The College of Arts and Sciences boasts a variety of secondary education programs to empower tomorrow's educators and teach high school. In collaboration with the College of Education and Allied Professions, we offer degrees in Secondary English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science Education. Our Arts and Sciences Education students not only deepen their own subject matter knowledge, but develop sound teaching strategies for implementation in their future classrooms. Education students learn from experienced faculty and gain real-life classroom experience during internships and practicum.
Our Secondary English Education Program has achieved National Recognition status by the National Council of Teachers of English and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Our program is the only such program in the state of North Carolina to merit this distinction. English Ed. students have the opportunity to earn a joint B.A. and B.S.Ed., setting them apart as professionals post-graduation.
Our Mathematics Education Program fosters strong math teachers and researchers. Our students are frequent presenters at Mathematical Association of America and North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences. Our students consistently garner recognition as Outstanding Mathematics Education Students for the western North Carolina region as awarded by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Our Science Education students can receive a comprehensive science education degree which qualifies them to teach multiple high school disciplines. Within the comprehensive degree, students can choose to specialize in biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics- combining subject knowledge with teaching practice. Graduates receive licensure to teach North Carolina high school students, positioning them to go straight into the field upon graduating.
Our Social Science Education Program equips students to teach a wide array of subjects to their future students: ranging from history to economics to world cultures. Our graduates are in high demand , with over 90% of our Social Science Educations students employed in public schools or admitted to graduate school.