secondary education

Become an effective middle and high school educator who understands the challenges of today's classrooms. You will be prepared to teach all content subjects in grades 6 through 12, leading to a license in secondary education. You also have the opportunity to focus your interest with one of nine approved content majors.





UW-Parkside offers you coursework leading to a license in Secondary Education (early adolescence-adolescence, grades 6-12). A Secondary Education license enables future teachers to teach specific content in grades 6-12. Secondary Education majors must choose from one of nine approved content majors for a double major:

  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

You will develop a knowledge base in the content major, including methods for teaching in the content major, participate in co-teaching clinical placements, conduct action research, become familiar with a variety of educational technology, and gain firsthand teaching experience in secondary classrooms. This program maintains separate GPA and admission requirements and requires a background check. This program culminates in a semester-long, full-time, school-based residency experience.



From your very first clinical experience, you will be part of the co-teaching model. You are paired with a professional teacher from your very first education course through your final experience as a student teacher.  Parkside has strong partnerships with area schools who open their doors so that you can experience first-hand what it is like to be a teacher in the real world.


How do the clinical hours work? 
Teacher candidates (you) work alongside a professional educator (a teacher) to support student learning at area schools.  Depending upon your major, you will serve clinical hours at different developmental or grade levels. UW-Parkside currently has two license areas: Secondary Education for grades 6-12 (middle and high school) and Elementary Education for grades 1-8. Initial EDU courses require 20 clinical hours per course, which comes out to about two hours a week that you’ll be spending time in a classroom. 

What does the clinical placement involve? 

Our Clinical Placement Coordinator, Tracy Hribar, will set up a time within the first weeks of the semester for what we call “Pairs Training," where you will meet the teacher you’re going to spend time with for the semester. This meeting is a chance for you to share times you’re available and discuss expectations for you in their classroom. You’ll confirm the days and times you’ll be in their classroom during this meeting as well. 

How will I fit 20 hours into my semester schedule? 

By learning and utilizing time management skills, you will be able to work these hours into your semester schedule. On average, 20 hours a semester works out to be about two hours per week in the classroom. This doesn’t include your travel time to and from your clinical placement. IPED recommends keeping one or two mornings a week open so you have this time to go to your school placement to help you complete the required clinical hours. The IPED advisor is available to work with you to learn time management skills. 

What if I don’t end up liking teaching? 

Don’t worry, exploring is very important to help you learn what you like or dislike about any degree program.  EDU100 is a good class to introduce IPED students to the classroom experience. Working with the IPED advisor, you will find it is very easy to change your major or continue exploring your options. 


Coursework in this program can lead to a license in Secondary Education. Teachers with a secondary license are qualified to work as classroom teachers in a specific content area in grades 6-12. Further education at the graduate level can lead to such careers as school principal, counselor, educational specialist, or instructional program coordinator.

Education Programs

Elementary Education Major
Special Education Major
English as a Second Language Minor
Bilingual Education Certification

Licensure Opportunities

Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Technology + Pre-engineering
English as a Second Language Minor
Bilingual Education Certification


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