Secondary Education

As a Secondary Education major at Wilkes University, you can change the future of every student in your future classroom. Prepare to teach grades seven to 12 in this program leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education secondary certification.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus Varies by Concentration

Why Study Secondary Education at Wilkes?

Class work, mentoring by experienced education faculty, and field experiences as early as your second semester will give you the tools and practice you need to become a successful educator who can make a difference in the lives of your students.

Couple the Secondary Education major or minor with one of nine required content area majors that will qualify you to teach a particular subject at the high school level. This double major or minor will combine to give you the qualifications to distinguish yourself in a public or private school classroom.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a Secondary Education Student?

  • Develop skills in assessment and classroom management.
  • Learn methods and strategies to differentiate instruction and put into practice a variety of educational strategies to teach students with varied needs and learning styles.
  • Gain skills and knowledge of practices that include students with special needs into the general education classroom.
  • Cultivate collaboration and communication skills in field experiences.
  • Learn to be flexible and work with many different personalities.
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Program Highlights

Professional Development Schools

Wilkes partners in Professional Development Schools with a local public school district and a private school to give you the opportunity to work with professional classroom teachers and connect theory with practice even before your student teaching experience.

Arizona Partnership

A unique collaboration with Casa Grande School District in Arizona opens doors for you to student-teach in the sunny Southwest. Several Wilkes graduates have accepted full-time teaching positions as a result of the partnership.

One-on-One Attention

You’ll enjoy focused advising and mentoring from our highly qualified, student-centered faculty. Professors get to know your aspirations and help you find a path to reach your goals.

Content Area Majors

Secondary Education majors will choose one of these specializations:

Secondary Education majors specializing in English, history, mathematics and Spanish can complete the secondary education major in eight semesters. Other content area majors may require coursework beyond eight semesters.

Any of these content area majors may also be coupled with the secondary education minor, providing you with two pathways to prepare for secondary certification.

Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to Wilkes University is only the first step in gaining acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Contact the Department of Education coordinator of the secondary education program as soon as possible during the first semester of your freshman year.

The Secondary Education Program Sequence of Studies outlines course prerequisites and requirements. Please refer to the University Bulletin for additional requirements.

Careers & Outcomes

Schools across the country need exceptional educators, and Wilkes students are competitive candidates who are well-equipped to meet their needs.

Recent Employers:

  • Casa Grande School District, Arizona
  • School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
  • Wilkes-Barre Area School District, Pennsylvania
  • Wiscasset School Department, Maine
  • Wyoming Area School District, Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming Valley West School District, Pennsylvania

My observational/teaching experiences solidified the fact that I knew I was meant to teach, while working in the lab, community outreach experiences and research opportunities really broadened my understanding and welcoming to teach all different kinds of subjects under the umbrella of STEM.

Seth Platukas '20 - Secondary Education and Biology

Major or Minor?

Both the secondary education major and the secondary education minor will prepare you to teach grades seven to 12 in a public or private school.

The secondary education major includes two additional education courses that will give you a more in-depth background in assessment and classroom management. The added assessment skills coupled with 40 additional hours of field experience in a secondary classroom will add value to your Wilkes education and your résumé, all for only 7 more credits.

When deciding whether to major or minor in secondary education, consider your schedule and the timeframe in which you plan to reach your educational goals. Certain content area majors require more than eight semesters to complete the secondary education major.

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