Through the Secondary Education undergraduate major, you will gain licensure as a teacher at high school grade levels (8-12) in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Political Science/Political Philosophy or History.
You're eager to work with high school students - educating them, challenging them, and mentoring them as they transition toward adulthood.
Through the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education program, an understanding of the psychology of adolescence will help guide teaching techniques, materials and curricula to meet students needs at this stage of development. Your coursework will give you experience with adolescents of varying ages and subjects. You will also learn invaluable strategies and techniques paramount to working with high school students.
As a Secondary Education major you will gain classroom experience three times over the course of your program. You will complete a one-day a week practicum in your first and third year. In your senior year you will complete a semester long experience in a secondary educational setting. These experiences will expose you to a wide variety of education settings, age groups, and diverse learning needs.
You will have the opportunity to pursue optional education specializations, which provide in-depth study in the teaching of specific curricula, subject matter, and/or populations. These specializations are designed to enhance your professional qualifications, but they do not lead to additional teacher licenses. These specializations include:
“I had great field experiences at Lesley…I was able to look at a wide variety of classroom and school types. By the time senior year Practicum placement came along, I had ideas and options in mind, which helped me get into an ideal school! “
- Jordan Murphy (Class of 2014)
Additional courses in curriculum, instruction and assessment vary depending on the selected liberal arts major (History, Political Science, Mathematics or English)
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