The minor in secondary education provides an opportunity for non-Education majors to enroll in a sequence of education courses that will introduce them to the teaching profession. The 15-credit minor incorporates courses in student development, issues in American public education, the importance of reading across the curriculum, and pedagogical foundations in teaching the core subjects in today's high schools. Students in the following majors/subject areas are eligible to declare the minor in secondary education: Studio Art, English, Foreign Language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Agricultural Education, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics), and Social Studies (Geography, Government and Politics, and History). A minimum 2.75 GPA is also required to declare the minor in secondary education.
Students interested in the Minor in Secondary Education can apply at any time. In order to add the minor, a student must
- be enrolled in a certifiable content area major (i.e. Math, English, History, etc), and
- have a minimum 2.75 cumulative UMD GPA.