Secondary education degrees prepare students in teacher education programs to teach at the high school level. Secondary education is often referred to as high school, takes place after elementary education and middle school education or what is sometimes called adolescent education. In middle and secondary school, educators are important role models for their students. Between ages thirteen and eighteen, students are seeking reliable sources to make sound decisions, and as a certified teacher you can be a part of that. A secondary education degree enables graduates who have attained teacher certification to teach high schools in a various subjects that include mathematics, sciences, English, sciences, social studies, art, music, foreign languages, etc.
Secondary Education Preparation and Training
Other secondary education classes might include a focus on their particular area of study with courses from arts and sciences like physics, geology, sociology, biology, history, etc. Students in secondary education degree programs take courses in:
- Methods of teaching
- Integrating technology into instruction
- Classroom management
- Educational psychology
- English as Second Language (ESL)
- Education planning
- Curriculum design
- Assessment and evaluation
Other secondary education classes might include a focus on their particular area of study with courses from arts and sciences like physics, geology, sociology, biology, history, etc. Continuing education courses are also offered online to enhance and upgrade current pedagogy skills. The secondary education courses vary according to the particular area that teachers wish to focus on, for example technology integration or assessment methods.
Licensure and Certification
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that all states require teachers in public schools to be licensed, or certified. The requirements for certification vary by state but all states require at least a bachelor’s degree. For those who teach in private schools licensure may not be required, but may nonetheless be preferred.
- Each sate may require candidates to pass a teaching certification test, demonstrates their knowledge in the subject they will teach
- Teachers are often required to complete annual professional development classes to maintain their certificates
- Most states require teachers to pass a background check
- Some states require teachers to complete a master degree after receiving certification
- All states offer an alternative route to certification for those who already hold a bachelor’s degree but are missing education courses required for certification
- States also require students in teacher preparation programs to complete supervised experience in teaching earned through student teaching or teaching practicum
- Some states require a minimum grade point average
- With additional education or certification, teachers can work toward becoming school counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, assistant principals or principals
Secondary Education Careers
Degrees in Secondary Education prepare their graduates to work with middle and high school students as teachers and administrators. Other areas of employment include working for tutoring services, educational consulting, working for book publishers, working for departments of education, etc.
Secondary school teachers generally specialize in at least one area, especially in secondary education graduate programs. They are often also able to provide career and employment guidance to students. With teaching experience and an advanced degree you can work in various other positions for example, by earning a Master’s in Secondary Education you can work as a school district administrator, educational administrator or school principal.
Estimated Income and Projected Career Outlook
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a teacher with a master’s degree can earn up to over $10,000 more than a teacher with a bachelor’s degree. This increases the starting from $31,000 to $48,000 per year. The BLS reports the following median annual wage for 2010.
- Middle school teachers – $51,960
- High school teachers – $53,230
- Special education teachers – $53,220
The BLS also notes that employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by 7% from 2010 to 2020.
Secondary Education and Teaching Programs
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