Secondary Education (Physics) (BAE)

The most effective educators stretch. They keep going. They're relentless. They suspect that there's always a better way---and they find it. They embrace responsibility for the world's most important job. Graduates of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College receive best-in-class preparation that will enable them to thrive in their careers and play a vital role in improving the educational experience and outcomes of children.

The BAE program in secondary education prepares educators to teach youth enrolled in grades 6-12. While teacher candidates develop a strong theoretical background in their specific content areas, the program focuses on developing the skills and teaching abilities required to successfully teach middle or high school students. This program also offers a full structured English immersion endorsement to work with English language learners and provides extensive experiences in integrating technology into teaching.

In order to integrate teacher preparation with the secondary education requirements for an academic specialization, the college collaborates with academic departments across the university. The program offers the following secondary education certification areas: biological sciences, chemistry, earth and space sciences, economics, English, French, geography, German, history, Japanese, mathematics, physical education, physics, political science and Spanish.

The secondary education teacher certification program is clinically embedded during the junior and senior years. The primary goal of all clinical experiences is to provide interns and student teachers with multiple opportunities to apply knowledge learned in course work to practice in preK-12 classrooms. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students complete internships during the junior year that require one day per week in grades 6-12 classrooms and student teaching, which is a full-time, year-long apprenticeship known as the senior year residency. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty and highly qualified mentor teachers from our partner school districts and charter schools collaboratively coach interns and student teachers during required clinical experiences. The clinical experience provided by the program, known as iTeachAZ, is unmatched in Arizona. It provides students with an opportunity to work directly with children and make an immediate impact on classroom achievement. This intensive hands-on clinical experience model of teacher preparation creates highly sought-after graduates.

Graduates of the program desiring to teach in a public school must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams (either the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments) in both content area and professional knowledge to be certified to teach in the state of Arizona.

Degree Offered

Secondary Education (Physics) (BAE)

Polytechnic, Tempe, West

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Career Outlook

Graduates from secondary education are recommended for certification in an approved area for grades 6-12. The demand for well-prepared secondary teachers is strong, particularly in the areas of math and science. Job opportunities in a fast growing state such as Arizona are numerous. Graduates with a degree in secondary education work in:

  • charter schools
  • private school settings
  • public schools

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Distance Learning Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School8.59%$87,760
Education Administrators, Postsecondary2.26%$86,490
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program11.78%$43,950
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Instructional Coordinators23.19%$60,050
Instructional Designers and Technologists 23.19%$60,050
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 15.34%$53,430
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 8.85%$55,050
Tutors 14.73%$43,400

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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