Secondary Education Program

Join the Missouri S&T secondary education program! As a secondary education student, you can choose from one of nine concentrations (see below). Missouri S&T isn't just an engineering school, it is also known for other specialties like Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Mathematics. In our program, you'll earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science in your chosen concentration and be certified to teach grades 9-12 in Missouri.

Nine Concentrations

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business and Management Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics BS/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school mathematics is a challenging but rewarding career. At S&T, students earn a B.S. degree in applied mathematics while taking coursework to earn a teaching certificate in secondary mathematics. There is a shortage of qualified math teachers across Missouri and the nation, especially in rural areas, so there are many jobs available.

The degree program in applied mathematics develops your analysis and problem solving skills. In addition to mathematics coursework, the degree program has requirements in various areas where mathematics is applied such as computer science. For more information about course content, please see the mathematics and statistics website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the 023 mathematics content assessment to be eligible for student teaching. S&T students have a very high pass rate on this assessment.

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Kimberly Kinder
Math Education Advisor
573-341-6217
kkinder@mst.edu

 

Biological Sciences

 Biological Sciences BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school biology is a challenging but rewarding career. Missouri and many other states are experiencing a teacher shortage, particularly in rural areas, so there are plenty of jobs available! At S&T, students earn a B.A. in Biological Sciences while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year. The program balances rigorous content knowledge with a commitment to building engaging learning experiences in small, interactive education courses.

Biological sciences or biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biological sciences embraces a vast and rapidly expanding body of knowledge. Biologists draw from the physical sciences – chemistry, physics, mathematics and earth sciences, as well as the behavioral sciences, for the analysis and interpretation of life’s varied processes and interrelationships. For more information about course content, please see the biological sciences website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the 075 Biology content assessment (for students Fall 2020 and later) to be eligible for student teaching. S&T students have a very high pass rate on this assessment.

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students seeking to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Robin Verble
Biology Education Advisor
573-341-7274
verbler@mst.edu

Business and Management Systems

Business and Management Systems BS/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

High school business teachers are responsible for courses including accounting, entrepreneurship, multimedia, web design, computer applications, and more. Teaching high school is a challenging but rewarding career. At Missouri S&T, students earn a bachelor’s degree in business while pursuing teacher certification. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year.  

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (017) business content assessment to be eligible for student teaching.

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Sarah Stanley
Business Education Advisor
573-341-7213
stanleysm@mst.edu 

Chemistry

Chemistry BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school chemistry is a challenging but rewarding career. There is a shortage of qualified science teachers across Missouri and the nation, especially in rural areas.  Students earn a B.A. in Chemistry while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year.

Qualified teachers are greatly needed to teach modern chemistry to tomorrow’s students.  Chemistry has solved many of the world’s greatest challenges: from sequencing our genetic code to development of space age materials; from reducing the size of the heart of a semiconductor to synthesizing materials used in an artificial human heart. Modern chemistry is centric to many careers including: chemical syntheses, precision analyses, energy generation and storage, new materials, medicines, patent law, environmental science, biochemistry, chemical sales and marketing, science instruction, and many other areas. For more information about course requirements, please see the chemistry department's website.  

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the 075 Chemistry content assessment (for students Fall 2020 and later) to be eligible for student teaching. S&T students have a very high pass rate on this assessment.   

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Thomas Schuman
Chemistry Education Advisor
573-341-6236
tschuman@mst.edu 

Economics

Economics BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Missouri S&T offers three paths to social science certification: a major in history, economics, or psychology. All result in a 9-12 teaching certificate for social science, which means you are eligible to teach world history, American history, government, psychology, and any other social science high school course. Teaching high school social studies is a challenging but rewarding career. Students earn a B.A. in Economics while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year.

