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Secondary School (Grades 8 - 12) Requirements

The mission of the Baccalaureate program in Secondary School Education is to prepare students for initial entry into the 8-12 teaching profession and related educational endeavors by providing learning environments in which they can develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to help all students learn.

After selecting a subject specialty, those wishing to work with students in the high school setting as a certified teacher should meet with the Secondary Education advisor to discuss the curricular requirements. Click on the listings below to read the requirements for that degree.

ART EDUCATION (Grades P-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 418, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Art (49-51 hours): ART 116, 117, 118, 121, 125, 146, 215, 216, 221, 231, 241, 251, 252, 261, 311, 321, 416
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

SECONDARY EDUCATION-BIOLOGY (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    2. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Biology (34 hours): BIO 101/101L, 102/102L, 202/202L, 205/205L, 206/206L, 489; three 4-hour electives, one from each area: cellular & molecular, organismic, and ecological
  • Chemistry (16 hours minimum): CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L
  • Mathematics (7 hours): MAT 143 and MAT 205 or equivalent
  • Physics (8 hours): PHY 121/121L, 122/122L
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

SECONDARY EDUCATION-BUSINESS & MARKETING (Grades 5 - 12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 301B, 303B, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Accounting (6 hours): ACC 101, 102
  • Business Administration (30 hours): BUA 105, 249, 291, 301, 302, 311, 321, 341, 391, 498
  • Computer Literacy (3 hours): CIS 111
  • Economics (6 hours): ECO 105, Economics elective
  • Mathematics (4 hours): MAT 143
  • Communication (3 hours): COM 204

SECONDARY EDUCATION-CHEMISTRY (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Chemistry (30 hours): CHE 111/111L, 113/113L, 220/220L, 240/240L, 301, 304, 313/313L, 358, and 385 or 415
  • Supporting Courses (18 hours): MAT 151, 152, PHY 141/141L, 142/142L
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

SECONDARY EDUCATION-ENGLISH (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
  • English (24 hours): ENG 210, 212, 320, 343, 344, 405; 6 hours ENG electives
  • English Literature (6 hours): from among ENG 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386
  • Dramatic Literature (6 hours): ENG 331; 3 hours from among ENG 371, 372, 376, 475, 255/355/455 Special Topics courses with Dramatic Literature focus
  • Theatre, Speech, Journalism (15 hours): THR 105; COM 105,COM/THR 208; 6 hours of electives from among THR 205, 206, 207, 330, 401, 402, COM 207, 301
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

SECONDARY EDUCATION-MATHEMATICS (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 310 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Mathematics (38 hours): MAT 151, 152, 201, 206, 210, 220, 231, 306, 340, 411; 3 additional hours from MAT 202, 207, 240, 303, 345, 412, 455, 475
  • Computer Information Systems (6 hours): CIS 113, CIS 114
  • Science (8-10 hours): CHE 111/111L and 113/1113L or PHY 141/141L and 142/142L

SECONDARY EDUCATION-PHYSICS (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Physics (33 hours): PHY 141/141L, 142/142L, 241/241L, 242, 312, 321, 322, 490, 491, plus two additional PHY courses numbered 200 or higher excluding any courses cross listed as NSC/PHY
  • Mathematics (16 hours): MAT 151, 152, 201, 202
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

SECONDARY EDUCATION-SOCIAL STUDIES (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Social Science courses(15 hours): ECO 105, GEO 201, POS 105, PSY 105, SOC 105
  • History (18 hours): HIS 101, 102, 114, 115, 497, and a HIS elective
  • Two of the following options (6 hours each):
    1. Economics: ECO 206, 238
    2. Political Science: POS 106 and POS 230
    3. Sociology: SOC 217 and a SOC elective
    4. Psychology: one course from the clinical and social psychology category, including PSY 205, 206, 214, 305, 306; one course from the experimental psychology category, including PSY 307, 310, 311, 315, 316

SPANISH EDUCATION (Grades P-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 418, 422, 425
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Spanish (49 hours): SPA 111, 112, 201, 202, 255, 260, 303, 304, 306, 321, 331, 401, 411, 413, 431, 435, 455; Study Abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

SECONDARY EDUCATION-SPEECH/MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS (Grades 8-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Communication (21 hours): COM 105, 201, 207, 208, 215, 225, 320
  • Communication electives (12 hours): At least 2 courses from among COM 435, 450, 460; additional options: COM 301, 310
  • Theatre (12 hours): THR 105, 205 or 206, 207, 401
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department

THEATRE (Grades P-12)
  • Education: EDU 101, 201, 202C, 210, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317, 336, 360, 417, 418, 420, 422, 425
  • Supporting Courses:
    1. Natural Science (7-8 hours): 3-4 hours in Biology; 3-4 hours in Chemistry or Physics; one must have a lab component
    2. Social Science (9 hours): HIS 102, PSY 105, and ECO 105 or SOC 105 or POS 105
    3. English (6 hours): ENG 150, 320
  • Theatre (33 hours ): THR 105, 205 or 206, 207, 301 or 302, 330, 356, 401, 402, 425; 3 hours in dramatic literature from among ENG 371, 372, or 376
  • Communication (6 hours): 3 hours from among COM 105, 205, 207, 305; 3 hours from among COM 208, 215, 255
  • Computer Literacy: fulfilled either by taking CIS 111 or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the Education Department