Secondary Education

Prepare for a Career in Education

Teaching adolescents is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers. A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Secondary Education from Union Institute & University prepares you to educate diverse classrooms of students in grades six through 12.

Designed to prepare you to meet teaching certification requirements in the state of Florida, our online degree program provides you with the training to help adolescents learn to their fullest potential.

We know earning a degree while balancing other obligations isn’t easy. Union’s distance learning format is designed to fit your busy schedule so you can advance your education without interrupting your life.


Note: While this major is not a certification program, it prepares students to meet the state requirements toward certification. It is designed for individuals seeking to teach in the state of Florida. While students residing in other states may enroll, Union cannot guarantee that the program will result in eligibility for teacher licensure in states other than Florida. Check with an enrollment counselor to determine your state’s regulations.

Careers for B.S. Graduates with a Secondary Education Major

  • High school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Special education teacher
  • Technical school teacher
  • Vocational school teacher


  • Identify the skills needed to help adolescents learn to their fullest potential.
  • Prepare content specific lessons adapted to a diverse student population.
  • Design active learning experiences to foster independent learning.

English Concentration

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • The English language
  • Effective writing
  • Ability to use the reading process to help students construct meaning from a wide range of selections.
  • Effective methods for teaching literature, integrating language arts, and writing.

Required Courses in the English Concentration

  • EDU 343 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Secondary School
  • GWRI 202 Writing in Your Field (3 cr.)
  • ENG 322 British Literature I
  • ENG 323 British Literature II
  • ENG 331 American Literature
  • ENG 380 Advanced English Grammar
  • ENG 424 Shakespeare and His Plays

Choose one of the following:

  • ENG 391 Oral Interpretation
  • SPE 201 Public Speaking
  • ESOL 322 Applied Linguistics

Select two of the following:

  • GLIT 230 Latino American Litertaure
  • GLIT 225 Intro to Modern Irish Literature
  • ENG 345 The Short Story

Mathematics Concentration

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • An understanding of the nature of mathematics
  • The knowledge of diverse areas in mathematics such as algebra, analysis, and applied mathematics
  • The ability to use the methods of mathematics in problem solving
  • The use of appropriate technology to solve mathematical problems
  • Understanding the nature of proofs and their relationship to mathematics
  • Explaining the importance of mathematics in a literate society
  • Recognizing the connection between mathematics and other disciplines

Required Courses in the Mathematics Concentration (3-4 cr.)

  • EDU 337 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics
  • GMAT 115 College Algebra
  • GSTA 221 Statistics for the Professional
  • MAT 201 Calculus I
    MAT 307 Business Calculus
  • MAT 202 Calculus II (Prerequisite: MAT 201 or MAT 307)
  • MAT 205 Geometry
  • MAT 226 Trigonometry
  • MAT 304 Linear Algebra
  • GSTA 221 Statistics for the Professional

Select two of the following:

  • STAT 321 Advanced Statistics and Probability
  • MAT 305 History of Mathematics
  • MAT 306 Discrete Math

Science Concentration

Ability to articulate:

  • Structure and behavior of matter
  • Energy and its effects
  • Space science
  • The process of life
  • The effects of physical and biological factors on the environment

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Proper management of classroom and laboratory equipment
  • Process skills and application of scientific inquiry

Required Courses in the Science Concentration (3-4 cr.)

  • EDU 341 Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
  • GBIO 201 Biological Warfare: Weaponizing the Field of Biology
  • CHE 101 Intro to ChemistryGGEO 220 Geology of Natural Disasters
  • GENV 205 From Garbage to Greenhouse GasesPHS 301 Meteorology
  • SCI 322 Oceanography

Must Complete a minimum of three additional electives in the concentration:

  • EDU 346 Curriculum Development of Secondary Science
  • GBIO 225 Healthy to Ill & Vaccines to Epidemics
  • PHI 301 Philosophy of Science

Social Science Concentration

Ability to articulate:

  • Understanding of the various social science content areas of geography, economics, political science, world history, and American history

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • The methods of providing effective teaching

Required Courses in the Social Science Concentration (3-4 cr.)

  • EDU 342 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science
  • GECO 221 Government & Economics
    GECO 222 Impact of Personal Choices-Microeconomics
  • GEG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • HIS 103 Western Civilization 1500-1815
    HIS 104 Western Civilization 1815 – Present
  • Any transfer foundational American History course
  • HIS 321 American History: Federalist Period
    HIS 322 American History: Reconstruction
  • POS 201 Intro to Psychology
    GPSY 120 Essential Topics in Psychology
    GSOC 101 Intro to Sociology

Select two from the following:

  • GANT 110 Who Are We:  Intro to Anthropology
  • HIS 325 African History
  • His 342 Latin American History

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Foundations Courses in Education

Note: All education courses may be taken for either three or four credits. A modified syllabus reflecting the four-credit amount of work will be provided.

Major Core Courses

The Secondary Education program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

  • EDU 317 Psychological and Sociological Foundations in Education
  • EDU 330 Classroom Management
  • EDU 331 Foundations & Practices in Teaching Reading
  • EDU 334 Educational Assessment
  • EDU 335 Effective Instructional Practices

View core course descriptions.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of the course work in the distance learning major, every student will complete a Culminating Graduation Requirement (CGR). Students meet the capstone requirement for the B.S. major in Secondary Education by satisfactorily completing one of the following:

Student Teaching (12 cr.) consisting of:

  • EDU 496 Capstone Foundations Workshop: Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.)
  • EDU 499 Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience: Student Teaching (9 cr.)
  • Capstone Course (3-4 cr.)
  • EDU 497 Contemporary Perspectives on Classroom Organization

Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include prior learning that meets program criteria for acceptance; general education courses (beyond those required by the program) and courses offered through other majors, following published syllabi. All additional electives must be endorsed by the program chair and documented in the approved degree audit prior to registration.

Note: Upper-level prior learning examinations and certified learning credits are accepted by the state of Florida toward education major course requirements.