Secondary Education is a major in which University students learn to teach middle and high school students in specific subject areas. Students are prepared for state licensure exams that they must pass to earn teaching positions. Secondary Education Programs include: Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship with History or Political Science, Communication, English, French, General Science, German, Latin, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.
Chrysler Corporation CEO, 1978-1992
Why is Education in demand?
- “Regardless of temporary economic conditions, hiring practices, budget cuts or any other factors that impact the education system, the need for teachers is timeless and universal. Society will always need educators, and in that respect, teaching is one career in which you can be confident you will always have a purpose.” – Teach.com
- “There is always a need for K-12 teachers. Currently, some of the greater needs and more lucrative job opportunities for K-12 teachers are in math, science and bilingual education. However, opportunities for teachers of all subjects are regularly available and usually dependent upon geography.” - Lorenzo and Associates, Education, Research, Writing and Publishing
Is it for me?
- Determined and hard working?
- Interested in working with middle and high school students?
- Passionate about and competent in a particular subject area?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Secondary Education
Professors are role models, and classmates are supportive peers in all endeavors of education majors.
Sandra Pesavento, M.Ed.
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Where will Secondary Education take me?
Education graduates are expertly prepared to teach, not only in traditional classroom settings, but also in other settings. Graduates have pursued jobs in cyber schools, in prison education programs, and on military bases, for example.
Here are some examples of job titles of recent graduates:
- Teacher’s Assistant
- Learning Support Aide
- Permanent Substitute Teacher
You’ll find Scranton graduates working a wide range of school districts and organizations including:
- Oyster Bay, New York School District
- Quakertown, Pennsylvania School District
- Teach for America
- Abington Height School District
Many graduates choose to continue their education in master’s degree programs and have been accepted at leading universities, including:
The University of Scranton
Pennsylvania State University
Montclair State University
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
The significant field experiences that Scranton education students complete prepare them both to teach in the classroom and also to interact in a professional environment. Graduates report that they are exceptionally prepared to put together lesson plans and assessments of student progress and they can “hit the ground running” as teachers.
Close relationships with professors are also a great asset. At Scranton, professors have had the opportunity to get to know students in small classes. They write personalized letters of recommendation based on the talents and experience of each student.
The average median salary for high school teachers is $56,310. (Source: U.S. News and World Report)
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Office of Admissions
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Department of Education
Darryl M. De Marzio, Ph.D.
Department of Education
Vanessa Silla, Ed.D
Undergraduate Program Director