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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

  • American Government
  • Art (K-12)
  • Biology
  • Business: Marketing Management
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • General Business
  • German
  • Health
  • History (American and World)
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School 5th-8th)
  • Music (K-12)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication/Theatre


Requirements for an Endorsement in Reading (5-12)

Required Courses:
EDUC 336 Content Reading
EDUC 368 Literature for the Young Adult
EDUC 372 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Schools: (4-8)
EDUC 452/552 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading 
EDUC 456 Teaching Reading to Adolescents
EDUC 453 Reading Clinic: Advanced Teaching Practicum
ENGL 216 Persuasive Writing
ENGL 313 Linguistics: Language and Learning 
ENGL 316 Expository Writing Workshop

3 credits from COMM
COMM 325 Introduction to Speech Pathology 

Required Courses For A Secondary License

To obtain a secondary license students must complete the required courses in their major field plus those courses listed below.

Course requirements are subject to change as directed by the Iowa Department of Education.
All courses below have prerequisites except for EDUC 205 AND EDUC 207. See the Course Catalog.

Required Courses:

EDUC 205 Field Experience - 2 credits, 70 field hours or EDUC 207 Orientation to Teaching - 1 credit
EDUC 300 Diversity and Culturally-Responsive Teaching - 3 credits
SPED 310 Inclusive Strategies for Students with Special Needs - 3 credits 25 field hours
WI-EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education - 3 credits
EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Psychology - 3 credits
EDUC 305 Special Secondary Methods - 3 credits, 50 field hours. Department methods of art, music and physical education are accepted in place of this course
EDUC 308 Education Technology - 2 credits. Not required for music
EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements - 3 credits
EDUC 336 Content Reading - 3 credits (50 field hours or project). Not required for art, math, music and physical education unless seeking additional endorsement
EDUC 338 Content Literacy Exploration - 1 credit. Required for art, math, music and physical education unless seeking additional endorsement

One course in US History or US Government;

One 340 course;
Not required for art, math, music and physical education
EDUC 340 Teaching English / Language Arts and Literature in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 341 Teaching History and Social Sciences in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 342 Teaching Business in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 343 Teaching Science in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 344 Teaching Foreign Language in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 345 Teaching Speech and Theater in the Secondary School - 1 credit
EDUC 346 Teaching Psychology/Sociology in the Secondary School - 1 credit
(Prerequisites: EDUC 305 or EDUC 336; Corequisite: EDUC 305 or 336)

One student teaching course;
EDUC 419 Observation and Student Teaching: Secondary Grades - 12-15 credits
EDUC 430 Observation and Student Teaching: Art - 12-15 credits
EDUC 432 Observation and Student Teaching: Music - 12-15 credits
EDUC 433 Observation and Student Teaching: Physical Education - 12-15 credits

Optional courses;
Necessary if seeking Illinois middle school endorsement (not required for art, music, physical education). These two courses, plus general education course work required for Iowa middle school endorsement.
EDUC 455/555 Middle School Psychology - 3 credits 
EDUC 461/561 The Middle School - 3 credits

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.