Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science Education | School of Education
Edinboro University

Prepare students for success with your Secondary Education degree.

During their high school years, students transform from adolescents into young adults on the verge of college, career and life. As a secondary school teacher, you have the potential to make a significant difference. You can help them discover their interests and guide them as they plan for the future.

Start with a Secondary Education degree from Edinboro. You’ll thrive in small classes where you will be recognized as an individual. Expert faculty will become your mentors as you learn how to create dynamic lessons and develop strong classroom-management skills. A variety of field experiences are embedded into your coursework to further enhance your education.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident in your abilities and ready to take the Pennsylvania Certification Exams.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Wanted: Dual degree teachers to help every child succeed.

Earn dual certification in Special Education and Secondary Education. With this degree, you will be qualified to teach Special Education and courses in your content area in grades 7-12, providing you with a broader spectrum of teaching opportunities in public school systems. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than a quarter million students in Pennsylvania public schools alone require special education services.

Choose the plan of study that interests you the most.

At Edinboro, you can select from six academic content areas, or seven areas that are combined with Special Education for dual certification. Here’s what each plan of study looks like:

Go beyond the classroom early and often.

Beginning in your freshman year, you’ll be given opportunities to actively contribute in the community by providing tutoring services to students in local school districts. You will participate in other skill-building activities that will enhance your personal development as an educator way before you actually start student teaching. Some of these include the following:

Classroom observations - learn about different teaching models and education settings.

Philadelphia Urban Seminar - gain practical hands-on experience in inner-city classrooms and earn three credits over the summer.

Wilderness Quest - serve as a camp counselor and teaching assistant to Titusville Middle School teachers and students during a weeklong camping trip.

Team teaching - add a personal touch to lessons as you work alongside a teacher at a local high school.

Field experience - spend half a school day, every day, for seven weeks of the semester while you collaborate with your cooperating teacher to plan lessons, activities, assignments and assessments.

Become part of the Edinboro legacy.

Since its founding in 1857, Edinboro has focused on teacher education. Our strong legacy translates to a philosophy of excellence and a commitment to developing future teachers who understand the professional, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being educators. As a student at Edinboro you’ll have the opportunity to:

Learn from faculty who are passionate about teaching, research and scholarship. Most have terminal degrees in their field as well as experience in the classroom. They bring the real world and best practices together to create a dynamic and relevant learning environment.

Join a professional organization such as Council for Exceptional Children, Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, BOROeyc, the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Fraternity or the Middle Level and Secondary Education Club.

Graduate ready to join Edinboro alumni who are teaching all across the country, or pursuing graduate programs in teacher leadership, reading education, curriculum and instruction and other education-related topics.

Prepare for a rewarding career.

Suggested Minors

ESL Specialist Certification
Online Instruction Endorsement
Special Education
STEM Endorsement


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


Dr. Whitney Wesley, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1591

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000