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Master of Science in Secondary Education

Degree - Master of Science in Secondary Education

Concentrations
: Agricultural Education, Athletic Administration and Coaching (Teaching), Athletic Administration and Coaching (Non-Teaching), Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, English, Mathematics, Music, NCAA Compliance and Academic Progress Reporting (APR), School Counseling, Science, Social Science, Special Education

The Master of Science in Secondary Education (MSEd) degree program offers endorsements in 14 areas. Graduates are prepared for advanced preparation to serve as teachers or practitioners in various educational capacities.

Admission Requirements:

Students applying for entrance to the Master of Secondary Education are required to submit an application for admission, Apply Online (www.alcorn.edu/academics/graduate-studies), Educator License, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript from an accredited school (if a student has attended more than one school, transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended). At least one transcript must document the student has a bachelor’s degree.

The following programs do not require an educator license but do require standardized test scores for admission: Athletic Administration and Coaching (Non-Teaching) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, NCAA Compliance and Academic Progress Reporting, and School Counseling.

Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials by the Department of Education and Psychology admission committee. The department uses an admission formula to accept students. The entire application packet, including all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Credentials:

A Standard Educator License in a teaching area is required for admission to programs in the Master of Science in Secondary Education with the exception of Athletic Administration and Coaching (Non-Teaching) Clinical Mental Health Counseling, NCAA Compliance and Academic Progress Reporting, and School Counseling.

Program requirements:

The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework: 12 hours of Core courses, 15 hours of Required Courses, and six hours of Electives.

The counseling programs require additional course credits: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 60 hours (student must complete coursework, maintain a 3.00 GPA or above and obtain a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination) and School Counseling, 51 hours (student must complete coursework, maintain a 3.00 GPA or above and obtain a passing score on the Praxis II in the area of School Counseling). The counseling programs also require two semesters of Internship.

School Counseling requires six credit hours of Core Education Courses, 42 hours of Required Courses, and six hours of Electives. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum is comprised of six hours of Core Education Courses, 48 hours of required Courses and six hours of Electives.

Special Education requires 36 credit hours of coursework: 12 hours of Core Education Courses, 21 hours of Required Courses, and three hours of Electives.

Academic Track:

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Secondary Education must pass a Core Examination and Area Examination to exit. Counseling students must successfully pass an Area Exit Exam. Students interested in the counseling programs can pursue a master’s in only one of the Concentrations.

Master Degree Audit:

Before candidacy for graduation can be confirmed, each student progression to degree completion will be evaluated to determine if student has met all academic requirements for course work and other aspects of the student’s course of study and Graduate School requirements. When these requirements are met, the student is cleared for graduation.

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Lynn Etheridge ▪ 601.877.6212 ▪
letheridge@alcorn.edu (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling A-M)
Dr. Gerald Peoples ▪ 601.877.6202 ▪
gpeoples@alcorn.edu (School Counseling N-Z)