Secondary Education

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Considering a career in teaching middle school or high school students?

. A Secondary Education certificate permits teaching in grades 6-12 in content area majors or minors.
  • The student teaching term is 14 weeks long. You can choose to student teach up to 90 minutes from campus in urban, rural, or suburban settings. You also have the option of student teaching in Chicago.
  • Service Learning opportunities include facilitating…..
  • You will have opportunities for International Teaching Experiences through Spring Terms and P-Global and Venture Grants. ,

Our secondary teacher candidates are well-prepared and knowledgeable as they graduate Alma College. Those completing their programs and becoming eligible for certification in 2016-17 had overall GPAs averaging 3.53, and 92% are now certified to teach. Some choose not to do so, possibly pursuing graduate studies or other opportunities.

Our secondary candidates may choose to earn Honors in Education based on high GPA, exemplary student teaching, and an honors thesis and presentation.

Our graduates are teaching across Michigan, the U.S. and internationally. For example, recent graduates found teaching jobs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and overseas in Rwanda.

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 2013-14, 100% are now certified. Some students choose to graduate with Educational Studies, and some pursue graduate school.

Secondary teacher candidates are advised and supported in ways that help them complete their program in a timely fashion. For example, of those incoming first-year (non-transfer) students who graduated from our secondary certification program from 2014-2017, 27% graduated in 4 years or less; almost 35% graduated in four years plus their student teaching semester; and all graduated within 6 years. This includes at least a secondary education major, teaching major, and teaching minor, or a K-12 major. Secondary certification requirements have now changed and the program may be completed in less time by those who choose.


The Alma College teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This accreditation certifies that our education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.