Secondary Education

Secondary Major

WHY MAJOR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION?

The Secondary Education major will prepare you to teach a content area of your own interest in the high school setting. Teachers at the high school level help prepare young adults for their transition into college and careers. High school teachers begin with a vision of sharing their love of a subject area to young adults and envision themselves making a difference in the lives of 14–18 year-olds. In addition, with a dual student teaching practicum, it is also possible to gain licensure for both grades 5–8 and 9–12 in your content field.

Gordon's Secondary Education program is nationally recognized for graduating top-quality teachers—earning 32nd place out of 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs across the country included in the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) second edition of the Teacher Prep Review. 

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY SECOND MAJOR?

As a Secondary Education major, you will choose a teachable content as a second major from the liberal arts, which allows you to become a highly qualified, well-rounded, licensed educator. Advisors from the Education Department will work closely with you on a four-year course plan, so you will be able to complete two majors in your undergraduate studies.

Acceptable double major options:

Art Chemistry French History Physics
Biology English German  Mathematics Spanish

 

SHOULD I ADD A CONCENTRATION?

A concentration allows you to hone specific teaching skills and study a detailed field within your major. You may choose to add a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or Special Education. Adding either concentration allows you to earn a second license as an undergraduate student—meaning you could graduate with two majors and two licenses in the time that most college students are earning a single degree. This makes a Gordon-trained teacher a valuable asset right away—part of the reason Gordon’s Education Department achieves 100 percent job placement.

You may wonder if you can earn three licenses at the same time. Keep in mind that each license adds more coursework. Entering Gordon with AP credit, community college credit, or validating up to two semesters of foreign language frees space for taking other courses toward earning a concentration. You may also choose to take courses during summer term or off campus near your home in the summer. Online courses are an option too. There are plenty of choices available to you.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN SECONDARY EDUCATION

EDU 118 Schools in Society
EDU 226 Adolescent Development and Learning
EDU 238 The Exceptional Child
EDU 352 Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
EDU 421 Secondary Education: Methods, Organization and Curriculum
EDU 439 Classroom Management: Middle/Secondary
EDU 484 Secondary School Practicum

 

MASTER'S DEGREE

Earning a master’s degree is an opportunity to study and specialize in a new area. A master’s degree through the Gordon graduate program will prepare you to become a reading specialist, math specialist or principal.