Education: Secondary

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Education: Secondary program of study is designed for students who wish to become secondary teachers. The curriculum is structured so that students have the opportunity to explore the field of teaching.  It is designed for transfer to institutions that offer teaching certificates.  Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion or work as a paraeducator in a pre-k-12 setting.

What will you do

Career opportunities for certified teachers include teaching in middle or high school settings.


Beginning salary range for certified teachers is $30,00-$42,000

Paraeducator average starting salary $16 per hour.

Career Examples

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • School Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Education Consultant

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
EDU 210 - Foundations of Education 1 3.0 Credit(s)
ECE 170 - Child Growth and Development 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
HIS 151 - U.S. History to 1877 3.0 Credit(s)


HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877 3.0 Credit(s)


ENV 111 - Environmental Science 4.0 Credit(s)
EDU 245 - Exceptional Learner 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 17.0 Credits

Third Semester

BIO 105 - Introductory Biology 4.0 Credit(s)
EDU 240 - Educational Psychology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
PHI 101 - Introduction to Philosophy 3.0 Credit(s)
GEO 121 - World Regional Geography 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

POL 111 - American National Government 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 224 - Adolescent Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)
ART 101 - Art Appreciation 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 100 - Music Appreciation 3.0 Credit(s)
EDU 255 - Technology in the Classroom 1 3.0 Credit(s)
EDU 219 - Field Experience and Seminar 1 1.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 13.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 61.0


One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement. 

Required courses for the program



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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

The Secondary Education AA degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a secondary classroom teacher. Successful graduates earn an Associates of Arts degree and are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Graduates of the program can also work in a pre-k-12 setting as a paraeducator.

The academic program includes education and general education coursework along with a culminating field experience in a secondary school setting. Education coursework explores educational foundations, theory related to practice in a school setting and working with diverse learners. The objective of the program is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution teacher preparation program, where teacher certification can be obtained.

*Criminal background checks and fingerprinting is required for the internship experience.

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