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About the Undergraduate 6-12 Certification Programs

Our Secondary Education program builds the future of education in the state of Alabama by preparing teacher candidates in each high school subject area. Secondary Education is unique in that students become masters of both their content discipline and teaching. Troy University provides a unique experience immersive in both content and teacher training for all secondary students. Middle and High School teachers help impact student’s lives through showing them how exciting varying disciplines can be. Often times, teachers are one of the most influential people in a person’s life. Join our group of difference makers today.

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“I have been a part of the College of Education since the fall of my sophomore year, and I have learned so much throughout those two years. Each class is carefully taught by some of the best instructors on Troy’s campus. Because many of them were educators before coming to teach at Troy, they have a passion for teaching and a passion for preparing future educators. They understand the difficulties that come when you are placed to observe at an inner city school, a school that has low funding, or a school that is completely different than the schools you attended yourself. But they also understand that it’s at these placements were you learn to grow outside your comfort zone and see how much you can impact those around you. They are personal, compassionate, give “tough love,” and I know I can go to any one of them if I have any type of problem, personal or professional.”
Bailey Adkins | Social Science Education, 2019

Secondary Education (6-12) Curriculum

While courses may vary from year to year, the curriculum for the secondary education degree typically includes
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Secondary Education

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Careers in Secondary Education

Students with an undergraduate degree in secondary education are able to teach in both middle and high school settings.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Shannon Dadd

Dr. Shannon Dadd

Dr. Shannon Dadd is the Secondary P-12 Coordinator in the College of Education.

Tailor Your Secondary Education Degree with a Concentration

Broaden your career opportunities by choosing a specialization that fits your career goals.
Biology Education

Are you interested in pursuing a career in biology education? Help encourage curiosity and research within new generations of students and future scientists with a bachelor’s in secondary education with a focus in biology.

Learn from the best
TROY’s biology education program provides a balance of core biology principles with upper-level courses in biology, zoology, physiology and environmental sciences/ecology. As a student within the program, you will be taught by a team of knowledgeable and seasoned faculty members from within the worlds of science and education. Your coursework will ensure you are prepared for careers in teaching biological sciences or pursuing graduate studies.

A reputation of excellence
While much of your work will take place within the College of Arts and Sciences, your time spent within the College of Education will prepare you with the skills you need to step into your classroom once you’ve earned your degree. Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues its legacy of excellence by providing students with opportunities to learn through invaluable student-teaching field experiences and top-notch instruction.

Meeting a growing need
With a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Troy University, you’ll be on the pathway to teaching in Alabama’s public, private and charter schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 numbers, primary and secondary teaching positions will grow between 7 and 8 percent nationally within the next 10 years.

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Chemistry Education
Do you dream of sharing your love of chemistry with new generations of young scientists? By earning your bachelor’s degree in chemistry education from Troy University, you’ll be prepared to create a positive reaction within the lives of your future chemistry students.

A noble calling
As a student, you know from experience how important it is for teachers to be passionate and knowledgeable about their chosen subject. At least one teacher probably comes to mind when you think of who has helped further your love of learning. By earning your chemistry education degree from TROY, you could be that teacher in a student’s life.

Prepare for the future
As a chemistry education major, you will find valuable instruction and mentorship within two acclaimed TROY colleges—the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. As you dive into your degree program, you’ll find most of your time will be spent within the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry and Physics. This is where you will have the opportunities to receive training in the theoretical underpinnings of chemistry as well as hands-on experiences that will grow your laboratory skills.

While immersing yourself in your chemistry courses, TROY’s College of Education will prepare you to earn your state-issued certification and begin teaching in a classroom of your own. As a chemistry education major, not only will you have access to knowledgeable, first-rate mentors from both colleges, but you’ll be given real-world opportunities to practice teaching under the supervision of a mentor teacher in schools located in the state of Alabama. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to guide your students in their own academic journeys.

TROY means “excellence”
Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues its legacy of excellence by providing its students with invaluable field experiences and amazing internship opportunities. Troy University graduates entering the field of teaching are recognized as some of the best prepared educators in the Southeast.

