Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Education – Secondary Education [7-12]


The Secondary Education program is designed for students seeking Texas teaching certification for secondary school classrooms (grades 7-12). This program provides the latest methods, strategies, and tools for teaching in secondary schools.  You will learn ways to successfully teach and engage all learners as well as gain in-depth knowledge of your selected content area. Secondary education majors choose from one of the following content areas: Language & Literacy, Life Science, Physical Science or Social Studies.

“After my semester of student teaching,  I can truly say I have a heart for teaching, and more specifically, a heart for high school students. The need for a stable role model in the lives of teenagers is more important now than ever, and I am eager and ready to take that responsibility and make a difference.”

-Dillon Smith B.S. ’18 Accelerated Master’s ’19

Academics and Curriculum

The BS in Secondary Education will equip you with the skills to teach high school grades 7-12. In addition to education courses, you will take several courses related to your of emphasis.

Student experiences include both educational theory and practice. You will take a range of education course work including:

  • Developmental Psychology of Adolescence
  • Study of Exceptional Students
  • Assessment and classroom management
  • Professional Roles and Responsibilities
  • Digital Literacy, Learning and Citizenship in Education

As a secondary education major, you will choose from one of the following content area options:

Students may also Double Major with Educational Studies and a teaching area outside the College of Education for certification. These teaching areas are: Business, Computer Science, Dance, English, History, Journalism, Math, Spanish, French, German, Theatre Arts or Communication Studies.


Step 1: Apply to TCU
The TCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. A student must be accepted to TCU before applying to the College of Education (COE).

Step 2: Apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program
Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate must declare Education as their major or minor and formally apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education. Students apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have 54 hours toward their degree.

Eligibility requirements for the Teacher Education Program at TCU are outlined in the TCU Catalog or can be found here. Please note that all applicants must be enrolled at TCU at the time of program application.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $55 fee when admitted to the program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. For the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, certification candidates enrolled in the program will pay a fee of $35. The fee will appear on your TCU student account.

Application Deadlines                                                                        

  • March 1 for fall admission (starting in August)
  • October 1 for spring admission (starting in January)