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Master of Arts (MA) in
Secondary Education (Science 6-12 Certification)


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Science Certification online degree program is designed for busy professionals who are interested in increasing their science knowledge and applying those concepts in an instructional setting.

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Teach Science on a Higher Level

The program provides science teachers with strong content base and professional development, including how to apply technology to the curriculum.

Students who earn the degree may be eligible for master’s level teacher certification in biology, chemistry, physics or general science. This program follows the National Science Education and National Educational Technology Standards.

The MA in Secondary Education (Science 6-12 Certification) requires 30 credit hours and may be completed in as little as two years of part-time study.

  • Application DeadlineWe are now accepting applications for Fall 2025. Applications accepted year round.
  • Fees$10 College of Education graduate fee (per credit hour)
  • AccreditationCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Required For EntranceBachelor's-level teaching certificate


The MA in Secondary Education for Science 6-12 Certification program requires 30 credit hours. Teaching field courses are not offered by distance at UA. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Required Courses

  • CAT 531 Computer-Based Instruction
  • CSE 530 Modern Secondary School Programs
  • CSE 565 Improving Science Instruction
  • CSE 576 Improving Science Teaching

Additional Requirements

  • Foundations course: 3 credit hours
  • Educational Research course: 3 credit hours
  • Teaching Field: 12 credit hours
  • Special education survey course (if not previously completed)

Up to 12 credit hours of graduate science courses in the teaching field may be transferred to the program from other institutions if they meet the following conditions: The teaching field graduate courses must be adviser preapproved and from an NCATE-accredited institution of equivalent value, and the graduate courses must be within the certification subject teaching field.


Admission to the MA degree program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A valid bachelor’s level professional educator certificate in General Science (6-12), Biology (6-12), Chemistry (6-12), or Physics (6-12)
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program

Applications are accepted each semester. A completed application package includes unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation (one from principal/superintendent), statement of purpose, and a Graduate School application.

If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.

Does this program require teacher certification in order to apply?

Yes, one must have a valid teacher certification in order to apply for the program.

If I have a degree and want to become teacher certified, can I apply for the program?

No, this degree does not lead one to become teacher certified if they have a degree in an area other than education.

Do I need to have teaching experience before applying?

No, you can apply for this program without having prior teaching experience.


Find more information and learn about restrictions related to this degree program that may exist regarding licensure in the state in which you reside.


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