As a middle or high school teacher enrolled in this program, you’ll gain intensive professional development in pedagogy, curriculum, foundations of education, educational technology, multicultural education, and educational research. You’ll explore theoretical concepts that will directly impact your instructional effectiveness, helping both you and the students you teach.

The completely online program provides you with intensive professional preparation in six core areas: pedagogy, curriculum, foundations of education, educational technology, multicultural education, as well as educational research. The program enables practicing teachers to explore theoretical concepts that relate directly to their instruction to improve instructional effectiveness. To complete the requirements for the degree, you must elect four additional courses that will enhance your knowledge of content or pursue additional course work in the six core areas.

Department Contact

Trenda Whiteman, Graduate Advising and Admissions Specialist
Department of Educational Studies

Course Requirements

The master of arts in secondary education is a 30-credit degree.
  • EDCU 601 Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development (3 credits)  
  • EDTE 650 Technology (3 credits)
  • EDST 676 Research on Impacting Student Learning (3 credits)

Select one pedagogy course from the list below: 

  • EDJH 512 Instructional Strategies for Middle School and Junior High Classrooms (3 credits)
  • EDJH 534 Classroom Management (3 credits)
  • EDSE 695 Dynamics of the Secondary Classroom (3 credits)

Select one foundations of education course from the list below:

  • EDFO 620 Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 621 Educational Ethics 
  • EDFO 631 Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 641 History of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 651 Sociology of Education (3 credits)

Select one curriculum course from the list below:

  • EDCU 620 Secondary School Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDCU 630 Junior High and Middle School Curriculum (3 credits)

Select one multicultural education course from the list below:

  • EDMU 660 Multicultural and Multiethnic Education in American Schools (3 credits)
  • EDMU 670 Social and Cultural Minorities in American Education (3 credits)

Department Concentration (3 Credits)

  • Select one additional course from those listed above or educational technology.

Elective Course Work (6 Credits)

  • Select six additional hours from the courses listed above or in other related disciplines as electives.

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

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