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 (Economics, Geography or History)

This accelerated program is offered in a hybrid format, where you will spend one semester studying and teaching in Greeley, Colorado, and the other semesters are completed online and in a school near you. See the Course of Study tab below for details.


Attend an Online Information Meeting!

A program representative will share information about the program and answer any questions you have. Attendees are entered for monthly UNC gift drawings.

1st Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM Mountain Time
Location: Online – View monthly dates and register

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

The coursework below covers graduate coursework online, on-campus with your peers, and teaching experiences in area schools, including...

  • 1st Summer Term: Four online courses (6-week courses, two at a time)
  • Fall Term: A mix of UNC on-campus and online coursework and practicum experience in Greeley area schools. You will come to Greeley 3 days/week, working in the schools each day and staying one evening for class time on-campus.
  • Spring Term: One online UNC course and student teaching.
  • 2nd Summer Term: One online 12-week course.

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


  • Practicums: 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.

Required Courses (36 Credit Hours)

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

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

Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination will stem from students’ work in EDF 653 Educational Inquiry Seminar and can take multiple forms, as approved by a student’s advisor and evaluated by a faculty committee.

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