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Secondary Education Major

Prepare your future students for success.

Teaching, reaching, and inspiring middle and high school students takes strong skills and superior teacher preparation. At Saint Mary’s, secondary education majors learn how to prepare future students for success inside the classroom and beyond. By combining coursework with experiential learning, secondary education majors learn how to teach tomorrow’s future.

If you’re pursuing a secondary education license*, you’ll double major in secondary education and your content area. Beginning sophomore year, you’ll gain extensive field experience in a variety of settings, connecting coursework, combining theory and practice, and modeling effective instruction. In addition to developing practical and theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop awareness and understanding of diversity in the classroom — a must in today’s changing world.

Senior year brings an exciting opportunity for student teaching, working closely with a cooperating teacher, and assuming the role of teacher in an actual classroom setting. You will learn first-hand how to plan, organize, teach lessons, maintain a conducive learning environment, and become acquainted with school routines and practices. After student teaching, you’ll gain the experience needed to one day lead your own classroom.

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Program Highlights

With a double major in secondary education and one of three majors, you’ll prepare to pursue a career as a middle school or high school teacher. You’ll learn resiliency and develop real-world experiences through student teaching. Delve into hands-on learning and equip yourself to become a teacher for the next generation.

Program Features

What Makes it Special:

  • Double major in secondary education and one of three majors: Chemistry, Biology/Life Science, or Math
  • Prepare to pursue licensure
  • Dedicated, caring faculty with real-world experience
  • An emphasis on character and virtue education

Course Catalog

Careers that look to the future.

As a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to lead your own classroom in public or private middle or high schools.


Preparing Teachers for Licensure *

If you’re completing a secondary education major then you’re preparing to seek Minnesota licensure* in grades 5-12 in an academic discipline. In addition to a professional education curriculum, requirements include a specific set of courses in an academic concentration to complete a major.


Double major in secondary education and one of the following majors to pursue licensure as a secondary teacher in Minnesota:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Math