Secondary Education

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The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Teacher Education offers multiple programs approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The programs prepare candidates to become educators who work with students Grades 9 through 12. Successful completion of the program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License with an endorsement in Secondary Education. Participants enroll in one of the following approved programs of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • English Language Arts
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • History/Social Studies

State and National Accreditation:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

National Program Recognition:

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council for Teachers of Math
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Council for the Social Studies

Secondary Education students may begin observing in local classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year and continue working with students in the school setting throughout their senior year. This allows students to gain a better understanding of the teaching process and prepares them for student teaching during their final semester.

Bradley’s Teacher Education faculty aligns the curriculum with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and with NCATE standards to ensure that Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments and experiences prepare students to obtain licensure/certification nationwide. Bradley faculty cultivates relationships with eight professional development schools where the students gain insight through field experiences, novice teaching and student teaching.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley Teacher Education majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences.

Students may become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to Teacher Education, including:

  • Bradley Student Education Association (BSEA)
  • Golden Apple

Students also may be involved in the Best Buddies Program or tutor children through America Reads. They also may be inducted into Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, education honor societies with Bradley chapters.

Beyond Bradley
Program graduates have earned a 100% pass rate on the Illinois licensure tests. Bradley Teacher Education graduates enjoy a high job placement rate and find rewarding careers upon graduation. Bradley University also offers master’s degree programs in Leadership in Educational Administration, Human Development Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction, with focus areas in Special Education, Reading, and Multidisciplinary.