Secondary Education Degree

Secondary Education Degree

If you’re perpetually inspired by films like Mr. Holland’s Opus and Stand and Deliver, maybe you’ve considered becoming a secondary education teacher. If you feel called to be the teacher you needed or relied on when you were in junior high, middle, or high school, you need a secondary education degree from Indiana University Kokomo. The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education is designed to turn the things that pique your interest into a successful career of teaching grades 5-12, whether you’re passionate about:

  • Fine Arts: Visual Arts
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
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Transcript for the School of Education Retreat to Bradford Woods Video

The camera shows a sequence of two camp counselors communicating about a student about to ride a zip line.  

The camera shows the back of a man wearing a helmet on a fenced-in wooden platform high in the trees. He yells the command, “Brake Set?”

The camera shows the profile of a woman wearing a helmet holding on to a rope that is attached to a zipline cable. The woman answers, “Brake Set!” The screen displays the IU Kokomo logo and text that reads “School of Education Retreat, Bradford Woods”

Music starts to slowly build.

A student is now shown on the wooden platform high in the trees wearing a t-shirt that says “I turned the KEY.” She also wears a safety harness attached to a zipline and helmet. There are other students behind her wearing the same shirt. A man yells another command, “Zip clear?” as a voice in the background yells “zippidee-do-da!” The man then yells, “zipping!”

The camera circles around to show the girl about to step off the platform as the man says, “Alright, you’re ready to go.”

The screen now displays the IU Kokomo logo and a KEY logo that says, “KEY, the Kokomo experience and you.”

The rock music picks up as the student leaps off the platform and screams, “I Turned the KEY!”

The camera then rotates three hundred sixty degrees showing an entire forest floor and trees all around her and it turns back to her smiling face with the wind blowing in her hair.

The student begins to speak.

“It was different than being in the classroom because I felt like people were much more open. They were much more open to doing the activities that were there. And we’re with all the same people that we are with in the classrooms, but in the classrooms we are all separated by our different tables or our different seats and we don’t really talk to them as much because you’re listening to your lectures or doing assignments. So to be out in the open and have an area to interact with your classmates was really fun.”

As she speaks video images of students learning with a card game are shown as a camera spins three hundred sixty degrees to show all sitting around the table.

As she finishes speaking the scene changes to a couple students working together, joined at the hands, walking on individual tightropes. One says “your hands are sweaty” and the other replies “I’m sorry” as the students are laughing. There are more students standing on the ground around them to help if they start to fall.

Another student begins to speak and as he speaks you can hear other students ziplining.

“This trip means to me that I got to, like, go out more. Which is really cool. I already on the bus started talking to people, which is nice because I don’t get to go out and socialize often. So this has definitely been cool for me for that. And just like, taking in the atmosphere of the woods and the awesome people around me. It’s been fantastic so far.”

The scene changes to a group of students standing in a circle playing a game of “Have you ever?”

The voice of a counselor is heard asking, “Have you ever ridden a horse before?” As the camera turns in a three hundred sixty degree motion, the participants run to the middle, laughing, and perform a chant with hand motions, “Clap clap, clap clap, Oh yeah!”

A new student dressed in zipline gear begins to speak.

“I think is a really cool idea just getting people out away from the classroom getting new experiences. Learning new things. And just overall having a good time and getting to know people. It’s really… I think it’s a good part of college to get that experience.”

As he is talking the scene shifts to a student standing on a picnic table with her back turned to other students as she prepares to fall backwards into their arms. She asks, “Spotters ready?” The spotters reply, “ready!” She declares she is “Ready to fall.” Spotters reply, “Fall on.” She declares, “Falling.” The camera shows her as she falls into their arms and everyone breathes a sigh of relief when they catch her. 

A student speaks.

“I would definitely recommend the KEY stuff if anyone wants to do it. This has been fantastic so far and I don’t regret a single moment of it.”

The camera now shows a different scene where a group of students are standing together with one male student leading a chant, “what are we?” The students reply, “We’re tired!” The leader then asks, “What do we do?” The students respond, “Sleep!” Collective the students place their “sleeping hands” against the side of their faces and tilt their heads in a motion to pretend they are sleeping then they all perform an audible snore and laugh.

The final scene shows the students walking in a group through the woods as the rock music begins to fade out.

A final title screen pops up with the IU Logo that also reads,

Indiana University Kokomo

Fulfilling the Promise 

As you progress through the program, you will get more in depth in both your coursework and your field work. Our program includes four categories of courses. You’ll start with general education courses, then pre-professional courses, then content courses in which you’ll gain a broad knowledge base for your future classroom, and professional education courses where you’ll connect theory with practice and learn how to teach your future students.

As you learn more about the profession, your field work will become progressively more challenging. You will move from observation to participation to instruction, all within school districts that are a part of our CEP. After you are formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program, you'll begin to develop and implement instruction within local schools. In your final semester in the program, you'll have a semester-long student teaching experience in a real-world classroom where you’ll put all you’ve learned to the test.

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education leads to the secondary school teacher license (grades 5-12) in mathematics, language arts/English, physics, chemistry, physical science, life science, Earth/space science, historical perspectives, political science, sociology, psychology, or economics. A secondary teacher license with exceptional needs: mild intervention or fine arts: visual arts allows you to teach grades K-12. A minimum of 120 credit hours is needed for the degree. You’ll take pre-professional courses such as Computers in Education and Educational Psychology and teaching major courses specific to your content area.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Please note, some of the pre-professional courses require an expanded criminal background check. Your academic advisor will be able to tell you which courses require it.

Criminal History Background Check Resources

To apply for your Expanded Criminal Background Check (ECBC) go to the CastleBranch website at and choose “Place Order”. Then type “ia30” into the Package Code Box and “Submit”.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

For the most current requirements for this degree, please visit our Academic Bulletin. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to chat with someone from our department or your academic advisor.

Preparing you for your State of Indiana Teaching License

Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to apply to the Indiana Department of Education Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing (OEEL) for licensure in your chosen teaching major area. All teaching major areas provide licensure in grades 5-12 except for Fine Arts: Visual Arts and Special Education: Mild Intervention where the licensure is for grades K-12. If you have questions or concerns regarding licensing, please don’t hesitate to contact our department for more individualized help.

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