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Secondary Education Degree 

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If you’re perpetually inspired by films like Mr. Holland’s Opus and Stand and Deliver, maybe you’ve considered becoming a secondary education teacher. If you feel called to be the teacher you needed or relied on when you were in junior high, middle, or high school, you need a secondary education degree from Indiana University Kokomo. The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education is designed to turn the things that pique your interest into a successful career of teaching grades 5-12, whether you’re passionate about:

  • Fine Arts: Visual Arts
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

As you progress through the program, you will get more in depth in both your coursework and your field work. Our program includes four categories of courses. You’ll start with general education courses, then pre-professional courses, then content courses in which you’ll gain a broad knowledge base for your future classroom, and professional education courses where you’ll connect theory with practice and learn how to teach your future students.

As you learn more about the profession, your field work will become progressively more challenging. You will move from observation to participation to instruction, all within school districts that are a part of our CEP. After you are formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program, you'll begin to develop and implement instruction within local schools. In your final semester in the program, you'll have a semester-long student teaching experience in a real-world classroom where you’ll put all you’ve learned to the test. 

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education leads to the secondary school teacher license (grades 5-12) in mathematics, language arts/English, physics, chemistry, physical science, life science, Earth/space science, historical perspectives, political science, sociology, psychology, or economics. A secondary teacher license with exceptional needs: mild intervention or fine arts: visual arts allows you to teach grades K-12. A minimum of 120 credit hours is needed for the degree. You’ll take pre-professional courses such as Computers in Education and Educational Psychology and teaching major courses specific to your content area.

To learn more about what your next four years might look like, check out a degree map for Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.

Please note, some of the pre-professional courses require an expanded criminal background check. Your academic advisor will be able to tell you which courses require it.

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For more detailed information on specific course requirements for your degree, please visit our academic bulletin. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to chat with someone from our department or your academic advisor.

Preparing you for your State of Indiana Teaching License

Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to apply to the Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing (OEEL) for licensure in your chosen teaching major area. All teaching major areas provide licensure in grades 5-12 except for Fine Arts: Visual Arts and Special Education: Mild Intervention where the licensure is for grades K-12. If you have questions or concerns regarding licensing, please don’t hesitate to contact our department for more individualized help.

Last updated: 11/10/2017