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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. Use the advising plans, where they are provided, to assist you in creating a 4-year plan that can then be entered into Degree Works. You can learn more about using the Degree Works planning tools by visiting the Registrar Office's Degree Works Information Page.

Subject Areas Major Course Requirements Worksheets Minor/endorsement Course Requirements Worksheets Advising Plan
Biology Biology Major Biology Minor Science
Chemistry Chemistry Major Chemistry Minor Science

Major/Minor cannot be  declared after January 1, 2018
Dance Major (K–12) Dance Minor  
English English Major English Minor English
French French Major French Minor World Languages
Geology/Earth Science Geology/Earth Science Major Geology/Earth Science Minor Science
German German Major   World Languages
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 Social Studies
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 World Languages
Mathematics Mathematics Major Mathematics Minor Mathematics
Music* Music Instrumental (K–12) Major

Music Vocal (K–12) Major
Physics Physics Major Physics Minor Science
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

  Social Studies
Spanish* Spanish Major
Spanish (K–12) Major
  World Languages
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
**cannot be declared as a stand alone minor

† 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

 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.