Redefining the Classroom

The Secondary Education program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major and a subject minor, extended field experience in secondary school settings, and focused development of the knowledge and skills critical for effective teachers. The program leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in the student's major area.

Secondary-level teacher certification in Michigan permits individuals to teach the subject areas, in which they hold endorsements, at grades 6-12.  The subject majors and minors provide the required coursework for the related endorsements. Completing the coursework and passing the corresponding Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test enable graduates to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and to be highly qualified in their subject areas.

Students begin their studies in the secondary education program with a focus on general education requirements, an academic major and an academic minor. They complete the initial professional education coursework in their sophomore year, and apply for formal admission to the program at the end of that year. By that time, they will have also passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Examination.

Upper level professional education coursework, along with the completion of the major and minor, is the focus for the junior and senior years. Student teaching, a semester-long culminating experience, may be completed in the spring of the fourth year or the fall of the fifth year, depending on the individual student's progress through the program. Generally, this student teaching experience will be in the Eastern Upper Peninsula or in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test in the major must be passed prior to beginning student teaching.

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives," by Clay P. Bedford, is a quote that I first read on a professor's door at LSSU. LSSU teaches you how to teach by guiding the children in your class to a positive future. LSSU gives you the foundation that makes a person into a teacher who will make a difference in the lives of children."

--Krista Vit
School of Education graduate

Why Students Choose LSSU

Clinical field experience is a hallmark of all programs in the School of Education.  Students complete field experience hours as part of their professional education coursework, being placed at appropriate levels in area secondary schools.  Specific assignments and tasks are designed for these placements, which serve to integrate the classwork on campus and the experience in the field.  This intentional design serves to strengthen students ability to learn from these experiences and to reflect on their professional development as an educator.  Secondary student teachers are placed for both their majors and their minors, providing them with a broad range of experience and preparation for their first teaching jobs.

The School of Education is also committed to preparing teachers for small, rural schools, which have unique cultures and expectations.  Many LSSU students are from smaller communities in the United States and Canada, and aspire to return to those communities (or similar ones) for their careers.  Through partnerships with schools in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and in Ontario, School of Education students work closely with cooperating teachers in their clinical field experiences and in the culminating practicums and student teaching experiences.  This further supports the preparation of effective teachers for the small school environment.


Subject major and minor options are listed below. Specific requirements for these are found in the respective academic departments.



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"Lake Superior State University has provided me with invaluable teaching experience. From my first year to my last, I was able to complete field work, which provided me with four years of teaching experience in a variety of classrooms. Throughout this time I was also immersed in educational theory, and by the time I completed my internship, I felt like I had already completed my first year of teaching. A major benefit of this teaching program was the valuable contacts I was able to make within the schools, which helped me to gain employment when I graduated. I was also able to graduate with 12 post-graduate credits, which I plan to put toward a Masters in Education. The teaching program at Lake State has not only given me a solid foundation to build from, but has helped me develop into a competent and confident professional."

-- Beth Orlando
Teacher Education Graduate

Career Choices

Secondary Teacher $59,330 national mean: $45,010 – $71,580

  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Education Program Coordinator

Professional Organizations

ASCD - A global community dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning, and leading
Michigan ASCD

Early Childhood Education
National Association for the Education of the Young Child
Michigan Association for the Education of the Young Child

English Language Arts
National Council of Teachers of English  
Michigan Council of Teachers of English  

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics  

National Science Teachers Association 
Michigan Science Teacher Association 

Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies  
Michigan Council for the Social Studies  

Special Education
National Association of Special Education Teachers  
Council for Exceptional Children 
Council for Exceptional Children Michigan  


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