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Secondary Education Program

Secondary Education Program Coordinator:

Dr. Renee Campoy, Adolescent, Career, and Special Education

3202 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071



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The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its 2014 Teacher Prep Review, evaluating 1,612 teacher preparation programs across the country. The Murray State Secondary Education undergraduate program was ranked second highest in the state.   Nationally, the Murray State Secondary Education undergraduate program ranked 5th nationally.  Murray State University earned national "Top Ranked" status - a distinction awarded to only 107 programs in the nation for overall strong performance!



If your goal is to become a secondary teacher, you will have an opportunity to touch many lives throughout your career. The effect you will have is far reaching. You can choose from three certification levels: grades 8-12, 5-12, and P-12. These programs will prepare you in the specified grade ranges in curriculum content areas. You will take approximately 120-142 hours, including University Studies courses, professional education courses, and subject-matter content majors or areas. Once enrolled in one of the programs, you will focus on coursework in the content areas as well as teaching methods appropriate for the subject matter and the age level of the students. Coursework and practicum experiences (field-based learning activities) will provide access to current best practices and research in the appropriate areas. Your culminating experience is a semester-long student teaching experience in the appropriate content area in a public school. In all of these programs, you will have dual advisors: a faculty member in the subject-matter department and one in the Adolescent, Career, and Special Education Department.


Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education, and locations in urban or rural school districts. Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding a job.


Secondary Programs for various grade level certifications:

Grades 8-12:

  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Political Science

Grades 5-12:

  • Agriculture
  • Career & Technical Education (Business & Marketing, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Education, Enginering/Technology Education)

Grades P-12:

  • Art
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Integrated Music
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)

Master of Arts in Education, Teacher Leader Program in Secondary Education

If you want to assume a leadership role within your school but you do not necessarily wish to become an administrator, the Master of Arts in Education, Teacher Leader Program is for you. Upon completion of the 30-hour program, you will earn a Rank II and Teacher Leader Master’s designation as well as the Teacher Leader Endorsement. All certifications are required to take 15 hours of core courses in addition to the 15-18 hours of required for a specialization or endorsement. For more detailed information regarding the Teacher Leader Master’s Degree Program, please download the advising guide or speak to your advisor.

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