The Secondary Education Program is committed to preparing teachers who are able to meet the challenges of today's classrooms. The teacher education faculty provides an educational program that enables students to: develop a strong foundation of knowledge about teaching and learning; display a love of learning; value democracy and pluralism; and engage in reflective practice about one's growth as a teacher.
To accomplish this, the program offers students: A strong liberal arts education with emphasis in the particular academic discipline in which the student will be teaching; background in the foundations of secondary education; methods for instruction in the academic disciplines; background in educational psychology and human development; methods for educating culturally diverse and special needs populations; methods for effective use of technology in instructional settings; and experience teaching in public schools.
The Secondary Education program leads to a Bachelor's of Arts or Science in the College of Education (120 undergraduate credits). You have the option of combing this with a degree in your content area-sometimes requiring no increase in the total credits required. Graduates of this program must complete an additional internship semester (following graduation) to meet licensure requirement and be prepared to teach a specific subject in grades 7-12 in Nevada. You are able to select a teaching major (in a field such as Math, English, Social Studies, General Sciences, etc.). See the four-year plan for the Secondary Education major (PDF). See the University Catalog College of Education section.
Please Note: Our teacher licensure programs prepare students for a Nevada Teacher's License, which is available ONLY to persons holding U. S. citizenship or a valid work permit/green card. International students not meeting this requirement may earn any of our degrees, but are not eligible for a Nevada teaching license. International students are urged to work closely with their academic advisors to ensure their programs meet their professional goals.