Secondary Education Bachelor's Degree

Critical and analytical thinking, careful and thoughtful communication, and a desire to explore, question, and solve problems are promoted in the secondary education major. These institutional commitments are anchored in a research agenda and further exemplified through best instructional practice, professional service, and local school districts.

You can dedicate your professional expertise to a specific area of interest or talent, while helping students cultivate their passions in that same field.

Minimum of 120 Credit Hours Required
Licensure Grades 6-12

Bachelor of Science in Education Curriculum

Candidates preparing to seek grades 6-12 teacher licensure concentrate studies in three areas:

  • General Education
    Courses in communications, humanities, social sciences, quantitative sciences, and natural sciences provide the prospective secondary teacher with broad content background. A teacher is, first of all, a well-educated citizen. The general education portion of the program is directed toward this goal.

  • Professional Studies (Teacher Education)
    The professional portion of your program includes courses in teaching as a career, learning and development, educational psychology, methods of teaching, foundations of education, and multicultural and interpersonal relations. You will learn about uses of personal computers in the classroom, how to help students with reading in your content field, and how to adjust teaching methods to the needs of exceptional children. The teaching internship (student teaching) occurs near the end of the program. With guidance and support of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, you will gradually assume responsibility for planning and teaching in the secondary classroom for a full semester or more.

  • Content Studies (Teaching Field)
    Secondary teachers prepare to teach in one or more content teaching area. In-depth preparation in at least one teaching field is required as a part of your preparation to be a secondary education teacher.

    The College of Education offers a secondary education degree for all teaching fields except for these, for which the college has collaborative licensure programs: a music teaching degree is earned through the College of Arts and Sciences; a family and consumer sciences teaching degree is earned in the College of Health and Human Sciences; and agriculture teachers earn a degree in the College of Agriculture.

Marcus Kidd
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Institutional Partnerships