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Degree Information

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
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • 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.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Secondary Education Residency Requirements

The Department of Secondary Education enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Requirements

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.nesinc.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).