The education curriculum is a blend of professional studies, teaching competencies, field experience and the subject area concentration. The secondary education degree provides a career program based on knowledge of subject content (through required courses in the area of certification), understanding of the teaching and learning processes (through required courses in education and field experience), and proficiency in the liberal arts (through required core courses). A program sequence of courses for each content area and certification is prescribed. The program sequence of courses strives for thorough knowledge of subject area, classroom management skills for the diverse and inclusive classroom, communication skills, use of instructional technology, and the development of rational analysis and critical judgment as it applies to education.

Graduates with a degree from the Department of Education are able to:

  • Teach biology, chemistry, and social studies in grades seven through 12
  • Teach agriculture in grades K-12


  • Agriculture
    Agricultural educators are some of the most in-demand educators in state and the country. Our ag ed majors gain hands-on experience on and off campus and benefit from connecting with area programs. 
  • Biology
    Biology teachers are in high demand and our program prepares educators for this demanding field by connecting them with meaningful experiences in the best schools in the state. 
  • Chemistry
    Our chem ed majors engage in a rigorous on-campus program that is bolstered by field experience in nationally recognized high school programs. 
  • Social Studies
    In collaboration with the liberal arts program, student scholars are able to specialize according to their interests while gaining the broad base of knowledge necessary to excel as secondary educators.