Become a Licensed Secondary Teacher with this Master's Degree

The Secondary Pedagogy Master of Arts in Teaching – Licensure: Secondary Licensure (Grades 7-12) is a master's degree program allows bachelor’s degree holders to change careers by becoming licensed/endorsed teachers for grades 7-12.

Teach a Subject That You Know and Love

We are very happy to now offer this degree for individuals who are seeking secondary education teacher licensure, and who have already completed a bachelor's degree (or passed a Praxis Exam) in one of the following majors or related fields:

  • English / Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics)
  • Social Studies (Civics, Economics, Geography or History)

This accelerated program is offered in a hybrid format, where you will spend time in schools and some class sessions in either Denver or Greeley, Colorado, and the other semesters are completed online and in a school near you. See the Course of Study tab below for details.

Inspire the Next Generation

With a teaching licensure program from UNC, you'll be a highly valued teacher candidate—UNC is the premier teacher preparation university in Colorado. You'll make a difference in the lives of your students, and establish a career in a field that is always in demand.

K-12 Education Licensure Options

If your bachelor's degree is in Music or Physical Education, you can earn your K-12 teacher licensure via partially online post-baccalaureate licensure programs run by those UNC departments.

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Schedule for Courses and Teaching Experiences

  • 1st Summer Term: four 6-week courses, taken two at a time (two online courses, followed by one online course and one hybrid course that meets one evening per week in your chosen area (Denver or Greeley).
  • Fall Term: A mix of online coursework, and in-person coursework and in-class practicum experience in the Denver or Greeley area. You will spend two days/week working in the schools during the day followed by UNC class time.
  • Spring Term: one online UNC course and student teaching. 
  • 2nd Summer Term: two online courses.

You will be eligible for licensure at the end of the Spring term, and can apply for teaching jobs that begin that Summer/Fall.


  • Practicum: field experience hours in the classroom. You will be assigned to a school for the Fall semester of the program. This experience includes some teaching responsibilities.
  • Student teaching: a full-time teaching responsibility that takes place in the spring semester of the program. You will be required to spend 16 full weeks in a classroom. You may apply to teach in any location you choose: close to home, abroad, or anywhere in between. We do our best to accommodate requests for placement, but there are no guarantees of availability at a requested area/school.

Coursework (36 Credit Hours)

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.

For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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