Because we seek to prepare teachers who are effective from their first day, our program has an exceptionally rich set of field experiences that provides students who are seeking certification with the skills and knowledge they need to begin their professional lives.
Students interested in secondary education who are not seeking certification benefit equally from these powerful experiences, as they use our field experiences as a means to understand the applications of theoretical knowledge about learning, teaching, and development that can be applied in a variety of contexts.
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The secondary education major offers an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:
The Secondary Education major with a biology concentration option helps students prepare to become science teachers for grades 7-12. There are multiple option areas to choose from in this program:
The Secondary Education major with a chemistry concentration option helps students prepare to become science teachers for grades 7-12. There are multiple option areas to choose from in this program:
The English concentration option in Secondary Education helps students meet all of the academic requirements for the Instructional I certificate for teaching at the secondary-school level. Students can focus on the following areas:
The Mathematics concentration teaching option in the Secondary Education major helps students prepare to be middle- and high-school teachers qualified to teach mathematics in grades 7-12, including:
Social Science Concentration
The Social Science concentration teaching option in the Secondary Education major helps students prepare to be middle- and high-school teachers who are qualified to teach all of the following subjects, grades 7-12:
You will be doing more than just teaching with a degree from Grand View. You will be changing lives through education when you work as a:
What Can I Do With This Major?
Minimum 3.0 GPA required. 18 credits toward the major plus 12-13 credits toward General Education Core Requirements.
Courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought.
Plus all required coursework for any one of the following initial endorsement areas.
You may also be interested in one or more of the following:
Assist Prof of Education (Special Ed)
Assistant Professor of Education
Lecturer of Education
Assist Professor of Education (Science)
Field Experience Coordinator
Dedicated in 2008, the 42,851 square-foot $8.5 million building houses the departments of art, education, history, criminal justice, political studies, psychology and sociology, as well as general-purpose classrooms, art studios, computer labs, the ALT Center, faculty offices, and various student amenities.
Grand View’s baccalaureate teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The Bachelor of Arts degree majors in Elementary and Secondary Education were approved in 1985, and first accredited by the Iowa Department of Education in 1987. In May, 2011, the state again approved all programs, including elementary, secondary, art, music and physical education. The Teacher Education Program maintains membership in the Iowa Association of College for Teacher Education and the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.
Graduates of the Education majors are required by the State of Iowa to pass two national PRAXIS II exams, one on Principals of Learning and Teaching and one on content knowledge. Of the 58 graduating Education majors for the 2014-15 academic year, 88% passed the Principles of Learning and Teaching test, and 90% passed the Content Knowledge test for their teaching area.
Teachers continue to be important role models and support mechanisms in the lives of their students. They facilitate students' educational needs as well as act as mentors, guides, helpers, and advocates.
The Secondary Education major is designed to help students prepare to become middle- and high-school teachers. It also helps support their understanding of teaching and student learning in grades 7-12. Students are trained for initial (level I) teacher certification in a specific content field.