The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Secondary Education Major

 

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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Do you value the transformative capacities of a good education? If so, consider earning your bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Teaching is a popular profession, but your degree won’t just prepare you to teach in high school: it can open up doors to a wide variety of education-related careers.

 

Why should you study Secondary Education in college?

 

Career possibilities

 

Many, but not all, secondary education majors pursue jobs teaching in high schools. Public schools generally require certification beyond an undergraduate program, although many private schools don’t. If you earn an advanced degree, you can apply your knowledge to teaching at the college level. Some secondary education program graduates also teach at the middle school level.

 

Your degree can also lead to related jobs such as:

 

  • Tutor
  • School social worker or psychologist
  • Youth worker
  • Child therapist or counselor
  • Family support specialist
  • Community program manager
  • Education specialist

 

(NB: Some of these professions require a master’s degree or doctorate.)

 

Breadth of the curriculum

 

Along with learning about teaching and education, a secondary education program will introduce you to concepts in psychology, communication, technology, and more. You’ll learn about niche areas such as multicultural education and behavioral support, tackling these issues through case studies from the history of education. Our ability to teach and learn so effectively is in large part what makes us unique as a species. While a secondary education major is decidedly practical, the skills you’ll learn have a powerful legacy in the long history of humankind.

 

Ability to make a difference

 

Many people choose to major and pursue a career in education because they want to make a difference in their communities. While the path can be challenging, it also has the potential to be a fulfilling one, offering you the opportunity to help young people learn and grow. Educational opportunities are often tied to better socioeconomic outcomes, political engagement, and more. The impact of a good teacher is amplified beyond the classroom and into larger social and political structures.

 

How can you increase your chances of acceptance into an undergraduate Secondary Education program?

 

Because high school teachers specialize in particular subjects, you’ll likely focus on your discipline of choice in your secondary education program. You should excel in that subject in high school in order to gain admission into a top college with the major. Whether your focus is history, English, math, a foreign language, or something else, make sure you’re earning high grades and test scores in those subjects and taking plenty of advanced courses in them.

 

You should also demonstrate your teaching aptitude and ability to work with children through your extracurricular activities. For example, try tutoring younger children and peers in your community. If your school doesn’t have a tutoring program or club, demonstrate your initiative and leadership by starting one. Also, look for mentorship opportunities, working with children at your local library or community center. You might also look into paid or unpaid opportunities at daycare centers. Keep in mind that many of these establishments may require you to be 18 to work or volunteer there, but some may accept younger people.

 

If you’re looking for assistance with building your profile to gain admission into colleges with secondary education majors, our Early Advising Program can help. Your mentor will advise you on the classes you should take and extracurriculars to pursue, as well as inform you of the grades and test scores you’ll need for your program of choice starting in 9th or 10th grade.

 

11th graders should start honing their college plans, and through our College Strategy program, we’ll guide you through the process of building an appropriate college list, strengthening your profile, and more. This will help you increase your odds of being accepted into a top college with a secondary education major.

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Which colleges have a Secondary Education major?

 

