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Secondary Education Major and Certification

Secondary teacher candidates major in a content area and double major in Secondary Education. 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 and double major in secondary education.

  • Chemistry,
  • Applied Physics,
  • English,
  • French,
  • History,
  • Latin,
  • Mathematics,
  • Natural Science or
  • Spanish

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.

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.


Students should bear in mind that most chemistry courses have prerequisites. Consequently prospective teachers schedule their calculus and physics courses to be completed by the end of their sophomore year. This action will enable the students to complete the chemistry major and allow for student teaching during the second semester of senior year. In CH420 the student will plan a research project in chemical education. The project will be implemented in ED432. CH420 Research & Seminar I carries no credit. ED432 fulfills the CH421 requirement for chemistry in the educational track, provided the student fulfills the thesis presentation requirements of CH421.

English Language Arts (English Major)

Students are required to take EN221 Public Speaking OR EN222 Oral Interpretation as well as EN355 Introduction to General Linguistics; EN251 Shakespeare and CL222 or CL223 Classical Mythology are recommended electives.

Classical Languages (Latin)

Students are required to take CL321-322: Latin Prose Composition I/ II; CL258: Etymologies: Words and Word Power; HI312: Ancient Rome; Prerequisites: CL103-104: Elementary Latin and CL205-206: Intermediate Latin.


Students are suggested to take MA360 Modern Geometry as well as CS115 Discrete Math or MA390 Combinatorics. Prospective teachers must also either take a computer-programming course or complete a senior project.

Modern Languages (Spanish and French)

Students are required to successfully complete a study abroad or immersion program for at least one semester (or equivalent summer program) in order to receive a teaching license. The purpose is to develop linguistic competency and further appreciate the culture. If this is not a viable option, an immersion experience in the target language is required. Information on study abroad opportunities and/or immersion programs is available in the Department of Modern Languages.

Applied Physics

Students are required to meet with the Physics Chairperson to select appropriate courses to meet competencies for Physics and Teacher Education. Students are required to take PS241 Statics and PS245 Electrical Circuits. Students select two additional technical electives.

Social Studies (History Major)

To comply with the State's requirements, prospective social studies teachers must be able to show competence in both history and the social sciences more broadly (including geography, civics, economics, anthropology and sociology). In order to achieve that breadth, students are encouraged to take the U.S. history survey (HI250-251), Origins of European Civ (HI101), or World HI story (HI105). Courses on the relationship of humans and their environment have also been helpful (HI 358: New England History of HI374: Environmental History), as has Cities and Social Change (HI107).

It has been helpful to students in the past to use their elective options to take an American government course (PO102, PO212, or PO219), a basic economics course (EC103, EC141-142), or a basic sociology course (SO101). Students should discuss major, core and elective courses with their major advisor to assure that all courses will fulfill requirements.