Are you interested in becoming a teacher? 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.
Features of the Program
Graduates of the secondary education program are:
- content-area experts with a concentration — or at least 30 credits of coursework — in their teaching subject(s);
- held to rigorous standards, and supported throughout the process by both an adviser from the School of Education as well as from their disciplinary concentration;
- experienced at both the middle and high school levels, with significant classroom experiences beginning in the first education course. Before student teaching, students will have spent more than 250 hours in schools;
- equipped with a repertoire of strategies that serve the diverse needs of students;
- prepared with theory and research that informs practice, allowing them to create learning environments that support student success;
- lifelong learners who are committed to serving as change agents, working for social justice in the communities where they teach!