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Graduate Program Secondary Education (MEd)

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Classes begin: June 26

Teach for Impact with Your MEd in Secondary Education

Make an impact on the lives of middle and high school students through content knowledge you love while learning essential transdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the Master of Education in Secondary Education program.

This full-time, New Hampshire based MEd program was designed to prepare you to become a secondary school classroom teacher while instilling a transdisciplinary mindset. At the end of this program, you’ll have earned a teaching certification specializing in 1 of 5 content areas:

  • English language arts for grades 5-12
  • Mathematics teaching – middle level
  • Mathematics teaching – upper level
  • Science for grades 5-8
  • Social studies for grades 5-12

In addition, every candidate earns a Certificate in STEM Education including two STEM EDU digital badges. With a June start every year, this master’s degree program is a campus cohort, residency-based model that is four 16-week terms. This program strongly supports candidates’ development of equity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Our partner district is Manchester, NH and during the school year, members are partnered full-time with a mentor teacher in their certification area. During the summers, members work with 5-12 students in a summer camp-based experience. Each term the trio of SNHU faculty, along with the Manchester school-based Clinical Educator, support candidates to grow and develop their commitment to students, content knowledge, and teaching skills.

See Yourself Succeed in Secondary Education

Setting this program apart from others, members earn their Certificate and STEM EDU badges demonstrating to future employers they can collaborate effectively across content areas regardless of certification area and design Project Based Learning (PBL) experiences for middle and high school students. As PBL has become more and more prevalent in secondary education, so has the need for high quality educators with an appreciation for collaboration. If you’re passionate about cross-subject, competency-driven learning and authentic assessments for middle and high school level students, this program will help you become a valuable asset as a teacher in a secondary school setting.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in secondary education with STEM education at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of fewer than 3,000 students, with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
  • Stipends Available. Southern New Hampshire University and Goodwill AmeriCorps have partnered to offer financial benefits for eligible enrolled students. Eligible students are co-enrolled as AmeriCorps volunteers to receive a living allowance during the program, as well as an education award upon successful completion of the term of service.  Other benefits may include health coverage and childcare assistance if eligible. Contact admissions at 603.645.9688 for details.  
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your graduate degree on campus and in the field in as few as 16 months.
  • Minimal requirements. No GRE or GMAT required for admission.
  • Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine. Graduate student activity fees may apply.

Admission Requirements

SNHU requires an undergraduate major (or substantial course work) in the intended licensure area and an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (or equivalent) for admission. 

If you are an international student in need of a visa to study on campus, please see our international admission requirements.

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year up until early June in preparation for a summer start each year. To apply, simply complete our online application form.

Licensure Information

The secondary certification programs listed below are fully approved by the New Hampshire State Board of Education...

  • English language arts for grades 5-12
  • Mathematics teaching – middle level
  • Mathematics teaching – upper level
  • Science for grades 5-8
  • Social studies for grades 5-12

Careers & Outcomes

The good news is, employment of secondary teachers is projected to grow by 8% from 2020 to 2030, with about 77,400 openings across the country each year, on average, over the course of the decade. And more good news, with your newly earned Certificate in STEM Education, you can take advantage of the benefits of having STEM experience on your resume. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects that occupations in the STEM field are expected to grow by 10.5% through 2030. So, this program is all around a great option if you are seeking teacher certification in a middle or high school.

The MEd in Secondary Education program at SNHU is competency-driven, ensuring graduates of this program are prepared to teach in the growing number of New Hampshire schools that have adopted a competency-based approach to teaching and learning, so you’ll be ready for a career in the classroom.

“Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Education program helped me gain experience as a culturally competent educator in one of New Hampshire’s largest and most diverse school districts. SNHU provided a supportive community that enabled me to establish connections with employers and ultimately land a full-time job as high school teacher,” says Ally Lincourt-Daniel, a 2021 graduate of SNHU’s MEd Secondary Education program.

Take advantage of SNHU's AmeriCorps Partnership

Through the AmeriCorps program called Manchester Excels, students are eligible to receive scholarships, stipends and other benefits throughout their enrollment.

First Term Benefits:

Students will receive a $3,000 stipend and an Education Award/tuition scholarship of $1,342.86 for the summer term through Goodwill/AmeriCorps.

For the remaining three terms, based on availability and securing grant funding, members may be co-enrolled in order to receive larger financial benefits.

Additional Benefits for Those Who Qualify:

Starting in term two, each student who is co-enrolled in our Manchester Excels partnership with AmeriCorps can receive the benefits outlined below, provided they meet certain AmeriCorps requirements.*

  • Living allowance of up to $17,000, paid biweekly throughout service term.
  • Education Award of $6,495 upon successful completion of AmeriCorps term (this can be used to pay off Federally-qualified student loans and/or for current/continuing education costs at a Title IV institution).
  • Health insurance through SNHU if eligible.
  • Childcare reimbursement through AmeriCorps if eligible.

*(Note: SNHU Program requirements count as volunteer hours; additional requirements include training (e.g., to fill out a timesheet, cultural diversity) and “days of service” (e.g. 9/11, MLK day). Other students accepted into the program may be waitlisted for any AmeriCorps benefits.


The MEd in Secondary Education is a 36-credit, 16-month clinical master’s in education program. You’ll engage with grade 5-12 students from the start of the program, spending a full school year working alongside practicing educators in local schools.

During the summer, you will develop project-based learning activities, and then work with middle and high school students during a summer learning program sponsored by SNHU. By the end of the program, you will have earned a Graduate Certificate in Trans-Disciplinary Competencies along with STEM education badges as part of your clinical coursework.

Graduate Education for Licensure Programs

CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. Accreditation makes sure that educator programs prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

Graduate Tuition

Earning your degree is a smart choice to advance your career, and investing in an affordable program increases your ROI. We keep our costs low to remove barriers between you and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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