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College | ABAC
Adams State University
Albany State University
Atlanta Metropolitan State College | AMSC
Alderson Broaddus University | AB
Alfred State College
Bay Path University
Anderson University (South Carolina)
Andrews University
Brescia University
Brigham Young University–Hawaii | BYU–Hawaii
Anna Maria College | AMC
Calumet College of St. Joseph | CCSJ
Canisius College
Appalachian State University
Aquinas College (Michigan)
Arizona State University | ASU
Centenary University
Arkansas Tech University | ATU
Ashland University
Assumption College
Auburn University
Auburn University at Montgomery | AUM
College of St. Joseph
Austin Peay State University | APSU
Avila University
Crowley’s Ridge College
Azusa Pacific University | APU
Baker College
Dakota State University | DSU
Ball State University | BSU
Delaware Valley University | DelVal
Baylor University
Bellevue College
Belmont University
East Tennessee State University | ETSU
Eastern Nazarene College | ENC
Benedictine College
Benedictine University
Berry College
Bethel College (Indiana)
Bethel University (Minnesota)
Ferris State University
Biola University
Flagler College
Bismarck State College | BSC
Bloomsburg University | BloomU
Boise State University | BSU
Boston College | BC
Bradley University
Brazosport College
Harris–Stowe State University
Brigham Young University | BYU
Broward College
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University | LIU Post
Caldwell University
California State University Channel Islands | CSU Channel Islands
California State University, Dominguez Hills | CSUDH
Juniata College
California State University, East Bay | CSU East Bay
California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno
Keystone College
California State University, Fullerton | CSU Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State
Landmark College
Lasell College | LC
California State University, Northridge | CSUN
California State University, Sacramento | Sacramento State
California University of Pennsylvania | Cal U
Calvin College
Lindsey Wilson College
Louisiana State University Shreveport | LSUS
Campbellsville University
Manhattan College
Maryland Institute College of Art | MICA
Marymount Manhattan College
Cardinal Stritch University
Carlow University
Carroll College
Carson–Newman University
Mid-America Christian University | MACU
Carthage College
Castleton University
Missouri Baptist University
Catawba College
Catholic University of America | CUA
Cedar Crest College
Central Connecticut State University | CCSU
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Charleston Southern University | CSU
Chicago State University | CSU
New Mexico State University | NMSU
Chipola College
Clarion University
Clarke University
Clemson University
Cleveland State University | CSU
Coastal Carolina University | Coastal
College of Mount Saint Vincent | CMSV
College of St. Benedict | CSB
College of St. Scholastica | CSS
College of Staten Island | CUNY CSI
College of the Ozarks
Point Park University
Colorado Christian University | CCU
Colorado Mountain College
Columbia College (South Carolina)
Concordia College (Minnesota)
Rockhurst University
Rust College
Concordia University (Oregon)
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Concordia University Chicago
Saint Leo University
Concordia University Wisconsin | CUW
Cornerstone University
Creighton University
Crown College (Minnesota)
Springfield College
St. Francis College | SFC
Dakota Wesleyan University | DWU
Daytona State College
State University of New York at Cortland | SUNY Cortland
Delaware State University | Del State
State University of New York at Old Westbury | SUNY Old Westbury
Delta State University
Dickinson State University | DSU
Dixie State University | DSU
Dominican College
Dominican University (Illinois)
Dordt College
Champlain College
Drexel University
Drury University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University | ECU
Thomas College
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania | ESU
East Texas Baptist University | ETBU
Eastern Illinois University | EIU
Eastern Mennonite University | EMU
Eastern Michigan University | EMU
Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU
University of Hawaii–West Oahu | UHWO
Eastern Washington University | EWU
Edgewood College
Edinboro University
Elms College
University of Maine at Presque Isle | UMPI
Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Emporia State University
University of Minnesota Crookston | UMC
Regent University
Endicott College
University of North Texas at Dallas | UNTD
Fayetteville State University | FSU
University of the Southwest
Fitchburg State University
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse | UW–La Crosse
University of Michigan–Dearborn | UM-D
University of Wisconsin–Stout | UW–Stout
Urbana University
Florida A&M University | FAMU
Florida Atlantic University | FAU
Vassar College
Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU
Florida International University | FIU
Warner University
Florida Memorial University
Florida Southern College
