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Secondary Education (BA/BS)

The Secondary Education program prepares you to teach 9th through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban education settings, including public and private high schools. You can graduate with a State of Illinois license to teach designated subject-area content (listed below). The program also provides you an opportunity to receive a Diploma Year Program Award (IB certification) to teach in International Baccalaureate schools world-wide.

As part of the secondary education major, you’ll learn educational theories and effective teaching practices, including how to design and implement curriculum; participate in extensive field experiences at multiple schools, and student-teach for 10 weeks.

The secondary education major program, in preparing you to meet Illinois State Licensure requirements, combines education courses from the College of Education with subject-area courses. Through the program, you have two options for becoming a licensed 9th- through 12th-grade teacher:

  • complete the secondary education major degree and a second major in the subject area you intend to teach (double major), or
  • complete as part of your secondary education major degree coursework in the subject area you intend to teach.

You can earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Education, depending on your subject area.



  • Assessment Issues
  • Curriculum Development
  • Educational Foundations
  • Instructional Delivery
  • Instructional Strategies
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Pedagogy and Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Research Methods


  • English (BA)
  • History (BA)
  • Mathematics (BA)
  • Social Science (BA)
  • Visual Art (BA)
  • Biology (BS)
  • Chemistry (BS)
  • Environmental Science (BS)
  • Mathematics (BS)
  • Physics (BS)

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Education policy
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of Secondary Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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