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Secondary Education


Secondary school educators are interested in working with teenagers and with a subject they love. In doing so, they help to prepare students for their future roles as citizens and productive members of society.

Secondary Education Programs prepare students to teach core academic subjects in grades 6-12. Candidates in these programs complete a major in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, English, mathematics, physics, or social studies. All students complete HUMD 300, Human Growth and Development Birth through Adolescence, and EDEF 320, Introduction to Professional Education, prior to their senior year. During the fall of their senior year, students take a “Block” of 15-18 semester hours of courses in Education which includes two placements, one in middle school and one in high school. The “Block" courses are specific to each core academic area. During the spring semester, students complete student teaching and in some content areas a required 3 semester hour education course.


Students apply to the Professional Education Program through the Field Experience Office, (540) 831-5277, during their junior year. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all course work, at RU and in their major (except for Social Studies which requires a 2.75 GPA), passed PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II and VCLA before applying. It is the student’s responsibility to determine required course work in the major and the teacher preparation program.