2019 Accredited Online Secondary Education Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: CAEP and TEAC
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $23,686
Avg Salary: $61,746

There are 463 online secondary education degrees available at 168 accredited schools in the United States. These programs exist at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. Our list of the best online master's programs highlights the 24 top schools, based on tuition costs and alumni salaries reported by PayScale.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the leading accrediting body for secondary education degrees. Prospective students should choose CAEP-accredited programs to ensure the rigor and relevancy of the degrees they earn as well as to establish themselves for future careers in education. Additionally, in some states, attending an accredited program is a prerequisite for teaching licensure.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Secondary Education Degrees ( 167)

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Albany State University SACS COC $16,136 Add Review
45 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Teacher Education - Middle Grades
Alvernia University MSCHE $33,640 Add Review
19 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certification in Education (PreK-8 and 7-12)
American InterContinental University HLC Not Provided 66% (162 reviews)
47 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master's (M.Ed.) - Secondary Education
American Public University System HLC $6,880 71% (146 reviews)
417 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teaching - Secondary Social Studies
Appalachian State University SACS COC $22,109 100% (4 reviews)
47 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education - Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Middle and Secondary Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Educational Media - Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12
Argosy University Online WASC WSCUC $13,438 50% (123 reviews)
88 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Higher and Postsecondary Education (EdD)
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
129 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Ed.S. in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Ph.D. in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education
Augustana University - SD HLC $31,960 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education - K-12
Baker College Online HLC $9,360 60% (88 reviews)
71 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Educational Leadership: K-12 - MSEE
  • Secondary English - Additional Endorsement
  • Secondary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement
  • Secondary Social Studies - Additional Endorsement
Ball State University HLC $25,942 100% (4 reviews)
160 Programs, 11 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Middle Level Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics Education
  • Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education - Middle School Education
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education - Elementary and Middle School Teachers
The Baptist College of Florida SACS COC $11,100 Add Review
32 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies Secondary Education
Bluefield College SACS COC $24,800 100% (1 review)
28 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Career & Technology Education: Business & Information Technology
  • Master of Arts in Education - History and Social Sciences
  • Master of Arts in Education - Music Education: Instrumental Grades PreK-12
  • Master of Arts in Education - Music Education: Vocal/Choral Grades PreK-12
Boise State University NWCCU $22,642 100% (1 review)
49 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Endorsement in Idaho Online Teaching (K-12)
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus HLC $18,593 83% (6 reviews)
49 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Workforce Education and Development - K-12 Online Teaching and Learning Certificate
  • Secondary Transition Certificate - Transition to Work Endorsement
Brenau University SACS COC $28,510 Add Review
95 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle Grades Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
  • Master of Education - Middle Grades
California State University-Fullerton WASC WSCUC $18,730 100% (2 reviews)
38 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS in Education in Secondary Education (Non-Thesis Option)
  • MS in Education in Secondary Education (Thesis Option)
  • MS in Education in Secondary Education - Teaching Foundational Mathematics (Non-Thesis Option)
  • MS in Education in Secondary Education - Teaching Foundational Mathematics (Thesis Option)
California University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $15,326 80% (15 reviews)
105 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in Administrative Program for Principals Certification (K-12)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education - Initial Certification Track
  • Master of Education - Special Education - with 7-12 Certification
  • Master of Education: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education & Teacher Leadership - National Board Preparation
Calvary University HLC $11,152 Add Review
103 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Education-Secondary: English (Bachelor's)
  • Education-Secondary: Social Sciences (Bachelor's)
  • Education-Secondary: Speech & Theatre (Bachelor's)
Campbellsville University SACS COC $25,400 50% (2 reviews)
64 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - High School Education Grades (8-12)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education - Middle Grades (5-9)
Canisius College MSCHE $36,454 100% (2 reviews)
25 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master in Literacy Education - Literacy Certification, Grades 5 - 12
Capella University HLC $14,250 65% (580 reviews)
232 Programs, 5 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MS - Early Childhood Education
  • MS - Leadership in Educational Administration
  • MS - Reading and Literacy
Carlow University MSCHE $28,596 Add Review
31 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education with PA Certification in Special Education (7-12)
Central Michigan University HLC $23,670 67% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Specialist in Education
Chaminade University of Honolulu WASC WSCUC $24,514 100% (1 review)
32 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education with Licensure (6th grade to 12th grade)
Columbus State University SACS COC $16,920 20% (5 reviews)
55 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education - Biology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education - Chemistry
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education - Earth Space Science
Concordia University - Nebraska HLC $31,000 0% (1 review)
39 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Secondary Administration (7-12)
  • M.S. in Athletics Administration - High School Athletics Administration
Concordia University - Wisconsin HLC $28,600 67% (3 reviews)
109 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS in Education - Teaching & Learning - Secondary Teacher
  • MS in Education - Teaching and Learning with Secondary Licensure
Creighton University HLC $38,750 100% (3 reviews)
65 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health - PK-12 Guidance Counseling Specialization
  • Master of Science in School Counseling & Preventative Mental Health - Secondary Specialization
Delta State University SACS COC $6,859 0% (2 reviews)
36 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education – English
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
320 Programs, 35 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in Special Education - 7-12
  • Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification - Secondary Education
  • Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification - Secondary Education - Biology
