A teacher’s influence can last a lifetime. Positively shape the lives of young people with a career in the classroom. Students in grades 6 through 12 need committed educators dedicated to enriching their lives and helping them master the secondary school curriculum. You’ll get a dual degree: one in your content area of expertise — English, math, history/social science, or science— and one in Secondary Education. An internship will give you practical experience in the classroom.
You'll concentrate your studies in one of four areas:
- English Language Arts
- History/Social Sciences
- General Science
Points of Pride
- Dual degree or double major — in your chosen content area and Secondary Education.
- 150 hours of practical teaching experience before graduation. Hands-on field experience is included with each methods course (such as methods of teaching math, etc.). Students go to area schools with their professors and work with experienced teachers and before they practice what they have learned.
- AUMazing Educators society for all Education majors builds a community of support, friendship and camaraderie while you pursue your degree.
- Internationally recognized faculty who have won numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from Sigma Alpha Pi (national society of leadership and success), Primary School Teacher of the Year Award (Montgomery Public Schools), WSFA Class Act Award, and Delta Pi Epsilon Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, and College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award.
- All faculty in this program have experience teaching in high schools or junior high schools, which gives students unique access to their experience and expertise.
- Small classes
- Night, online, and hybrid classes that are suitable for non-traditional students.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
The job outlook in education, training, and library occupations is about average, with a projected growth of 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The most recent median annual wage for all education, training, and library occupations was $46,669 — higher than the average median wage for all occupations.