Undergraduate Secondary Education Program

Shenandoah University's Undergraduate Secondary Education Program is for students who want to teach academic subjects in grades 6-12. This Virginia Department of Education-approved program meets accreditation standards and is student-centered, inquiry-based and problem-oriented. All courses include a field component to fully integrate theory with current best practices. These five courses plus student teaching comprise a minor that can connect to the following majors for Virginia 6-12 Licensure:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History/Social Studies

Students increase their career opportunities by choosing a minor in teacher education during their undergraduate programs. Increased demand for teachers has made teacher salaries more competitive, and scholarships and other financial aid are available for students in teacher education programs.

Students applying to teacher education programs in Virginia will have to pass state-mandated standardized tests such as Praxis and VCLA.

Information on teaching opportunities in Virginia can be found at the Virginia Department of Education

This program contains the professional studies required by the Virginia Department of Licensure Regulations for secondary education teachers and K-12 endorsements.  Students may elect to add this program as a minor to their current or completed major in a liberal arts field so that they could apply for a Virginia Teacher's license in that field.

Pass Praxis 1 for formal acceptance into Teacher Ed.

Professional Studies Program for Secondary School Teacher Education (6-12)

PSY 220 Child Development 3
EDU 221 Child Development Lab 1
EDU 301 Orientation to Teaching/Practicum 3
EDU 343 Methods & Assessments in Middle/Secondary Schools 3
EDU 344 Methods & Managemet in Middle/Secondary Scools 3
EDU 425 Reading & Writing in the Content Area 3
EDU 441 Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary Schools 9
  Total 25*

*Teacher endorsement area requirements may be satisfied through transcript analysis by the Education Departmet faculty.  The outcome of this analysis may bepossible recommendations for supplementary corsework in order for students to acheive complicance with Virginia Department of Education regulations.

English majors seeking Licensureare additionally required to take the following courses:

MCOM 150 Principles of Public Speaking
ENG 210 Modern Grammar
   Total  6 

Chemistry majors seeking licensure are additionally required to take the following courses:

CourseTitle Hrs.
BIO 121 General Biology I 
BIO 122 General Biology II 

Please contact Dr. Mary Bowser with any questions at mbowser@su.edu

Gainful Employment Information *

Job TitleCohort Number of graduatesNumber of Students Graduated On TimeOn Time Graduation Rate
Teacher  3  3


Length of ProgramCreditsCredit Hour average TuitionProgram Tuition
3 years 25 $730.67 $18,267.00


Books $45 per credit/SuppliesProgram Median Loan Debt
$1,125.00  $7,000.00

* Link to entire Gainful Employment Information Table