Pursue your dream career
With a TROY bachelor’s degree in chemistry education, you’ll be on the pathway to teaching in Alabama’s public and private schools. Graduates of this interdisciplinary offering have also chosen the option to pursue graduate studies or enter the workforce within the industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 numbers, secondary teaching positions will see an 8 percent increase nationally within the next 10 years. The BLS also reports an increase in STEM programs and teaching positions.

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History Education
A knowledge of history helps us address global issues and continually empowers students to create a better world. You can take your love of history and make a difference in today’s world by teaching the next generation. Let Troy University’s bachelor’s in history education teach you about the past to help prepare your students for their futures.

Hands-On Experience
Whether studying abroad or in the classroom, you will get hands-on experience in TROY’s history education degree. In history internships and the archival methods and practices course, you will be introduced to the history and social value of records and archives and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge by working on projects in a museum or at an archival repository. In your research and methodology course, you will learn to master your writing and research skills. In the capstone senior seminar class, you will complete a formal research paper that demonstrates proficiency in research, writing and computer skills.

Preparing You for Success
Before graduating, you will have the opportunity to be a part of the Professional Internship Program, which is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. This program gives you the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a classroom educator and a University supervisor for a semester. This experience will give you all the expertise needed to start your career in secondary education.

Beyond the Classroom
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031. About 77,900 openings for high school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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English/Language Arts Education
Are you a lover of words and books? If your dream career involves imparting your understanding and love for literature and the English language to new generations of students, TROY’s bachelor’s in English/language arts education is a perfect degree for you!

Double the excellence
As an English/language arts education major, you are a member of two academic families — TROY’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and the University’s College of Education—both led by experienced faculty members who want to see you succeed. Within the College of Communication and Fine Arts, you will major in English and take required language arts courses. Your English classes will provide you with opportunities to exercise your grammatical prowess, develop stronger editing skills, dive into classical and modern literature and increase your understanding of linguistics and writing. When you kick-start your degree program, you’ll begin laying a firm academic foundation with American and British literature courses. Later, you’ll be introduced to courses that are designed to continue building your understanding of the English language.

Immerse yourself in the arts
In addition to your English-based coursework, your language arts classes will help you learn to teach English grammar, literature for young adults, English composition and advanced writing to students in grades 6-12. You’ll study the field of theatre for young audiences and gain hands-on experiences in skills related to performance, production, literature, creation and development that you’ll share with future students. You’ll also be given the tools and knowledge necessary for teaching journalism. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach your students how to produce magazine and newspaper layouts, develop copy and/or storyboard for radio and television production, apply techniques of advertising, reporting and editing and the use of current and emerging technology in the production of print and non-print journalism.

A reputation of excellence
While much of your work will take place within the College of Communication and Fine Arts, your time spent within the College of Education will prepare you with the skills you need to step into your classroom once you’ve earned your degree. Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues its legacy of excellence by providing students with opportunities to learn through invaluable student-teaching field experiences and top-notch instruction.

Meeting a growing need
With a bachelor’s degree in English/language arts education from Troy University, you’ll be on the pathway to teaching in Alabama’s public, private and charter schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2018 numbers, primary and secondary teaching positions will grow between 3 and 4 percent nationally within the next 10 years.

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Comprehensive General Science Education
Do you have a love for science and the desire to motivate and educate future generations? Do you have the ability to break down complicated scientific topics into understandable information? There is a crucial need for people with that skill set in our ever-changing, technology-driven world. Let Troy University’s undergraduate degree in general science education prepare you to make a difference within the lives of middle school and high school students.

Best of both colleges
Through pursuing your TROY general science secondary education degree, you will become a part of two families with their own histories steeped in excellence in the classroom. As a student of Troy University’s College of Arts and Sciences, you will work with a diverse group of community educators, students and researchers from across the country and around the world. This experienced team is focused on advancing your knowledge and fostering your critical thinking skills. Inside the College of Education, you will be prepared to earn your state-issued certification and begin teaching in a classroom of your own. Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues its legacy of excellence by providing its students with invaluable field experiences and internship opportunities that translate into real-world classrooms.

