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Secondary Education

Prepare to teach learners in grades 6 –12. Coursework paired with internships and residencies will allow you to obtain teacher certification after graduation and start a career in a high-demand specialty in education.

 

Program description

The BAE in secondary education prepares students to educate learners in grades 6 – 12 in a content area of their choice. 

This degree program is currently offered in two formats:

ASU Sync: Transfer students who live in Arizona and outside of Maricopa County may be eligible to take regularly scheduled classes remotely via ASU Sync.

ASU Sync students can select from the following Secondary Education content areas, which may vary depending on location: biology, business, chemistry, earth and space sciences, economics, English, general science, geography, health, history, mathematics*, physics, physical education, political science/American government, theater and some foreign languages.

Concurrent degree: With this option, undergraduate students can pair the BAE Secondary Education with one of these other degree programs: BS Biological Sciences or BA Chemistry. This choice allows them to graduate with two degrees, a greater understanding of the field of education and certification to teach.

In both formats, extensive professional experiences are built into the program to prepare candidates to enter the teaching profession after graduation. Students complete internships prior to a full-time teaching residency. These professional experiences are designed to prepare students to address the academic and social-emotional needs of learners. 

Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU for Arizona teacher certification in Secondary Education, 6–12, from the Arizona Department of Education. To be eligible for secondary education certification in Arizona, students must:

  • Pass the appropriate Arizona educator subject knowledge exam, as well as the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.
    OR
  • Have a conferred bachelor's or master’s degree with the content area listed in the degree title, and receive a passing score on the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more about professional licensure.  

*Students completing this program through the ASU@Pima location may not select the mathematics track.

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At a glance: program locations

Classes will be conducted remotely, but you will need to apply for admission to the ASU partner location that is closest to where you live:

  • ASU@Northeastern Arizona
  • ASU@Pima
  • ASU@TheGilaValley
  • ASU@Yavapai
  • ASU@Yuma

Applying to an ASU partner location will not affect where you conduct your internships and residencies.

Next steps to attend ASU


Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU that is recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for teacher certification in Secondary Education, 6–12.

To be eligible for secondary certification in Arizona, students must:
- Pass the appropriate Arizona educator subject knowledge exam, as well as the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.
OR
- Have a conferred bachelor's or master’s degree with the content area listed in the degree title, and receive a passing score on the professional knowledge exam offered through the National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more about professional licensure


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Career outlook

Graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are highly sought out teachers in public, charter and private education institutions. 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. Career examples include, but are not limited to, those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

  • College Program Director
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Principal
  • Tutor

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

Paying for college

Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year studentstransfer students or international students

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU