Union Institute and University

Bachelor of Science

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Major: Secondary Education

Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Science major focuses on the theory and practice of learning and teaching at the secondary school level and prepares individuals to teach students in grades six through 12. The major is designed to meet teaching certification requirements for these grades, including a minimum of 30 credit hours in the teaching field and at least 15 credit hours in educational foundations courses. Student teaching is the highly recommended capstone learning experience. Four concentrations (teaching areas) are available within this major:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

Students will be able to

  • Identify the skills needed to help adolescents learn to their fullest potential.
  • Prepare content specific lessons adapted to a diverse student population.
  • Design active learning experiences to foster independent learning.


Secondary English Concentration Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • The English language.
  • Effective writing.
  • Ability to use the reading process to help students construct meaning from a wide range of selections.
  • Effective methods for teaching literature, integrating language arts, and writing.

Secondary Mathematics Concentration Learning Outcomes

Demonstrates proficiency in:

  • An understanding of the nature of mathematics.
  • The knowledge of diverse areas in mathematics such as algebra, analysis, and applied mathematics.
  • The ability to use the methods of mathematics in problem solving.
  • The use of appropriate technology to solve mathematical problems.
  • Understanding the nature of proofs and its relationship to mathematics.
  • Explaining the importance of mathematics to a literate society.
  • Recognizing the connection between mathematics and other disciplines.

Secondary Science Concentration Learning Outcomes

Ability to articulate:

  • Structure and behavior of matter.
  • Energy and its effects.
  • Space science.
  • The process of life.
  • The effects of physical and biological factors on the environment.

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Proper management of classroom and laboratory equipment.
  • Process skills and application of scientific inquiry.

Secondary Social Science Concentration Learning Outcomes

Ability to articulate:

  • Understanding of the various social science content areas of: geography, economics, political science, world history, American history.

Demonstrate proficiency in:

  • The methods of providing effective teaching.