Secondary Education

Why study secondary education at CMU?

This program prepares and certifies students to teach in grades 6 through 12. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:

  • An innovative new Education Building that opened in 2009 and features the latest technology
  • Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) center - the only one of its kind in the state - that offers workshops and classroom materials
  • Statewide student-teaching centers and options to student teach for an eight-week period in England, Ghana, Australia, or the Dominican Republic
  • Professional development through organizations such as the Student Michigan Education Association
  • The most teacher education alumni in Michigan

Areas of study

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • School Health Education
  • Science, Integrated
  • Spanish
  • Special Education: Cognitive Impairment
  • Special Education: Emotional Impairment
  • Speech
  • Visual Arts Education (K-12)

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Overall employment will grow 9 to 17 percent for teachers from kindergarten through secondary grades.
  • Job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the locality, grade level, and subject taught.
  • Increasing enrollments of minorities, coupled with a shortage of minority teachers, should cause efforts to recruit minority teachers to intensify.  

Career options

In addition to working as a classroom teacher, graduates of the CMU teacher education program will find other career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Athletic Coach
  • Community Agency Employee
  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Program Director
  • Educations Materials Developer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Principal
  • Superintendent

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