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Secondary Education (MED) 
Program Description

The UA South M.Ed. in Secondary Education Program offers two pathways that prepare individuals to obtain Arizona certification to teach in grades six through twelve. The pathways are:

  • Alternative Path – a two-year pathway that includes teaching full-time as a Teacher of Record on an Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate while taking classes both online and face-to-face and participating in interactive teacher education seminars (TES) Throughout the program, teaching interns receive support and guidance from assigned UA South coaches and mentors in addition to having a site-based mentor in the district and school in which they teach.
  • Fast Track – a traditional, twelve-month pathway that includes taking classes online, participating in face-to-face seminars, and being placed in a classroom with a qualified classroom mentor teacher for two semesters, culminating in a twelve-week student teaching internship during the final semester of the program.

If you are interested in applying to the M.Ed. in Secondary Education program or need additional information, please complete an Interest Form Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the form.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

University of Arizona South -

UA South - the University of Arizona’s branch campus headquartered in Sierra Vista - extends the University’s educational mission to the region’s people, in multiple locations and with targeted degree programs. UA South provides affordable, accessible opportunities to earn high-quality and meaningful University of Arizona degrees in sites throughout Southern Arizona, including key border communities in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. We partner with community colleges to offer bachelor degrees that are of high quality, low cost, and geographically accessible. In addition to traditional degree programs in education, computer science, humanities and the social sciences, UA South offers Bachelor of Applied Science programs, Master’s programs in education, and a variety of continuing education programs designed to meet the workforce needs of regional industry.

University of Arizona South  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA South - Pima Community College East UA South - Sierra Vista  
Admissions Contact
Jesse H Kelly
Graduate Program Coordinator
Jesse H Kelly
Director of Graduate Studies
Barbara W Citera
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • GPA of 3.0 on upper and lower division coursework toward the Bachelor’s Degree (or the most recently completed 60 units)
  • Submit an online application through GradApp
  • Include a letter of intent stating why you want to be a teacher
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A professional resume
  • Documented proof of application for Fingerprint Clearance Card from the Arizona Department of Public Safety

International Students: Please note that this program does not meet the requirements for a student visa.

Standardized Tests

Please refer to specific pathway descriptions for required tests.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Please refer to our website for financial aid opportunities.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Summer: May 1st
  • Fall: June 1st

International Applicants:

  • Summer: March 15th
  • Fall: May 15th
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education program consists of 38 credits, including courses in the following areas:

  • Equity Literacy
  • Methods of Teaching ELL Students (meets state SEI requirements)
  • Secondary School Internship
  • Classroom Management for the Practicing Teacher
  • Methods and Models of Instruction for Practicing Teachers
  • Computer Applications in the Classroom
  • Teaching the Exceptional Child
  • Adolescent Development
  • Participant Research Methodologies for the Practicing Teacher
  • Research in Teaching and Schooling


Minor Requirements

A minor is not required for this degree.

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Last revised 23 Apr 2018