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Secondary Education Program

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Prepare to teach in junior high or high school by majoring in secondary education (grades 7-12) at Briar Cliff. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.


As a secondary education major, you are essentially a double major in both education and a specific academic discipline of your choice. Majoring in your teaching subject will give you valuable knowledge and experience that can set you apart from other teaching candidates in your field:

Looking to teach art, physical education or music? Then you'll need to major in K-12 education »


Before you begin student teaching, you will have already gained 120 hours of classroom experience through observations, small groups and practicums. This ensures that you'll be prepared for the best possible student teacher experience »


You have the option to pick up a middle school teaching endorsement (grades 5-8), so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels. Coaching endorsements are also available.


You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate enables you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.

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Core Secondary Education Courses

EDUC 423 - Content Area Literacy
EDUC 03 IS - Introduction to Education Computer/Media Technology
EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio
EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction
EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners
EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology
EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation
EDUC 415 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School
EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers
EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education
EDUC 101 - Practicum

Additional Program Requirements

All students intending to seek licensure must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program, and enlisted in another specific academic major.

K-12 education students must also take a 440-level methods course in their chosen major.


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