Western New Mexico University
Westminster College (Missouri)
Wheelock College
Fontbonne University
Fort Hays State University | FHSU
Francis Marion University
Freed–Hardeman University | FHU
Frostburg State University
Adrian College
Alabama State University | ASU
Gardner–Webb University
Geneva College
American University
Georgia Gwinnett College | GGC
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southwestern State University | GSW
Arcadia University
Arizona Christian University
Gonzaga University
Gordon State College
Goshen College
Augsburg University
Grambling State University | GSU
Grand View University
Great Basin College
Gulf Coast State College | GCSC
Gustavus Adolphus College
Gwynedd Mercy University | GMercyU
Hannibal–LaGrange University | HLGU
Baldwin Wallace University | BW
Hardin–Simmons University | HSU
Harding University
Hastings College
Buena Vista University | BVU
Beloit College
Benedict College
Holy Family University
Bennett College
Berklee College of Music | Berklee
Hope College
Houston Baptist University | HBU
Howard University
Blackburn College
Hunter College | CUNY Hunter
Blue Mountain College | BMC
Husson University
Illinois State University | ISU
Illinois Wesleyan University
Immaculata University
Boston University | BU
Bowdoin College
Indian River State College | IRSC
Indiana State University | ISU
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI
Brandeis University
Indiana University Bloomington | Indiana
Indiana University East | IU East
Briar Cliff University
Bridgewater State University
Indiana University Kokomo | IU Kokomo
Brooklyn College
Indiana University Northwest | IU Northwest
Brown University
Bryan College
Bucknell University
Chapman University
Butler University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania | IUP
Cairn University
Indiana University South Bend | IU South Bend
College of Charleston
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Cal Poly Pomona
Iowa Wesleyan University
Jacksonville State University | JSU
Jacksonville University
Jarvis Christian College | JCC
John Brown University | JBU
Kansas Wesleyan University | KWU
Keene State College
Kent State University
Columbia University
Kentucky State University | KSU
Keuka College
La Sierra University | LSU
Lake Forest College
Lake Superior State University | LSSU
Lakeland University
Lander University
Langston University | LU
Central Baptist College | CBC
Central Christian College of Kansas
Central Michigan University | CMU
Central Washington University | CWU
Chadron State College | CSC
Denison University
DePaul University
Lehman College | CUNY Lehman
Chestnut Hill College | CHC
Chowan University
City College of New York | CCNY
LeTourneau University | LETU
Lewis University
Lewis–Clark State College
Limestone College
Lincoln Memorial University | LMU
Coker College
Colby College
Colgate University
Elizabethtown College | E-town
College of Saint Rose
Lincoln University (Missouri)
Lindenwood University
Lipscomb University
College of William & Mary | William & Mary
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania | LHU
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
Fisk University
Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech
Columbia International University | CIU
Loyola University New Orleans
Lubbock Christian University | LCU
Luther College
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Nebraska
Malone University
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Marian University
Marquette University
Martin Methodist College
Maryville University
Dallas Baptist University | DBU
Marywood University
Mayville State University | MSU
DePauw University
Dickinson College
McKendree University | McK
McMurry University
Mercy College
Earlham College
Metropolitan State University of Denver | MSU Denver
Eastern Connecticut State University | ECSU
Michigan State University
Middle Georgia State University
Middle Tennessee State University | MTSU
North Carolina Central University | NCCU
Elizabeth City State University | ECSU
Elmhurst College
Midland University
Eureka College
Evangel University
Midway University
Midwestern State University
Millersville University of Pennsylvania | MU
Millikin University
Minnesota State University Moorhead | MSUM
Minot State University | MSU
Mississippi College
Fort Valley State University | FVSU
Mississippi University for Women | MUW
Missouri Southern State University
Franklin Pierce University
Missouri Western State University
Montana State University | MSU
Montana State University–Northern | MSU–Northern
Glenville State College | GSC
Northwest Missouri State University
Grace Christian University
Morris College
Mount Aloysius College
Mount Marty College
Mount Mercy University
Greensboro College
Mount St. Joseph University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University | MVNU
Heidelberg University (Ohio)
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges | HWS
Neumann University
New England Institute of Technology | NEIT
New Mexico Highlands University | NMHU
New School
Huntingdon College
Huston–Tillotson University | HTU
Newman University
Nicholls State University
