Master of Arts in Secondary Education

The 24-month program is customized through the examples, strategies, and assignments for any secondary teacher to gain and sharpen instructional skills.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education program is a 36-credit program covering grades 7-12 that offers a rich combination of online learning, classroom practice, learning community sharing, research and analysis, and assessment to produce teachers that are capable of making a difference in student learning and achievement. Online examples in each lesson are provided to help primary, intermediate and junior high school teachers in any subject or lesson. The program is entirely customised through the examples, strategies, and assignments for any secondary teacher to gain and sharpen instructional skills.

The courses that make up the program curriculum are designed to prepare and strengthen the classroom teacher by providing the most current research-based and proven educational strategies and knowledge. The curriculum encompasses learning theory, educational foundations, brain theory, best practises, curriculum development, standards, and assessment. The courses in child and adolescent development, special needs and classroom management provide a framework of how teachers can provide appropriate strategies and environments for all students. A mentored practicum and portfolio project are included to enable the student to synthesise the knowledge and skills of the program into his/her personal understanding of an effective classroom for secondary students.

The goal of the program is to develop scholar-practitioners who will learn and practice advanced skills in designing, implementing and analysing instruction using research based strategies so they can provide an active, positive and effective classroom environment for secondary students.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university – The degree must be verified on official transcripts sent by the awarding institution directly to Acacia University. Mail or secure electronic delivery is accepted. International applicants: applicants submitting transcripts from non-US institutions must have their transcript evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency. This requirement does not apply to international applicants who received a degree from a US college or university.

English language competency – Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a bachelor’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency.

The following are accepted exams and minimum scores required for admission:

  • 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
  •  6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
  •  50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
  •  100 on the Duolingo English Test
  •  55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET)
  •  650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)
  •  650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

Verification of a teaching position or access to classrooms – The position must be verified by a letter on school letterhead from an administrator of the school in which the student is practicing or has access. 

  • The Master of Arts in Elementary Education requires access to elementary classrooms.
  • The Master of Arts in Secondary Education requires access to secondary classrooms.
  •  The Master of Education in Educational Administration requires a minimum of 2 years of prior successful teaching experience and access to classrooms.
  •  The Master of Education in Special Education requires access to Special Education classrooms for implementation of strategies and assignments.
  • The Master of Education in English as a Second Language requires access to classrooms with ESL students.

Ongoing access to computer technology – All Acacia University courses are presented online so each applicant must have a computer and internet access to participate.

    Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.

    * The Master of Arts in Secondary Education program is a 36-credit program covering grades 7-12.
    At the end of this program, students will be able to
    • Create and maintain a positive learning environment that will support and increase student achievement
    • Consistently integrate the Power Strategies with other research-based strategies into their instruction
    • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the process and principles of curriculum design and assessment so they can plan effective instructional and assessment strategies
    • Design and implement developmentally appropriate strategies that foster, nurture, and develop skills in students that are within, and outside of, the normal range of child development
    • Design and implement strategies to meet the special educational needs of students in the classroom
    • Collaborate with colleagues in meaningful ways about students and instructional strategies
    • Analyse the national or state standards that are required and design instruction and instructional strategies that will enable students to meet the standards
    • Communicate effectively with parents and other caregivers about the students’ successes, needs and areas of improvement
    • Provide mentoring to other teachers as they implement effective strategies in the classroom
    • Implement a coherent and effective secondary classroom utilising appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment practises
    • Apply research and analysis skills to design and complete a project that would provide insight on an secondary education topic of their choice
    Program Learning Outcomes
    • Create secondary education instruction informed by research-based strategies integrated with the Power Strategies
    • Design secondary education curriculum, assessments, and resources to create a positive learning environment that supports and increases student achievement and develops skills in students according to their individual needs
    • Analyze educational research, current trends, requirements, standards, and practices required to design instructional strategies in elementary education that enable students to meet learning goals and standards
    • Develop instructional and classroom strategies that promote global citizenship, acceptance of others, and lifelong learning
    • Communicate, verbally and in writing, effectively with parents and other caregivers about the students’ successes, needs, and areas of improvement


    Per Credit

    Master of Arts in
    Secondary Education


    EDC500 Power Strategies for Effective Teaching 3
    EDC510 Power Strategies for Classroom Assessment 3
    EDC520 Power Strategies for Improving Comprehension 3
    EDC540 Classroom Management 3
    EDC550 Child and Adolescent Development 3
    EDC560 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  3
    EDC570 Special Needs Students 3
    EDC577 English Language Learners 3
    EDC595 Principles of Secondary Education 3
    EDC610-1  Research Methods 2
    EDC610-2 Action Research 3
    EDC620 Mentored Practicum 4

    Academic Courses: (Required Core Courses in Instructional Strategies)

    EDC500 Power Strategies for Effective Teaching

    EDC510 Power Strategies for Classroom Assessment
    EDC520 Power Strategies for Improving Comprehension

    General Education Courses: (Required Core Courses)

    EDC540 Classroom Management

    EDC550 Child and Adolescent Development
    EDC560 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    EDC570 Special Needs Students

    Applied General Education Courses

    EDC595 Principles of Secondary Education*
    EDC610-1 Research Methods*
    EDC610-2 Action Research*
    EDC620 Mentored Practicum
    EDC577 English Language Learners


    All master’s level courses are $138.88 per credit


    The cost for a single 3-credit graduate level course is $416.64
    ($138.88 x 3)

    The total cost for a 36-credit master’s degree program is $5175
    ($138.88 x 36 + $75.00 one-time application fee + $100 graduation fee) 


    Application Fee (one-time)
    Graduation Fee
    Official Transcript Fee
    Late Fee (On Monthly Payments)
    Reactivation Fee*
    Returned Check Fee

    *Returning after 12-month or more absence

    Who Should Enroll
    The master’s degree programs at Acacia University are designed for certified teachers who want to acquire advanced expertise in education. Gain the skills to provide your students with the best learning foundation possible.
    Transfer Credits
    Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as Fifteen (15) credits may be transferred. Courses accepted for transfer credit must be relevant to the program of study, equivalent in both content and degree level, and not more than ten years old.
    If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.
    The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a graduate degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.

    Most Acacia courses require no textbook. For those courses that do require a textbook, it is the responsibility of the student to purchase or rent the textbook prior to the start of the course. Acacia does not sell or lease textbooks. Students may purchase or rent in any format (hardback, e-textbook, new, used, etc.) but must use the assigned edition. Prices at the time of the current student handbook publication are listed here, but are subject to change. Prices listed are from the publisher, however, students may purchase from any source.

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    Payment Policies

    Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive official grade reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.

    Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.

    Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.

    Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits
    In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Acacia University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Acacia University will not:

    • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
    • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
    • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
    • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional resources) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

    However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

    • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
    • Provide a written request to be certified;
    • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    * Disclosure notice to US students:

    Acacia University offers graduate degrees for educators to achieve their professional goals. Completion of a degree program in itself does not constitute having a professional credential. Professional certifications and licenses are governed by boards empowered via State laws and/or professional organizations and commissions. Therefore, Acacia programs are NOT a pathway to teacher licensures in the US.

    This information is provided per U.S. Federal Regulations, 34 CFR § 668.50 (2016 Rules), 34 CFR § 668.43 (2019 Rules), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Manual version 19.2. 

    Acacia University is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs and coursework to students located in states other than Arizona. NC-SARA approval does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements.

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