Why Study Secondary Education?

The Secondary Education Program provides IU Southeast candidates instruction on enhancing school age children’s education beyond the elementary level to teach in middle, junior high, or high school. Candidates will choose one major in which to focus their studies; language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.

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The IU Southeast School of Education offers interested candidates a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. The B.S. in Secondary Education is designed to prepare candidates with their initial teacher licensing in the middle school, junior high, and high school setting in both Indiana and Kentucky.

The Secondary Program is based on standards set forth by the Indiana Office of Educator Licensing and Development, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The Program currently offers four secondary majors:

Language Arts



  • Life
  • Earth/Space
  • Physical (licensing only available for Indiana not Kentucky)
  • Chemistry

Social Studies(Historical Perspectives, Government & Citzenship, and Geographical Perspectives sections mandatory; the below areas may be added with additional coursework)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics

Candidates may add other teaching areas to one of the four primary areas. These majors can also be added to a teaching license as a teaching minor. Indiana candidates may also earn a teaching minor in: Spanish, French, German, Physics, Journalism, and Theatre Arts. Kentucky does not grant a license based on teaching minors.

Candidates may purse a major in Secondary Education once they have completed 12 credit hours (excluding developmental courses) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and minimum grade of C in ENG-W 131, and have declared Secondary Education as their major candidates are then advised by Program Faculty.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of EDUC-F200 with an earned a grade of at least 2.0 (C) and have a GPA in professional education courses of at least 2.75
  • Completion of the communications courses (i.e., ENG-W131, SPCH-S121, ENG-G207, and ENG-W270, ENG-W290 or ENG-W350) with no grade less than 2.0 (C) and a GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completion of a degree specific required level mathematics course MATH-M114 or higher with a grade of at least 2.0 (C)
  • Hold an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Hold at least a grade of 2.0 (C) in each course in licensing area(s) and overall GPA in each licensing area of at least 2.75
  • Passing scores on CASA or other state-approved alternatives based on Indiana standards (ACT Composite Score of 24 or SAT Score Total of 1100 on Verbal and Math )
  • Acceptable recommendations from instructors and field experience teachers in EDUC-F200
  • Submit a completed application to the Secondary Education Program SEP with a copy of the test scores

Please see the Bulletin for more detailed information on each major offered.

Both Indiana and Kentucky, as well as other states, require passing scores on designated subject area competency tests--Pearson-Pedagogy and Content Area Assessment (Indiana) and Praxis II (Kentucky)--before granting a teaching license. Registration for the tests is through www.in.nesino.com/ETS. Our Secondary program requires passing scores before Student Teaching.

Consult with the Secondary Licensing Advisor to ensure the proper tests are taken.

Indiana Licensing Requirements

Kentucky Licensing Requirements

The KY Education Professional Standards Board announced in the last week of June, 2012, that applicants for a KY “Statement of Eligibility”, who complete their coursework at an out-of-state institution (including IU Southeast), must first acquire a license from that institution’s state, and provide a copy of that license with their application for the KY license. (For an IN license, graduates must have the proper CPR/AED/Heimlich certification, suicide prevention training, pass the necessary IN Pearson-Pedagogy and Content Area Assessment test(s), and apply and pay for an IN license.)

Program Completion Requirements

To be eligible to graduate, candidates must meet all of the requirements for Summative Decision Point IV (Information also listed on the back of Advising  Sheet PDFs below under Forms & Manuals) as listed below:

  • Completed and satisfactorily passed all coursework in professional education including Specific Methods and Student Teaching with no grade less than a 2.0 (C) and GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed all coursework in general education with appropriate grades
  • Completed all coursework in major with no grade less than a 2.0 (C) and with GPA of at least 2.75
  • Overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completion of an acceptable portfolio
  • Earned at least 120 semester hours (not counting developmental courses such as ENG-W 100, MATH-M 006, M 007, etc. and repeated courses).
View descriptions of our courses to learn specific information about the class. Most of the course descriptions list the number of credit hours earned and any prerequisites for the class. Please see the Bulletin for more detailed information.


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Kevin Sue Bailey
Coordinator of Secondary Education
Phone: (812) 941-2624
Office Location: HH 0014
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C. Bradford Griggs
Assistant Professor
Phone: (812) 941-2951
Office Location: HH 0011
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James Hollenbeck
Phone: (812) 941-2360
Office Location: LF 249
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David Losey
Phone: (812) 941-2310
Office Location: HH 0007
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Alan Zollman
Phone: (812) 941-2697
Office Location: LF 247
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