What Can You Do With A Major In Secondary Education? 


Secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world and themselves.  Secondary school teachers specialize in a specific subject such as English, Spanish, mathematics, history or biology.  Classroom presentations are designed by the teachers to meet the students needs and abilities.  Teachers may also need to include multicultural programming in their lesson plans to address the needs of all students.  In addition, teachers oversee study halls and supervise extracurricular activities. This helps them to identify physical or mental problems so the students are referred to the proper resource agency for diagnosis and treatment.  Public school teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree and be licensed.



 Some Related Career Titles 

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  • Substitute Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • High School Coach
  • Reading Teacher
  • Algebra Teacher              

  • Biology Teacher

  • History Teacher

  • Language Arts Teacher




Typical Employers/Work Settings  


  • Secondary Schools
  • Employment Services
  • Local Government
  • State Government
  • Educational Support Services

  • Religious Organizations

  • Individual and Family Services


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Beginning Salary Range: 

 From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) B.A.E.: $36,000; M.A.E.: $43,000 For more information on salaries click here

Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development 
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 


Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

National Education Association (NEA)

Association of Teacher Educators
Association of American Educators
Council for Exceptional Children
American School Counselor Association
American Library Association
American Association of School Administrators
American Educational Research Association
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Phi Delta Kappa International
Association for Career and Technical Education
American College Personnel Association
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

National Association of School Psychologists



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Graduate Schools 

Local Programs

University of Florida

University of North Florida

University of South Florida


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Link To UNF Academic Program 

The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) in the following areas:

Secondary Education with majors in

The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education offers a Master of Education(MEd) in the following area: Secondary Education  



College of Education and Human Services Job Search Internet Links 

Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools
Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools
Physical Education/Sports 
Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling
Special Education and Related Services
College and University Job Search Internet Resources 
Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation 
State and Federal Government Job Search 

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options