Grades 7 - 12
Secondary teacher certification is based on bachelor’s degrees offered in academic areas of the University. In addition to the requirements for the degree, students seeking certification take 14 hours of Professional Education, a course in reading, and student teaching. The requirements for secondary teacher certification may be slightly different from those of the degree without teacher certification but include academic foundations, a major field, a minor field, and special program requirements for the degree and major. Careful planning and advisement with both the major college and the West College of Education are important.
Professional Education for Secondary Certification. The professional secondary education block includes student teaching and field experience in schools and provides beginning skills for teaching. Initial certification is the first step in a teacher’s career path for professional development.
Teaching Fields. The West College of Education offers the following teaching fields for grades 7-12 certification: English Language Arts and Reading, History, Mathematics, Science (Composite and Life), and Social Studies.