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Secondary Education & Foundations of Education

The IU South Bend School of Education offers several programs in secondary education. Successful secondary education graduates will be licensed in one or more content areas for both the middle school and high school settings. Each candidate’s program is aligned with the developmental standards for both the early adolescence (middle school) and adolescence/young adult (high school) levels as defined by the Indiana Office of educator Licensing and Development. Students may select one or more of the following content areas:

  • Mathematics - test
  • English
  • Foreign Language (French, Spanish, or German)
  • Social Studies (student selects three areas from the following six options: Historical Perspectives; Government and Citizenship; Geographical Perspectives; Economics; Psychology; and Sociology)
  • Science (student selects one or more areas from the following: Life Science; Earth/Space Science; Physical Science; Physics; or Chemistry)

as well the choice of adding a second licensure area:

  • English as a New Language
  • Reading
  • Special Education (mild intervention)

A license in any of the areas listed above requires the completion of specified general education, professional education and content courses for a minimum total of 124 credits for the BS degree. Students are advised that there are very few elective courses in the secondary education programs and that early program selection and advising is important for timely graduation. For specific courses and advising information, students should contact the School of Education Advising Office, located in Greenlawn 120, at 574-520-4845, and speak with an undergraduate advisor.

Graduate Certification in Secondary Education

This program allows candidates for teacher licensure in secondary education who already have a bachelor’s degree in an outside-of-education field to pursue state licensure requirements, to meet all of the School of Education’s professional education requirements and the opportunity to meet the requirements of a master’s degree at the same time. Secondary graduate certification candidates must complete a number of education courses as well as any relevant additional courses in their area of specialization to obtain state licensure. Successful graduates will obtain state licensure for the middle school (early adolescence) and high school (adolescent/young adult) school settings in one or more of the following content areas corresponding with the existing bachelor’s degree:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Foreign Language (French, Spanish, or German)
  • Social Studies (student selects three areas from the following six options: Historical Perspectives; Government and Citizenship; Geographical Perspectives; Economics; Psychology; and Sociology)
  • Science (student selects one or more areas from the following: Life Science; Earth/Space Science; Physical Science; Physics; or Chemistry)

as well the choice of adding a second licensure area:

  • English as a New Language
  • Reading

Students will also have the option of earning a master’s degree with several additional courses, including a capstone research project. For specific courses and advising information, students should contact the School of Education Advising Office, located in Greenlawn 120, at 574-520-4845.

Master of Science Degree in Education

Students entering the graduate education master’s degree program at IU South Bend are primarily practicing professionals in the field of secondary (middle school and high school) education. The goal of our program is to support them as professionals and foster a commitment to acquire and use professional knowledge, skills and dispositions to prepare them for the future. The master’s in secondary education candidate will take a minimum of 36 credits of graduate courses in professional education, specialized elective courses, and in research, including a capstone research project. For an application or advising information, including specific coursework, please contact the IU South Bend School of Education Advising Office, located in Greenlawn 120, at 574-520-4845.