Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
Prepare to teach in junior high or high school by majoring in secondary education (grades 7-12) at Briar Cliff. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.
TEACH YOUR PASSION
As a secondary education major, you are essentially a double major in both education and a specific academic discipline of your choice. Majoring in your teaching subject will give you valuable knowledge and experience that can set you apart from other teaching candidates in your field:
Looking to teach art, physical education or music? Then you'll need to major in K-12 education »
Before you begin student teaching, you will have already gained 120 hours of classroom experience through observations, small groups and practicums. This ensures that you'll be prepared for the best possible student teacher experience »
You have the option to pick up a middle school teaching endorsement (grades 5-8), so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels. Coaching endorsements are also available.
TEACHING IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate enables you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.
Additional Program Requirements
All students intending to seek licensure must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program, and enlisted in another specific academic major.