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.
Students interested in a secondary education field with a Science focus should enroll in General Biology I their first semester. Math Majors should enroll in Physical Science PHS4511 or General Chemistry CHM4211.
The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 24 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 transfer needs.
In addition to the recommended transfer electives, PSY6720 - First Year Experience (FYE) is highly recommended as an elective for students enrolled in this pathway.