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Secondary Education Major

As a high school teacher, you’ll help adolescents prepare for their transition into college. Your career begins with a vision of sharing your love of a specific subject area and making a difference in the lives of 14- to 18-year-olds. The secondary education major will equip you excellence as a high school teacher while you master subject material in your required second major. Gordon’s program is nationally recognized for graduating top-quality teachers and offering one of the best values. 

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Why study education at Gordon?

Gordon goes for 100. Gordon's intensely hands-on approach is just one of the reasons that 100 percent of our graduates promptly secure teaching positions, if they wish. Even before your full-time student teaching in your senior year, you will spend well over 100 hours in classroom settings, connecting content and methods to real-life learning. Add in broad liberal arts exposure, a second major for content mastery, and a firm Christian foundation, and you will be holistically prepared to excel as an effective teacher.

What careers can I pursue with a secondary education major?

Because of Gordon’s strong emphasis on practical classroom experience, you will be highly qualified for an initial Massachusetts teaching license (and comparable license in all 50 states and U.S. territories), and for a wide range of teaching positions across the country and around the globe, including:

  • Public schools 
  • Private schools
  • Christian schools
  • Global missions 

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Education Awards

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) announced that Gordon's undergraduate secondary program was one of the best in the nation in both 2014 and 2017. NCTQ is the nation's expert on the quality of teacher preparation programs and evaluates national teacher education against evidence-based criteria.

Gordon's program was one of only 16 programs in the nation to receive this exclusive “Top Tier” designation in 2017, based on its solid admission standards, providing sufficient preparation in each candidate’s intended subject area, and showing candidates how best to teach that subject. Learn more about this prestigious award ➔


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As an education student, your curriculum takes you the extra mile (quite literally) for hands-on classroom experience at schools on Boston’s North Shore. And you’ll start right away. 

  • First year (spring semester): observe and assist high school teachers and their classrooms once a week. 
  • Sophomore year: observe and study the development of adolescent students 
  • Junior year: prepare and teach interactive literacy lessons in a local school 
  • Senior year (fall semester): spend 60 hours per license* in the classroom where you’ll student-teach, getting to know the school culture, students and curriculum 
  • Senior year (spring semester): full-time student-teaching

*With a dual student teaching practicum, you can gain licensure for grades 5–8 and 9–12 in your content field.

Related Programs

You’ll choose a second major as you work toward becoming a highly qualified, well-rounded, licensed educator:

After earning your bachelor’s degrees, you may choose to continue your studies in Gordon’s Graduate Education program, which will prepare you to become a reading specialist, math specialist or educational leader.


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