Feb 25, 2024
To teach in a Kansas public school (grades 6-12); teachers must be certified by the State of Kansas upon completion of a four-year degree. Since secondary education is not a major at the baccalaureate level, students need to select a major and a teaching minor from among those disciplines taught in high schools. Since admission to secondary education is competitive, completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission. A minimum grade point average determined by the transfer institution and passage of a basic skills test are required for program admission.
Students interested in secondary education as a four-year major are encouraged to complete an associate degree prior to transfer. These course recommendations are intended for students who are undecided about a transfer school or secondary (9th - 12th grade) content area of study. Students who have a specific discipline in mind can check the course outlines under the Education: Secondary (Specific Discipline) Transfer Pathways (AA) area in the catalog.
Students who have selected a transfer school should consult the catalog of that school for requirements appropriate to the first two years of study. College catalogs and transfer guides for many four-year colleges are available through Enrollment Services.
(T►) - Kansas Regents System Wide Transfer Course
($) - Special Funding Identifier
PROGRAM MAP - Education: Secondary (General) (AA)
Education Majors - General Education Core (35 hours)
Successfully completing 35 hours of approved coursework in the following designated categories will fulfill the requirements of meeting the Kansas System-wide General Education Core.
Basic Skills - English, Communications and Math (12 hours)
Complete 6 credits of English, 3 credits of Communications (Public Speaking), and at least 3 credits of College-level Math - College Algebra or Elementary Statistics.
Natural & Physical Laboratory Sciences (5 hours)
Complete 5 credits of Lab Sciences - BIO4111 Principles of Biology or BIO4125 Biology I (For Science Disciplines)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
Complete 6 credits of approved Social Science Electives. Students should work with their advisor to determine the most appropriate courses to select based upon their transfer institution program requirements.
Arts & Humanities (6 hours)
Complete 6 credits of approved Arts & Humanities Electives. Students should work with their advisor to determine the most appropriate courses to select based upon their transfer institution program requirements.
One course should be a Fine Arts Appreciation course and one course should be completed with a U.S. History course.
Institution Designated CORE Requirement (6 hours)
Complete an additional 3 hours of an approved system-wide Humanities transfer elective in Literature, Philosophy, Ethics or Religion* and an additional Social Science elective in American National Government or Geography. (American National Government is required for elementary ed majors to meet KBOR approved program plan).
Students should work with their advisor and refer to transfer needs to select the most appropriate courses to meet transfer institution requirements.
*Religion course required if transferring to Newman University.
Pathway Electives (27 hours)*
The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 27 hours of Pathway Electives. Students should work with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the most appropriate courses to complete within this block. Students and advisors should refer to content specific plan for Pathway transfer needs.
THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL EDUCATION MAJORS AT ALL TRANSFER SCHOOLS
Additional Pathway Electives
Complete a minimum of 12 additional pathway electives appropriate for student’s education concentration area and transfer school requirements. (Refer to specific discipline program map).
Minimum Hours for a Degree 62*
*A minimum of 62 hours is required to earn a Cowley degree; however additional credit hours may be outlined on the transfer pathway to meet the program requirements for a transfer institution.
Depending on skill level and assessment scores, students may be required to take the necessary basic skill or prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the program courses.