Program Director: Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education provides students with intensive professional preparation in six core areas: Pedagogy, Curriculum, Educational Foundations, Educational Technology, Multicultural Education, and Educational Research. The program enables practicing teachers to explore theoretical concepts that relate directly to their instructional effectiveness. To complete the requirements for the degree, students select two elective courses through which they enhance their knowledge of content or pursue additional courses within the six core areas.

All courses leading to the Master of Arts in Secondary Education are offered via distance education or online. Most students complete the program in 2 - 6 semesters depending on whether they attend full-time or part-time.

Plan of Study (30 credit hours)

Students take 3 required Core Courses (EDCU 601, EDST 676, and EDTE 650), 1 course from each of the remaining Core Areas: Educational Foundations, Pedagogy, Multicultural Education, and Curriculum, and 1 additional course from any of the 6 Core Areas for a program Concentration. These courses total of 24 credit hours.

Students also take 2 elective courses (3 credit hours each) selected from any of the Core Areas, or selected from other graduate courses offered at Ball State, as approved by their advisor. These courses can be taken in any order, at any time, but should begin with EDCU 601 and end with EDST 676.  The curriculum is designed to offer students flexibility in course selection while still following a course plan.

 Required Courses (9 credit hours)  
 EDCU 601: Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (Taken First)   3 hours 
 EDTE 650: Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology    3 hours 
 EDST 676: Research on Impacting Student Learning (Taken Last)   3 hours 
 Elective Courses from Core Areas (15 credit hours)  
 Core Area 1 - Curriculum (choose 1 course)  
 EDCU 620: Secondary School Curriculum   3 hours 
 EDCU 630: Junior High and Middle School Curriculum   3 hours 
 EDCU 640: Alternative School Curriculum   3 hours 
 Core Area 2: Educational Technology (choose 1 or choose other core elective)   
 EDTE 665: Visual and Digital Literacies   3 hours 
 EDTE 670: Technology Policy and Pedagogy   3 hours 
 Core Area 3 - Educational Foundations  (choose 1 course)  
 EDFO 620: Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education   3 hours 
 EDFO 621: Educational Ethics   3 hours 
 EDFO 631: Philosophy of Education   3 hours 
 EDFO 641: History of Education   3 hours 
 EDFO 651: Sociology of Education   3 hours 
 EDFO 652: Seminar in Educational Sociology   3 hours 
 Core Area 4 - Pedagogy (choose 1 course)  
 EDJH 512: Instructional Strategies for Middle School   3 hours 
 EDSE 695: Dynamics of Secondary Classroom   3 hours 
 EDJH 534: Classroom Management   3 hours 
 Core Area 5 - Multicultural Education (choose 1 course)  
 EDMU 660: Multicultural and Multiethnic Education in American Schools   3 hours 
 EDMU 670: Social and Cultural Minorities in American Schools   3 hours 
 Electives (2 courses from course catalog / 6 credit hours)  
 Elective approved by advisor   3 hours 
 Elective approved by advisor   3 hours 


Graduate students without teaching licenses may pursue initial licensure while simultaneously completing requirements for this degree.

Students seeking initial licensure must request a transcript analysis of their undergraduate program through the Office of Teacher Education Services before being accepted to the program. International students must apply through the Rinker Center for International Programs.

Students from Other States

If you live in a state other than Indiana, this information regarding state regulatory authorizations for distance programs might impact whether you can take courses from Ball State.