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Secondary Education Minor
(High School (8-12), Middle School (5-8), PreK-12 Specialist)
The Department for Secondary Education and Professional Programs offers a minor in secondary education. The minor is designed for students who intend to qualify for a teacher license in the areas identified below.
A student selecting this minor must select a major in an appropriate academic discipline.
Additionally, all undergraduate students preparing for a career in education which requires Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure must formally apply, satisfy all selection criteria and be recommended for admission into professional education programs in the College of Education and Allied Studies. Students may not enroll in education courses beyond the introductory level until they have met all admission criteria (including a minimum GPA and successful completion of the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®) and are officially admitted to the program. See the College of Education and Allied Studies for further information.
Program of Study
In addition to majoring in an appropriate academic discipline (see Academic Disciplines for Secondary Education Minors below), students seeking 5-8, 8-12, or PreK-12 licensure must also complete the secondary education minor, and meet all requirements for acceptance into the program.
Education core courses (27-29** credits)
*To be completed prior to admission to professional education and enrollment in any other education courses.
**Practicum for Health/Family and Consumer Sciences (14 credits)
Rather than EDHM 490, students seeking PreK-12 Specialist licensure in health/family and consumer science enroll in the following:
Cognate course (3 credits)
“Strategies for Teaching” course (3 credits)
Complete the appropriate strategies for teaching course for the level and discipline sought, as outlined below:
High school strategies course (3 credits)
Students seeking high school licensure (grades 8-12) in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, history, mathematics or physics, select the appropriate course from the following:
Middle school strategies course (3 credits)
Students seeking middle school licensure (grades5-8) in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, history, mathematics or physics, select the appropriate course from the following:
Specialist strategies course (3 credits)
Students seeking licensure as a Specialist in PreK-12 in dance, health/family and consumer science, music, Spanish, theater, or visual art, select the appropriate course from the following:
Total minimum credits: 33-35**
**Students seeking licensure as a Specialist in PreK-12 in Health/Family and Consumer Science complete a minimum of 35 credits; all others complete a minimum of 33 credits.
Academic Disciplines for Secondary Education Minors
Students desiring to complete a minor in secondary education (high school, middle school, PreK-12) must also complete an academic major. Appropriate academic majors, along with major and cognate requirements, are listed below. It is important to note that in many cases the major or cognate requirements for students selecting an education minor are somewhat different from those that hold for students who do not minor in education.
Dance (Teacher of Dance - all levels)
See the Dance and Dance, BA sections of this catalog for discipline area requirements.
History (Teacher of History 5‑8 or 8‑12)
See the History and History, BA section of this catalog for discipline area requirements.
Mathematics (Teacher of Mathematics 5‑8 or 8‑12)
See the Mathematics and Mathematics, BS sections of this catalog for discipline area requirements.
Music (Teacher of Music – all levels)
See the Music and Music, Music Education Concentration, BA sections of this catalog for discipline area requirements.
Please note: As a minimum prerequisite to student teaching, students will be required to pass a Music Education Piano Proficiency Exam, which may necessitate private lessons.