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Education, Teaching & Health

BA in Secondary Education


Admission to Candidacy in Teacher Education

The undergraduate program in Secondary Education is designed for students who wish to obtain teaching credentials in secondary education while completing their majors in the humanities, arts, natural and social sciences. To do so, students complete a second major in Secondary Education designed to meet certification requirements in the District of Columbia and make them eligible for certification in over 40 states. Students should consult with the director of Teacher Education to coordinate their general and subject-area certification requirements with other university and major requirements. 

Undergraduates seeking teacher certification in secondary education should contact an advisor in the School of Education, Teaching and Health as early as possible. Admission to the university and declaration of a major does not constitute admission to candidacy in teacher education, which is based on academic and related performance criteria. To be admitted to candidacy, students must earn a passing score (as set by the District of Columbia teacher licensing agency) on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST); earn an average grade of 2.70 or higher in EDU-205 Schools and Society and EDU-420 Psychology of Education, pass EDU-321 Field Experience: Observation and Analysis, receive satisfactory recommendations from faculty, and have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or higher. Secondary Education majors must also have a 3.00 grade point average in their primary major. The Teacher Education Committee reviews student applications and makes decisions regarding admission to candidacy. 


Liberal Arts and Science Requirements for Teacher Certification: Secondary

To qualify for teacher certification, students must complete subject-area certification standards and U.S. History. These requirements may overlap with general education requirements. 


Major Requirements

  • 37 credit hours with grades of C or better 
  • Completion of the major requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in one of the following: American studies, anthropology, biology, CLEG (communication, legal institutions, economics and government), chemistry, economics, environmental studies, French studies, foreign language and communication media, justice, German studies, graphic design, health promotion, history, international studies, language and area studies, law and society, literature, mathematics, multimedia, music, statistics, studio art, performing arts: theatre, performing arts: musical theatre, physics, political science, Spanish studies, sociology, or studio art. 
  • An overall grade point average of 2.70 with  3.00 or higher in their primary major. 
  • All students must complete the Praxis II Exam prior to graduation. 

Course Requirements

  • EDU-205 Schools and Society 4:2 (3) 
  • EDU-420 Psychology of Education (3) 
  • EDU-321 Field Experience: Observation and Analysis (1) 

Note: EDU-205, EDU-420, and EDU-321 must be taken prior to application for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

  • EDU-462 Classroom Management (3)
  • EDU-492 Service Learning in Teacher Education (1) 
  • EDU-499 Student Teaching Seminar in Professional Practice (12) 
  • EDU-520 Reading, Writing, and Literature across the Curriculum (3) 
  • EDU-522 Principles of Effective Methods and Instruction (3) 
  • EDU-540 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education I (3) (or other approved methods course)
  • EDU-542 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education II (3) (or other approved methods course)
  • EDU-541 Foundations of Special Education for Exceptional Children (3) or EDU-545 Overview of all Exceptionalities: The Arts in Special Education (3) 
  • EDU-xxx elective (2–3) as approved by SETH advisor 

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.