Secondary Education at Valparaiso University

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a degree in the Department of Education at Valparaiso University.  A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree prepares teacher candidates to serve as educators in grades 5-12.  To earn a bachelor’s degree, course requirements are divided into three parts.  These include general education requirements, education requirements, and content area requirements. 

General Education, Secondary Education, and Major Content Area Requirements
General education courses fulfill necessary requirements for a liberal arts education and vary by degree type (i.e. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science).  Education requirements are designed to prepare students for a successful career in secondary schools.  Education courses are organized by “blocks,” which can be thought of as sets of education courses grouped together by semester and organized by a common theme.  Content area requirements are determined by the subject area prospective educators would like to teach in secondary schools. 

Major Selection
Licensable content areas for secondary teaching include: English/Language Arts, World Languages (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Sciences), Social Studies (Economics, Geographical Perspectives, Government and Citizenship, Historical Perspectives, Psychology, Sociology).  In addition to these areas, we offer licensure in grades P-12 in Art, Music, Physical Education, and World Languages (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish).


Sample Plan of Study Guides
Below you will find sample plan of study guides that depict how each set of course requirements — general education, teacher education, and content area — can be layered into a four year plan of study.  There is one sample plan provided for prospective students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science (e.g. having a content area major in Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, etc.) and one sample plan for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree (e.g. Chinese, English, History, etc.). 

Please note that these sample plans are intended for prospective students interested in learning more about degree requirements in the Department of Education at Valparaiso University.  Current students work with their academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study, which is designed to meet their unique goals and needs. 

Additional Information
If you are interested in learning more about how the Department of Education at Valparaiso University can support you as your vocation in education continues to unfold, please contact the Academic Advisor, Victoria Brockett, at 219-464-5580 or victoria.brockett@valpo.edu.

Sample Plan of Study Guides
Secondary Education - Bachelor of Arts
Sedondary Education - Bachelor of Science
Physical Education Teacher Education
Bachelor of Science in Music Education