Pennsylvania State University | PSU
North Carolina State University | NC State
North Dakota State University | NDSU
Northcentral University
Indiana Wesleyan University | IWU
Northeastern State University | NSU
Ithaca College
Northeastern University
Jackson State University | JSU
Northern Arizona University | NAU
Northern Illinois University | NIU
Northern Michigan University | NMU
Judson University
Kansas State University | KSU
Northwest Nazarene University | NNU
Northwestern Oklahoma State University | NWOSU
Northwestern State University of Louisiana | NSU
Kentucky Wesleyan College | KWC
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania | KU
Notre Dame of Maryland University | NDMU
Lake Erie College
Nova Southeastern University | NSU
Oakwood University
Oberlin College
Ohio Christian University | OCU
LeMoyne–Owen College | LOC
Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU
Oklahoma Christian University | OC
Oklahoma Wesleyan University | OKWU
Olivet Nazarene University | ONU
Olympic College
Loras College
Louisiana College
Louisiana State University | LSU
Oral Roberts University | ORU
Oregon Institute of Technology | Oregon Tech
Otterbein University
Palm Beach Atlantic University | PBA
Park University
Marietta College
Marshall University
Peru State College
State University of New York at Potsdam | SUNY Potsdam
Piedmont College
Pittsburg State University | PSU
Plymouth State University | PSU
Point Loma Nazarene University | PLNU
Quincy University
Radford University
Regis College (Massachusetts)
Reinhardt University
Rhode Island College | RIC
Rider University
Rivier University
Robert Morris University | RMU (Pennsylvania)
Rochester College
Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers
Saginaw Valley State University | SVSU
Saint Francis University | SFU
Mississippi State University | MSU
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Mississippi Valley State University | MVSU
Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)
Salem State University
Morehead State University | MSU
Morehouse College
Salve Regina University
Mount Holyoke College
Samford University
Muhlenberg College
Murray State University | MSU
Seattle Pacific University | SPU
Seattle University
Seminole State College of Florida
Norfolk State University | NSU
Shawnee State University | SSU
University of California, San Diego | UCSD
Siena Heights University | SHU
Silver Lake College
Simmons College
Northeastern Illinois University | NEIU
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania | SRU
South Dakota State University
South Georgia State College
Southeast Missouri State University | SEMO
Northwestern University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern University
Oakland City University | OCU
Southern Connecticut State University | SCSU
Southern New Hampshire University | SNHU
Southern Utah University | SUU
Southwest Baptist University | SBU
Southwest Minnesota State University | SMSU
Pace University
Spalding University
Spring Arbor University | SAU
St. Ambrose University
Pepperdine University
St. Catherine University
St. Cloud State University | SCSU
St. Joseph’s College (New York) | SJC
Point University
Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU
Providence College
Purdue University Fort Wayne | PFW
Queens College, City University of New York | CUNY QC
St. Petersburg College | SPC
State University of New York at Plattsburgh | SUNY Plattsburgh
University of Wisconsin–River Falls | UW–River Falls
Roger Williams University | RWU
Stockton University
Saint Joseph’s University | SJU
Temple University
Tennessee State University | TSU
Tennessee Technological University | Tennessee Tech
Tennessee Wesleyan University | TWU
Saint Mary’s College of California | St. Mary’s
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota | SMU
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texas Christian University | TCU
Xavier University of Louisiana
Savannah State University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago | SAIC
Texas Tech University | TTU
Texas Woman’s University | TWU
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina | The Citadel
Seton Hall University
The College at Brockport, State University of New York | SUNY Brockport
The College of New Jersey | TCNJ
Shenandoah University
The Ohio State University | OSU
Skidmore College
The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo
Toccoa Falls College
Touro College
Towson University
Trinity International University | TIU
Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU
Troy University (Alabama)
Truett McConnell University
Tusculum University
Union College (Kentucky)
Union College (Nebraska)
University of Akron
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB
Southwestern University
St. Joseph’s University | SJU
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | UA Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Monticello | UAM
State University of New York at Fredonia | SUNY Fredonia
State University of New York at New Paltz | SUNY New Paltz
State University of New York at Oneonta | SUNY Oneonta
