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Secondary Education Concentration

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Why Study Secondary Education?

The Secondary Education concentration leads to certification in grades 7 through 12 in biology, English, mathematics, earth science, or history and social studies. Teacher candidates gain skills in pedagogy, academic content areas, educational technology and how to create learning environments that support diversity.

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Why Study Secondary Education at Eastern?

Students majoring in Biology, English, Environmental Earth Science, History, History/Social Science, and Mathematics take the Secondary Education concentration to prepare for teaching certification in grades 7-12.  In addition to pedagogical instruction by Eastern’s outstanding education professors, students benefit from student teaching/clinical experiences, the Education Club and other out-of-class activities to enhance their teacher preparation.

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Salary Potential


Median Salary Secondary Teacher


Salary Range

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Clinical Experience

Secondary education candidates complete clinical placements during their studies, working closely with students and cooperating teachers in secondary schools.  A full semester of student teaching in the senior year gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their understanding of teaching practices and connect educational theory to practice.

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Career Options

  • Middle school or high school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Administrator
  • Curriculum design
  • Tutor
  • School librarian
  • Educational consultant

Successful Alumni

Graduates of Eastern’s Secondary Education program are teachers and leaders in Connecticut’s schools, and many have been named teachers of the year within their school districts. Other graduates continue in the graduate programs offered by Eastern’s Department of Education or at other universities.

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Alumni Testimonials

Danielle Robillard ’16
University of California Riverside

Danielle Robillard ’16

Secondary Education and Mathematics double-major Danielle Robillard started her teaching career at Norwich Free Academy. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics at the University of California Riverside. “Eastern was the perfect school for me as a prospective teacher, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in becoming a part of the education field. The broad range of classes paired with clinical work and student-teaching prepares students for their careers.”

Tyler Hinde ’16
Peace Corps Volunteer

Tyler Hinde ’16

History major Tyler Hinde earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education at Eastern and is now teaching English in Indonesia as a Peace Corps volunteer. “The residential portion of my master’s program — in which I worked full time at a local middle school — fully prepared me to begin teaching. After the Peace Corps, I hope to teach American and world history and prepare future generations to find solutions for current and upcoming social, political and environmental issues.”

Heather Warner ’03
Teacher of the Year

Heather Warner ’03

Middle school language-arts teacher Heather Warner ’03 was named 2018 Bolton Teacher of the Year. “Professors in the secondary education program tailored their instruction to meet my needs and interests, while also creating a supportive learning environment that prepared me for real-life teaching experiences.”