B.S. Secondary Education

Candidates wishing to teach grades 5-12 are, first and foremost, specialists in their respective disciplines; a future art, biology/life science, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, music, physics, or Spanish teacher graduates with a degree in his or her respective content area, along with rigorous and stimulating education courses and school experiences. Secondary candidates are majors in their respective fields, and equally important are the set of courses and requirements in teacher preparation. In essence, secondary candidates are completing a dual major. Graduates not only find employment quickly, many go on to graduate schools in a variety of fields of study, further enhancing their knowledge and expertise in their chosen teaching fields.

The secondary education program leads to an Indiana initial instructional license to teach in the subject areas completed. Most subject area licenses are for grades 5-12 and require candidates to complete at least a content teaching major. Candidates are also encouraged to complete one or more supplemental or minor licensure programs. This program provides candidates early and continuous clinical experiences in local school system classrooms. Education courses with internship components include opportunities for classroom observation and apprentice teaching. During the senior year a student teaching placement with a master teacher is the final clinical experience. The curriculum of the secondary education program requires the completion of at least 124 semester hours, including course work in general education, professional education, teaching majors, teaching minors, and electives.

Professional Education Requirements (36-37 hrs.)

Education Requirements
Course Hours
EDUC 150 – Foundations and Diversity in American Education 3
EDUC 320 -- Teaching Strategies in K-12 Schools 3
EDUC 322 – Strategies for Special Needs Students K-12 Schools 3
EDUC 363 – Teaching Science, Conservation, and Ecology 3
EDUC 385 – Multicultural Understanding 3
EDUC 428 – Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 435 – Supervised Teaching Seminar 1
EDUC 436 – Supervised Teaching in Senior High or Middle School 12
EDUC 443 – Curriculum and Learning in Junior High/Middle School 3
Select from one of the following:
ART 497 or EDUC 451 - 461 – Methods of Teaching

Additional required course work in the content area of teaching major.


TESL, English Language Arts, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Science (Life Science/Biology, Chemistry, Physics)