School of Education

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education leads to the secondary school teacher license (grades 5-12) in Mathematics, Language Arts/English, Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth/Space Science, Historical Perspectives, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Economics or Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention; secondary teacher license (P-12) in Fine Arts: Visual Arts. A minimum of 120 credit hours is needed for the degree. Students will be admitted to the program in a cohort and will continue to move through the program with others who have begun the program at the same time.  In order to graduate, the student must have a total of 120 credit hours completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of C+ in each EDUC course. All non-EDUC courses must have a grade of at least C. Progress towards the degree will be monitored by the faculty to insure each candidate has the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of a highly effective educator.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education is comprised of the following:

General Education Requirements (30-32 credit hours)

Students in the BS in Secondary Education follow the campus General Education requirements.  The School of Education may recommend certain courses from the General Education curriculum that will fit your degree. See an academic advisor for more details.

General Education requirements will be met by specific EDUC courses as follows: Quantitative Literacy Statistics (EDUC-P 320), and Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing (EDUC-M 300).  EDUC-M 300 is also designated as a Diversity course.

Professional Education Requirements (Secondary Education)

Professional Education courses are intended to develop the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required for entry into the profession. The Pre-Professional courses are typically taken during the freshman and sophomore years and prior to formal admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP). These courses develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that underlie all teacher education regardless of the developmental focus. These include inquiry, development, introduction to exceptional learners, diversity, technology, and culturally responsive pedagogy. After admissions to the TEP, Professional Education courses are completed, typically during the junior and senior years.  Professional Education courses include foundations, methods, and specialized requirements. Faculty review and approval are required for program continuation.

Pre-Professional Education Courses:

  • EDUC-F 205 Study of Education and Practice of Teaching (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 205 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 214 ( Lifespan Development (1 cr.)
  • EDUC-W 200 Computers in Education (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)

Professional Education Courses

  • EDUC-M 313 Secondary General Methods (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 255 Educational Psychology for Middle and Secondary Teachers (2 cr.)
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and the American Culture (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 306 Teaching the Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-P 320 Classroom Assessment (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 464 Reading in the Content Area (3 cr.)
  • EDUC-M 441 Methods of Teaching SH/JH/MS Social Studies (3 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 446 Methods of Teaching SH/JH/MS Science (3 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 450 Methods of Teaching Art Elem (3 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 452 Methods of Teaching SH/JH/MS Eng/LA (3 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 457 Methods of Teaching SH/JH/MS Math (3 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 430 Methods of Teaching Art Secondary (3 cr)
  • EDUC-M 480 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 480 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (5 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 480 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (4 cr.) OR
  • EDUC-M 480 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (6 cr.)
  • Fine Arts: Visual Arts (P-12)  OR
  • EDUC-M 440 Student Teaching Seminar (3)
Fine Arts/Visual Arts Teaching Major

(minimum 41 cr.)

Teaching major requirements are fulfilled by completing a minimum of 41 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the teaching major is required (with a grade of C or better in each course).

  • FINA-A 101 Ancient to Medieval Art (3 cr.)
  • FINA-A 102 Renaissance to Modern Art (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-D 216 Studio in Digital Media I (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-D 316 Studio in Digital Media II (3 cr.) 
  • NMAT-S 100 Fundamental Studio Drawing (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 110 Fundamental Studio 2D (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 112 Fundamental Studio 3D (3cr.)
  • NMAT-S 200 Drawing II (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 230 Painting II (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 240 Introduction to Printmaking Media (3 cr.) 
  • NMAT-S 270 Sculpture I (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 322 Exploration of Materials and Process (3 cr.)
  • Any 2XX/3XX/4XX Art History course
  • PHIL-P 346 Philosophy of Art (3 cr.)

Content Area Assessment (Attempt required prior to Student Teaching)

  • Required Test: Fine Arts: Visual Arts (P-12 license)
  • Test Number: 030
  • Required Score: 220

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