Why earn a secondary education degree?

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The University of North Dakota offers the most comprehensive selection of Teacher Education majors, minors and endorsements in the state. Our program prepares you to teach in high school classrooms in North Dakota, Minnesota and across the nation.

Through the College of Education & Human Development, in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences, you can:

  • Prepare to be a high school teacher in 11 areas to meet students’ current and future educational needs
  • Learn innovative teaching practices to help students succeed in rural or urban settings
  • Become subject experts in content areas such as English, Sciences, Social Studies, Mathematics, Music, Foreign Languages and Art

You’ll complete a double major earning a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education for high school teacher preparation. You’ll also complete a B.A. or B.S. related to your content area of choice (e.g., English, Mathematics, Chemistry, etc.).

Our courses are designed to provide you with real-world classroom experiences. Your program culminates in a student teaching assignment where you’ll have responsibility for instruction and assessment

Secondary Education Major

  • Teacher Education faculty and staff continue to work with you after graduation. We'll help you complete materials needed to obtain your teaching license and/or endorsement.

  • The Teacher Education Program connects you with local volunteer opportunities at area schools. You'll add to your teaching experience, building your resume, and creating professional networks.

  • As a student in Teacher Education, you’ll be eligible for scholarships through the College of Education & Human Development. As a future science teacher, you may also qualify for state and federal funding such as the TEACH Grant to help offset the cost of your degree.

  • You can get an authentic global perspective on education through Teacher Education at UND by studying abroad. Students have recently taken advantage of study abroad opportunities at universities in Finland, Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway and elsewhere.

  • All teacher education programs at the University of North Dakota are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education is also approved by the North Dakota Educational Standards and Licensing Board.

 What can you do with a secondary education degree?


Secondary Education students pass the Praxis content exam on the first attempt


Secondary Education students pass the Principles of Learning & Teaching Exam on the first attempt

Begin your teaching in high school classrooms at public and private schools in North Dakota, Minnesota and across the nation.

  • Graduates find there is high demand in large cities as well as rural districts.
  • School districts report critical shortages in all content areas, demonstrating a need for teachers throughout the state.

High school teachers typically do the following:

  • Plan lessons and instruct their students in the subject they teach
  • Assess students’ abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Adapt lessons to changes in class size
  • Grade students’ assignments and exams
  • Communicate with parents about students’ progress
  • Work with individual students to challenge them and to improve their abilities
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and administrative policies
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or detention

Secondary Education Courses You Could Take

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