Guide teens by teaching them and helping them find their interests, now and for their
High school is a critical time of education – and teaching students during their teen
years has its challenges and rewards. When you earn your Secondary Education degree
from UND, you’ll learn how to effectively teach life skills and knowledge for students
in 7th through 12th grade.
Est. time to complete:
Why earn a secondary education degree?
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
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
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
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
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
T&L 350. Development and Education of the Adolescent. 3 Credits.
A comprehensive examination of the characteristics and behavior of the adolescent student with implications for curriculum and instruction in the junior/middle and high schools. Topics covered will be transition from childhood to adolescence, including cognitive development, self-concept, physiological changes, social needs and values, and values and attitudes of adolescents. This course will provide an understanding of the wide range of differences in developmental patterns of children and the influences of economic, sociological and psychological factors in development. An additional 10 hour field experience is required for the course. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program and T&L 250. F.
T&L 432. Learning Environments. 3 Credits.
The purpose of this class is to study psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence classroom behavior and to examine elements that contribute to a positive learning environment. An additional 15 hour field experience is required for the course over a three-week period. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. F,S.
T&L 433. Multicultural Education. 3 Credits.
This course takes an anthropological view of multicultural education. In this course, we will learn how to serve students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We will discuss how students' needs should be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity, language, and culture that students bring to class must be viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit. The activities and materials presented in this course will teach you how to be respectful of diversity (gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, race, language, and culture). Through class activities, readings, discussions, guest speakers and reflection, you will better understand the needs and perspectives of culturally diverse classrooms and it prepares you to teach about cultural diversity. This class examines several cultures including Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, as well as populations making up our New American community members who have arrived as refugees. It also explores diversity that exists aside from race and culture. This course will assist you in gaining deeper insight into your own backgrounds and belief systems and how it impacts your views and perspectives on working and interacting with individuals who come from a different cultural background. Note: This course requires you to complete 10 hours of field experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. F,S,SS.
T&L 339. Educational Technology. 2 Credits.
Students will demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts and operations that not only support classroom curriculum but provide an avenue for continuing professional development. Students will learn to apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. The class will help students understand the social, ethical, legal and human issues that surround the use of technology in PK-12 schools. F,S,SS.
T&L 345. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. 3 Credits.
A general curriculum development and instruction course designed for the undergraduate pre-service middle school and/or secondary teacher across all disciplines. It introduces and provides practice in planning, multiple instructional strategies, and methods of formal and informal assessment. It considers the impact of historical foundations, teaching philosophy, discipline standards, knowledge of diverse learners and special needs, and technology on curriculum development. Prerequisites: T&L 250. F,S.
T&L 400. Methods and Materials. 3 Credits.
Various teaching methods and strategies and the materials used in teaching in a subject area. (Some Methods and Materials courses carry an academic department prefix and number. The number of methods courses required by a department may vary. Consult with an adviser.) Some offered F only; some F,S. See adviser. Prerequisites: T&L 250 and T&L 345, and admission to the Teacher Education program. Corequisites: T&L 486. Repeatable to 18.00 credits. F,S.
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