Excellence in education
As you work toward your bachelor’s in general science education, you will be immersed in a multidisciplinary program that will help prepare you to teach science courses offered within middle school and high school science programs. You will be given the opportunity to gain a strong background in the basic sciences with classes in physical and life (biological) sciences, earth and space science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics and more. You will also learn how to integrate technology with lesson plans, as well as how to manage a classroom and develop curriculum in order to educate your future students.

Beyond the classroom
Before graduating from TROY with your degree in general science education, you will become a part of the Professional Internship Program, which is the culminating clinical field-based experience for students seeking certification in a teaching field. This program provides you with the opportunity to conduct classes and assume the role of a teacher while receiving supervision from a certified, professional educator and a university supervisor for a semester. By the end of this hands-on learning experience, you will develop the skills needed to enter the teaching field ready to step into your own classroom.

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Mathematics Education
Do you prefer equations and theorems to novels and papers? If numeric puzzles, problem solving and definite answers make you unexplainably happy, you’re definitely “a math person.” Do you desire to pass along your knowledge to others rather than working in finance or business? If the career of your dreams places you in your own classroom showcasing the power of your chosen discipline, TROY’s Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in mathematics education is the program for you!

Understanding + support = success
As you work toward earning your bachelor’s in mathematics education, you’ll find yourself a part of two families — TROY’s Department of Mathematics and College of Education. Within your math courses, you’ll enjoy small class sizes taught by caring and dedicated faculty members and continue to find growth and enjoyment of mathematics. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on faculty-mentored projects and give presentations that will prepare you to share your understanding with future students.

As a member of TROY’s College of Education family, you’ll be prepared to earn your state-issued certification and begin teaching in a classroom of your own. Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues its legacy of excellence by providing its students with invaluable field experiences and amazing internship opportunities. As a mathematics education student, you’ll have access to faculty advisors in the Department of Mathematics and within the College of Education. These professional educators have experience teaching at the secondary level and can help prepare you for your career as an educator.

What to expect
The mathematics curriculum tailored to the mathematics education program has been created to build your skills and abilities through theoretical and applied courses that allow you and your fellow students to engage in mathematics through problem solving, projects, critical and abstract thinking, logical reasoning, computer programming experience, statistical analysis skills and the application of these skills to real-world problems. Likewise, the education curriculum portion of this program provides invaluable coursework and experiences within local secondary schools’ classrooms. These rich and varied field experiences allow you to develop the best practices in mathematics education and prepare you to become a master teacher within your discipline.

You are needed
Mathematics teachers are in high demand nationally and throughout the Southeast. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national projected growth rate for all secondary teachers is 4 percent. However, the BLS projects teachers of mathematics “should have better job prospects.”

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Social Science Education
Do you dream of equipping new generations of students with a solid comprehension of society? Take your appreciation of social science to the next level by earning your bachelor's in social science education from Troy University!

Double your resources
By pursuing your undergraduate degree in social science education, you will dive further into analyzing and understanding the social issues of the world and help future students take on the 21st century. TROY's College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences will equip you with the resources and knowledge necessary to teach and influence your own classroom. As you learn, you'll receive a top-notch education from knowledgeable and dedicated faculty members who share a desire to see you succeed.

A reputation of excellence
As a social science education major, you'll learn how to analyze and apply critical and creative thinking to societal issues. Your courses will also focus on the areas of technology and interdisciplinary perspectives that can be used to solve practical problems in today's world. As you progress through your degree program, you'll have opportunities to explore the disciplines of anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, history, economics and political science. Through your deeper understanding of these subjects, you'll learn methodologies to teach middle and high school students how to understand and contribute to society in meaningful ways.

While much of your time will be spent within the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Social Sciences and Leadership, you'll also become a member of TROY's College of Education family where you'll be prepared to earn your state-issued certification and begin teaching in a classroom of your own. Founded in 1887 with the mission of training future teachers, TROY continues is legacy of excellence by providing students with opportunities to learn through invaluable student-teaching field experiences and top-notch instruction.

Opportunities abound!
With a bachelor's degree in social science education from Troy University, you'll be on the pathway to teaching in Alabama's public, private and charter schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2018 numbers, primary and secondary teaching positions will grow between 3 and 4 percent nationally within the next 10 years.

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