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Secondary Education

K-State student teacherCritical and analytical thinking, careful and thoughtful communication, and a desire to explore, question, and solve problems are promoted in the secondary education major. These institutional commitments are anchored in a research agenda and further exemplified through best instructional practice, professional service, and local school districts.


Candidate Preparation

Each candidate preparing to seek teacher licensure in grades 6 through 12 will concentrate studies in three areas:

  1. General Education
    Courses in the humanities; social and behavioral sciences; mathematics; and biological and physical sciences. A teacher is, first of all, a well-educated citizen. The general education portion of your preparation is directed toward this goal.
  2. Teaching Field

    The secondary education program prepares you to teach in grades 6 through 12. Secondary teachers prepare to teach in one or more content areas. In-depth preparation in at least one teaching field (subject/content area) is required.

    The College of Education offers a degree in secondary education for all teaching fields except these noted here: a music teaching degree is earned through the College of Arts and Sciences; a family and consumers sciences teaching degree is earned in the College of Human Ecology; and agriculture teachers earn a degree in the College of Agriculture.

    Teaching Field Curriculum Guides:

  3. Professional Education
    The professional portion of your program will include courses in teaching as a career, learning and development, educational psychology, methods of teaching, foundations of education, and multicultural and interpersonal relations. You will learn about uses of personal computers in the classroom, how to help students with reading in your content field, and how to adjust teaching methods to the needs of exceptional children.

Secondary Education Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education

Minimum of 126 hours required
Licensure grades 6-12

Requirements for the approved program are described in the following sections:
General Education Requirements
Teacher Education Courses
Teaching Fields
Professional Development Hours
K-State 8 General Education


General Education Requirements
(33 credit hours minimum)

Courses in communications, humanities, social sciences, quantitative sciences, and natural sciences provide the prospective secondary teacher with broad content background. A teacher is, first of all, a well-educated citizen. The general education portion of the program is directed toward this goal. The following are the general education requirements for secondary education.

Communications – 8-9 credit hours

  • COMM 105 – Public Speaking IA (2)
    or 
    COMM 106 – Public Speaking I (3)
    or 
    COMM 109 – Public Speaking IA Honors (3)
  • ENGL 100 – Expository Writing I (3)
  • ENGL 200 – Expository Writing II (3)

A minimum grade of C is required in all communications courses.

Humanities – 6 credit hours

  • Literature – Any department of English literature or Department of Modern Languages literature course (3)
  • Fine Arts Appreciation – Any nonperformance class in the Departments of Art, Architecture, Modern Languages or the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (3)

Social Science – 6 credit hours

  • Elective from Dept. of AMETH, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLSC, PSYCH, SOCIO, GWSS (3)
  • Global Issues and Perspective course (tagged as meeting the K-State 8 requirements) from Dept. of AMETH, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLSC, PSYCH, SOCIO, GWSS (3)

Natural Science – 7 credit hours

One laboratory course is required.
In addition to courses in the Division of Biology, Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics, the following may be used to satisfy part of the natural science requirement:  ASI 500, ENTOM 301, 312, 313, GEOG 221, DEN 425, ANTH 280, 281.

Quantitative Science – 6 credit hours

  • MATH 100 – College Algebra or higher level math course* (3)
    and
  • STAT 325 or higher level statistics course* (3)

*Grade C or better in both courses


Teacher Education Courses

(All graded courses require a C or higher)

A grade of C or higher is required in all Teacher Education courses and practica. A 3.0 or higher grade point average in Teacher Education courses and practica is needed before the Professional Semester.

The Teaching Internship (Student Teaching) occurs near the end of the program. With the guidance and support of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor, you will gradually assume responsibility for planning and teaching in the secondary classroom for a full semester or more.

