The College of Education’s Department of Middle and Secondary Education offers undergraduate teacher preparation certification programs to prepare students to teach in K-8 schools, middle schools, or high schools. Certification is in grade levels 6-12. Students learn to teach a specific content area and a broad set of courses. They also learn to plan lessons and design projects that both motivate and challenge students.
Teachers can have a great impact on the social, personal, and intellectual development of individuals. Their influence stems from a love of learning; a talent for awakening students to new modes of thinking; an understanding of the human development process; and professional skills. Teachers can be found in almost every sector of society, and they instruct a wide range of topics. While specific course requirements vary among disciplines, most teachers will fulfill the academic requirements of a major in a chosen field; be literate in the history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and methodology of education; and have developed initial teaching skills through supervised clinical experiences.
Certification is required for public school teachers (PK-12) in all 50 states. Aspiring teachers who need certification may also enter programs that grant a bachelor’s degree with certification or a master’s degree in education with certification. Some states may also offer alternative teacher certification programs to attract otherwise qualified persons into the field. A Georgia teaching license obtained after your BSEd program is transferable to numerous other states throughout the United States and internationally.
GPA Requirement: 2.5
- Bachelor of Science in Education: Secondary Education
Areas of Certification:
- Grades 6-12: Biology, English, Chemistry, Physics, History, Mathematics
*Requires additional education
- Curriculum Specialist*
- Educational Administrator/Principal*
- Educational Researcher*
- Educational Resource Coordinator
- Grant Writer
- Guidance Counselor*
- High School Teacher
- Instructor, College/University*
- Media Center Specialist*
- Middle School Teacher
- Resource Teacher
- School Psychologist*
- Social Services Worker
- Speech Pathologist*
- Student Personnel Administrator*
- Student Affairs Administrator*
- Student Admissions Administrator*
- Training Specialist
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor*
Sample Work Settings
- Public and Private Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Camps & Youth Services
- Non-Profit Agencies
- Churches & Community Centers
- State and Federal Government Agencies
- Atlanta Public Schools
- Bulloch County
- Bryan County
- Clarke County
- Cobb County
- Columbia County
- Georgia Cyber Academy
- Georgia Virtual School
- Gwinnett County
- Evans County
- Forsyth County
- Fulton County
- Liberty County
- Savannah-Chatham County
- Education and Family Centers
- Various Private Schools
- Henry County
- DeKalb County
Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations
- View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:
- Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:
- Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:
To explore values, interests, and skills:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18
Association of Teacher Educators
Georgia Association of Educators
Georgia Southern Student Organizations
Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE)
- Make the most of your field experiences in the schools and maintain a high level of professionalism.
- Gain various volunteer experiences, especially in areas working with children such as Boys/Girls Club, Special Olympics, etc.
- Join student organizations and seek leadership opportunities such being an FYE Peer Leader.
- Consider partnering with a faculty member for additional research experience.
- Include correct degree title –Bachelor of Science in Education: Secondary Education
- Include either in the Education section or a separate certification section information about passing the GACE.
- Include field experiences and volunteer experience, especially anything working with children.
- Include technology skills such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, etc.
- Education résumés can be 2 pages.
Last updated: 7/26/2022