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Education: Secondary Education

Education: Secondary Education

The Master of Education degree includes specialization areas in Administration and Supervision, Secondary Education, Reading, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), and Special Education. The M.Ed. degree is designed for certified teachers seeking advanced knowledge of teaching and learning in a specific area. Students seeking teacher certification should obtain a Guam Commission on Educator Certification (GCEC) teacher certification evaluation before developing a program of study. Students completing the Administration and Supervision degree will be able to apply for certification in that field from the GCEC.

Students should contact an advisor for information about the program in which they are interested.



The School of Education offers a Master of Education program with five (5) areas of specialization, all of which are designed to prepare students for advanced roles in the field of Education:

  1. Administration and Supervision (36 credits)
  2. Reading (36 credits or 45 credits thesis/special project option)
  3. Secondary Education (36 credits)
  4. Special Education (36 credits)
  5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): (36 credits)

Option A: Thesis / Special Project
Option B: Non-Thesis


Applicants must meet all University requirements stated in the Academic regulations of this catalog, including:

  1. A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours
  2. Submit an Electronic Portfolio on LiveText to the Admission Committee to include the following:
      1. an essay, between 300-500 words, of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to education.
      2. three School of Education dispositions rubrics to be completed by two School of Education faculty and one current/former employer or school site administrator or master teacher.
  3. 3. A completed Form-A

Contact the School of Education Dean’s Office for more information.


Maintain 3.0 GPA for all coursework in the M.Ed. program. The School of Education is responsible for the academic advisement of its graduate students. Candidates are required to maintain an online, electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be used as a basis for assessment and advisement throughout the graduate studies experience and will be closely monitored at major decision points such as admission to candidacy, midpoint, and exit. All candidates must pass the PRAXIS II in their content area with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov.


Students wishing to complete a Double Major in two areas of Education may do so by completing the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 6 or 9 credits.
  2. Two Areas of Specialization Coursework.
    Note: Elective courses may be taken in second area of specialization.
  3. PRAXIS II covering both areas of specialization.
  4. Thesis or Special Project option (6 credits) to include both areas.

Students electing to Double Major will receive one degree with both areas of study listed on the transcript.


Definitions and descriptions of the scope and format for Special Project and Thesis requirements appear in the Degree Requirements of this Bulletin. A student in consultation with his or her advisor will decide upon which requirement will best meet student and program goals.


The School of Education offers a Masters Degree specialization in Secondary Education. This specialization is designed for teachers in the secondary schools on Guam or in a multicultural environment.



Core Courses: (9 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED600 Issues and Philosophies in Culturally Diverse Schools 3
ED601 Introduction to Research Methods 3
ED602 Qualitative Inquiry in Education 3
ED603 Quantitative Analysis 3


Elective Courses in Education: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED612 School Law 3
ED641 Middle/Secondary Reading and Writing in Content Areas 3
ED670 Effective Middle Schools 3
ED671 Critical Issues in Secondary Schools 3
ED672 Philosophy of Education 3

Graduate Level course from any college with the approval of program faculty.


Specialization Courses: (15 credit hours)

Courses in this area would be those in a student's teaching content area and would be approved and selected in conjunction with the academic advisors in the appropriate content areas (SOE and CLASS or CNAS or SBPA). For example, in the content area of social studies, the student should select courses in the M.A. program in Micronesian Studies or graduate level courses in history, political science, anthropology, etc.

PRAXIS II with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov (Required for all students) and Oral Examination.

Thesis or Special Project: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED691 Overview Seminar 3
ED690, or Special Project, or 3, or
ED695 Thesis 3

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Secondary Education?

  1. Education Administrators
  2. Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers
  3. Instructional Coordinators
  4. Librarians
  5. Special Education Teachers
  6. Trainers

Education: Secondary Education is a Graduate Degrees program in the School of Education