Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

Career Opportunities in Secondary Ed

  • High School Teacher
  • Coach/Mentor
  • Online Educator
  • Content Creator
  • Tutor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Training Specialist
  • Education Consultant
  • Grant Writer
  • Textbook Consultant/Writer

Teach Success with a Secondary Education Degree That Changes Lives

As a secondary education major who’s trained to teach English, math or social studies, you are on track to becoming one of the most important people in a high schooler’s life. Strong language skills are an essential component of success in a world flooded with hyper-speed communication. Strong math skills are required in a wide range of occupations, from business to medicine. And a solid base of social studies moves students forward in life with a better understanding of where we’ve been and where we are headed as a society. College acceptance and success depend on these skills, as do jobs at almost any level. Plus, high school teachers are in high demand. Estimated job growth during the next decade is expected to be 8%.

At MACU, the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education aligns with the Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) standards, giving you the skills and knowledge you need to become a high school teacher at either public or private schools. The B.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education aligns with the rigorous standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers and Mathematics (NCTM), and rigorous standards set forth by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) are built into the curriculum for the B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education degree program.

Initial coursework includes the psychological components of teaching, as well as education theory and instructional technology and strategy. Before earning your Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education degree, you’ll have the opportunity to complete 110 hours of on ground field experience in a variety of schools that will provide observation and interaction with a variety of diverse students prior to their student teaching.

Mid-America Christian University (MACU), a Bible-based university, is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Our School of Teacher Education is accredited through Oklahoma’s Office of Educational Quality and Accountability using Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

Choose Between English, Mathematics, or Social Studies Concentrations

The secondary English education major covers the expected language courses of American, British, and world literature; composition; and creative writing. Courses you may not expect include Language and Popular Culture and Ethnic American Literature. The Bachelor of Secondary Education in Mathematics covers all secondary math methods, including calculus, algebra, statistics, and the history of math. The Bachelor of Secondary Education in Social Studies includes social studies teaching methods, world geography, U.S. history, American and Oklahoma history, macroeconomics, state and local government, historiography/research, cultural anthropology, and social psychology. All three programs take a hands-on approach so that you graduate with the experience you need to step into your role as secondary level educator.

BA in Secondary Education: Complete Your Education in a Supportive Learning Environment

MACU campus life lends itself naturally to new relationships as you study among people who share your beliefs. There are plenty of activities to try, groups and clubs to join, and an exciting and welcoming city to explore—complete with dining, shopping, and entertainment districts, and year-round fun.  

The staff and instructors at MACU are there for you, treating you as an individual, not as a number. Additional benefits of an on-campus degree at MACU:

  • Small, safe, and secure campus
  • Affordable degree programs, which are efficiently planned for your success
  • Low student-to-instructor ratio
  • Christ-centered student body, with an abundance of planned social activities
  • Experience living in the heart of Oklahoma City

MACU Secondary Education Majors Become High School Teachers Who Are Christian Role Models

MACU’s Christ-centered education can be the launch pad for a teaching career that changes the lives of your future students. Let them learn not only better language or math skills to further their higher education and career goals, but from your good example, as well.

Our degree programs are rooted in biblical values and led by caring professors who weave the word and the love of God into all of our classes. Students build on their faith by attending chapel services and participating in other faith-based activities. 

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Courses

  • EDUC2101

    MACU Teacher Education Orientation

    This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the requirements for state certification set forth by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP). Teacher candidates will also be introduced and learn the Global Vision Conceptual Framework and other MACU education requirements. Before being accepted in the School of Teacher Education, all students are required to pass this course. Prerequisite: Completed 21 hours of general education. Co-requisite: EDUC 2102. Offered every semester.

  • EDUC2102

    Educational Foundations

    This course is intended to introduce teacher candidates to the field of education. Historical, philosophical, sociological, and curricular foundations of American education; current issues of multicultural education, governance, and support of American education; and legal issues will be explored. Co-requisite: EDUC 2101. Offered every semester.

  • EDUC2403

    Child and Adolescent Psychology

    This course is a study of human development from conception through adolescence. Major theoretical approaches of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development will be examined. This study will include parent/child, sibling, and other relationships as they relate to developmental processes and stages. Study will be divided into five periods of childhood: prenatal, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103 or SOCI 1103. Offered every spring semester.

  • EDUC3103

    Educational Psychology

    This course includes basic and current learning theories, psychological principles applied to learning, and classroom management and assessment. Twenty-five (25) hours of field experience is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 1103, EDUC 2101 and EDUC 2102. Offered every spring semester.

  • EDUC4203

    Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I

    This course provides practice in the educational theories of effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and a variety of assessments, especially alternative and authentic assessments; and the involvement of parents/caregivers and the community in the learning process. Offered every spring semester.

  • EDUC4213

    Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment II

    This course further develops the knowledge base ad skills from EDUC 4203 Instructional Strategies, Management, and Assessment I. Prerequisite: EDUC 4203. Offered every fall semester.

