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Secondary Education

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Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in secondary education.

Description of Program

This program develops highly qualified teachers at the secondary level. The School of Education supports endorsements at the secondary level (5-12) in art, all business, English/language arts, English/rhetoric/theatre (English emphasis), theatre/rhetoric/English (theatre emphasis), journalism, English/speech-theater/journalism, speech/theater, reading (second endorsement only), economics (second field only), secondary mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, general science, physical science, all science (5-8, 7-12), world history, American history, American history/American government, American government, all social studies, world languages: Spanish, French, German, special education (Instructional Specialist I), English as a second language (K-12). Endorsement course requirements vary according to discipline. Add-on endorsements are also available for middle school (6-8) and coaching (K-12).

Requirements for Major

  • 124 credit hours
  • Drake Curriculum (AOI) requirements
  • Professional education requirements
  • Teaching endorsement(s) requirements (at least one teaching endorsement is required; two are suggested)
  • Subject area minimum requirements for secondary education endorsements (30 credits)

Approved endorsement majors are available in all science (5-8), all science (7-12), all social studies, American history, American history/American government, American government, art, biology, chemistry, economics (second endorsement only), earth science, general business, general science, English/ language arts, English/rhetoric/theater (English emphasis), English/speech-theater, journalism, English as a second language (K-12), journalism, mathematics, physics, physical science, reading (second endorsement only), sociology, theater, rhetoric/English (theater emphasis), world history and world languages—French, German, Spanish. Other endorsement programs may become available. Add-on endorsements are also available for middle school (6-8) and coaching (K-12). Specific requirements and program descriptions are available in the Teaching and Learning Department.

Secondary education students must complete at least 40 to 41 credit hours in the School of Education, including the following Professional Education courses:

Pre-professional Coursework Credits Hours
EDUC 1 (Introduction to Education) (optional)
15 credit hours must be completed before registration for
EDUC 103 (Foundations of Education)
(40-hour practicum required)
SPED 120 (Introduction to Special Education) 3
EDUC 106 (Human Development Secondary) 3
EDUC 107 (Learning and Assessment) 3
EDUC 109 (Educational Technology) 2
EDUC 164 (Perspectives on Race, Gender and Ethnicity) 3
Total 17-18
Professional Coursework
(requires admission to Teacher Education Program)
Credit Hours
EDUC 132 (Methods of Teaching in Secondary School)
(30-hour practicum included)
Special Methods in Subject 2-3
EDUC 142 (Secondary Reading and Interdisciplinary Curriculum)
(10-hour practicum included)
Total 7
Professional Semester
(requires admission to Student Teaching and senior standing)
Credit Hours
EDUC 167 (Instruction and Management in the Secondary Grades) 1
EDUC 168 (Student Teaching Practicum) (Secondary) 11
EDUC 169 (Electronic Portfolio Seminar) 1
Total 13
Additional Requirements Credit Hours
One mathematics or statistics course 3
Total 3
Note that the professional semester is a full-time, intensive experience. Students should not register for other courses or have other extracurricular activities that would conflict with full-time study without the written permission of the Student Teaching Committee.  
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