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Education Majors

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education curriculum prepares you to be an ethical teacher of excellence in public or private schools. It combines a strong liberal arts background with rigorous professional development. The apprenticeship model requires extensive practical experience in public and private school classrooms in preparation for the final semester of student teaching.

Secondary Education majors must concentrate their study on one of the following subjects: Biology, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, General Science, Mathematics, or Social Science (American History, American Government, and World History).

After satisfying the pre-education requirements, you'll apply for admission to the formal education program. You must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the major and a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the complementary endorsements.

Admission requirements include: a minimum 2.5 grade point average in pre-education curriculum; no D grades in pre-education curriculum; successful completion of the English proficiency requirement; successful completion of the PRAXIS I/Pre-Professional Skills Test and satisfactory references.

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite courses for admission to teacher education, one year prescribed pre-education program including: Grade B or better

  • First year composition
  • Introduction to Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Planning and Assessment for Art, Music and Physical Education
  • Human Relations Training
  • Human Development  

Grade of C or better

  • General Psychology  

And one of the following 3:

  • Intermediate Algebra OR 
  • Survey of Math with Applications OR
  • Finite Mathematics 
  • A science course

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Planning and Assessment for Art, Music and Physical Education
  • Human Relations Training
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Art Methods for Elementary Schools
  • Art Methods for Secondary Schools

Methods Courses: Take ONE of the secondary content area teaching methods courses:

  • Secondary Ed Methods: Business/Economics
  • Secondary Ed Methods: English/Reading
  • Secondary Ed Methods: Science
  • Secondary Ed Methods: Social Studies
  • Secondary Ed Methods: Mathematics
  • Secondary Ed Methods: Journalism
  • Secondary Ed Methods: Family/Consumer Sciences/Health

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

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