Major in Secondary Education (B.A.S.)

Our secondary education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades 7-12. Students majoring in secondary education select a double major in one of the following content areas: biology, English literature, French, history, mathematics or Spanish. Students should consult the department website pertinent to the double major of their choice for information regarding specific course requirements.

It is recommended that biology majors seek certification in general science, which requires two physics courses (including a calculus prerequisite) and two chemistry courses.

To earn the bachelor's degree, students take a minimum of 15 education courses (40 credits).

Required courses:

  • SCD101: Introduction to American Education
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities
  • SCD212: Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  • SCD220: Adolescent Development and Theories of Learning
  • SCD298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society I
  • SCD299: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society II
  • SCD300: Methods Portfolio
  • SCD320: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD321: Practicum for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School I
  • SCD322: Practicum for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School II
  • SCD323: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School II
  • SCD410: Classroom Management
  • SCD432: Student Teaching Seminar
  • SCD440: Practicum in Secondary Education
  • SCD441: Secondary Student Teaching

Secondary education majors are encouraged to consider a study abroad program. Students who study abroad are eligible for exemption from SCD299: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society II or SCD322: Practicum for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the Secondary School II.