State University of New York at Oswego | SUNY Oswego
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | UAPB
Sterling College
Stetson University
Stonehill College
University of Arkansas–Fort Smith | UAFS
Syracuse University
Tabor College
Talladega College
Taylor University
University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA
University of Central Florida | UCF
Texas A&M University–Kingsville
University of Charleston
University of Cincinnati
Texas Southern University | TSU
University of Colorado Denver | CU Denver
The State University of New York at Geneseo | SUNY Geneseo
University of Detroit Mercy
Thomas University
University of Evansville
University of Florida
University of Hawaii at Hilo | UH Hilo
Transylvania University
University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa
Trinity University
University of Houston–Downtown | UHD
University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC
University of Jamestown
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Maine at Fort Kent
University of Mary Hardin–Baylor | UMHB
University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst
University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC
University of Michigan–Flint | UofM-Flint
University of Mississippi | Ole Miss
University of Missouri | Mizzou
University of Missouri–Kansas City | UMKC
University of Missouri–St. Louis | UMSL
University of Dayton
University of Mobile
University of Mount Union
University of Nebraska at Kearney | UNK
University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV
University of Idaho
University of New England | UNE
University of New Hampshire | UNH
University of New Mexico | UNM
University of North Alabama | UNA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte
University of Louisiana at Monroe | ULM
University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro
University of Maine
University of North Carolina at Wilmington | UNC Wilmington
University of Maine at Farmington | UMF
University of North Dakota | UND
University of North Florida | UNF
University of North Georgia | UNG
University of Maryland Eastern Shore | UMES
University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland
University of Northern Iowa | UNI
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
University of Portland
University of Providence | UP
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota
University of Rhode Island | URI
University of Rio Grande
University of Saint Joseph
University of Saint Mary | USM
University of Montana
University of Montana Western | UMW
University of Mount Olive
University of San Francisco | USF
University of Scranton
University of Nebraska Omaha | UNO
University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL
University of Sioux Falls | USF
University of Nevada, Reno
University of South Alabama | South
University of New Orleans | UNO
University of South Carolina Aiken | USC Aiken
University of South Dakota | USD
University of Southern Indiana | USI
University of St. Thomas (Texas)
University of Notre Dame
Roosevelt University
Tufts University
University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler
University of the Cumberlands
University of South Carolina Upstate | USC Upstate
University of the District of Columbia | UDC
University of Toledo
University of Utah
University of Vermont | UVM
University of Virginia | UVA
University of West Alabama | UWA
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay | UW–Green Bay
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee | UWM
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh | UW Oshkosh
University of the Pacific
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Valdosta State University | VSU
Villanova University
Viterbo University
University of Wisconsin–Platteville | UW–Platteville
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater | UW–Whitewater
Walsh University
Ursinus College
Warner Pacific University
Valparaiso University | Valpo
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech
Wayne State University | WSU
Webster University
Welch College
Wesley College
West Chester University | WCUPA
West Liberty University
Washington University in St. Louis | WashU
Wayne State College
West Texas A&M University | WTAMU
West Virginia University | WVU
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Carolina University | WCU
Western Connecticut State University | WCSU
Western Governors University | WGU
Western Kentucky University | WKU
Western Michigan University | WMU
Western Washington University | WWU
Wheaton College (Illinois)
Wichita State University | WSU
Widener University
Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
William Paterson University | WPUNJ
William Penn University
Wiley College
WIlliam Woods University | WWU
Wilmington University
Wilson College
Winona State University | WSU
Winston-Salem State University | WSSU
Winthrop University | WU
Wisconsin Lutheran College | WLC
Xavier University
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
York College of Pennsylvania
Youngstown State University

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.