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Adolescence/Secondary Certification Program

If you’re interested in teaching adolescents at the secondary level, we can help you earn the necessary certification, while also providing you with a liberal arts foundation that opens endless additional opportunities.

About the Program

Completing teaching certification requirements is not the same as “majoring in education.” When you complete our program, you will have a strong background in teacher education and a major in any one of the departments on campus.

To become certified as a secondary school teacher, you must pursue a major with specific course requirements in the subject you plan to teach. You will work closely with your educational studies adviser to plan a program of study that meets the certification guidelines for your chosen discipline.

You should begin the certification program as early as possible, but may apply no later than November 1 of your sophomore year. You must reserve the spring term of your senior year for student teaching, two teaching seminars, and an advanced course on the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.

We also offer a childhood/elementary teaching certification program, as well as a master of arts in teaching (MAT) program.

Course Requirements

Education as a Social Institution
  • EDUC 101, The American School
  • One course on social and cultural diversity in schooling, teaching, and learning from EDUC 303, 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, or 418

The Nature of Childhood Education and Development
  • EDUC 202, The Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 204, Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDUC 306, Teaching and Learning, or EDUC 321, Educational Psychology, or EDUC 331, Teaching and Learning in the Schools
  • EDUC 307, Special Education
  • EDUC 419, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
  • EDUC 455, Student Teaching
Seminar on Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC 453, Science/Mathematics, or EDUC 451, English/Social Studies
Recommended Additional Electives
  • EDUC 206, Curriculum Theory
  • EDUC 309, Philosophies of Education
  • EDUC 416, Seminar on Moral Development and Education
Other Requirements
  • Fieldwork – 100 hours
  • Child abuse workshop (two hours of training in the identification of suspected child abuse/maltreatment)
  • Violence intervention and prevention workshop
  • Fingerprinting