Secondary Education, M.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License

Share your expertise in a subject you care about with bright young minds.

Education professionals who want to obtain secondary licensure and earn a Master’s degree can do so with the Secondary Education graduate program at Lewis University. Upon graduation, students will understand the dynamics of teaching a class made up of diverse learners and be ready to teach students in grades 9-12 in the State of Illinois. Content areas include:
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • History
  • Psychology

The Secondary Education graduate program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Scholarship Options

  • Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship
  • TEACH Grant
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH)
  • Scholarship
  • Lasallian Book Scholarship
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective Instruction
  • Characteristics and Development of the Adolescent Learner
  • Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities
  • Practical Research of Learning Communities

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the final 60 credit hours of study
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of the Lewis University College of Education and Social Sciences Graduate Writing Examination
  • Submission of a graduate application form with non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss education goals
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.


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