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Online MEd in Secondary Education

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Foster the Skills to Become a Classroom Leader

100% Online

1.5 Years

30 Credit Hours

$465 per Credit (In-State)

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Become a Master Teacher in Secondary Education

Work closely with expert instructors to earn you Master of Education in Secondary Education degree from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). In this program, you’ll learn critical teaching skills that will elevate your career and improve your leadership in the classroom.

This program is fully online and asynchronous, and with our small classes, you’ll get the attention you deserve. Get started now to earn your degree and accelerate your teaching career.

Teacher Certification Options

The Master of Education in Secondary Education program at Auburn University at Montgomery will prepare you to become a master’s-level teacher in the 6-12 classroom by building on your current certification. After graduation, you’ll have the advanced degree and abilities required for Alabama Class A certification, raising your career and salary potential.

Certification requirements vary by state. Be sure to review the requirements for your location so you can meet them after completing your program.

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Your Degree, Specialized

This online secondary education degree at AUM includes concentrations that will help you maximize your degree and advance your teaching career in a specialized field.


General Science

Learn the latest methods for exploring and teaching general science.

Social Science

Design practical teaching strategies for social sciences and learn how to apply them.

Explore the Theory Behind Teaching

10 Online Courses

Class A Preparation

Learn practical classroom skills that will take your teaching career to the next level with the courses in our online Master of Education in Secondary Education degree at AUM. These courses focus on topics such as curriculum in specialized areas of teaching, instructional strategies, research, the philosophy of teaching, and more. Our courses are taught fully online and will prepare you to become a well-rounded master teacher, advancing your career potential.

Course Highlights

  • Curriculum and Teaching in Areas of Specialization
  • Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Computer-Based Instructional Technology
Curriculum Details

Prepare for Your Master’s Degree in Teaching

Application Deadline 08/12/24 Fall 2024 Semester

Start Date 08/19/24 Fall 2024 Semester

AUM’s online Master of Education in Secondary Education program is open to admissions year-round. You can complete your application online, and our team will be there to help you along the way. You can learn more about our admissions process in the chart below.

Online Application FormApply Now
Application Fee$25
Degree and Minimum GPAApplicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts of all completed coursework from your previous college experience.
Additional Requirements
  • Alabama Certification of Teachers Fingerprint Inquiry Clearance
  • A copy of your valid, current Alabama Teaching Certificate reflecting certification in your proposed graduate teaching field on the Class B level
Transfer CreditsTransfer up to 12 credit hours into the program. Request information for details.

AUM offers rolling admissions, so it’s always a great time to apply. If you have questions, request information to connect with our admissions team.

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A Cost-Effective Way to Accelerate Your Teaching Career

AUM’s online Master of Education in Secondary Education program is an affordable way to take the next step in your career. As a best value-ranked school in U.S. News & World Report,1 we focus on getting you the expertise that matters most for your financial investment. Our team is always here to answer questions about tuition and the admissions process so you can feel good about your future.

Cost per Credit Hour$465 for Alabama residents and $511 for non-residents
Total Number of Credit Hours30
Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees$13,950 – $15,330
Additional Fees
  • Technology fee: $10/credit hour
  • Online fee: $40/credit hour
  • Administrative service fee: $35/semester
Other Costs to Budget ForYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies, and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your degree.

Military Benefits

Auburn University at Montgomery is proud to support the educational goals of military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, and their families. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and Military Friendly® ranked us among the Top 10 schools for 2023-2024. Moreover, our Veteran and Military Resource Center offers an array of resources for fostering a smooth admissions process and online student experience.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At AUM, we strive to make your online degree program as affordable as possible, with cost-effective tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA® form to determine your financial aid eligibility — the school code for Auburn University at Montgomery is 008310.

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Prepare for Licensure in Alabama

To teach at the 6-12 level in Alabama, there are certification standards that must be met. The Master’s in Education in Secondary Education program at AUM will help you move from a Class B certification to a Class A certification, allowing you to earn more and advance your teaching career.

Certification requirements vary from state to state, but Alabama has three levels. Below, you can see what minimum education is required for each.

  • Class B: Bachelor’s degree in education
  • Class A: Traditional or alternative master’s degree in education
  • Class AA: Education Specialist degree in education

How to Obtain Class A Certification

By earning your MEd in Secondary Education degree from AUM, you’ll be on your way to a Class A certification. After completing your degree, you can apply for this certification through our student services and teacher certification office. You will need a completed application to the Alabama State Department of Education and documentation of your Class A degree through an official AUM transcript.

You’ll need to meet these requirements to earn Class A teacher certification through AUM’s traditional master’s in secondary education program:

  • Valid Class B Professional Educator Certificate in the same teaching field in which a Class A Professional Educator Certificate is sought
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution documenting you have earned a master’s degree
  • Completion of a survey of special education course. If you completed that course prior to your AUM master’s program, you must take a diversity course focusing on methods of accommodating instruction for students with disabilities in inclusive settings, multicultural education, teaching English language learners, rural education, or urban education
  • Satisfactory completion of a state-approved program with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on all courses used to meet the requirements of the approved program checklist for the Alabama State Board of Education educator preparation program
  • Applicants with an Interim Employment Certificate (IEC) must adhere to the requirements and restrictions provided in the Educator Certification Chapter of the Alabama Administrative Code
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Go New Places in Your Education Career with an MEd

Take your 6-12 teaching career to the next level with an online MEd in Secondary Education degree and a Class A certification. By completing your degree and obtaining this certification, you will open the door to new opportunities and higher pay. As a student, you will also have access to the AUM Career Development Center, which exists to educate, empower, and create opportunities for success. At AUM, you’ll always have the support you need to reach your career goals as quickly as possible.

Salaries for Teachers with MEd Degrees in Alabama

5 Years of Teaching Experience $55,939 per year3

10 Years of Teaching Experience $60,755 per year3

Program Outcomes

During your course of study in the online MEd in Secondary Education program at AUM, you’ll learn the planning, leadership, and classroom skills you need to advance your teaching career and start earning more. You’ll build on your knowledge of students and how to best serve them as an educator and master current methods of education. Upon completion, you will be ready to apply for Class A certification.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

At AUM, you’ll feel supported by expert faculty members who bring valuable teaching and professional backgrounds to each online class. Our online instructors have completed extensive training in designing and teaching online courses, further elevating your experience as an online student.

Samantha Junkin

Dr. Samantha Junkin

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Samantha Junkin, assistant professor of secondary education

Dr. Junkin is an assistant professor of secondary education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. With several years of teaching mathematics at the high school level, Junkin brings considerable experience to her courses at AUM. She has been instrumental in the new AUMTeach program, funded by a grant she worked diligently to obtain. She currently serves as co-director of the AUMTeach program in addition to teaching methods courses for pre-service teachers and advanced strategies courses for in-service teachers.

A Quality Experience for Online Learners

Earn your degree online from Auburn University at Montgomery to experience a quality education with the flexibility to succeed in class and your career. You can complete your coursework using your laptop or mobile device with opportunities to study when and where it’s convenient.

  • Academic support: Access online advising and tutoring
  • Career services: Prepare to succeed after graduation
  • Help desk: Get technical assistance for your program
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  1. U.S. News & World Report. “Auburn University at Montgomery Rankings.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  2. Military Friendly®. “Auburn University at Montgomery.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  3. Alabama State Department of Education. “FY 2024 Foundation Program, State Minimum Salary Schedule, Classroom Teachers.” Retrieved January 4, 2024, from