Department of English

Programs / English Education: Online M.Ed. in Secondary Education English

The Online Master of Education in Secondary Education English (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education degree program in Secondary Education prepares secondary teachers to be expert teacher-leaders. It is a content focused, standards based program which meets the Georgia Professional Standards Commission standards for the degree and is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Course work emphasizes scholarly rigor through research and engagement in a variety of field-based action research projects. Technology and multicultural considerations are infused throughout the program. This Masters program does not lead to Secondary Education Certification. Persons interested in adding Secondary certification areas should contact the Professional Standards Commission for guidance in meeting specific certification requirements.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for completion of an M.Ed. degree in Secondary Education include:

  1. completion of a minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate course work;
  2. completion of a minimum of 27 semester hours of the minimum 36 hours in full standing at Kennesaw State University;
  3. an earned cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all graduate course work at Kennesaw State University;
  4. successful completion of a professional portfolio; and
  5. no grades below “C “.

Transfer Credit

Graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions must be evaluated and approved by the SMGE department chair. A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of “B” or better) may be applied toward a degree program. No courses more than five years old at the time of evaluation will be accepted for transfer credit.. Transfer credit includes all course work earned prior to admission to the M.Ed. program in full standing (maximum nine semester hours), whether earned at another institution or at Kennesaw State University.

Petition to Graduate

Each M.Ed. candidate must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of program requirements. The Petition to Graduate form can be found online at

Program of Study

Candidates for the M. Ed. in Secondary Education take a combination of courses in the professional sequence, content, and elective areas. Candidates may take elective courses in an endorsement field and add the respective endorsement to their certificate. Candidates are strongly urged to meet with their advisors during the first semester of study to plan their programs.

Total number of hours in the program must equal 36 with at least 15 hours in the professional sequence, 12 hours in the teaching field.

  1. Valid teaching certificate (clear renewable) in Secondary Education in the concentration for which one is applying.
  2. A 1-2 page personal statement describing one’s beliefs about education at the middle grades or secondary level and one’s professional goals relative to the Master of Education in Secondary Education degree.
  3. Professional résumé documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer, and service accomplishments, and record of leadership.
  4. Two online recommendations that address applicant’s success in teaching and ability for success in graduate study, and commitment to adolescent learners.
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities the applicant has attended showing evidence of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution.
  6. Completed graduate application with application fee.

*International applicants have additional requirements; see Graduate Admissions section of this catalog.

Professional Sequence (15 Credit Hours)

  • Course
  • EDRS 8000
    Applied Quantitative & Qualitative Research
  • EDUC 7700
    Reflective Inquiry for Transformative Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 7750
    Differentiation, Academic Language, and Assessment in Middle and Secondary Classrooms
  • EDUC 7752
    Transformative Teaching and Learning with Families and Communities
  • EDUC 7797
    Capstone in Middle and Secondary Grades Education

Teaching Fields (12 Credit Hours)

Students are required to take one Instructional Technology course according to their teaching field:

  • ENGL 7741 Technology and Media in English and Language Arts
  • or MAED 7719 Technology and Mathematics
  • or ITEC 7400 as approved by graduate program coordinator only if teaching field-specific Instructional Technology course is still under development

Students may take graduate level courses in the teaching field that are approved by graduate program coordinator. M.Ed “Teaching Fields” include the following:

  • English/Language Arts (courses with ENGL, PRWR, ENED, or EDRD prefixes at 5000+ level)
  • Science (courses with SCED, SCI, BIOL, PHYS, or CHEM prefixes at 5000+ level)
  • History/Social Studies (courses with SSED, HIST, AMST, GEOG, POLS prefixes at 5000+ level)
  • Math (courses with MAED, MATH, STAT prefixes at 5000+ level)

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Endorsement courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator • Additional education courses at the graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator • Additional teaching field courses at graduate level with prior approval from graduate program coordinator

Program Total - 36 Credit Hours