas assist with instruction, development of applicable curriculum.
SCED 7302 Trends and Issues in Secondary Education Seminar
Co-requisite: SCED 7201 or TCED 7303. A study of trends and issues pertaining to the goals, analysis of the teacher’s role in dealing with current concerns in these areas.
SCED 7304 Action Research Project
Co-requisite: SCED 7302. (Topic chosen with, approved by project advisor at least four weeks before registration.) Student designs, implements research project on a topic addressing educational issues in multicultural and mainstreamed secondary school environments; requires written report and oral defense before committee. (Projects by in-service teachers are usually conducted in their own classes).
SCED 7306 Instructional Skills and Classroom Management
Co-requisite: SCED 7106. Students develop pedagogical techniques, activities, and assessments that encourage and promote learning. This course also includes the study, analysis, and development of teaching, human relations and management models, skills, and techniques, which are tested in the practicum.
SCED 7601 Internship
Prerequisite: 21 hours completed in the program, including SCED 7201, and passing scores on Praxis II Content. Co-requisite: SCED 7302. Students spend a full semester in a secondary school, under supervision of a secondary cooperating teacher or mentor and a University supervisor, observing, teaching, participating in activities involving the school, community.