Secondary Education

 A Career in Secondary Education

Great teachers can challenge, encourage, and inspire their students. Their mission is to increase the world’s capacity for growth by enabling students to fully maximize their talents, imagination, analytical skills and character. Secondary education teachers have the extraordinary task of educating adolescents and young adults. Some say teaching is a calling or a passion and that teachers touch the future. Whatever your reason for choosing a career in Secondary Education, Purdue North Central has the ideal affordable program, close to home, to make your dream come true.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for secondary education professionals is excellent.  In fact, there is dire need for teachers specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math “STEM disciplines.”  In particular, Northwest Indiana Middle School and High School teachers in the STEM disciplines of Math and Science are in high demand and the PNC secondary education program content areas fulfill this urgent need.

Program Overview

The theme that captures the program’s model is “Effective Educators Committed to Continuous Growth and Educational Reform”. Graduates of the Secondary Education program are expected to become effective educators who are literate in the specific content area(s) and have knowledge, skills, and dispositions to help diverse students become successful young adults. Our program will prepare you to commit to continuous growth as the body of knowledge needed to teach effectively is growing and changing. Our program includes numerous middle and high school classroom experiences to accomplish just that.

Candidates in this program must meet the ten unit outcomes with their associated Knowledge, Performance, and Disposition indicators as well as the Standards for Teachers of Adolescence and Your Adulthood and Standards of Content Areas in their specified areas. The PNC secondary education program is designed to meet the outcomes of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  PNC students are eligible for the Indiana Initial Licensure as well as teaching licenses in many reciprocal states.

Secondary Education General Course Requirements

  • Exploring Teaching as a Career in Secondary Schools
  • History and Philosophy of Education
  • Multiculturalism in Secondary Classrooms
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Development
  • Classroom Climate in Secondary Schools
  • Exceptional Learners in Secondary Schools
  • Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Strategies for Science Instruction in Middle and High School OR Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools
  • Student Teaching in the Secondary School

Teaching License

Candidates who successfully complete the plan of study will also be eligible for Indiana initial teaching licenses of Adolescence and Young Adulthood in one or more of the following: Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physical Science, Physics & Math, which would qualify them to teach Grades 5-12 in the particular area(s).

What’s Next?

Contacting the Admissions Department at PNC has never been easier! Call us at (219) 785-5505, send us an instant message, email us at admissions@pnc.edu or complete our online request form.

For more information, contact Bianca Villarruel, Education Academic Advisor, at 219-785-5473 or bvillarr@pnc.edu.