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Secondary Education

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

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge of reading competencies which middle and secondary students need when reading in the content area. Read more »

EDUC 03 IS - Introduction to Education Computer/Media Technology

This is an introduction to using computers and information technology in education. The various uses of computers and technology in education are examined with an emphasis on creating all types of digital media: text, images, audio, and video. The student will become familiar with common productivity tools, and will identify useful education-related Internet resources. The student will look at how information technology is being used in today's classrooms. Read more »

EDUC 14 IS - Electronic Portfolio

This course prepares education majors in how to create the electronic portfolio used to demonstrate the candidate's competency in meeting each of the standards of the Teacher Preparation Program. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Read more »

EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction

An examination of and experimentation with various processes and strategies in classroom management and arrangement available to elementary and secondary classroom teachers is presented. Activities will include planning and organization of lessons, and approaches to discipline. EDUC 01 IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners

The intent of the course is to examine education of persons with learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, other health impairments, and gifted and talented children. The special traits of each group will be studied as well as the relationships of their traits and abilities to their education, social and psychological needs. Stress will be placed on practical applications of theory (e.g. remediation techniques, etc.) as well as the theories regarding etiological factors. Read more »

EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology

Study of psychological principles applicable to the learning process; theories of learning, and research pertinent to teaching and learning. EDUC 02IR is taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Read more »

EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Emphasis upon the nature of standardized tests and the construction of classroom evaluative devices; introduction of elementary statistics; test interpretation; discussion of current trends and needs in evaluation. Read more »

EDUC 415 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School

Observation and participation in teaching and other professional activities related to the work of the secondary school teacher; planning periods and conferences with the supervising teacher and the college supervisor(s) of student teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program and completion of the professional methods course Read more »

EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers

Designed to develop professional human relation skills for teaching in an aspiring pluralistic society through both theoretical and experiential work. Special emphasis placed on understanding social, cultural, and interpersonal dimensions of the interaction among subgroups. Approximately half of the course time is spent in off-campus experiences. Read more »

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education

This course includes 15 hours of field experience mandated by the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the gateway to the education program. Read more »

EDUC 101 - Practicum

This course is a fifteen-hour practicum that is taken concurrently with EDUC 100. Read more »

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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