M.Ed. Program Requirements

The M.Ed. in Secondary Education addresses the North Carolina Masters/Advanced Competencies which include standards in Instructional Expertise, Knowledge of Learners, Research Expertise, Connecting Subject Matter and Learners, and Professional Development and Leadership. The graduate program incorporates the conceptual framework which is common to all teacher education programs at UNCW: The Watson College of Education develops highly competent professionals to serve in educational leadership roles.MED students gather in hall

Program Objectives Upon completion of the graduate Secondary Education program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate breadth of general knowledge, as well as depth of knowledge in the selected discipline area necessary for effective instructional decision making.
  2. Demonstrate a well-articulated knowledge of high school communities and issues affecting teaching in a high school setting.
  3. Communicate effectively in standard English both verbally and in written formats.
  4. Adapt instructional strategies to the developmental and learning needs of individuals, including adolescents with special needs and students from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  5. Establish a classroom climate conducive to the learning, social, and emotional needs of adolescents.
  6. Choose objectives consistent with state and local curriculum guidelines, the learning needs of students, and guidelines established by learned societies.
  7. Use technology to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
  8. Employ and analyze appropriate assessments and evaluative procedures.
  9. Demonstrate effective teaching including positive results for student learning, self-reflection, and appropriate professional dispositions.
  10. Demonstrate instructional leadership through service to public schools.