Secondary Education and Specialized Subjects
We provide students with the opportunity to earn degrees in the subject areas of Mathematics, Biology, English, Music (K-12), Art (K-12) and Spanish (K-12) with a concentration in Teacher Education. Students from these programs, possess very strong content knowledge and develop pedagogical skills as they matriculate through the degree programs.
Why Choose Secondary Education?
Earning a content area degree with a concentration in teaching gives students numerous options. You are prepared to go directly into the classroom or industry without any additional training.
- Steady Employment: Teacher education is a consistent high need area. Students with content area degrees usually have accepted employment opportunities before they graduate.
- Significant work with people: The teaching profession provides a lifetime of rewarding opportunities to help the next generation. There is nothing greater than knowing you have made an impact and assisted a young person in reaching their full potential.
We offer degrees at the baccalaureate and two degrees at the master's level with various concentrations. These programs lead to a North Carolina initial or advanced license. In addition, the Department offers the North Carolina initial licensure only programs for candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree.
Teaching Concentrations (K-12: Art, HPE, Music and Spanish) (9-12: Biology, English, Mathematics)
M.A.T. (K-12: Art, HPE, Music and Spanish) (9-12: Biology, English, Mathematics and Social Studies)
M.Ed. (9-12: Biology, Mathematics)
To learn more about our programs and courses of study, visit the course catalog
What Will You Learn?
- Technology-You will gain practical knowledge of the latest technology tools used in today's classrooms.
- Pedagogy-You will gain valuable knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogy and pedagogy of the oppressed.
- Conflict Resolution-You will gain knowledge in the management of people, situations, policies and protocols as it pertains to education.
- Strategic Planning- You will learn and practice the art of effective lesson planning and development of short-and long-term goals for sustained success.
- Diversity-You will gain a deeper understanding of themselves as well as those around them.
- Mentoring- You will participate in mentorship relationships with in-service teachers to gain real work experience.
- Leadership-You will develop valuable leadership skills through intentional leadership training and situational analysis.
What Will You Do?
Upon completion of the program, you will be able to go directly into a Secondary (9-12) or K-12 classroom and start teaching without any additional certifications. If you decided not to teach you will have access to industry in a number of capacities such as educational trainers and providing technical assistance using your methodological and pedagogical skills to support industry or entrepreneurship.
To graduate with a secondary education and specialized subjects, students must, successfully complete the university college core and:
- Have accumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher with a grade of C or better in each professional, major core, and concentration courses (undergraduates). Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 or higher to be eligible for graduation.
- Successfully complete Clinical Experience (Student Teaching).
- Earn a satisfactory rating on the Clinical Experience (Student Teaching), Exit Criteria, or LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity.
- Formally submit an edTPA portfolio to Pearson for teaching licensure in North Carolina (students are responsible for cost).
- Successfully pass required content licensure exams determined by program (i.e., CKT, Foundations of Reading, and/or Praxis II) (students are responsible for cost of licensing exams).
- Submit graduation application and fees.