Bachelor of Science 
Secondary Education

Secondary Education at Greenville University 

A Bachelor of Science in secondary education will prepare and license you for a career in teaching students from grades 9-12. As a secondary education major, you'll take professional education credits dispersed with the content specialization courses you need to pursue a teaching career in your chosen area of study.

You can choose from the following options: 

Biology 

As a biology education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach science, particularly biology, at the secondary level. Our biology courses focus on environmental biology and laboratory research including cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology, and recombinant DNA technology. 

Chemistry 

As a chemistry education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach science, particularly chemistry, at the secondary level. Our chemistry courses incorporate studies in geology, physics, environmental science, biology, and laboratory research. 

English Language Arts 

As an English language arts education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach common English subjects like composition and literature at the secondary level. Our English courses focus on experiencing and analyzing the diversity and depth of literature in the English language; investigating the origins of that language; cultivating exceptional writing skills in academic, professional, and creative contexts; and reading texts within a global context. 

History 

As a History Education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach common English subjects like Composition and Literature at the secondary level. Our English courses focus on experiencing and analyzing the diversity and depth of literature in the English language; investigating the origins of that language; cultivating exceptional writing skills in academic, professional, and creative contexts; and reading texts within a global context. This coursework is interspersed with your education courses, helping you learn to integrate the two disciplines. 

Mathematics

As a mathematics education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Our mathematics courses focus on mathematics as well as natural and computer science. 

Physics 

As a physics education major, you will gain the experience and education you need to teach science, particularly physics, at the secondary level. Our physics courses focus on natural science and mathematics as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes.

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90% job placement
Ninety percent of graduates from Greenville University’s School of Education find work in the field of education within the first year after graduation.
99% pass rate on edTPA
Students at GU currently have a 99% pass rate on the edTPA, a high-stakes test required in the State of Illinois for licensure.
300 classroom hours
Acquire more than 300 hours of experience in classroom from rural to urban settings.

Why GU

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Gateways ECE credential. Greenville University is a Gateways to Opportunity entitled institution for the ECE credential levels 2,3,4, and 5.

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Character education. Earn nationally recognized certification in character education from Character Plus and learn to educate the whole child.

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Fully accredited. Our School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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Double licensure. Complete double licensure requirements for early childhood and elementary education in a four-year bachelor's degree program. Double licensure allows teachers to work with students from birth through grade 6 in public schools, providing a wide range of opportunities.

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Secondary Education, BS Success Story

Success Stories

The education program at GU has equipped me to be a lifelong learner. With small class sizes, professors that care, and ample opportunities to gain real-life classroom experience, I feel confident in my skills and abilities going into my own classroom. Because of Greenville, I will be able to shape the future of education.

-Sidney Webster

Program Requirements

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.