Masters in Secondary Education

Secondary Education | Graduate

Preparing World-Class Teachers for an Interdependent World

The 36-credit Master of Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Secondary Education, consists of a curriculum that meets state and professional standards and prepares candidates for certification as secondary education (7-12) teachers.

The program is grounded in cutting-edge empirical research and best practices for addressing the educational needs of underserved children and youth, especially African American and other children of color in urban and other diverse settings.

Core components of the program include:

(a) an interdisciplinary approach that highlights human development sciences and an asset-focused approach to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children;

(b) an emphasis on strong content and sound pedagogical practices; and

(c) extensive field-based experiences.

Full-time students may complete the program in one year if matriculation begins in the summer.


Marilyn Irving, Ed.D

Program Coordinator

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.A.
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA: 2.7 or higher
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Reading*: 156 or higher
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Writing*: 162 or higher
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Mathematics*: 150 or higher
  • Praxis II – Content Examination**: See OSSE testing requirements for required examination and passing score
  • Personal Statement
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

* Test score requirements are subject to change per the Office of State Superintendent (OSSE) requirements. Visit OSSE’s teacher licensure page for approved substitutes (

    ** Candidates who wish to pursue teacher certification in secondary education must demonstrate competence in the desired content area by passing the required content examination.

    A major in the discipline is preferred, but not required. For example, an engineering major may possess the requisite knowledge to pass the mathematics content examination or a communications major may possess the requisite knowledge to pass the English content examination.

      Note: Candidates pursuing teacher certification will complete a 36-credit hour program. Fully certified teachers will complete a modified 36-hour plan of study, in consultation with an assigned advisor.

      Caution to Prospective Students

      The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

      All credentials must be sent to:

      Howard University Graduate School 
      Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
      4th and College Streets, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20059