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Find Secondary and Higher Education Programs

Find schools that want you for Secondary and Higher Education programs and other Education & Teaching degrees and certifications.

A secondary education degree leads to a rewarding career in teaching intermediate and high school students in a chosen subject matter. Getting into a secondary education degree program is just the first step in the process

to become a high school teacher. Education degree recipients often have to become certified their state by taking a state standardized test and proving they meet the other requirements of the state to receive their professional teaching certification. Becoming a high school teacher is a stable career path with a slower than average growth rate over the next decade. 

Subject Matter Expertise

Secondary education majors have two majors while obtaining their degree--education and subject matter. The subject matter will be their area of expertise and the subject they will teach. Elementary educators teach them subjects. Secondary education can choose one of the following subject for their specialty. 

  • English
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, etc)
  • Languages (French, Spanish, German, etc.)
  • Business (typing, career development, etc)
  • Home Economics
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Art

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from school to school and even state to state as the college frame their education degree requirements on the state's teacher regulations. Admission requirements may be more or less tougher than the college general admission requirements Attending a college in New York prepares the student to teach in the same state and if the student moves from that state, they will need to become certified to teach in their new state of residence. 

Student Teaching

Most states require that future secondary education teachers to spend at least on semester in a classroom teaching. Students will implement teaching strategies and create lesson plans. Both Pennsylvania and New York Departments of Education require a full semester.  Students in secondary degree programs are exposed to their future careers often through mandatory assignments.  

Background Checks

Each state requires that students submitted to background checks, including criminal and child abuse. These clearances are mandatory before an education degree student enters the classroom. New York, Pennsylvania, California, Texas and several other states require that anyone employed by school districts also be fingerprinted. 

Career Advancement

Secondary education teachers earn a secondary education certification, which shows they are knowledgeable in teaching practices and their chosen subject matter. Teachers do not have to stay in the classroom. Advancement opportunities include the following positions:

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