Secondary Education

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The secondary education (7-12) major is for students who want to teach at the middle or high school level.

In our program, you will be known, you will be seen, and you will be cared for by exemplary faculty whose goal is to prepare you to teach all students well.

Upon completion, you will be recommended for teacher certification from the Nebraska Department of Education to teach in one of six content areas.

We prepare outstanding teachers.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Areas of Focus

    Business, Marketing and Information Technology, English, English and Language Arts, Mathematics (6-12), Sciences (Broad Field Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth and Space …, Social Sciences, World Languages (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian or Spanish)

The Nebraska Difference



CEHS awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to incoming students.


1-to-1 Advising

Your assigned advisor will support you with academic planning throughout your time at Nebraska.


Career Coaching

Career coaches can help you plan for a meaningful career built upon your degree program.


Classroom Experience

Participate in practicum field experiences in a variety of classroom settings and grade levels.

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Program Features

Real Classroom Teaching Experience

Enjoy intensive and diverse classroom placements while gaining more than 600 hours of classroom experience before graduation. Learn from a network of outstanding, experienced mentor teachers.

Nebraska and Beyond 

Experience opportunities to teach in urban, suburban and rural settings. Join the largest community of teacher alumni in Nebraska.

Global Educational Experiences

We offer opportunities to student teach abroad for six weeks at one of our partner schools. Explore course offerings to learn more about education beyond the U.S.

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Notable Courses

Teaching Matters (TEAC 161)

Designed to introduce critical issues, responsibilities, roles, and identities through school site visits, lectures, and inquiry into what it means to be a secondary teacher.

Multicultural Education (TEAC 330)

Exploring the historical, philosophical, and sociological contexts of education; emphasizing inclusive, equitable practices, cultural knowledge, and curriculum related to/for diverse PK-12 students.

School and Society (TEAC 331)

Questions of educational purpose and the complex relationship between school and society. Brings disciplinary resources to bear for developing interpretive, normative and critical perspectives on education, inside and outside of schools.

Learning and Teaching Principles and Practices (TEAC 451)

Learn about approaches and methods of teaching and learning in your discipline. Learn how to design engaging instructional units and curriculum.

Fundamentals of Adolescent Development for Education (EDPS 251)

Explore fundamental concepts and principles of cognitive and social/emotional development from late childhood to early adulthood. Understand biosocial forces affecting behavior and educational development.

Teaching Multilingual Learners in Content Areas (TEAC 413M)

Identify and design linguistically and culturally responsive instruction for multilingual learners in the content areas at all levels of K-12 education.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • First Husker peer mentor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln First-Year Experience and Transition Programs
  • Front line and event management intern, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Admissions
  • Grant writing intern, Lied Center for Performing Arts
  • Political communications intern, Nebraska Healthcare Association


  • Science teacher, Grand Island Public Schools
  • Technology applications instructor, Pasadena Independent School District
  • Careers for Kids specialist, Omaha Public Schools
  • Social studies teacher and coach, South Sioux City Public School District

Graduate Schools

  • M.A. Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Secondary Education major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Dijon DeLaPorte
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment