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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.

Admission Requirements

Please also see specific admission requirements for the Initial Licensure track and the subject advisor for content area-specific admissions requirements.

Regular Admission Criteria
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale),
  • Grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses,
  • Grade point average 3.0 in the content major,
  • 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 2.5; 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.
  • Praxis CORE scores of 150 in mathematics, 156 in reading, and 162 in writing.
  • 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 and Health Professions 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 and placement, candidates must complete a criminal records check, state civil record check, and FBI record check. The student is responsible for the fees associated with these checks.

Initial Licensure Track

The initial licensure track in Secondary Education is for those who have a baccalaureate (BA, BS) degree 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 a teaching specialty. All courses are offered in the evening. 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 the courses on the student’s degree plan. Students in the initial licensure track of the M.Ed. in Secondary Education are required to pass state required Praxis II assessments as of spring 2001.

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 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
    SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
    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

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 the UALR 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 CORE 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 of the College of Education and Health Professions.
  • 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 the Certification Coordinator for information on the Praxis, background check, and the provisional license.

Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education

Students wishing to 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 Educational 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 Learning and Teaching 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 and 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.

Courses in Teacher Education

TCED 5100, 5200, 5300 Workshop
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Exploration of areas of interest, preparation of educational materials. Offered on demand

TCED 7149, 7249, 7349 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Individual problems in student’s chosen field. Up to three hours may count toward degree. Offered on demand.

TCED 7303 Reflective Teaching
For certified secondary teachers in the advanced track M.Ed. Students learn to use tools of reflective teaching to assess their own level of competence and to design learning experiences to improve their own classroom teaching. Students will analyze various national models for assessment of master teachers and will examine recent research in education which should affect classroom practice. With the guidance of the instructor they will demonstrate their current level of competence in a portfolio and will select a committee to develop an individualized degree plan.

TCED 7305 Action Research
This course introduces Action Research to graduate students. Focus is on understanding the process of action research and how it differentiates from traditional research and its processes. Topics include identifying potential topics within the classroom, implementing alternative solutions, evaluating and presenting the outcomes, and dissemination of findings through appropriate channels.

TCED 7321 Teaching Culturally Different Children
Problem, potential of children from culturally different backgrounds; preschool, elementary programs designed to meet their needs; guest lecturers are a basic part of the program.

TCED 7327 Contemporary Curriculum Design
(For teachers, supervisors, and administrators in developing clear concepts about all children and their educational programs.) Philosophy, administration, techniques of curriculum design; includes participation in development of a culturally pluralistic curriculum. Offered in spring.

TCED 7333 Mentoring and Coaching Teachers
This course prepares teachers to work as mentors/coaches of pre-service and/or in-service teachers and as leaders in professional development.

TCED 7337 Life Adjustment for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Overview of the life adjustments encountered by older adolescents and young adults with severe disabilities and their families. Concentrations include philosophies of service delivery, residential and occupational alternatives for adults with severe disabilities, social needs, and legal rights and responsibilities. Emphasizes community-based services for individuals with severe disabilities.

TCED 7341 Conflict Management in the Schools
Conflict management issues and strategies in the schools. School-community disputes, faculty relations, parental conflicts, and student conflicts are addressed. Participants are trained in a variety of approaches to school safety, school community building, and methods of resolving conflict including peer mediation. Diversity issues discussed throughout the course.

TCED 7600 Science, Mathematics, and Reading: An Interdisciplinary Approach K-4
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The learning of science, mathematics, and reading as active, integrated, constructive processes involving experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning, and problem solving; shows connections and relevant applications of these disciplines; goals include helping teachers extend content learning, helping teachers create successful learning environments for every student through use of manipulatives, calculators, science equipment, and various learning strategies; and the provision of access to appropriate materials, equipment, and technology.

TCED 8115-8118 Studies Affecting Elementary Education
Current research, trends in elementary education; emphasis on interdisciplinary studies; topics reviewed regularly. Offered in fall and summer.

TCED 8150-8650 Specialist Thesis
Preparation of the specialist thesis. Offered on demand.

TCED 8300, 8600 Thesis
Prerequisite: 24 graduate hours. Preparation of master’s thesis. Offered on demand.

TCED 8301 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Historical, current curriculum design models; needs assessment, process, product evaluation of curriculum development. Offered in fall.

TCED 8310 Professional Experience
Professional experience in selected school district, state agency, or university sites related to student’s long-term professional goals; requires a paper related to the experience. Offered in fall and spring.