Secondary Education & Foundations of Education
Teaching at the junior high/middle school and senior high is a rewarding career where you can have a lasting impact on the growth and development of young adults. The Department of Secondary Education and Foundations of Education provides support to all teacher education programs in the School of Education and targets its preparation coursework to training junior high/middle school/senior high teachers.
Candidates who successfully complete the secondary education program will be licensed in one or more content areas to teach at both the junior high/middle school and high school settings.
Candidates select from the following content areas:
- English Language Arts
- World Languages (French, Spanish, or German)
- Social Studies (candidates study Historical Perspectives and Government and Citizenship; they select a third licensure area from Geographical Perspectives, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology)
- Science (candidates select from the following: Life Science (Biology), Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, or Physical Science (a combination of Physics and Chemistry)
Candidates may also choose to add a second licensure area in
- English Learners
- Special Education: Mild Interventions
An initial teaching license in any of the areas listed above requires the completion of specified general education, content preparation, and professional education courses for a maximum total of 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science 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 Education & Arts Bldg., Rm 2003, at 574-520-4845, and speak with an undergraduate advisor.
Graduate Certification in Secondary Education - Transition to Teaching
Those who already have a bachelor’s degree but are not licensed to teach will be interested in the year-long Transition to Teaching program that leads to an initial teaching license in just 12 months. Please visit the Transition to Teaching Program web site at https://www.iusb.edu/education/transition_to_teaching.php for more information.
Master of Science Degree
The IU South Bend School of Education has a two-year innovative, cohort-based, Master of Science program that includes the opportunity for additional certifications in Reading and English Learners. The hybrid program includes online courses during the academic year and on campus courses for 6 weeks each summer. In the final semester, students take one online course and one hybrid course (partially on campus, partially online) to round out their experience. The hybrid program allows in-service professionals to complete an advanced degree without disrupting their classroom teaching careers. Please visit the Unified Track MS Program web site at https://www.iusb.edu/education/unified_track_MS.php for additional information.
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