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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, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, or Social Science/All Social Sciences (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.

After satisfying the pre-education requirements, students make formal application for admission to the education program of the University. Admission is based on the following criteria: 

  • Overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and minimum 3.0 GPA in the pre-education program with a) grades of B or higher in ENGL 101, SPCH 103 or 126, EDUC 111, 145, 243 or 244, 280, plus for the 12 hours of initial endorsement coursework required for secondary education majors only; and b) a minimum grade of C in all other pre-education courses. No D grades are accepted for pre-education, major, or endorsement coursework. Students who need to raise their grade in the pre-education courses are limited to one repeat attempt per course. 
  • Satisfactory evaluation of potential as a teacher in the field experience component of EDUC 111 or its equivalent. 
  • Successful personal interview at the discretion of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee. 
  • Three prescribed letters of recommendation. 
  • All students must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, which include mathematics, reading and writing. Passing scores established by Grand View are those recommended by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and are as follows: Reading = 156, Writing = 157, and Mathematics = 139. Students may take the required tests any time before applying to the program. Not passing the required tests makes the student ineligible for admission and prevents the student from enrolling in methods and practicum courses. 
  • Students formally admitted to the baccalaureate program in education are required to successfully complete the curriculum maintaining at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major and each endorsement. 


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
  • A math course
  • A science course
  • General Psychology
  • Making Connections OR Speaking of Faith and Meaning
  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Instructional Planning and Assessment
  • Human Relations Training
  • Human Development  

Plus 3 courses in Initial Endorsement area

Courses Required for the Major:

  • Instructional Technologies
  • Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners
  • Education Practicum: Middle School
  • Middle School Methods
  • Education Practicum: High School
  • Methods of Secondary Education
  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • Content Area Reading
  • Secondary Student Teaching
  • ONE of the secondary content area teaching methods courses

Plus all required coursework for any ONE of the following endorsement areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • All Social Sciences

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

Program Applications

These applications are for current Grand View students. If you are a prospective student interested in majoring in education, you will apply to Grand View through the usual admissions process, then apply to the teacher education program at an appropriate point.  To apply to Grand View, please go here. Current students can find applications for the program on the teacher education Blackboard community site.

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