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You will get experience in the classroom early and often! A Secondary Education certificate permits teaching in grades 6-12 in content area majors or minors.
Along with the secondary education major, students seeking to teach in grades 6-12 must also complete an Alma College teaching major and minor, or two teaching majors, or a K-12 comprehensive major in Music education.
Alma College offers the following teaching majors and/or minors for students seeking secondary certification:
- Biology (major or minor)
- Business, Management, Marketing & Technology (major only)
- Chemistry (major or minor)
- Computer Science (major only)
- English (major or minor)
- French (major or minor)
- German (major or minor)
- History (major only)
- Mathematics (major or minor)
- Music (K-12 comprehensive major only)
- Physical Education (major only)
- Physics (major or minor)
- Social Studies (group major only; must also declare history major)
- Spanish (major or minor)
- Special Education—Learning Disabilities (K-12 major only)
Accreditation and Program Approval
Alma College Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare initial teaching candidates, is granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from October 2012 to October 2019
(To see the Summary of the Case, please visit: www.teac.org/membership/teac-members)
We revised our secondary education major for students entering in Fall 2011 and all our teaching majors and minors are approved by The Michigan Department of Education, most recently including our Special Education (K-12 Learning Disabilities) in 2015.
Secondary teacher candidates are advised and supported in ways that help them complete their program in a timely fashion. (This includes the required minimum of a secondary education major, teaching major, and teaching minor, or a K-12 music major.) For example, of those who student taught during the 2015-16 year, 60% were finishing in 4½ years or less and 30% in 5 years; of those who student taught in 2014-15, 45.45% had finished within 4 years, 45.45% in 4½ years, and 9.09% in 5 years.
Our secondary teacher candidates are well-prepared and knowledgeable as they graduate Alma College. Those completing their programs and becoming eligible for certification in 2014-15 had overall GPAs averaging 3.48, and 78.57% are now certified to teach. Some choose not to do so.
Our graduates are teaching across Michigan, the U.S. and internationally. For example, graduates found teaching jobs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and overseas in Austria, and Spain.
Those students admitted to our Teacher Education Program (TEP) successfully complete their program and become certified in high numbers, should they choose to do so. For example: of those admitted to TEP in 2011-12, 83.33% were eligible for certification and 66.67% were certified to teach by 2015. Others may choose a non-certification path, perhaps with an Educational Studies major, or pursue graduate studies.
A pre-student teaching internship in Rwanda helped Rachel Nemeth solidify her music education career goals. “I was able to see what a band director will do and have that glimpse of what my future might look like,” she says.
“Working with students and being able to see their critical thinking skills grow every day is remarkable.” — Colin Campbell