Program at a glance

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How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a secondary education degree program?

The secondary education program offers students a strong liberal arts education with emphasis in the particular academic discipline in which the student will be teaching. The Secondary Education program leads to a bachelor's degree in the College of Education and Human Development. Students have the option of combining this with a degree in their content area-sometimes requiring no increase in the total credits required.

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.

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Areas of emphasis in the secondary education program

  • Bachelor of arts in secondary education

    Students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education in the College of Education and Human Development. Within the B.A. secondary education major, students will major in art.

    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. Students will also gain a background in the foundations of secondary education, methods for instruction in the academic disciplines, a 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.

    Graduates of this program must complete a semester-long internship to meet state licensure requirements and be prepared to teach a specific subject in grades 7-12 in Nevada.

  • Bachelor of science in secondary education

    Students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in secondary education in the College of Education and Human Development. Within the Secondary Education B.S. degree, students can choose to major in business education or physical education. Graduates of this program must complete a semester-long internship to meet state licensure requirements and be prepared to teach a specific subject in grades 7-12 in Nevada.

    Students have the option of combining this with a degree in their content area - sometimes requiring no increase in the total credits required. Those interested in working toward secondary teacher licensure in agricultural sciences, atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, community health sciences, environmental science, geography, mathematics (B.A. or B.S.), microbiology & immunology, and physics must do so through the NevadaTeach Program.

  • Secondary Education Minor

    The minor in secondary education is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option while simultaneously completing a major in their chosen content area. Attaining a teaching credential at the 7th – 12th grade levels in the State of Nevada requires that the secondary major be completed.

  • Special Education Minor

    The Special Education minor is offered to undergraduates majoring in Secondary Education and/or pursuing a teaching license in secondary education, or as additional credits upon completion of the requirements for an undergraduate degree in an established discipline. The courses in the Special Education minor are required for the Nevada Special Education Generalist Teaching License.

  • Post-baccalaureate program in secondary education

    The Post Baccalaureate Program in Secondary Education Teacher Licensure enables students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than education to become licensed to teach in Nevada. Before applying to the Post Baccalaureate Program in Secondary Education Teacher Licensure, students should consult the Secondary Masters First-Time Licensure manual to determine which option is most appropriate. Some or all of the graduate credits earned in the Post Baccalaureate Program in Secondary Education Teacher Licensure may be transferred into a Secondary M.Ed. Program should the student decide to apply to such a program at a later date.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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