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Secondary Education Major and Certification

Students interested in secondary education may opt to double major (content major and Secondary Education) or minor in Secondary Education. The difference in the requirements is one education department elective.

These candidates will be eligible for K-12, 5-12 or 7-12 certification depending upon their content major. Candidates must successfully pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and Praxis II (in the subject area). Candidates will complete a clinical experience in a middle school and high school.

Certification in New Hampshire qualifies the student to teach in a specific content area. Prospective secondary teachers may major in any of the following: Chemistry, Applied Physics, English, French, History, Latin, Mathematics, Natural Science or Spanish and double major in secondary education. Emphasis in coursework is placed on grades 5-12 or 7-12. There are four clinical or field-based experiences embedded in the following courses: ED130 Principles of Teaching and Learning, 30 hours; ED322 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, 30 hours; and ED440-445 Content Methods Bridge Experience, 20 hours the fall prior to Supervised Student Teaching and Supervised Student Teaching (spring) for 13 weeks. Each placement will be in a school with an experienced certified secondary teacher matching their content area. It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: Catholic, urban, and suburban. It is not unusual that most of the students' electives must be utilized. For this reason early career decision and careful program planning are essential.

The Education Department does not allow service learning hours to count for more than one course at a time. Therefore, Education students are able to take one service learning or field placement course per semester.

Refer to the Online College Catalogue for more information, including course descriptions.

Sequence of Courses:


The preferred sequence is designed for the student who makes an early decision to enter one of the Teacher Education Programs. Upon completion of a Declaration of Double Major Form, the Director of Teacher Education will assign an advisor for the major. An individualized plan of study is developed by the Education Department Advisor with each student. Variation will depend upon when students apply and the area of certification. Please refer to core and major requirements section of the catalog.

Freshman Year:

  • PY203 Adolescent Psychology or ED Elective (first or second year, fall)
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators/MTELs/equivalent test must be completed prior to TEP Acceptance.

Sophomore Year:

  • ED130 Principles of Teaching and Learning (fall or spring) which includes at 30 hour practicum (SEFE).
  • PY203 Adolescent Psychology or ED Elective (first or second year, spring)
  • At completion of ED130, purchase TaskStream, apply to Teacher Education Program

Junior Year:

  • ED322 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, with 30 hr. service learning/practicum (fall)
  • ED340 Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching (spring) Apply to Student Teaching

Senior Year - Fall:

  • Complete all core and content major courses PRAXIS II/MTEL/Other in content area
  • Student teaching orientation meetings (2)
  • Bridge Experiences (20 hours)

Senior Year - Spring:

  • ED432 Supervised Student Teaching (13 weeks)
  • ED440-445 Methods of Teaching in content Area specific to the major

Students interested in secondary education may opt to double major (content major and Secondary Education) or minor in Secondary Education. The difference in the requirements is one education department elective.

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