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.

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(select Historical Perspectives plus two other areas below)

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Government and Citizenship
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Geographical Perspectives

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 as their major.  

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 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., W131, S121, G207, and W270, W290 or W350) with no grade less than 2.0 (C) and a GPA of at least 2.75;
  • Completion of a mathematics course M118 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 average in each licensing area of at least 2.75
  • Passing scores on Praxis I (PPST) based on the Indiana standards
  • Acceptable recommendations from instructors and field experience teachers in F200
  • Submitted a completed application to the SEP with a copy of the Praxis I scores

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

Praxis Testing

Both Indiana and Kentucky, as well as other states, require passing scores on designated subject area competency tests--Praxis 2--before granting a teaching license. Registration for the tests is through ETS. Our Secondary program requires passing scores before Student Teaching.

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

Indiana requirements

Kentucky requirements

Program Completion Requirements

To be eligible to graduate, candidates must meet all of the requirements for Summative Decision Point IV 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 130 semester hours (not counting developmental courses such as ENG W100, MATHM006, M007, etc. and repeated courses).
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