Major in Secondary Education
Offered by Saint Louis University's School of Education
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in secondary education
- Minor in Catholic education
Saint Louis University Secondary Education Degree Overview
Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in secondary education prepares you for certification as a secondary school teacher and for other careers in education. If you choose to major in secondary education at Saint Louis University, you will choose a specialty area, ranging from biology, English or modern language (French, German or Spanish) to general science, math or social studies.
Practicum experiences are required throughout the program, which culminates in a semester of courses dedicated to professional development and student teaching. You'll spend the greatest amount of time teaching in a private or public school setting during your senior year.
What You'll Learn in SLU's Secondary Education Program
Students majoring in secondary education at SLU take courses in a specific sequence. The first block addresses issues related to classroom observation. You'll also study learning theory and examine schools as a social system, as well as learn about human growth and development.
The second block examines diversity in the classroom, learning styles, exceptionality and different styles of teaching. The remaining blocks are dedicated to methods of teaching subject matter areas and levels, diagnosing learning problems and developing learning activities. The program culminates with a block dedicated to teaching in professional environments.
To be accepted into the teacher certification program, students must meet certain academic requirements. Please see the fact sheet about this program for more specific information.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Secondary Education from SLU?
Most graduates with a degree in secondary education pursue a career in teaching, but many choose to continue their studies in one of our graduate programs before entering the work force. Career options for people with an undergraduate degree in secondary education include:
- Secondary school teacher
- Adult educator
- Educational outreach professional
- Nonprofit specialist
- Private tutor