About The Major

As a secondary education studies major, you will learn the methods of teaching and learning with children from 5th through 12th grade. This program teaches you how to make the most of challenges and opportunities in an urban school environment. You'll be in the field early during your studies and be able to start learning in actual community classrooms. This major fully equips you to teach your own class of diverse students in any urban, suburban, or rural school. Partner majors include: English education, social studies, art education, physical education, world languages, math, and science.

Skills and abilities the major develops include: cultural competency, teaching, problem-solving, lesson-planning, and inclusivity (IUPUI School of Education, 2017).

Complimenting Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Field experience
  • Windows on education
  • Examining self as teacher
  • Using computers in education
  • Diversity and learning
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Field experience
  • Teaching & learning in high school

Possible Careers

  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Education administrator*
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Social worker*

* = indicates this career requires further education or training

Where could I work?

  • Angie's List
  • Education
  • Indiana University Health
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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