Welcome to the Secondary Education Program at the University of Memphis. We are a part of the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department (ICL) in the College of Education. Below is current information about our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offered in Secondary Education (SCED).

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the department is to support the overall mission and goals of The University of Memphis and The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences by providing leadership and quality programs through excellence in graduate teacher education, instruction, curriculum, and instructional design and technology. These programs target in-service teacher and pre-service as well as other instructional curricular leaders, designers, and developers specializing in middle adolescent through adult level pedagogy and operational domains. The Secondary Division of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership within The University of Memphis are committed to developing teachers who are inspired to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and lifelong learning. Completion of our secondary teacher preparation program signifies that candidates for licensure have developed knowledge and skills in pedagogy and in a discipline, which address performance outcomes required by the state of Tennessee.

Secondary Education Degree

The Master of Arts in teaching degree is designated for people with outstanding undergraduate records who are seeking initial teacher licensure at the graduate level. Students may pursue licensure in secondary fields.

Initial Teacher Licensure

Two graduate level teacher preparation programs for initial licensure are offered by the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. (1) A license plus a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree or (2) a license only. Both programs are available for Secondary (7-12)

  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Business Technology
  • Care/Guidance of Children, 9-12
  • Chemistry
  • Consumer Science/Homemaking, 5-12
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food Management Production
  • French K-12
  • Geography
  • German K-12
  • Government
  • History
  • Latin K-12
  • Librarian
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Other Foreign Language K-12
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Russian K-12
  • SociologySpanish K-12

Additional graduate work can be use to add endorsements after initial licensure has been obtained.