Major in Secondary Education

These programs are designed for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in order to teach grades 9–12 or K–12.

With education often cited as the single most determining factor in one’s future, graduates of the teacher licensure programs are given the resources to integrate the content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge they need to be effective, creative and inspiring educators for the 21st Century learner.

Grades 9-12 Licensure Programs

Grades K-12 Licensure Programs

How It Works

ECIC + Major Courses + Secondary Education Courses = License to Teach

Secondary Education Core Courses

All SEC students complete:

  • SEC 421 (1.00)
  • SEC 200 (0.5)
  • SEC 300 (0.25)
  • SEC 450 (0.25)
  • Student Teaching (3.00/2.00 music)


  • SEC 104 (1.00/0.75)
  • SEC 311 (1.00/0.75)
  • SEC 223* (1.00/0.75)


  • SEC 310 (1.00)
  • XXX 440 (1.00)

Total Units: 10/9

*Check with the Department of Education for transferability.

Secondary Education Major

  • Completion of the Secondary Education major requires 34 semester hours of coursework, which includes at least six semester hours of student teaching.
  • Teacher candidates are required to complete all courses with a grade of C- (1.7) or higher and to pass student teaching, while maintaining a department-determined major GPA and a 2.750 cumulative GPA.
  • At least half of the courses must be completed at Elmhurst College.
  • All secondary education students must complete the course requirements in their respective program (e.g. art, music, physical education, math, etc.)

All of the following courses are required:

  • EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
  • SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities (pre-/co-requisites: SEC 200)
    or KIN 312 Physical Education for Children with Exceptionalities
  • SEC 311 Educational Psychology (prerequisites: ENG 106; EDU 104 or PSY 210)
  • SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Building Academic Literacies in K-12 Classrooms (pre-/corequisite: SEC 300, SEC 310)
  • SEC 310 Principles and Procedures in Middle and Secondary Education (pre-/corequisite: SEC 300)
  • SEC 455 Student Teaching in Secondary Schools (3 credits); requires formal admission to student teaching
  • SEC 457 Student Teaching in Special Fields (3 credits); requires formal admission to student teaching

At least one of the following discipline-specific teaching methods courses is required:

  • ENG 440 Teaching of English
  • HIS 440 Teaching History in Secondary Schools
  • KIN 440 Instructional Techniques for Middle and Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy
  • MTH 440 Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  • MUS 366 Teaching of K-12 Classroom Music
  • POL 440 Special Methods: Teaching Political Science
  • SEC 425 Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • SEC 463 Natural Science: Special Methods
  • THE 440 Teaching Theatre Arts
  • WL 440 Special Methods in the Teaching of World Languages

Course(s) chosen from the following to meet the 34-semester hour requirement:

  • TEL 204 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Learners (prerequisite: EDU 104)
  • EDU 324 Educational Experience in Jamaica (January Term)
  • EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education (prerequisite: EDU 104; Fall Term)
  • SPE 334 Characteristics of Learners I (Fall Term)
  • EDU 373 Using Picture Books & Informational/Non-fiction Text to Teach Reading Skills and Strategies in K-12 Classrooms (January Term)
  • EDU 380 Comparative Studies-Travel (Travel course, January Term, Spring Term, Summer Term)
  • ENG 315 Adolescent Literature (.50 credit)
  • SPE 434 Curriculum/Assessment/Instructional Strategies for Students with High Incidence Disabilities

Licensure Only

Prospective teacher candidates who currently hold undergraduate degrees may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program to complete licensure courses. See Admission for details.

In applying to the College, you have triggered the transcript review and major evaluation process. The College will examine your transcripts for transfer credit, the respective Department will assess them for courses related to that major, and the licensure officer will review those transcripts for courses related to Education. The net effect of all of these examinations will be to tell you which courses you will need to take, and how long your program will take to complete.

The minimum time needed will be four 15-week terms, with three being for academics and one for student teaching.

Semester One

  • SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession
  • SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
  • EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the U.S.

Semester Two

  • SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools
  • SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education

Semester Three

  • SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration & Professional Practice
  • XXX 440 Content Area Methods

Semester Four

  • SEC 455 or SEC 457 Student Teaching

Get Started: Major in Secondary Education

Theresa Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Director of Secondary Education
Department of Education

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