Secondary Education Degrees
Unlock potential and open the door to a brighter future.
High school is a pivotal time in a student’s life as they not only figure out who they are, but explore the endless possibilities of who they can become and where their future is headed. While such a wide-open window of opportunity is exciting, it can also be overwhelming for students trying to find what path is right for them. That’s where you come in. Be the light that shines on a student’s future.
As a teacher, you will find yourself with the challenge of unlocking the potential in each student and the reward that comes from seeing them grow. This is a career for those truly dedicated to helping others grow through encouragement, discipline and of course, providing them with a quality education.
Choose your area of focus:
To teach in the state of Missouri, you must complete the sequence of courses that are part of the Secondary Education Certification Program (46 hours) in addition to choosing one of the following majors or concentrations below:
Bachelor of Science Majors:
- Biology Education (grades 9-12)
- English Education (grades 9-12)
- History Education (grades 9-12)
- Speech and Theatre Education (grades 9-12)
- Physical Education (grades K-12)*
- Art Education Concentration (grades K-12)*
Art education is a concentration within the art major.
*Students who complete the Secondary Education Certification program and also study Art Education or Physical Education will be certified to teach grades K-12.
Through this secondary education program you will learn not only what to teach your students, but the nuances of how to teach that material effectively, so that all students will learn. Curriculum is broken into content knowledge and pedagogical skills, taught by professors who have acquired years of experience and are ready to share what they’ve learned with you.
Along with classroom instruction, you will gain hands on experiences through participating in service learning activities such as math fairs, reading tutoring, math tutoring, health fair initiatives, practical learning labs in your major, and many other opportunities depending on your certification field. In addition, students will spend two semester-long clinical experiences in local public schools, as well as 14 weeks of student teaching.
Related Education Resources:
- Frameworks, Philosophy, and Standards
- Student Teaching
- Teacher Education Program (TEP)
- Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)
- Missouri Teaching Standards
Pursue an exciting career teaching in:
- Physical education
- World history
- American history
- Political science
The greatest thing about the education department here at William Woods is the faculty. We have some phenomenal teachers. Not only are they knowledgeable and supportive, but in contrast to what you might find at a larger research university, our education faculty has a broad background of teaching experiences in elementary and secondary schools. It is refreshing to have instructors who not only know the theory and the research, but can share their insights well beyond information found in a book.
— Sarah Zolinski, Secondary Education graduate
Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.