  • Graduate PA Intern Teaching Certification - Secondary Education - Chemistry
Eastern Kentucky University SACS COC $18,250 33% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Middle Grades Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (3 reviews)
71 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Endorsement in Spanish with Elementary/Special Education and Secondary Education Licensure
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania MSCHE $14,668 100% (2 reviews)
30 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction
  • Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction - ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Master of Education in Middle & Secondary Instruction - Online Instruction
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
65 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in Secondary Literacy
Faulkner University SACS COC $20,970 50% (2 reviews)
35 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary 6-12 Biology Pedagogy
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary 6-12 English/Language Arts Pedagogy
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary 6-12 History Pedagogy
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary 6-12 Mathematics Pedagogy
Gardner Webb University SACS COC $30,700 100% (1 review)
41 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12) - Middle Grades Education
The George Washington University MSCHE $53,518 75% (4 reviews)
131 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MA in Education and Human Development in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Special Education & Transition Services
Georgia Southern University SACS COC $17,142 Add Review
70 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Educational Specialist in Secondary Education
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Associate of Science - Secondary Education Pathway
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 53% (413 reviews)
220 Programs, 8 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • BA in English for Secondary Education
  • BA in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • BS in Business for Secondary Education
  • BS in Math for Secondary Education
Hamline University HLC $40,332 Add Review
17 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in English as a Second Language Additional License (K-12)
  • Certificate in K-12 Reading Additional License
Hope International University WASC WSCUC $31,800 100% (2 reviews)
82 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • BA in Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation - Secondary Education: English
  • BA in Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation - Secondary Education: Social Science
  • Master of Education - Secondary Education with Preliminary Single Subject Credential
Indiana Wesleyan University Online HLC $25,980 47% (17 reviews)
129 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership - Secondary Teaching
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
26 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary (Alternative Route Certification)
Johns Hopkins University MSCHE $52,170 Add Review
322 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • STEM Instructional Leader (PreK–6) endorsement
Judson College SACS COC $17,896 Add Review
16 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • BA in Secondary English/Language Arts (6-12)
  • BA in Secondary General Social Studies (6-12)
Kennesaw State University SACS COC $8,066 - $17,329 75% (4 reviews)
96 Programs, 8 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Language Arts
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education - Social Studies
Kent State University at Kent HLC $18,544 100% (1 review)
102 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Dual degree Master of Education / Master of Library and Information Science for K-12 School Library Media Licensure
  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Education - K-12 Library School Media Licensure
Lesley University NECHE $26,675 Add Review
53 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy for the Classroom Teacher
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 59% (246 reviews)
559 Programs, 8 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • BEd: Middle Education - English (Licensure)
  • BEd: Middle Education - Social Sciences (Licensure)
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction/Secondary Education
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction/Secondary Education
Marshall University HLC $17,856 Add Review
41 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Through Algebra I
  • Master of Arts in Education - Math Through Algebra I
Messiah College MSCHE $34,160 Add Review
39 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education PA Teaching Certification (7-12)
Michigan State University HLC $39,406 100% (3 reviews)
110 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in K12 Computer Science Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Post Secondary Education
Mississippi State University SACS COC $22,358 0% (1 review)
83 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education - Middle School
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education - 7-12 Grade
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education - K-12 Grade
Montana State University NWCCU $24,071 Add Review
24 Programs, 5 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - English
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - General Science Broadfield
  • M.A.T. in Secondary Education - Mathematics
Morehead State University SACS COC $13,426 Add Review
51 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
Mount Vernon Nazarene University HLC $28,090 0% (1 review)
24 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education Teaching and Learning
New York University MSCHE $50,464 100% (2 reviews)
73 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MAT in Secondary Education
North Carolina A&T State University SACS COC $19,416 100% (1 review)
55 Programs, 9 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education - Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education - Secondary Education - Agricultural Business and Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education - Secondary Education - Agricultural Communications
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education - Secondary Education - Agricultural Science
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (214 reviews)
272 Programs, 5 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Education - Secondary Education
  • Doctor of Education - Learning Analytics K-12
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Learning Analytics K-12
  • Master of Education - PK-12 Principal Leadership
Northern Arizona University HLC $24,841 72% (18 reviews)
160 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education - Continuing Professional
  • MED in Educational Leadership - Instructional Leadership K12 School Leadership
Northern Michigan University HLC $15,736 Add Review
27 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education - Reading Specialist for K-12 Education
Northwest Nazarene University NWCCU $29,000 Add Review
28 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in Secondary Education
Northwestern State University of Louisiana SACS COC $18,710 100% (2 reviews)
116 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle School Education & Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 4-8, Professional Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle School Education Grades 4-8, Professional Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education & Special Education Mild/Moderate Grades 6-12, Professional Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education Grades 6-12, Professional Studies
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $29,930 71% (7 reviews)
228 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Doctor of Education in Elementary and Middle Grades STEM Education
