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Master of Science in Education in Secondary Teaching

About the Program

Secondary Teaching candidates explore historical, social, and educational systems, delving into topics like neurodiversity, learning in new languages, and human development. The teacher-candidate experience culminates in an action research master’s project that draws together theory, content area knowledge, and the student’s clinical experience.

Students will choose a specific subject area to focus on:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Spanish (special PK-12 endorsement)

At a Glance

Timing

  • Two academic years
  • 18 months of coursework spanning six academic quarters (fall, winter, and spring in consecutive years, with no classes in summer)

Clinical Experience

  • During the final year in our program, teacher candidates will complete a full year of clinical experiences in a local school under the guidance of mentor teachers.
  • Fall quarter consists of an engaged practicum two days per week. In winter quarter, candidates work full-time as student teachers.
  • In spring quarter, teacher candidates will stay connected with the same school but work specifically with multilingual learners.

Licensure

  • Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • Middle grades (5-8) and high school (9-12) endorsements in chosen content area
  • Pending the completion of coursework, students may choose to add ESL and/or Bilingual Education as an additional subsequent endorsement.

MSED in Secondary Teaching Curriculum Overview

credits (40 semester hours)
average class size

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Our Guiding Commitments

Advance Equity and Social Justice

Teaching grounded in equity and social justice is essential in rigorous learning of subject matter in any setting.

Understand Learning and Human Development

Understand human development as a process of maturation within a network of areas: physical, psychological, emotional, cultural, social, and political.

Engage Within and Across Communities

Learn about the community in which a school resides to inform relational and instructional interactions with students and families.

Foster Subject Matter Sensemaking

Support the growth of children's skills, competencies, and disciplinary understandings as connected to rigorous and meaningful activities.

Our Students

You don't just get a job as a teacher...you become a teacher.”

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MSEd acceptance rate
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of graduates who pursued teaching found a job

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847-467-1458

msedprogram@northwestern.edu

618 Garrett Place Evanston, IL 60208

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