Master of Education in Secondary Teacher Education

The master of education (M.Ed.) in teacher education prepares Marquette University graduate students to be exceptional teachers in middle school and high school in subjects including biology, chemistry, mathematics, English and more. 

Our M.Ed. specializing in secondary education is designed to allow working professionals with a bachelor's degree in a variety of disciplines to earn an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence/adolescence - grades 6-12) teaching license.

Prospective students with a degree in biology, chemistry, economics, English, a foreign language, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology or sociology are encouraged to consider this program if teaching 6-12 grade students is their passion.

This program requires 39 credit hours of prerequisite and required course work, which includes one term of full-time student teaching.

We inspire and develop the "Marquette Educator"

Our education master's programs prepare educators to uphold the Jesuit tradition of care for the person, social justice and academic, excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.

Through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education, the College of Education at Marquette University is committed to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice.

All our education graduate programs prepare educators to uphold the Jesuit tradition of care for the person, social justice and academic, excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.

We help inspire and develop our graduate students to become:

  • An advocate and practitioner of equity, justice, and anti-racism in schools and communities. 
  • A designer and facilitator of ambitious curriculum and pedagogy informed by theory, context, and students' thinking and experiences. 
  • An imaginative, critical thinker who reflects on ways to improve teaching and learning. 
  • A compassionate professional who embodies cura personalis and empowers learners through reciprocal relationships of dignity and respect.
  • A critical evaluator of information and research who assesses effectiveness of educational programs and practices.



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M.Ed. Program Outcomes

  • Apply coursework and theory directly to teaching experiences in the classroom.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Master's in Education degree and teacher licensure in the State of Wisconsin.

M.Ed. in Teacher Education, Secondary Education Course Work - 39 Credits

Undergraduate Prerequisite Course Work - 6 credits

Teaching Practice 1: Instructional Design and Teaching Models 3
Teaching Practice 2: Cultivating Relationships and Communities for Learning 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Required Graduate Courses- 33 credits

Educational Inquiry 2: Advanced Topics 3
Teaching Practice 3: Assessment and Differentiation 3
Adolescent and Disciplinary Literacies 3
Advanced Teaching Practice in Middle and High School 3
Educating Exceptional Learners 3
Child and Adolescent Development 3
One additional Advanced Methods course: 3
Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Science  
Teaching Middle/Secondary Science  
Teaching English in the Secondary School  
Teaching World Languages and Cultures  
The Teaching of Mathematics  
or Advanced Methods in Journalism, Communication or Theatre
Middle/Secondary Education Practicum 3
Three additional graduate-level course electives: 9
Introduction to Educational Inquiry  
Sociological Foundations of Education  
Learning and Curriculum Theories  
Theories of Learning Applied to Instruction  
Organizational Theory and Administration in K-12 Schools  
Politics and Community in Educational Organizations  
History of Education in the United States  
American Law and the Educational Organization  
Instructional Leadership  
Curriculum Leadership  
Seminar in Analysis of Teaching  
Philosophy of Education  
Total Credit Hours: 33

Course work details for this program can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.

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Application requirements and other important information to apply for the M.Ed. in teacher education graduate program at Marquette University are detailed below. We also encourage and welcome prospective students to visit us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and take a tour of the College of Education facilities on the Marquette University campus. 


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Secondary Education Application Deadline

July 15- Applications should be received by to be considered for fall term admission.

General Requirements

  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.

Requirements by Program

  • All applicants seeking teacher certification must have transcripts evaluated by the College of Education before formally applying to the Graduate School. Only upon approval of the department should students submit application materials to the Graduate School. Students seeking an advanced degree and certification must meet the criteria for both admission to the Office of Teacher Education and the Graduate School. All inquiries concerning certification should be directed to the College of Education Graduate Office via telephone at (414) 288-6981.
  • Teacher certification applicants are required to submit Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. Applicants must also undergo a criminal background check, conducted by Marquette University. A second criminal background check is conducted at the state level when student teaching is completed, as part of the teacher license application.
  • Individuals submitting applications for administrative licenses must undergo a criminal background check, conducted by the state, when their administrative program is complete and they submit their administrative license application to the state.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Merit-based aid is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.