The major in secondary education is designed for students to pursue initial secondary content-specific teacher certification in New York state (grades 7-12).
The major, in collaboration with departments within the School of Arts and Sciences, prepares students to be secondary teachers in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies and Spanish. Should you be interested in working outside of New York state, our certification office will advise you on obtaining certificates in other states.
The secondary education program not only provides you with opportunities to build and refine your knowledge about teaching, it also engages you in extensive experiences interning and teaching in secondary classrooms.
This major requires a two-day-a-week internship during the spring semester of the junior year and a semester of full-time student teaching. The student teaching semester is generally in the fall of the senior year, but accommodations can be made for spring student teaching when necessary.
Students enrolled in the secondary education major will be assigned an adviser from the School of Education in addition to their content concentration-specific adviser.