School of Education

Masters of Education — Secondary Education


The purpose of a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Secondary Education at Clemson University is to assist secondary school teachers in increasing their competency in subject content, pedagogy, and research. Consequently, the program has practical and theoretical work in education and in the selected academic content area. There are four content emphases from which the student may select: English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Studies.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Admission to the Clemson Graduate School
    • Meet all requirements of the Graduate School
    • Official transcripts
    • Copy of valid teaching certificate
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Competitive GRE scores

Program Requirements

Degree requirements
The Secondary Education program requires a mini­mum of 30 credit hours (33 for those who have not successfully completed an undergraduate content reading course) in graduate courses with a grade-point ratio 3.0 or higher, of which at least 18 hours must be from courses at the 700-level or above.

Specific course requirements follow:

Education Courses—15 credit hours: ED 860; ED F 701 or 702; EDSEC 765 and 803; and three hours ap­proved by the advisory committee. Students who have not successfully completed an undergraduate content reading course must, in addition, take READ 864.

Content Courses—15 credit hours of content courses approved by the advisory committee. Appropriate courses include secondary education courses in that emphasis area (for example, EDSEC 841, Advanced Studies in the Teaching of Secondary School English for students emphasizing English), and courses in the following domains:

English—composition, literature, drama, theatre, communication studies, visual arts, technical writing, graphic communications

Mathematics—mathematics, experimental statis­tics, computer science

Natural Sciences—astronomy, biological sciences, botany, chemistry, crop and soil environmental sci­ences, genetics, geology, microbiology, physics and selected courses in animal and veterinary sciences, food science, health science, horticulture, plant pathology, wildlife and fisheries biology

Social Studies—anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology

Contact Information

Jeff Marshall
Tillman 418-G