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Secondary Education

Major Information

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. 

General Information

GPA Requirement: 2.5

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education: Secondary Education

Areas of Certification:

  • Grades 6-12: Biology, English, Chemistry, Physics, History, Mathematics

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Curriculum Specialist*
  • Educational Administrator/Principal*
  • Educational Researcher*
  • Educational Resource Coordinator
  • Grant Writer
  • Guidance Counselor*
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructor, College/University*
  • Librarian*
  • 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

Sample Employers

  • 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:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2
bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

Salary.Com

www.salary.com

Professional Organizations

Association of Teacher Educators 

https://ate1.org/

Georgia Association of Educators 

http://www.gae.org

Professional Association of Georgia Educators www.pageinc.org

National Association of Educators 

www.nea.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators (SPAGE)

Professional Tips

  • 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. 

Résumé Tips

  • 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