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Lake Superior State University

Secondary Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The Secondary Education program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major and a subject minor, extended field experience in secondary school settings, and focused development of the knowledge and skills critical for effective teachers. The program leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in the student's major area.

Secondary-level teacher certification in Michigan permits individuals to teach the subject areas, in which they hold endorsements, at grades 6-12.  The subject majors and minors provide the required coursework for the related endorsements. Completing the coursework and passing the corresponding Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test enable graduates to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and to be highly qualified in their subject areas.

Subject major and minor options are listed below. Specfiic requirements for these are found in the appropriate sections of this catalog.

Majors Minors
Chemistry Chemistry
English Language and Literature English Language and Literature
Integrated Science Mathematics

Social Science


Students begin their studies in the secondary education program with a focus on general education requirements, an academic major and an academic minor. They complete the initial professional education coursework in their sophomore year, and apply for formal admission to the program at the end of that year. By that time, they will have also passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Examination.

Upper level professional education coursework, along with the completion of the major and minor, is the focus for the junior and senior years. Student teaching, a semester-long culminating experience, may be completed in the spring of the fourth year or the fall of the fifth year, depending on the individual student's progress through the program. Generally, this student teaching experience will be in the Eastern Upper Peninsula or in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test in the major must be passed prior to beginning student teaching.

Degree Requirements

The components of the Secondary Education:  Bachelor of Arts/Sciences programs are:

Academic Major: Choose one from the above (see requirements under the subject area in this catalog)

Optional Academic Minor: Choose one from list above (see requirements in the Minors section of this catalog)

Professional Education Sequence (35 credits)

  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 4
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 3
  • EDSE301 Introduction to Special Education 3
  • EDUC350 Integrating Technology into 21st Century Learning Environments 3
  • EDUC415 General Instructional Methods 2
  • EDUC440 Reading in the Content Area 3
  • EDUC44X or EDUC45X Methods in major and in minor (minimum credits) 3
  • EDUC460 Classroom Management 2
  • EDUC480 Directed Teaching: Seminar 2
  • EDUC492 Directed Teaching 10

Education Cognates (4 credits)

  • EDUC101 Self as Learner 1
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3

Formal admission to the program, qualification for student teaching, and successful completion of the program requires the following:

  • Completion of the Professional Education Sequence courses with a grade of B- (2.70) or higher
  • Completion of all required courses in the education cognates, teaching major and teaching minor with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.00).
  • Completion of the General Education Core Requirements with a GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Passing scores on all required Michigan Test for Teacher Certification tests.

The Secondary Education program undergoes periodic review, evaluation, and alignment with the Michigan Department of Education standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education regularly to confirm the current requirements of each program component. Graduates must meet the standards that are in place at the time of completion of their programs, in order to be recommended to the Department of Education for teacher certification.

General Education: All bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is also required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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