Economics has been called “the science of scarcity.” It is the study of how individuals allocate scarce resources for production in order to satisfy their human needs and wants.  Economics can be divided into two categories: microeconomics, the study of how the prices of resources and products are determined within various structures; and macroeconomics, the study of strategies for managing economies within global environments to attain the goals of full employment, stability, and growth. For more information about course requirements, please see the economics website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (071) Social Science content assessment to be eligible for student teaching.  

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency. 

Departmental Contact
Dr. Michael Davis
Economics Education Advisor
573-341-6959
davismc@mst.edu 

 

English

English BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school English language arts is a challenging but rewarding career.  Students earn a B.A. in English while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year.

The English curriculum involves the study of language, literature, and culture. Topics include literary history; criticism; forms-such as the short story, novel drama, and poetry; and detailed examinations of individual authors-such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Browning, George Eliot, Joyce, Twain, and Faulkner. Additional genre and theme courses are available, including world literature, literature and film, science and literature, true crime and the literature of fact, literature by women, and law in literature. Linguistics and writing courses include the history and structure of the English language, advanced composition, desktop publishing, and writing for the web. For more information about course content, please see the English department's website

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (020) English content assessment to be eligible for student teaching.  

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Jossalyn Larson
English Education Advisor
573-341-4681
larsonjo@mst.edu

History

History BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school social studies is a challenging but rewarding career. Students earn a B.A. in History while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year.  

Missouri S&T offers three paths to social science certification: a major in history, economics, or psychology. All result in a 9-12 teaching certificate for social science, which means you are eligible to teach world history, American history, government, psychology, and any other social science high school course.

History majors learn to analyze information, develop communication skills, and engage in research. In Missouri, social science certification includes history, government, economics, and social sciences such as psychology. A certificate to teach grades 9-12 includes all of these areas. For more information about course requirements, please see the history department's website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (071) social science content assessment to be eligible for student teaching.  

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Petra DeWitt
History Education Advisor
573-341-6592
dewittp@mst.edu

Physics

Physics BS/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Teaching high school mathematics is a challenging but rewarding career.  At S&T, students earn a B.S. degree in physics while taking coursework to earn a teaching certificate in secondary mathematics. There is a shortage of qualified physics teachers across Missouri and the nation, especially in rural areas, so there are many jobs available.

Physics is devoted to the discovery and exploration of the most basic physical laws governing the universe. The physicist attempts to express these laws in their most elegant mathematical form, so they can be applied to predict the behavior of all forms of matter and energy. For more information about course requirements, please see the physics department's website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (078) physics content assessment (for students fall 2020 and later) to be eligible for student teaching. S&T students have a very high pass rate on this assessment.

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Dr. Jim Musser
Physics Education Advisor
573-341-4781
musserj@mst.edu

Psychology

Psychology BA/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Psychology BS/Secondary Education Advisement Sheet

Missouri S&T offers three paths to social science certification: a major in history, economics, or psychology. All result in a 9-12 teaching certificate for social science, which means you are eligible to teach world history, American history, government, psychology, and any other social science high school course. Teaching high school social studies is a challenging but rewarding career. Students earn a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology while taking education coursework from their first semester. Experiences in schools are embedded throughout the program, beginning second semester freshman year. 

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior.  Neuroscience, perception, memory, personality, emotion, stress and health, abnormal behavior, and social relations are among the basic topics of psychological research. The discipline also involves the application of basic research to improve the quality of life and work. The statistics and experimental psychology courses required of our majors prepare you to engage in undergraduate research in your junior or senior years. For more information about course requirements, please see the psychological science department's website.

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 content GPA and 2.75 cumulative GPA, students must pass the (071) social science content assessment to be eligible for student teaching.  

Missouri S&T allows students to choose their student teaching placement, if the district agrees and a qualified cooperating teacher is available.

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students intending to teach in other states are responsible for investigating the reciprocity agreement of that state agency.

Departmental Contact
Ms. Merilee Krueger
Psychology Education Advisor
573-341-7244
krueger@mst.edu