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Secondary Education

Secondary education (grades 8-12) at MSU provides initial certification programs for undergraduate and graduate students who want to teach in public high schools. Certification is received through the College of Education while a candidate is completing their bachelor's degree in their chosen discipline field. For persons interested in secondary education certification, please contact Dr. Lesia Lennex, Secondary Education Program Coordinator, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education.

Our students are immersed in research on effective classroom teaching and pursue coursework in the following: 

  • Human growth and development
  • Learning theories, assessment and diversity
  • Educational methods and technology
  • Classroom organization and management.

Extensive field experiences will accompany all of your instructional methods classes. Students complete 200 hours of field experience before their final semester of student teaching begins. 

During your semester of student teaching you will have the chance to work under experienced educators who will mentor you and provide you with feedback to improve your skills. The experience you earn with us will prepare you professionally to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds who have a wide variety of needs.

Secondary Certification (8-12) 

Students seeking initial secondary certification (8-12) are required to complete a bachelor's degree from the following teaching preparation programs: biological science, business, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, English, mathematics, physics or social studies. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA.

other education content areas

Other education content areas for grades 5-12 include agriculture, business and information technology and industrial education. Content areas for grades P-12 include Spanish, art, theatre and music. 


You will be assigned an advisor in your respective major content area. General education requirements may differ by content area. You will need to obtain an official program evaluation from your advisor or the content area department chair. You may complete a bachelor's degree from the following teaching preparation programs:

Program Requirements

Admission to Morehead State University, see MSU admission requirements.

All teacher education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). View the TEP handbook here.

Students seeking initial secondary certification are required to complete a bachelor's degree from the following teaching preparation programs: biological science, business, chemistry, earth and space science, English, mathematics, physics or social studies. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Testing Requirements

Students applying for the TEP at MSU must obtain the following scores on the PRAXIS pre-professional skills (PPST) assessments:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics - 150 AND 
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading - 156 AND 
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing - 162

For information about the praxis exams and to register for the test, please visit the PRAXIS website.    

Candidates should apply for Teacher Education Program admission in the sophomore year since TEP admission is required for 300 level methods courses.

For complete lists of program requirements and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.   

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our programs pursue teaching careers in secondary education (grades 8-12).

MSU's  Career Services  offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate. 

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