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus HLC $23,776 Add Review
67 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Effective Teaching in Secondary Schools
Old Dominion University SACS COC $27,900 80% (10 reviews)
153 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education Professional Studies
  • Master of Science in Education - Secondary Education (6-12) with initial Virginia licensure
  • Master of Science in Education - Secondary Education for Licensed Teachers
  • Secondary Education (6-12) Post Baccalaureate Endorsement
Prescott College HLC $30,501 100% (1 review)
39 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in Arizona Secondary Teaching Intern
  • Certificate in Teacher Preparation: Secondary Education
  • M.Ed in Secondary Education
Purdue University Global HLC $11,581 - $16,246 33% (114 reviews)
176 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
519 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a concentration in K-12
  • Ed.D. – K-12 School Leadership
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership – K-12 School Leadership
  • M.Ed. – K-12 Special Education (Nonlicensure)
Regis University HLC $35,610 52% (21 reviews)
121 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education
Roosevelt University HLC $28,963 100% (2 reviews)
28 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MA in Teaching and Learning - Middle School Education
Saint Joseph's University MSCHE $43,880 Add Review
55 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS in Education - Secondary Education
Saint Leo University Online SACS COC $22,220 68% (83 reviews)
136 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • B.A. in Middle Grades Education: English Specialization
  • B.A. in Middle Grades Education: Social Science Specialization
  • B.A. in Secondary Education - English
  • B.A. in Secondary Education - Social Science
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College HLC $29,510 Add Review
39 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Kindergarten-Grade 6/Mild Intervention
  • Transition to Teaching Licensure: Grades 5-12 Education (Indiana)
  • Transition to Teaching Licensure: Grades K-6 Education (Indiana)
Salem University HLC $16,700 100% (1 review)
50 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • BS Education in Physical Education
Samford University SACS COC $30,490 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Gifted Education (Blended format)
Seton Hall University MSCHE $40,588 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate: K-12 Supervisor
South Dakota State University HLC $11,689 Add Review
60 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration - Secondary Education
Southeast Missouri State University HLC $12,720 100% (1 review)
62 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MA in Secondary Education
  • MA in Secondary Education - Educational Studies
  • MA in Secondary Education - Educational Technology
  • MA in Secondary School Administration
Southern Arkansas University HLC $12,156 100% (2 reviews)
41 Programs, 5 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • M.A. in Teaching (With 4-8 and K-12/4-12 Licensure)
  • M.A. in Teaching (With 7-12 Licensure)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Elementary & Secondary
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Elementary & Secondary (With T.E.S.O.L. Endorsement)
Southern Utah University NWCCU $20,288 100% (1 review)
50 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) - Secondary Education
Southwestern Assemblies of God University SACS COC $19,994 100% (1 review)
75 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education - English, Language Arts and Reading (Middle and Secondary Education)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education - Social Studies and History (Middle and Secondary)
  • Master of Education in Middle and Secondary Education
Spring Hill College SACS COC $37,584 Add Review
14 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Secondary Education
Stephen F. Austin State University SACS COC $17,676 Add Review
67 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education (Generalist 4-8)
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Elementary Education (Generalist EC-6)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - EC-12 and 7-12 Teacher Certification
Sterling College - KS HLC $24,985 Add Review
12 Programs, 6 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Professional Studies in Secondary Education Licensure Program
  • Professional Studies in Secondary Education Licensure Program - 6-12
  • Professional Studies in Secondary Education Licensure Program - K-6
  • Professional Studies in Secondary Education Licensure Program - PreK-12
Texas A & M University-Commerce SACS COC $20,884 86% (7 reviews)
50 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education
  • Master of Science in Physics - Physics Teaching
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi SACS COC $18,925 50% (2 reviews)
37 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS in Secondary Education - Master's and Certification (MAC)
Texas A&M University-College Station SACS COC $36,606 67% (3 reviews)
129 Programs, 14 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6-12
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - Chinese EC-12
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • Accelerate Online Teacher Certificate - History 7-12
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (2 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Consumer Science Education
Touro University Worldwide WASC WSCUC $14,600 50% (4 reviews)
56 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Secondary Education
Troy University SACS COC $13,520 55% (11 reviews)
90 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • MS in Education - Social Science Education (6-12)
  • MS in History Education (6-12)
University of Alabama SACS COC $28,100 67% (3 reviews)
78 Programs, 5 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • EdS in Secondary Education (With Science Certification)
  • MA in Secondary Education (With English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification)
  • MA in Secondary Education (With English Language Arts 6-12 Certification)
  • MA in Secondary Education (With Reading Specialist P-12 Certification)
University of Arkansas HLC $24,308 100% (2 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics
University of Central Florida SACS COC $22,467 88% (8 reviews)
108 Programs, 2 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Initial Teacher Professional Preparation
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Science
University of Central Missouri HLC $14,150 100% (2 reviews)
58 Programs, 8 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Middle School
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary
  • Master of Science in Education - Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 Option
  • Master of Science in Education - Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Level Education Option
University of Cincinnati HLC $27,334 83% (6 reviews)
136 Programs, 3 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in PreK-12 Reading Instruction
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education (With Licensure)
  • Master of Education in Literacy & Second Language Studies - PreK-16 Literacy and Learning Instruction
University of Delaware MSCHE $33,150 0% (1 review)
45 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Exceptional Children and Youth - K-12 Special Education (Secondary Education)
University of Florida SACS COC $28,659 60% (5 reviews)
245 Programs, 4 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Certificate in K-12 Teaching with Technology
  • Certificate in U-FUTuRES Science
  • Certificate Program in Secondary Teaching Preparation
  • Graduate Certificate in K-12 Teaching with Technology (Ed Tech)
University of Georgia SACS COC $30,392 100% (1 review)
36 Programs, 1 in Secondary Education (view all)
  • Master of Education in Middle Grades Education

