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Secondary Education

Be the inspiration that you experienced from your favorite high school teacher. Start here to gain the knowledge and skills to teach at the inspirational level.

Why choose Garrett for Secondary Education?

Garrett College Teacher Education programs are highly committed to providing pre-service teachers with the highest quality education to properly prepare them for the rigors of teaching in the 21st century. By educating teacher candidates in theory, analytical thinking, practical methods, and the latest proven methods, we strive to give candidates the necessary tools to become effective and efficient educational leaders.

Teacher Education Degrees

Garrett College awards an Associate in Arts degree to graduates of the Teacher Education Secondary Education concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication appropriate to their teacher education focus.
  • Students will research, analyze, and evaluate learning theories, strategies, and technology relevant to classroom instruction.
  • Students will research and apply current instructional strategies, pedagogical trends, and best practices to curriculum development.
  • Students will develop and implement various forms of assessment to monitor and manage student learning.
  • Students will develop an in-depth understanding of basic concepts, terminology, and techniques appropriate to their area of study in teacher education.
  • Students will differentiate instruction for students of all abilities.
  • Students will create lesson plans and develop instructional strategies based on state curriculum and INTASC standards.

Program Benefits

Students in the Secondary Education program get high educational value at Garrett College with the following:

  • Transferability of most credits in many regional four-year institutions
  • Broad educational foundation
  • Praxis I completion
  • Affordable start to a four-year degree

Career Goals

Garrett's Secondary Education program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a career in any of the following general or specialty fields:

  • Secondary classroom instruction
  • Adolescent and teenage programming
  • Adolescent and teenage literature

Secondary Education concentration
Teacher Education A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (35 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • ENG102  Comp II—Intro to Literature  3
  • ART115  Visual Imagery
    or  MUS110  Music Appreciation
    or  THE101   Introduction to Theater   3
  • HIS111  American History to 1865
    or  HIS112  American History since 1865
    or  HIS121   Twentieth Century World   3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • SOC101  Principles of Sociology
    or  GEO201  Cultural Geography
    or  POL140   American Natl Govt   3


  • Two GER Science courses from the following
    BIO101  General Biology I
    or  CHE101  General Chemistry
    or  ESC01  Physical Geology
    or  ESC121  Physical Geography
    or  PHY130   Physical Science   8


  • MAT105  College Algebra  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • EDU246  Educational Technology*  3

Minimum C grade required for this major.

Core Courses (8 credits)

  • EDU105  Career Analysis in Education*  1
  • EDU201  Foundations of Education*  3
  • EDU275  Teaching Lab*  1
  • PSY112  Educational Psychology *  3

Minimum C grade required for this major.

Concentration Coursework (6 credits)

  • EDU251  Adapting Instr for Diverse Learners*  3
  • PSY102  Human Growth & Development  3

Minimum C grade required for this major.

Concentration Electives (10 credits)

Select based on desired teaching area: Math, Science, Social Studies, etc. Choose after consultation with advisor.