What will I learn?

The Secondary Education Program is committed to preparing teachers who are able to meet the challenges of today’s classrooms. The teacher education faculty provides an educational program that enables students to: develop a strong foundation of knowledge about teaching and learning; display a love of learning; value democracy and pluralism; and engage in reflective practice about one’s growth as a teacher. To accomplish this, the program offers students: a strong liberal arts education with emphasis in the particular academic discipline in which the student will be teaching; background in the foundations of secondary education; methods for instruction in the academic disciplines; background in educational psychology and human development; methods for educating culturally diverse and special needs populations; methods for effective use of technology in instructional settings; and experience teaching in public schools.

The Secondary Education program’s major in French leads to a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Education (120 undergraduate credits). You have the option of combining this with a degree in your content area-sometimes requiring no increase in the total credits required. Graduates of this program must complete a semester-long internship to meet state licensure requirements and be prepared to teach a specific subject in grades 7-12 in Nevada.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning is to prepare beginning teachers who have a strong fund of knowledge, who engage in reflective practices, who love learning, and who value democracy and multiculturalism. All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Outcomes are based on standards for beginning teachers from the Interstate New Teacher Assessment And Support Consortium (INTASC).

Student Learning Outcomes

Professionalism. The teacher candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others and who actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally. The teacher candidate fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents/guardians, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being. (INTASC Standards 9 & 10).

Knowledge of Students. The teacher candidate understands how children learn and develop, as well as how they differ in their approaches to learning, and actively supports student learning (INTASC Standards 2, 3, & 10).

Knowledge of Subject Matter and Planning for Instruction. The teacher candidate demonstrates their knowledge of the discipline(s) and their ability to design and develop a curriculum for which students learn in meaningful ways (INTASC Standard 1, 3, & 7).

Delivery and Management of Instruction. The teacher candidate plans and uses a variety of instructional materials, demonstrates knowledge of group and individual motivation, as well as effective verbal and nonverbal communication to create a positive and effective learning environment (INTASC Standards 4,5, 6, & 7).

Assessment. Teacher candidates know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction that promotes continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each student (INTASC Standard 2, 8, & 9).

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (120 Units)

Tuition fees
US$22,236.00 per year
Start date

26 August 2019, 21 January 2020


College of Liberal Arts

1664 N. Virginia Street,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student must have graduated from high school at the time of applying to the University. If you have not yet graduated from high school at the time of applying to the University, you will need to submit at least 6th semester transcripts before the file can be evaluated for admission. The final transcripts and diploma need to be submitted as soon as they become available. Required: Minimum academic GPA of 3.0; 3 years each of Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science.

English language requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61 (iBT-Internet-Based Test) or 500 (Paper-Based Test); International English Language Testing System (IELTS - must be academic version) with an equivalency score of 6; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with an equivalency score of 57.

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