Secondary Education

Secondary Education

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree is offered in the major discipline approved for the secondary education students. The professional education component consists of knowledge and performance skills demonstrated in the areas of foundation, curriculm, media, methods and strategies, evaluation, and teaching. Knowledge of competency in theoretical foundations will be demonstrated through directed field experiences in area middle and high schools.


The general education component includes study in areas of humanities, social sciences, science, mathematics, and human performance and exercise science.


Areas approved for secondary certification:

  • Biology (6-12)
  • History (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • English language arts (6-12)
  • Music (P-12)
  • Health Education (6-12) & Physical Education (P-12)
  • Physical Education (P-12)

Students should refer to the major discipline sections of the catalog for specific information about courses from each secondary area and consult content area advisers.

Admission Requirements
  • Formal written application; and ALSDE code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)1.
  • fingerprint clearance (this is required in TE 201) from the ABI and FBI through an
    approved Alabama State Department of Education provider ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(i)
  • Focus2 and Strengths Results (contact Mrs. Brenda Davis if you need your password to log in or to complete either of these assessments)
  • an impromptu written essay; and (required in TE 305 or TE 306)
  • a completed interview ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(vi);
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in the program, in professional studies,
    and in teaching field; also a minimum overall transcript GPA of2.75 is required (with a grade of”C” or higher in all Professional Studies (TE) Classes AND Teaching Field Classes) Data will be gathered to ensure each accepted cohort of Class B programs meet or exceeds the minimum 3.0 GPA. ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.02(b)J,, 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2.(iv)
  • a passing score in all areas (Math, Reading, and Writing) on the appropriate Praxis I
    CORE Basic Skills Test (required in TE 201) as approved by the state of Alabama. You may register for this test at 788d6 l 8e6c4l265a7beb1509

    • ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(ii)
  • Physical Education Majors ONLY -1st Fitness Assessment must be completed before Admission to Teacher Education (Schedule a time with your advisor)
  • For Early Childhood OR Elementary Majors ONLY, a passing score on the PRAXIS (Content) II; [see page with Praxis Test Codes); (Required in TE 305 or before)
  • Proof of experiences in the schools; and ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2.(vii)
Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Carolyn D. Corliss
Dean, Professor of Education and Certification Officer
Dr. Katherine Reeves
Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Ashley Milner
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Cynthia Erickson
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Brenda Chastain
Assistant Professor in Education
Dr. Karen Dennis
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Karon Bishop
Instructor in Education