Inspire High School Students

Our secondary education and all-level education programs combine your chosen major with coursework and experiences designed to prepare you to teach at the high school level in public and private schools throughout Texas. You will then apply your knowledge and skills during your residency with a partnering school district as part of your degree. Upon successful completion of the program, clinical teaching and passing all TExES exams, you will be eligible to work as a certified secondary education teacher.

See Yourself Succeed with a Degree In Secondary Education

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Career Readiness

Put your skills and knowledge into practice in a classroom setting with guidance from a mentor-teacher during your clinical teaching experience.

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Accomplished Faculty

Interact with exceptional faculty who will challenge your understanding of teaching philosophies and your chosen discipline.

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Guidance When You Need It

Experience personalized support and feedback from your field supervisor to increase skills and confidence.

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Career Support

Work with faculty and our career center to explore job opportunities through job fairs and interviews.

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Focus Your Passion

We offer a unique opportunity for students seeking teacher certification at the secondary education level. As you earn a bachelors or masters degree in your chosen discipline, you will also take courses that emphasize education and prepare you to teach this subject effectively.

Agricultural Science and Technology (BS) Teaching Emphasis

You will gain competencies in technical and production agriculture as well as methods and techniques for teaching and planning courses. Additionally, you will learn to organize and conduct on-farm agricultural instruction and demonstration programs for schools and the community at large. Indoors or outdoors, you'll spread important, life-sustaining skills to future generations.

Education (BA/BS) Bilingual or ESL Emphasis (Grade EC-6)

Develop in-depth understanding of multicultural learning environments and learn to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with our interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degree program. If you seek to become a bilingual teacher, who provides instruction in both Spanish and English, this program requires Spanish literacy. If you seek to become an ESL teacher, who provides instruction in English, you do not need foreign language literacy.

Music Education (BM)

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, combined with professional education requirements, provides students with the information and skills to be a music educator at all levels and prepares them to take the exams for teacher certification in Texas. Though students are prepared to teach instrumental and vocal music at all grade levels, the curriculum allows them to select one of three areas of emphasis: (1) elementary general—preparation for teaching general music in the elementary grades, (2) secondary choral—preparation for organizing and directing choral organizations at the secondary level; or (3) secondary instrumental—preparation for directing bands and orchestras at the secondary level.

Hispanic Studies (BA) Teaching Emphasis

Our program encourages and equips Spanish educators. No matter your proficiency level, we have language courses designed for you. You’ll study the history, politics, social structures and traditions of Spain and Latin America. Our combined Spanish and teaching program prepares you for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in methods for teaching Spanish, issues in Spanish literature and culture, and Hispanic linguistics. After graduating, you’ll be certified to teach Spanish at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Theatre (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

Our program equips you with the acting, directing and production skills needed for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in stage management, theatre operations, costume design and lighting. Gain insight into modern theatre and theatre of varying cultures through our course offerings. Our combined theatre and education program prepares you for a career in teaching. You’ll take courses in pedagogy, learning processes and development, and classroom management. After completing a teaching residency, you’ll be certified to teach theatrical arts at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

History (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

Through this degree you will become trained in the discipline of history. Students will gain knowledge of the human past, practice historical research and writing and learn to analyze and interpret evidence and historical interpretations. This program orients these skills toward the knowledge needed to teach history at the 7-12 grade levels.

Chemistry (BS) Teaching Emphasis

There is a growing need for STEM educators. A degree in chemistry with a teacher certification will allow you to combine your passion for chemistry and the classroom. You’ll take courses in general and organic chemistry, physics, and biology. Our program offers specialized teaching courses for chemistry teachers including roles and responsibilities for STEM educators, technology-infused curriculum, and project-based learning in STEM. You’ll be required to complete a teaching residency senior year. After graduating, you’ll be certified to teach science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Computer Information Systems (BSCIS) Teaching Emphasis

Our comprehensive program gives you the tools needed to excel as a data scientist and STEM educator. You’ll study a wide range of programming, database technologies, data structures and computer networks. This program prepares you for the classroom by offering courses in technology-infused curriculum, roles and responsibilities of STEM educators, and pedagogy. After graduating, you’ll be ready to teach computer science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Physics (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

There is a growing need for STEM educators. A degree in physics with a teaching emphasis takes your knowledge to the high-school classroom. You’ll take courses in electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and modern physics. Our program offers specialized education classes in teaching and learning physics, science and math education theory, and project-based learning in STEM. Once graduated, you’ll be certified to teach physics at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Secondary Education (MED/MS)

Students who are interested in developing depth and breadth of expertise in curriculum and instructional leadership at the secondary school level should choose the major in secondary education.   The secondary education curriculum will equip graduates with proficiency in designing and conducting action research to improve classroom and school practices, the design, implementation and evaluation of secondary school curriculum, the selection of teaching models to address the learning and achievement of secondary school students and the selection and design of curriculum and instruction reflecting philosophical systems in the middle school and high school environments.

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What You Will Learn

  • Gain experience through internships in a variety of classroom settings
  • Incorporate your knowledge of pedagogy with engaging and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for students
  • Learn to effectively teach your specific discipline to increase academic performance for your students
  • Collaborate with peers as you discuss current secondary education trends
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Potential Employers

Local school districts seek our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction are ranked high by our graduates. These are just a few school districts where our students have found employment. Discover where you belong!

Course Delivery

Our program is offered face-to-face at the main campus. Some courses are offered online for your convenience. Courses are available during the fall, spring and summer terms.

Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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