  • EDUC4223

    Students with Exceptionalities

    This course is an introduction to the characteristics, needs, problems, and behavior patterns of exceptional children; and the various educational approaches used with them. Topics central to special education today inclusion, diversity, assistive technology, collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams, will all be studied. The intellectual, physical, emotional, and behaviorally disabled children will be studied, as well as gifted children and disabled adults. Ten (10) field experiences in special education and gifted classes will be required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2103, and acceptance in the Teacher Education Program. Offered every fall semester.

  • EDUC4803

    Methods of Teaching Secondary English

    This course is designed for prospective secondary English teachers. This course concentrates on teaching English as a written form of communication. The focus will be on inquiry, reflection, and design; the processes of writing; the relationship of reading and writing; grammar and usage; development of teaching units and curriculum; classroom applications; authentic assessment of writing; writing and instructional media; the relationship between writing and other forms of communication, the development of the teacher as researcher; the teacher as model; and research and professional issues in this area. Oklahoma Academic Standards (C3) will be basic to the class content. Thirty (30) hours of Field experience is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2101, EDUC 2102, EDuC 4203 and EDUC 4213 ENGL 4203, and acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.

  • EDUC4909

    Student Teaching

    This course gives the student teacher firsthand experience in the school setting through observation/teaching in an accredited school. He or she will spend fourteen weeks in this course with twelve weeks in the actual classroom under the supervision of both a cooperating teacher at a cooperating public school and the university supervisor. Portfolios and video tapes will be completed. Prerequisite: completion of classes in specialization and professional education. Offered every semester.

  • ENGL2103

    British Literature Survey I

    This course is a study of English literature from the old English period to the restoration and 18th century with an emphasis on literary analysis, literary theory, and the relationship of literature and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL2203

    British Literature Survey II

    This course is a study of English literature from the Romantic period to the present with an emphasis on and the relationship between literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL2403

    World Literature Survey: The Renaissance to the Modern Era

    This course is a study of both western and nonwestern literature from 1650 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered every spring semester.

  • ENGL2503

    American Literature Survey: Before 1865

    This course is a study of American literature from the pre-colonial era to 1865 with an emphasis on literary analysis, and the relationship between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL2603

    American Literature Survey: Since 1865

    This course is a study of American literature from 1865 to the present with an emphasis on literary analysis, literary theory, and the relationship of between, literature, historical setting and cultural milieus. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL3503

    Advanced Composition

    This course is a study of practice, theory, research, and assessment of writing strategies with emphasis on style, editing, the range of print and non-print text, and the relationship between text and the social environment. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL3513

    Major Figures: Founders of Science Fiction

    This course provides in-depth study of specific authors and their associated literary movements. Content will vary but will emphasize major authors and their works organized around a theme or era. Prerequisites: Junior standing or special permission. Offered every fall semester.

  • ENGL3703

    Creative Writing

    This course provides instruction in the scope of the creative experience in language arts with an emphasis on writing short stories, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL3713

    Ethnic American Literature

    This course studies the literature of American ethnic groups, particularly African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans and may include works by peoples identified with other societal groups. Various genres as written by these groups will be studied. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL4203

    Modern Grammar

    This course is a study of semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, and grammars of the English language with emphasis on the role of cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103, ENGL 1203, and six (6) hours of literature. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL4303

    Shakespeare

    This is a study of a selection of Shakespearean tragedies and a tragicomedy comedies, and histories with emphasis on literary analysis and the moral and spiritual value of the works. Prerequisite: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.

  • ENGL4503

    History of the English Language

    This course is a study of the development of the English language, stressing changes in phonology, morphology, vocabulary, syntax, and orthography of Old, Middle, and Modern English. Authors and works important to the history and development of the English language will also be studied. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103, ENGL 1203, and six (6) hours of literature. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL4523

    Young Adult Literature

    This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis this course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis of works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems, and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL4533

    Critical Approach to Literature

    This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis this course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. This course concentrates on the evaluation and analysis of works written for and by young adults. The interests, problems, and attitudes of young adults in contemporary society, as they impact the literature, will be considered. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • ENGL4543

    Language and Popular Culture

    This course concentrates on the complexities of teaching the English language to both first language and second language learners with focus on the interrelationship of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking; visual forms of language; the many varieties of the English language; the impact of cultural and societal events on language; the impact of language on teachers, students and curriculum design; language and self-image; and research and professional issues in this area. Prerequisite: ENGL 4203. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.

  • UNIV1121

    First Year Evangel

    Designed for the first-year student, this course will explore the essential aspects of being a college student at MACU through the lens of a selected pop culture topic. Aspects to be explored include critical thinking, time management, goal setting, MACU’s mission and vision, and the unique aspects of being a MACU student and earning a MACU degree. Required for all College or Arts and Science students unless waived by the Academic Dean or his/her designee. Offered every semester.

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