Our secondary education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in selected content areas for grades 7-12. Our majors develop the skills required to be an effective leader and the expertise to confidently move from being students in the classroom to teachers who will make a difference.
Students who major in secondary education select an additional major in biology, English literature, French, history, mathematics or Spanish. The double major ensures that students gain in-depth content area knowledge and are positioned for success in the secondary education setting.
A strategic progression of coursework and field placements helps students build a strong foundation in teaching and learning based on current theory and best practices. Concurrent with their coursework, our students spend significant time in field placements during their second, third and fourth years. As a result, our majors are prepared to effectively engage diverse students in a variety of school contexts.
Students should consult the webpage pertinent to the additional major of their choice for information regarding specific course requirements. It is recommended that biology majors seek certification in general science, which requires two physics courses (including a calculus prerequisite) and two chemistry courses.
Life After Salve
While our program is specifically focused on teaching grades 7-12 in a specific subject area, the core competencies gained are valuable in a variety of professional careers, including:
- Admissions counselor
- Corporate trainer
- Education consultant
- Museum educator
- School counselor