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What is secondary education?

Empower lives through teaching grades 6-12 in your chosen subject of English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics or science (OSUTeach) or art education. 

Why secondary education at OSU?

We integrate classroom curriculum with field experiences in schools that help you facilitate positive educational outcomes for your students. Upon degree completion, graduates are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for full teacher certification and are prepared to take certification exams in other states, if applicable. The high-quality reputation of our program makes graduates highly sought after for teaching positions in Oklahoma and beyond.

Career Paths

Career options may include:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Other certification or specialization opportunities through the completion of a graduate degree

Learn more about the secondary education program



Be prepared to teach English and/or language arts in grades 6-12 by completing 48 credit hours of in-depth study in literature, composition and grammar while training in developmental psychology, learning theory and teaching methods. 


Social Studies

Be prepared to teach social studies in grades 6-12 by completing 60 credit hours of in-depth study in history, government, geography, economics, psychology and sociology while training in adolescent development, learning theory and teaching methods. 


Foreign Language

Be prepared to teach French, German or Spanish in grades PK-12 through in-depth study of your target language, literature and culture while learning theory, language teaching methods and meaningful use of instructional technology. We offer a variety of study abroad opportunities to develop linguistic and cultural skills to expand your global teaching perspective. 



Be prepared to teach science and mathematics in grades 6-12 through this collaborative program between the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, which allows you to pursue degrees in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics and zoology while earning a secondary teaching certification without added time or cost. 


Learn more about OSUTeach 

Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center

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Art Education

Take courses that lead to art education certification. Please note this is a certification pathway only, not a degree offering. 


Preparing for the Digital Classroom  

You will gain in-depth knowledge of instructional methods, including teaching effectively with technology. We offer support for those pursuing Apple Teacher and Google Educator certifications, and we partner with the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab to explore imaginative ways to improve research, teaching and learning with emerging technologies.


Explore the Emerging Technologies and Creativity Research Lab 


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