Pre-Professional Component  8 credit hours

  • DED 075 – Orientation to Teacher Ed. at KSU (0)
  • HDFS 110 – Introduction to Human Development (3)
    (Pre-Requisite to EDCEP 315)
  • EDSEC 200 – Teaching as a Career (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDSEC 230 and sophomore standing)
  • EDSEC 230 – Early Field Experience (1)
    (Co-Requisite with EDSEC 200 and sophomore standing)
  • EDSEC 310 – Foundations of Education (3)
    (Must be taken with or after EDSEC 200)

Professional Component
Admission to Teacher Education is required.

Non-Blocked Courses – 3 credit hours

Must be completed before student teaching.

  • DED 318 – Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning (1)
    (Must be completed before Block II)
  • EDSEC 405 – Middle Level Education (2)
    (Not required for K-12 majors in art, modern languages, or music)

BLOCK I – 8 credit hours
Courses must be taken concurrently and prior to Block II.

  • EDCEP 315 – Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDSEC 376 – Core Teaching Skills: Secondary/Middle (3)
  • EDSP 323 – Exceptional Students in the Secondary School (2)

Students receiving a grade of less than C in a Block 1 course will not be permitted to proceed to Block 2 until a grade of C or higher is recorded (i.e., must retake the Block 1 course first).

BLOCK II – 9 credit hours
Courses must be taken concurrently and prior to Student Teaching.

  • EDCEP 525 – Interpersonal Relations in the Schools (1)
  • EDSEC 455 – Teaching in a Multicultural Society (1)
  • EDSEC 477 – Content Area Literacies and Diverse Learners (2)
  • Choose one of the following that corresponds to your teaching field:
    • EDSEC 530 – Art Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 532 – Business Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 534 – Family and Consumer Science Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 536 – Language Arts Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 538 – Mathematics Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 540 – Modern Language Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 542 – Science Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 544 – Social Studies Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 546 – Physical Education/Health Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
    • EDSEC 548 – Technology Education Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools (3)
  • Choose one of the following that corresponds to your teaching field:
    • EDSEC 531 – Art Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 533 – Business Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 535 – Family and Consumer Science Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 537 – Language Arts Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 539 – Mathematics Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 541 – Modern Language Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 543 – Science Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 545 – Social Studies Methods Practicum (2)
    • EDSEC 547 – Physical Education/Health Practicum for Secondary and Middle Schools (2)
    • EDSEC 549 – Technology Education Practicum for Secondary and Middle Schools (2)

Professional Semester – 12 credit hours

A 3.0 or higher grade point average in Teacher Education courses and practica is needed before the Professional Semester.

  • EDSEC 586 – Teaching Participation in the Secondary Schools (12)

Teaching Fields

In-depth preparation in one teaching field (subject/content area) is required as a part of your preparation to be a secondary education teacher. One of the following teaching fields must be selected (see Curriculum Guides above):

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • English/Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish)
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Speech/Theatre
  • Technology
  • Agricultural Education (College of Agriculture)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (College of Human Ecology)
  • Music Education (College of Arts and Sciences)

Additional Teaching Field(s)
In today’s market, teachers prepared to teach in more than one subject area are in greatest demand. Therefore, it is highly advisable to prepare for a second teaching field. This is accomplished with the wise selection of general education electives and other free electives. You should work closely with an advisor to plan the additional teaching field. Kansas State Department of Education currently allows licensed teachers to add another endorsement by passing the required Praxis test. Please talk to your advisor for more information. Kansas State University encourages you to complete the required course work and methods, as well as the test.


Professional Development and Educational Service Hours

There are two areas in this professional development component of your teacher preparation:

  • Professional growth/service to the profession and
  • Educational service to youth and families or caregivers.

Forty hours of service are required. Please see Professional Development Hours for more information and documentation forms.


K-State 8 General Education

Kansas State University requires all graduates to meet the K-State 8 General Education requirements as part of their program. The K-State 8 encourages students to explore coursework from 8 different perspectives. The College of Education curriculum meets all 8 requirements in our General Education, Teacher Education, and Area of Concentration coursework. More information is found at the K-State 8 website.

If you are interested in pursuing an 
Secondary Education degree, 
please contact:

Center for Student Success and Professional Services
785-532-5524
csps@k-state.edu