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Secondary Education, B.A.


Earn certification for grades 8-12 while completing a bachelor’s degree.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)






4 Years

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What You'll Learn in the secondary education program

 Certification is received through the College of Education while a candidate completes their bachelor's degree in their chosen discipline field. You'll learn teaching techniques and pedagogy that will prepare you to teach students in grades 8-12 in your chosen field.

Degree requirements may differ by content area. You may complete a bachelor's degree in:

  • Agriculture (5-12)
  • Art (P-12)
  • Biological science (5-12)
  • Business (5-12)
  • Chemistry (8-12)
  • Earth and Space Sciences (8-12)
  • English (8-12)
  • Mathematics (8-12)
  • Music (P-12)
  • Physics (8-12)
  • Social studies (8-12)
  • Spanish (P-12)
  • Theatre (P-12)

What You Can Do with a secondary education Degree

A degree in secondary education qualifies you to teach middle and high school students in public and private schools in Kentucky.

  • All teacher education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Candidates should apply for Teacher Education Program admission in the sophomore year since TEP admission is required for 300-level methods courses.
  • 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.

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.

MSUTeach is a program with a flexible approach that expands your career opportunities. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, and physics can earn teacher certification through MSUTEACH. You'll have the option of pursuing a STEM career, graduate school, or teaching and sharing your passion with students. Through this program, best teaching practices are integrated within your content area allowing you to complete a Bachelor of Science degree within four years while earning teacher certification.

Learn more about MSUTeach

Admission to secondary education

For admission to the secondary education program at Morehead State University, see MSU admission requirements.

Contact Information

Department of Middle Grades & Secondary Education

601 Ginger Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2079
FAX: 606-783-9132