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Secondary Education Major

Because we seek to prepare teachers who are effective from their first day, Grand View's accredited 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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Why Grand View?

  • Faculty members nurture individual students while holding them accountable on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in Des Moines, Iowa, which allows students to experience urban, suburban and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • Committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today's students.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind, research-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant will prepare teachers with ESL endorsements. You will gain cutting edge skills, marketability and other incentives.
  • The Grand View teacher education program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Earn graduate credit: eligible undergrads can dual-enroll in up to six hours of graduate coursework to count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Choose Your Path

The secondary education major offers an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Biology Concentration
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:

  • Biology
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Environmental Education
  • General Science
  • Physics

Chemistry Concentration
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:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Environmental Education
  • General Science
  • Physics

English Concentration
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:

  • English Education
  • Language Arts
  • Humanities
  • Communications
  • Reading

Mathematics Concentration
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:

  • Middle grades mathematics (e.g., general seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics)
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Functions
  • Calculus

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:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics & Government (Political Science)
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
Career Options

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:

  • Biology Teacher
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Social Science Teacher

What Can I Do With This Major?

Vision Statement

Grand View’s Teacher Education Program EMPOWERS teachers, through vibrant learning communities and self-reflection, to be INNOVATIVE, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, and RESOURCEFUL LEADERS who are empowered to respond to the dynamic needs of learners for a global society.

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)

The purpose of the Grand View Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) is to promote and advocate for bilingual/bicultural/ELL education. BESO provides opportunities for students to network, fellowship, support one another and grow through professional development. BESO also seeks to serve/mentor/recruit future bilingual educators and engage with underrepresented populations in the community. Attending and participating in conferences related to bilingual/bicultural/ELL, enhancing leadership skills and connecting with resources are other main purposes of BESO.

In affiliation with the National Association of Bilingual Educators, BESO is the first such group in Iowa.

Course Requirements

Pre-Education Requirements / Prerequisites

Minimum 3.0 GPA required. 12 credits toward the major, 15-16 credits toward General Education Core Requirements and 12 credits towards endorsement area.

Courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought. 

ENGL 101* or
ENGL 252* or
ENGL 220*
First Year Composition or
Academic Writing or
Academic English for Multilingual Students II
3 credits or
3 credits or
4 credits
A math course* Must meet GV General Ed Core 3 credits
A science course* Must meet GV General Ed Core 3 - 4 credits
PSYC 101* General Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 103 or
SPCH 126
Making Connections or
Speaking of Faith and Meaning
3 credits
EDUC 111 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDUC 146 Psychology and Development for Educators 3 credits
EDUC 243 Instructional Planning & Assessment 3 credits
EDUC 280 Social Issues in Education 3 credits
Take 12 credits in a First Endorsement area 12 credits

Remaining Common Core Requirements (30 credits)

EDUC 245 Instructional Technologies 2 credits
EDUC 242 Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners 3 credits
EDUC 310 Middle School Methods 3 credits
EDUC 309 Practicum: Secondary 2 credits
EDUC 341 Secondary Management and High School Methods 3 credits
EDUC 347, 348, 349, 351, 352, or 354 Take one of the secondary content area teaching methods courses 2 credits
EDUC 421 Content Area Reading 3 credits
EDUC 425 Secondary Student Teaching 12 credits

Endorsement Areas

Plus all required coursework for any one of the following initial endorsement areas.

32 - 35 credits
Basic Science  35 credits
33 - 36 credits
36 credits
32 credits
Social Sciences
30 - 33 credits
All Social Sciences
55 credits
Spanish  33 credits
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Accreditation & Licensure

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.

Is Secondary Education Right for Me?

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.

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