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Secondary Education

A secondary teaching license in Iowa allows the license holder to teach in the 5th through 12th grades. Each secondary license also includes an endorsement teaching area. For example, an individual may hold a secondary license with an endorsement to teach mathematics.

Areas of Endorsement

  • Art (K-12)
  • Biology
  • Business: all
  • Chemistry
  • English language arts
  • French
  • German
  • History (American and World)
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School (5th-8th)
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication/Theatre


Requirements for an Endorsement in Secondary Education

Students interested in secondary education should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program during the semester enrolled in EDUC 205 or 207.

Bachelor of Education candidates need at least three semesters to complete professional core courses for a license; major/endorsement areas may require further preparation.

Required Courses:
EDUC 205 Introduction to the Teaching Profession OR 207 Orientation to Teaching 
EDUC 282 (music majors are exempt) Educational Technology
+EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 300 The Pluralistic Classroom
EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education
EDUC 305 (art and music majors are exempt) Secondary Methods
EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements
EDUC 340-346 (choose one from your major; art, math, and music majors are exempt unless seeking another endorsement) 
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students with Special Needs
One course in U.S. History or Government

Choose one that corresponds to your major:
EDUC 419, 430, 432, or 433 

Requirements for an Endorsement in Secondary Education - Reading (5-12)

EDUC 336 Content Reading
EDUC 368 Literature for the Young Adult OR EDUC 369 Child and Adolescent Literature
EDUC 372 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Schools: Grades 4-8
EDUC 452/552 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading
EDUC 453 Reading Clinic: Advanced Teaching Practicum
EDUC 456 Teaching and Reading to Adolescents 
ENGL 101 English Composition
ENGL 216 Persuasive Writing
ENGL 313 Linguistics: Language and Learning
ENGL 316 Expository Writing Workshop
COMM 325 Introduction to Speech Pathology

Choose one:
+COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication 
+COMM 228 Argumentation and Advocacy 
+COMM 329 Business and Professional Speaking 

+ Applicable toward general education requirements

Primary Advisors

The primary advisor for a student in secondary education is a faculty member in that student's major, such as history or mathematics. Faculty members of the Education Department serve as supplemental advisors.

Dr. Cathy Daters: Business
Dr. Richard Robertson: Biology, Chemistry, Communication/Theatre, Foreign Languages, General Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
Dr. Richard Hanzelka: English, Mathematics
Dr. Rachel Serianz: Music

Specific course information, State of Iowa competencies, and class listings can be found in the Course Catalog.