Online Secondary Education Degree Overview & Career Information

At the associate level, online programs will mainly focus on preparing a student to transfer to a bachelor's degree program, but graduates may also be able to find work in a variety of educational assistant roles. A bachelor's degree is the minimum amount of education required in order to become a licensed secondary education teacher.

Master's degrees are available for those who have completed an undergraduate degree not focused in education but want to become teachers. It is also an option for teachers looking to advance in their careers. At the doctoral level, students participate in educational programs that may prepare them to work in upper-level administration positions, as well as in research and university teaching. Lastly, certificate programs exist for those who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree who want to work as secondary education teachers, but who do not want to complete a full master's degree program.

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Online Associate Degrees in Secondary Education

This level of degree is appropriate for someone who wishes to transfer to a bachelor's degree program later on to become a fully licensed teacher.

Program Requirements

Online associate degrees are usually completed within two years with around 60 credit hours. Students need at least a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted.

Curriculum

Students will take general education courses as well as education specific classes focusing on psychology, communication, diversity, education, and more. Students can also major in a content area in which they take additional concentration courses in their chosen field, such as geography, foreign languages, physical sciences, and more.

Graduates of an associate degree in secondary education are qualified for work as a paraprofessional educator, teacher's aide, library assistant, or day care instructor. Additional certification and exams may be necessary or helpful in finding certain jobs.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Secondary Education

A bachelor's degree is the minimum education necessary to become a fully licensed teacher.

Program Requirements

To be admitted to this level of program, students must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, provide standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT, and submit an application essay. Application materials vary depending on the school. Secondary education degree programs usually last between four to five years total and are offered by colleges and universities. Those who hold an associate degree can apply to transfer their credits and finish the bachelor degree in less time.

