Secondary Education

iStock 64238627CUAA’s Secondary Education program prepares you to teach grades six through twelve in your selected content areas. You’ll build a foundation in general teaching practices, gain in-depth knowledge in the subject area(s) you choose, and acquire invaluable experience in the classroom.

The CUAA Advantage

A Secondary Education degree from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:

  • Instruction from experienced professors who have worked in Lutheran, Christian, or public education fields
  • A Lutheran higher education community dedicated to helping you develop in mind, body, and spirit
  • A low student to faculty ratio that ensures individual attention
  • Hands-on field experience in local classrooms
  • Educators committed to the success of every student
  • A broad range of content specialties from which to choose a major and/or minor
  • A strong liberal arts education

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA Secondary Education graduate, you’ll step into the classroom with the knowledge you need to:

  • Design and use teaching methods in your specialty area that have a positive effect on student learning
  • Understand and apply child and adolescent developmental stages including how ethnic background, religious training and socio-economic affiliation impacts development
  • Deliver instruction that empowers students as learners
  • Bring faith and learning together in the classroom
  • Apply theories of human development, learning, and motivation
  • Plan lessons, measure learning, and manage a classroom
  • Use technology and best practices to support teaching and learning
  • Be an educator dedicated to service in the classroom, church, and community

Career Paths

  • Public and private middle schools
  • Public and private secondary schools


You’ll complete a major in your selected subject area specialty. Comprehensive majors (Integrated Science and Social Studies), majors in K-12 Music and Visual Arts do not require a minor. See our course catalog for descriptions of all majors and minors.


  • Biology
  • English
  • Comprehensive Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education K-12
  • Physical Education
  • Comprehensive Social Studies
  • Special Education K-12
  • Visual Art Education K-12


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • English As A Second Language (ESL)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics


The Secondary Education program consists of four components - General Studies, Professional Education Studies, Specialty Studies (either a major and a minor or a double major) and, if the degree plan allows, a series of electives. You can complete an optional fifth component, the Lutheran Teacher Diploma requirements, which certify you to serve in the teaching ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. See our course catalog for a chart that outlines these components.


Passing grades on the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) content area tests lead to certification by the State of Michigan.

Advanced Degrees

CUAA offers master’s programs in:

  • Masters of Science Educational Leadership
  • Masters of Science Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Science Special Education Learning Disabilities
  • Endorsement in Special Education Learning Disabilities


Concordia University is accredited by:

  • The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Higher Learning Commission

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Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Lab Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • ACT Plus Writing

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