SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Secondary Education major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Dwight Haun, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Education
(417) 328-2043

Visit the Department of Education website for more information.

Secondary education requires intensive study within the content area.

Certification in secondary education consists of completion of an academic major in which initial certification is sought and completion of professional education requirements. A second area of certification is suggested.

Specific course requirements for obtaining certificates to teach in subject matter areas are established by the department involved in cooperation with the Department of Education. These requirements are based on minimum standards issued by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Available certification areas are:

  • Art K-12 (K-9 as second area of certification)
  • Biology 9-12
  • Chemistry 9-12
  • English 9-12
  • General Science 9-12 (as second area of certification)
  • Health K-12, 9-12, (K-9 as second area of certification)
  • Mathematics 9-12
  • Music (Instrumental, Vocal) K-12
  • Physical Education K-12, 9-12 (K-9 as second area of certification)
  • Social Science 9-12
  • Spanish K-9 (as second area of certification)
  • Speech Communication and Theatre Communication 9-12
  • Unified science: Biology 9-12 (certificate) and Chemistry 9-12 (certificate)

Degree Requirements

Certification in secondary education consists of completion of an academic major in which initial certification is sought and completion of professional education requirements.

EDU 2113 Educational Psychology
Study of social and behavioral theory, including the nature of educational psychology, measurement, personality, the classroom as a social system, learning and instruction.
EDU 2141 Field Experience Level 1 in Secondary School
Forty-five clock hours of supervised practical experience in the classroom at the secondary level.
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education
The course presents major issues of schooling and education basic to professional preparation. Areas included are philosophy, history of American education, administration, governance, finance, legal aspects, social issues, use of technology in instruction, and current topics in the field.
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators
Develops teachers who are able to apply technology skills and strategies in a variety of personal and professional functions including the development of an electronic portfolio, to effectively use media to maximize student learning, and to use a wide variety of media and technological systems in teaching and evaluation of student learning. Because the student teaching portfolio is developed in this class, this course is designed for elementary education majors in their sophomore year and for middle and secondary education teacher candidates during their junior or senior years before student teaching.
EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction
This course will emphasize examining and implementing teaching methods, developing critical thinking skills, analyzing learners and the learning process, refining communication skills, and constructing curriculum. EDU 3333 must be taken at SBU.
EDU 3341 Field Experience Level 2 in the Secondary School
Minimum of forty-five clock hours of supervised practical experience in the classroom at the secondary school level. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 3333.
EDU 3613 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Designed to assist middle school/junior high and/or secondary teachers in the use of functional reading strategies which enable students to use reading as a tool to learn in various content areas.
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management - Secondary
An examination of current and past principles of classroom management will be examined in light of biblical, theoretical, and philosophical assumptions concerning humankind. Modern theories of discipline will be evaluated as to effectiveness and will be contrasted with historical views of schooling and education. It is intended that teacher candidates will be challenged to contemplate methods of instructing and modeling behavior (proactively) instead of simply responding (reactively) to inappropriate student actions. Wisdom and virtue, the cornerstones of any education, will be discussed as goals versus simply controlling and conforming behavior.
EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar
This course is designed as a seminar/discussion section to accompany the student teaching clinical experiences of EDU 4929, 4939, 4949 and 4959. Students will refine their skills as reflective practitioners through a variety of experiences that focus on contemporary problems and issues in the field of education.
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners
Study of the principles of assessment from organizing the classroom as a social setting, to planning and conducting instruction based on sound objectives, to the formal assessment of student learning, to grading students and finally to interpreting standardized tests and statewide assessments.
EDU 4842 Teaching Diverse Learners
Mentally, emotionally and physically exceptional children are studied. Diagnosis and methods of teaching gifted, mentally retarded, visual and sound-impaired, learning disabled and physically handicapped children and children with communication and behavior problems are included.
EDU 4949 Student Teaching in the Secondary 9-12 School or EDU 4959 Student Teaching in the K-12 School
Observation, participation and directed teaching in public schools.
EDU 45_ Methods of Teaching in the Content Area
Choose one of the following:
PSY 4033 Adolescent Development
A study of the development processes of the adolescent, beginning at puberty and continuing through late adolescence.
PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development
A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes including physiological, psychological and sociological influences and effects.