Curriculum

Students take general education courses as well as courses in pedagogy, educational psychology, curriculum development, and lesson planning. Students in secondary education programs also typically choose one to two subject areas in which they will take additional, advanced courses, such as math or sciences, in order to be qualified to teach in this subject area. Student teaching or internship experience will usually be required.

Upon graduation from a bachelor degree program, graduates can enroll in teacher certification programs in which they will work towards their professional teaching certificate. Some programs have teacher certification built into the program, while others do not. Each state has different teacher certification requirements, including background checks, student teaching experience, general teaching exams, and more.

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Online Master's in Secondary Education

Master's degree programs in secondary education give students an in-depth preparation in how to teach at the secondary level. These programs can be an especially good fit for someone who has an undergraduate degree in a particular subject area and who wishes to apply that knowledge to teaching middle and high school, or someone who wants to make a career change and become a teacher but who has no prior teaching experience or credentials. To learn more about online master's programs in secondary education, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Secondary Education

The Doctor of Education, or Ed.D, in secondary education is available for those professionals who wish to advance their education as much as possible.

Program Requirements

Doctoral candidates must have a bachelor's degree and may also be required to have a master's degree in a particular specialization. They will also need to have previous teaching experience. A high GPA, strong work or academic recommendations, and an impressive history of professional experience in the educational field will all contribute to admission into a competitive doctoral program. Students can expect to spend at least three years on their doctoral program and complete at least 60 credit hours of study. Tuition will vary depending on the program, but students should expect to spend at least $11,000 a year or more.

Curriculum

Courses that students will take cover the topics of creating and evaluating a curriculum, using technology in the classroom, teaching strategies, and research methods. Independent research and a dissertation will also be required. Doctors of Education are prepared for advanced positions, such as principal or superintendent, as well as jobs in academic research, university teaching, and other top administrative roles.

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Online Certificates in Secondary Education

Upon earning a bachelor's degree, prospective teachers have the option to take an online certificate program to get their teaching licensure. Each state has its own licensure requirements, so students should look for programs offered by schools within the state they wish to teach in. Courses in pedagogy and content can be taken online, while clinical hours must be logged at program-approved middle and high schools. Graduate certificate programs take about a year to two years to complete, depending on the students' availability and completion of student teaching and required internship hours. Upon completion, certificate holders can obtain professional teaching licensure in their state and pursue full-time work as official teachers in the schools of their choice.

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Accreditation

Schools receive accreditation through a rigorous process of academic review against official standards by recognized third-party organizations. Accreditation is essential for a valid diploma on the job market or to transfer course credits between schools. In higher education, there are three kinds of accreditation: national, regional, and programmatic. National accreditation is geared towards mostly for-profit technical, career, or vocational schools, and is awarded by ten national accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education including the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), New York State Board of Regents, and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Regional accreditation is generally considered to be the most prestigious of accreditation designations. Therefore, regionally accredited schools do not normally accept credits that are transferred from nationally accredited schools.

Those looking to pursue a degree in secondary education should be sure to take courses at regionally accredited institutions from the start to ensure that their coursework will transfer if necessary and that their diploma will be valid if used towards a future graduate degree. Regional accreditation is awarded to not-for-profit, full degree institutions such as colleges and universities by one of six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S., recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Finally, programmatic accreditation is awarded by specialization or profession, such as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Individuals who wish to be teachers should enroll in a program that has been accredited by CAEP. This will ensure the student that they are receiving a quality education that will prepare them for their future careers. 

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Licensing Requirements

Teacher requirements vary per state and must be verified individually on each state's department of education website; however, a bachelor's degree in teaching as well as a teaching license are standard requirements for teachers in secondary education. To get a teaching license with a non-teaching bachelor's degree an individual will have to complete an additional certification program or complete a master's degree in education. Many graduate programs in secondary education will offer initial teacher licensure for grades 7-12, setting the graduates up to teach in their desired field of specialization with targeted coursework.

Careers in Secondary Education

Secondary education involves the teaching, curriculum planning, administration, and counseling of middle and high school students. Those who wish to study secondary education may become teachers, principals, school district administrators, education counselors, college professors, education policymakers, or work in non-profit organizations or international schools. The day-to-day activities vary depending on the profession. While teachers spend their days planning lessons, grading papers or homework, and teaching in the classroom, administrators and policymakers deal with policies, research, and paperwork. Counselors work with students to plan their college or professional goals after high school graduation. 

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