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Secondary Education (MED) - Fast Track 
Program Description

The Fast Track pathway to an M.Ed. in Secondary Education enables individuals who have a bachelor's degree to meet Arizona secondary teacher certification requirements and earn an M.Ed. in as little as twelve months. The program integrates educational theory and methodology into pre-service teaching practice. In lieu of a thesis, an action research project documents mastery of key program outcomes. Students may begin taking classes as early as the summer after graduating with a bachelor's degree. The program accepts new students in both summer and fall. Courses are taken online and students are placed in a middle school or high school classroom during fall and spring semesters. A twelve week student teaching internship in a 6th - 12th grade classroom takes place during the final spring semester.

If you are interested in applying to the M.Ed. in Secondary Education program Fast Track option or need additional information, please complete an Interest Form 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
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
Standardized Tests

Applicants are encouraged to pass the Arizona Certification Secondary Subject Knowledge exam (NES or AEPA) in the academic subject they plan to teach in order to enter the program. The link to the exams on the Arizona Department of Education website (ADE) is below.

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 07 Mar 2018