Secondary Education

Master’s Degree Program (M.Ed.)

The master’s in secondary education (with postbaccalaureate licensure) combines rigorous coursework and extensive field-based training. It’s also highly flexible. You can complete the secondary education degree face-to-face in a traditional classroom, via distance learning or a combination of both.

Because our graduates are uniquely prepared to teach in the geographic and cultural context of Alaska, they are highly sought after by school districts throughout the state. Many of our students are offered teaching positions even before they graduate. Our dedicated advising team is here to support you from day one, and will help guide you throughout the program.

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Why Study Secondary Education at UAF?

Skilled teachers are in high demand across Alaska. This hands-on licensure and master’s degree program will open the door to rewarding, high-paying careers teaching grades 7-12. These are some of the top reasons to choose UAF for your graduate school in education.

Get a year of teaching experience before you start your job

  • A yearlong internship, guided by a mentor teacher, as well as numerous fieldwork experiences are built into the licensure program. Once you get your teaching certification, you can continue working on your master's degree while you are employed in your own classroom.

Earn your master’s degree from anywhere in the state

  • The degree in secondary education at UAF is offered on-site at our main campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Anchorage. The program is also available through distance delivery to all areas of the state, via audio and video conferencing and Blackboard Collaborate.

Gain specialized training for teaching in Alaska

  • Our program integrates resources, knowledge and experiences unique to Alaska, preparing culturally responsive educators who honor the communities they serve. Through your coursework, you’ll have opportunities to work with students from all over the state, from small villages to large cities.

Learn from faculty who are experienced secondary teachers

  • Our faculty are current and former school teachers who bring their real-world knowledge and insights to the coursework. Small class sizes allow for closer supervision and more personal attention.



What Can You Do With a Master’s in Secondary Education?

Earning your master’s degree in secondary education is about creating opportunities. It’s a way to develop your professional teaching skills, open the door to new career pathways and boost your earning potential in the process. Our graduates are successful teachers in school districts across Alaska and around the world.

Career outlook for secondary education master’s graduates

Graduates of our secondary education master’s program enjoy an almost 100% job placement rate. Not only are secondary teachers in high demand in Alaska, our School of Education has partnerships with school districts throughout the state that offer diverse professional opportunities for our students. Many of our students find jobs well before they graduate, through the internship and fieldwork experiences that are part of the licensure program.

What grades can you teach with a secondary education degree?

The master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks prepares you to teach grades 7 through 12.

Secondary education salaries

With an annual mean wage of $77,920, Alaska is one of the top paying states in the nation for secondary school teachers.* With your master’s degree, you will be well positioned for teaching careers at the higher end of the pay scale.



Get Started on Your Master’s in Secondary Education

Take the next step toward earning your degree in secondary education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We have the resources to help you get started.