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Master of Science in Secondary Education


Program Information

Master of Arts in Elementary or Secondary Education (PDF)

For more info contact:

Jennifer Mahon, Associate Professor
College of Education
Office: (775) 682-7534

That Master of Arts and Master of Science in Secondary Education are programs for practicing teachers who want to improve their skills and content knowledge in particular emphasis areas such as math education, science education, humanities education, MSTS Math, Science, Technology and Society, and curriculum studies.

Students will have developed an in-depth understanding of pedagogy and the literature of their teaching field and be able to apply that knowledge to their teaching practice. Teacher leadership is stressed with graduates able to interpret and evaluate research findings and their applicability to 7-12 teaching.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the program application
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • A reflective essay, three to five pages in length, which discusses the candidate's understanding of the purpose of public education and how the complex issues facing secondary educators are going to affect the candidate as a teacher
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty

Areas of emphasis are available based on teaching field and expertise. The specific curriculum requirements are adapted to the professional needs of the student. Students should not enroll in any graduate-level course without first securing the approval of the department that such a course is acceptable toward a selected major or minor.

Program Requirements

The MA and MS Degrees in Secondary Education require students to develop a program in conjunction with their advisor and committee that includes a minimum of 36 graduate credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 700-level and at least 6 of which are outside the program or college.

Completion Requirements for the master's degree include:

  1. Filing a program of study, approved by the Graduate School
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all graduate work
  3. Successful completion of the Advanced Performance Assessment requirement
  4. Completion of all requirements listed in the specific master's degree manual

Program Hours

A minimum of 36 credits are required. All degree candidates are required to complete a research course. In addition, all students are required to take 1 to 3 credits of comprehensive examination which may or may not be above the 36 credits of approved courses. A maximum of six graduate credits of S/U grades may be applied toward a master's degree.

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4345 (Main)
(775) 784-4298 (Advising Center)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J. Raggio
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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