Successful completion of the secondary education (8-12/P-12) program leads to the Bachelor of Arts and is the first step toward attaining certification to teach in one’s chosen field in a secondary school program (8-12) in Kentucky. Students completing the secondary education program must also complete a second major in their selected teaching content through the corresponding department. Students wishing to enroll in the secondary education program must follow the admission guidelines outlined by the College of Education. It is suggested that freshmen or other interested students declare a pre-education major in secondary education. Doing so will enable the student to be assigned to a teacher education advisor. The advisor will be familiar with the current curriculum and admission requirements as well as any impending changes that may occur prior to the student’s admission semester. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will qualify for an institutional recommendation for a Kentucky Provisional Certificate for teaching in the secondary grades (8-12) or in all grades (P-12) depending upon the selected teaching field.
You should also know: At the time of graduation, all students in teacher education programs must meet the following requirements:
Overall GPA of 2.75.
Pedagogy (EDU and EDS courses) GPA of 2.75.
Content course GPA of 2.75.
NKU coursework GPA of 2.75.
Minimum grade of C (not C-) in all education (EDS / EDU) courses.
Four-Year Plan: Click here to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures page.
NOTE: ALL of these courses fulfill general education requirements in Individual and Society and Oral Communication.
Selected Teaching Field*
Students should refer to the content area department for specific content course requirements in the selected teaching field.
Earth/Space Science (8-12)
Health Education (P-12) - must be paired with another certification area
Music (P-12) - refer to Department of Music for degree requirements
Physical Education (P-12)
Social Studies (8-12) - refer to Department of History and Geography for degree requirements
World Languages (P-12): French, Spanish, German
Secondary Education with Special Education
Students pursuing secondary education certification may also choose to concurrently complete a second major in special education. For courses leading to certification in special education, refer to the Bachelor of Arts with a major in special education program description.