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Majors & Minors

Secondary Education Degree

Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is well known for preparing teachers for the secondary school, in either Early Adolescence (grades 6-12) or Early Childhood - Adolescence (K-12). These programs consist of a minimum of 120 semester hours that give the student a broad general education, specialized preparation in one or more academic fields and professional preparation needed for effective teaching. 

  • Early Adolescence/Adolescence Programs, for teaching grades 6-12 include comprehensive majors in Physical Science, Broad Field Social Studies, Broad Area English, and Broad Field Science licensure (Biology, Chemistry, Physics); and additionally, majors in Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Geology (Earth Science Certification), English, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Early Childhood/Adolescence Programs, for teaching kindergarten through 12th grade include comprehensive majors in Art, Music (choral or instrumental options), Health and Physical Education, and Agricultural Education; and additionally, majors in Health Education, Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Highlights of the Secondary Education Major

  • The program blends academic coursework and hands-on teaching experiences.
  • Through the Educator Preparation Field Experience program, secondary education students receive high quality placements in rural, suburban and urban schools, usually within about 50 miles of River Falls.
  • Students experience small class sizes and an accessible faculty with a distinguished history of preparing future educators.  
  • Graduates receive their Wisconsin teacher's license upon completing their bachelor's degree, which means they will not need to return for additional licensure tests and instruction after graduation.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Teach effectively in K-12 schools.
  • Develop and use assessments to evaluate student performance and to promote intellectual, personal and social growth of students.
  • Gain an understanding of each student's diverse needs and how to meet them through instruction.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you for a career in secondary education. Our graduates gain employment as teachers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and beyond. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Secondary Education Teacher


  • Hudson School District (Wis.)
  • School District of River Falls (Wis.)
  • St. Paul School District (Minn.)
  • New Richmond School District (Wis.)
  • South Washington County School District (Minn.)
  • Hastings School District (Minn.)
  • White Bear Lake School District (Minn.)

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