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Why Study Secondary Education?

Teacher education has been a cornerstone of UW-River Falls since our founding in 1874. Our secondary education program prepares teachers for secondary school positions, in either Early Adolescence (grades 6-12) or Early Childhood – Adolescence (K-12). It consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours of broad general education, specialized preparation in one or more subject areas and professional preparation needed for effective teaching.

 

Early Adolescence/Adolescence Programs

Our early adolescence/adolescence programs prepare students to teach grades 6-12. It includes comprehensive majors in the following areas:

  • Broad Area English
  • Broad Field Science licensure (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Broad Field Social Studies
  • Physical Science

It also includes majors in the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (does not lead to licensing at the undergraduate level)
  • Geology (Earth Science Certification)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Early Childhood/Adolescence Programs

Our early childhood/adolescence programs prepare students to teach kindergarten through 12th grade. It includes comprehensive majors in the following areas:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Art
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music (choral or instrumental options)

It also includes majors in the follow areas:

  • Health Education
  • Spanish
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 

We make it easy to choose a major area that interests you and in addition to our variety of major options, we’ve got a broad selection of minors, allowing you to personalize your education and focus on passions. Minor options include:

 

  • Adapted Physical Education (EA-C)
  • Anthropology (EA-A)
  • Biology (EA-A)
  • Chemistry (EA-A)
  • Coaching (EA-A, EA-C)
  • Earth Science (EA-A)
  • Economics (EA-A)
  • English (EA-A)
  • Geography (EA-A)
  • German (EA-A, EA-C)
  • Health Education (EA-A)
  • History (EA-A)
  • Mathematics (EA-A)
  • Physics (EA-A)
  • Political Science (EA-A)
  • Spanish (EA-A, EA-C)
  • Sociology (EA-A)
  • TESOL (EA-A, EA-C)

 

(*EA-A denotes Early Adolescence – Adolescence, EC-A denotes Early Adolescence – Childhood)

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in best practices and implement them in the preparation and development of classroom materials, schedules and lessons for students.
  • Design, implement and assess teaching tools.
  • Develop and use assessments to evaluate student performance and promote intellectual, personal and social growth of students.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Understand students’ diverse needs and utilize tools to meet needs through instruction

“The best experience I had was my student teaching experience. I was paired with an amazingly smart professional educator who taught me everything I need to know to be a teacher! She trusted me and pushed me to try new things – even letting me teach on the second day of school. As a student teacher, I had the whole experience of a real classroom teacher: going to meetings, teaching students, writing tests and worksheets, creating classroom activities and even lunch duty a couple of times!”

 

– Nick McGrath, broad field social studies - history emphasis major


Potential Careers

UWRF’s secondary education program prepares you for a career in secondary education. Our graduates land teaching positions each year in Wisconsin, Minnesota and beyond.