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Secondary Education

In addition to the Teacher Education Program, which will prepare you as a teacher, you’ll specialize in teaching one or more subject areas at a secondary level.

After you’ve completed Level 1 coursework and been formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program, you’ll pursue certification in secondary education. As a secondary education candidate, you will:

  • Complete Level 2 and 3 coursework and clinical experiences for the Teacher Education Program.
  • Complete coursework in a major and a minor.
  • Pursue any additional minors or endorsements.

Subject Areas

Click the links below to download major and minor course requirements for each subject area offered through the Secondary Education track. 

Subject Areas Major Course Requirements Worksheets Minor Course Requirements Worksheets
Biology Biology Major Biology Minor
Chemistry Chemistry Major Chemistry Minor

Major/Minor cannot be  declared after January 1, 2018
Dance Major (K–12) Dance Minor
English English Major English Minor
French French Major French Minor
Geology/Earth Science Geology/Earth Science Major Geology/Earth Science Minor
German German Major  
Health Education

Minor cannot be  declared after Spring 2019. a new combined health and physical education major worksheet is provided below
  Health Education Minor
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION Health and Physical Education Major  
History History Major History Minor
Integrated Science Group† ISG Major with Biology Minor
ISG Major with Chemistry Minor
ISG Major with Geology Minor
ISG Major with Physics Minor
Kinesiology/Physical Education*

Major/Minor cannot be  declared after Spring 2019.   a new combined health and physical education major worksheet is provided above
Kinesiology/Physical Education (K–12) Major Kinesiology/Physical Education Minor
Latin Latin Major Latin Minor
Mathematics Mathematics Major Mathematics Minor
Music* Music Instrumental (K–12) Major

Music Vocal (K–12) Major
Physics Physics Major Physics Minor
Political Science   Political Science Minor
Psychology   Psychology Minor
Social Studies Group Social Studies Group Major
SSG Major with History Minor
SSG Major with Political Science Minor
Spanish* Spanish Major
Spanish (K–12) Major
Special Education*

Special Education – Emotional Impairments (K–12) Major§

Special Education – Learning Disabilities (K–12) Major§

Freshman 2019 Special Education Emotional Impairments (K-12)

Freshman 2019 Special Education Learning Disabilities (K-12)

Freshman 2019 Special Education LD and EI combined (K-12)

Visual Arts Education* Visual Arts Education (K–12) Major  
major offers K–12 teaching certification
† major must be paired with a minor in biology, chemistry, geology or physics
‡ major does not require a minor
§ major includes required planned program minor in either math or English

Additional Endorsements

Hope College offers a K–12 endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language to all elementary and secondary track students. Earning this 22 credit-hour endorsement and completing MTTC Test 086 certifies you to teach in an ESL classroom setting, enhancing your marketability. Coursework is in addition to requirements for your major and minor and cannot be declared as a stand-alone minor. Download the ESL course requirement worksheet.

Teacher Certification

All program requirements must be completed for students to be recommended for a teaching certificate in the State of Michigan. Learn more about certification requirements.