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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary Education - Second Degree

Program: BSEd in Secondary Education
School of Education   

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146

The BSEd in secondary education is second degree completed in addition to one of the content area degrees listed below.  The second degree is intended to prepare you for a successful career in teaching youth in middle school/high school settings.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, and the other requirements listed under Licensure in the School of Education regulations, you are eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license.  These requirements are subject to change based upon program and state regulations.

Students wishing to become middle school/high school teachers must complete a BSEd in Secondary Education and a bachelor’s degree through either the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Liberal Arts or the Purdue Fort Wayne College of Science (or any Purdue University campus) with a major in one of the following content areas:

Biochemistry (B.S.)    (Chemistry License with option to add Life Sciences)

Biology (B.S.)   (Life Science)

Chemistry (B.S.)  

Economics (B.A.)  *

English (B.A.)   (Language Arts)

History (B.A.)  * (Historical Perspectives)

Mathematics (B.S.)  

Physics (B.S.)  

Political Science (B.A.)  * (Government and Citizenship)

Psychology (B.A.) *

Psychology (B.S.) *

Sociology (B.A.) *

Spanish (B.A.)  

*NOTE:  Students pursuing a double degree (BSED and BA/BS) in Secondary Education with History, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology require a minor.  They may choose a minor in any of the following programs, provided the minor is different than the major: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Spanish.   See below for an example 4-year plan including a minor:

Other minor  

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a BSEd in Secondary Education students will:

  • Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society 
  • Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
  • Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
  • Solve client problems through clear, creative analysis
  • Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.


All Secondary Education - Second Degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In additon, all Secondary Education programs are recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a secondary teaching license in Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Economics, French, Government and Citizenship, Historical Perspectives, Language Arts, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.  Moreover, the table below demonstrates which programs have been nationally recognized as high-quality programs through CAEP’s rigorious Specialized Professional Association (SPA) process.


Program: Nationally Recognized by:
Biology (LIfe Science), Chemistry, Earth Space, Physics National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
English (Language Arts) National Council Teachers of English (NCTE)
Mathematics National Council Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Spanish American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)


Program Delivery:

This program is available on campus


Declaring/Adding This Degree:

You must declare/add this degree within the School of Education   

Program Requirements:

For an example 4-Year Plan of Study for each primary degree option, click on the degree program title listed above.  The Plans can be found through the link under the Program Requirements section.  

Pre-Professional Education: 6 Credits

Professional Education: 30 Credits

Admission and Graduation Requirements

Specific admission requirements exist for admission to Professional Education courses.  For admission and graduation requirements see the School of Education page for details.

Total Credits: 36

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.