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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary Education - Certification Only (5-9 or 5-12)

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Program: Secondary Education Certification Only
School of Education 

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146

The secondary education certification-only program is a 36-credit hour program designed for teacher candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree and desire to teach in middle or high school settings. This program is a post-bachelor, non-degree program.  While no degree or certificate will be awarded, a program completer may apply for an Indiana teaching license.  Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college to enroll in this program.  Candidates must select one of the following content areas to complete their certification.  Candidates must demonstrate their competencies in that content area by passing a licensing content exam(s) prior to student teaching. 

Length of Program:

This is a part-time program.  Since students enrolled in this program follow the same sequence of courses that degree-seeking students follow, the standard length of time it takes to complete all 36 credits is 5 semesters, although there is an option of completing it in 4 semesters if desired.  

Please contact the School of Education  if you wish to learn how to complete the program in 4 semesters.



Middle School (grades 5-9). Select at least one:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Middle and High School (grades 5-12).  Select at least one:

  • Biology/Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies: Select at least one of these content areas:
    • Economics
    • Government & Citizenship
    • Historical Perspectives
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Secondary Education Certification Only program 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.


  • Our education programs are currently accredited through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).  In addition all science programs are nationally recognized as high-quality programs through the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a teaching license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus

Declaring/Adding This Program:

  • You must declare/add this program with the School of Education 

Program Requirements

Pre-Professional Education: 6 Credits

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.

Professional Education: 30 Credits

Requirements for Admission to Block 1

1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college

2. Take the licensure content exam(s) for the content area(s) you wish to teach

3. Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary

4. Completion of each course with grade of C- or higher

5. Minimum 2.50 GPA in Pre-Professional Education courses.

Student Teaching: 12 Credits

Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching:

  1. Complete an application for student teaching and meet with the Director of Student Teaching ONE YEAR beforehand
  2. Completion of Block 2 with each course having a grade of C- or higher
  3. Minimum 2.70 cum. program GPA and completion of each course with grade of C- or higher
  4. Pass a Criminal History Report. Criminal History Reports are valid for one year and will be repeated when necessary
  5. Candidates may retake a Professional Education course only one time.
  6. Pass the licensure content exam(s).

Total Credits: 36

Final Assessment:

  1. Completion of student teaching and all course requirements
  2. Minimum 2.70 cumulative program GPA and completion of each course with a grade of C- or higher
  3.  Pass the Pedagogy Exam
  4. Obtain valid CPR/AED and Suicide Prevention certifications
  5.  Apply for license

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. 

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