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Bachelor of Science in Education — Concentration in Secondary Education

Are you ready to have the kind of mission-driven career that’s centered on shaping young lives every day? Students in grades 6 through 12 deserve energetic and creative educators to help them master the secondary school curriculum. Would that be a rewarding and enriching career for you?

The AUM Secondary Education degree program will prepare you to teach at the middle- and high-school levels.

You’ll also have 150 hours of practical teaching experience before graduation. Hands-on field experience is included with each methods course and you’ll go to area schools and work with experienced teachers to practice what you have learned.

You will concentrate your studies in these areas:

  • English/Language Arts
  • History/Social Sciences

You’ll learn under internationally recognized AUM faculty who have won awards such as the Excellence in Teaching award from Sigma Alpha Pi, Primary School Teacher of the Year award from Montgomery Public Schools, the College of Education Excellence in Teaching award, and more.

To prepare, you’ll go from our classroom to your own classroom with a practicum under expert supervision in one of our local schools. You’ll also perform an internship under a local expert teacher and gain hundreds of hours of supervised field experiences in local schools to practice what you’re learning in your teaching methods courses.

Learn more about professional education requirements, teacher certification and other program information. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with a College of Education academic advisor.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Secondary Education degree from AUM

We Prepare You For Lifelong Learning

The best teachers are curious and develop a love of learning. Throughout your career, you’ll stay current with subject knowledge and changes in education—both informally and through professional development classes and conferences.

We Show You How To Give Back

When you are a teacher, you contribute to your community in a meaningful way. If you are driven by the desire to help those around you, being a teacher is an invaluable contribution.

We Believe In Hands-On Learning

You’ll get practical, hands-on experience through an internship under a local expert teacher, and via field experiences in local schools.

We Help You Share Your Optimism

A teacher should not be a “glass half empty” type of person. Teachers have to be resilient and diligent, and the reason is because the students’ futures depend on it. Optimism is a key element to becoming a successful teacher.

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Points of Pride

  • Faculty in this program have experience teaching in the 6-12 school environment, giving students unique access to their experience and expertise.
    You’ll learn in small class sizes and have access to your professors for a more personalized experience.
  • You’ll gain 100+ hours of hands-on teaching experience before your final internship. Practical field experience is included with each methods course. Students go to area schools with their professors and work with experienced teachers and then have a chance to practice what they are learning.
  • The accreditation of the College of Education is by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and all its programs are approved by the Alabama Department of Education.
  • To improve the quality of education in the area, and enhance career opportunities for our graduates, the College of Education partners with more than 150 surrounding schools and organizations.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Kirby Johnston Farr teaches eighth-grade Social Studies at Auburn Junior High School.
  • Rebecca Maushard teaches eighth-grade Language Arts at R.B. Hudson Middle School.

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There are several reasons. There’s a growing demand for teachers. You have an opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of emerging adults. You’ll have the satisfaction of contributing to your community. And, you’ll have a never-ending outlet for your creativity!

Unlike elementary school teachers, 6-12 teachers typically specialize in one subject. This allows you to delve deeper into subjects that interest you. Also, since lesson plans tend to be repeated throughout the day, you can focus on projects and other interesting activities for the students.

Needed skills are communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy and patience. Other characteristics include an engaging classroom presence, an emphasis on real-world learning experiences, and a lifelong love of learning.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Secondary Education right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
High School TeacherBachelor’s degree8% (As fast as average)$62,870
Middle School TeacherBachelor’s degree7% (As fast as average)$60,810
Instructional CoordinatorMaster’s degree10% (As fast as average)$66,970

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Education

At the AUM College of Education, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include  the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Counselor, Leadership and Special Education.

To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Secondary Education Degree

Bachelor of Science in Education — Concentration in Secondary Education


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

Secondary Education

Courses Include

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, education, and electives. Contact the College of Education for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this track requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
SCED 4000Principles of Teaching in Diverse EnvironmentsAn introduction to basic principles of teaching, including planning, classroom environments and relationship skills; teaching strategies for diverse student abilities; multicultural education; professionalism and classroom management.
SCED 4050Classroom Management and Teaching in Middle and Secondary SchoolsAdolescents learn differently than other people. This course deals with  teaching methods and evaluation of learning in the 6-12 setting. This course offers class learning and field experience to apply what you learn.
FNDS 4800Measurement & EvaluationMethods, procedures and evaluative instruments for determining teaching effectiveness, pupil learning, an attainment of educational goals in cognitive, psychomotor and affective areas.
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