Secondary Education (BAE)
Concurrent Program

This program is available at Eastern Arizona College and Arizona Western College in partnership with the secondary education Transfer Admission Guarantee program.

This program is only available as a concurrent degree for students at ASU's Tempe, Polytechnic and West campuses who are pursuing majors that align with content taught in a secondary education setting. For more information how to add this program as a concurrent degree, students should contact the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College advising office.

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 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College collaborates with academic departments across the university. Secondary education certification is offered in the following content areas, depending on campus location: 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 students with multiple opportunities to apply knowledge learned in coursework to practice in the classroom. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students complete internships during the junior and senior years, one day a week (75 hours each semester), while enrolled in upper-division education courses. The culminating experience is a student teaching practicum, which requires working alongside a highly qualified mentor teacher, full-time, for the entire semester. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty and highly qualified mentor teachers from 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, 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.

Degree Offered

Secondary Education (BAE)
Teachers College, Mary Lou Fulton

Polytechnic campus, Tempe campus, West campus, ASU@TheGilaValley, ASU@Yuma

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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
Education Administrators, Postsecondary8.7%$88,390
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 4%$77,020
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Instructional Designers and Technologists 7%$61,550
Instructional Coordinators7%$61,550
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Distance Learning Coordinators 4%$77,020
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program6.6%$45,260
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School5.8%$89,540
Tutors 6.8%

* 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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