Secondary Education

The secondary education major prepares teachers with the insight and practical experience to positively impact middle and high school students and their schools.

This major prepares students to meet licensing requirements in the state of Indiana. Students seeking secondary teaching licensure declare a complementary major in secondary education and an academic major in another department. They must declare their secondary education complementary major with the registrar prior to applying to the teacher education program. At that point, the secondary education student is assigned a teacher education advisor to help them plan their academic career.

Teacher candidates may also add a content area in special education (mild needs) by pursuing a special education minor.

Completion of the degree requirements with a major in secondary education leads to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, depending on the teaching major.

Students at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. or the general-education requirements for the B.S. These University-wide programs strengthen communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions.


Education Requirements
44 Cr.
ED 206 School and Society 3 credits
ED 210 Communication for Engagement, Instruction, and Classroom Management 3 credits
ED 304 Educational Psychology 3 credits
ED 350 Seminar: Inquiry Through Case Study 0 credits
ED 357 Designing Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Plans 3 credits
ED 360 Literacies Across the Content Areas 3 credits
ED 367 Introduction to English Language Learning 3 credits
ED 451 Seminar: Efficacy in Professional Practice 1 credit
ED 452 Seminar: Undergraduate Research 1 credit
ED 470 Diversity, Equity, and Education 3 credits
SPED 440 Learning Exceptionalities 3 credits
SPED 443 Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities: Secondary 3 credits
One course from the following options*:
ED 381 Methods of Teaching English in Secondary Schools 3 credits
ED 382 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools 3 credits
ED 383 Methods of Teaching Social Studies  in Secondary Schools 3 credits
ED 384 Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools 3 credits
ED 386 Educational Art: Methods and Materials Workshop 3 credits
ED 387 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language in Secondary Schools 3 credits
ED 388 Methods of Teaching  Art in Secondary Schools 3 credits
KIN 489 Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education 3 credits
MUS 489 School Music II 3 credits

One course from the following options:

  • ED 459 Supervised Teaching in the Secondary School Subjects
  • SPED 449 Supervised Teaching in General and Special Education
12 credits
Content Area Major
A content area major is required of all high school teacher candidates. A content area major for teachers may have requirements beyond those of majors not preparing to teach. Students seeking to teach in a high school must major in one of the content areas listed in the course catalog and approved for licensure. *Art Education majors must take ED 386 and ED 388
TOTAL 44 credits

Secondary education students will organize their four-year plans with the help of the department’s dedicated advisor.

Together, students and their advisor will create a plan of study based on the department’s block and checkpoint systems. The block system is comprised of groups of education courses taken in a sequence and organized around central theories and learning outcomes. In addition to coursework, students also work toward progressing through the checkpoint system. The checkpoint system encompasses requirements necessary for licensure.

Secondary education students who would like to attend a study abroad semester should plan their course of study in close collaboration with the education department advisor from the beginning of their first semester at Valparaiso University.

Courses offered by Valparaiso University’s education department integrate theory and practice to deeply understand three interrelated components of effective and equitable education — learners and learning, curriculum and assessment, and the vocation and practice of teaching.