Online secondary education degrees are designed for students who would like to become junior high or high school teachers. Students will study adolescent psychology, best teaching practices, and the subject area they’d like to teach.
In general, students can expect coursework in curriculum development, education technology, classroom management, special education, and educational psychology. Students will take additional coursework in the area they’d like to teach, such as social studies, science, agriculture, Spanish, theater, music, or journalism. In order to meet graduation and state licensure requirements, students will also need to complete a certain number of hours of fieldwork through classroom observation and student teaching, only some of which may be completed online.
As with many education degree programs, requirements for coursework and certification completion may vary by state. States often require completion of one or more tests for full teaching certification, such as a subject-matter test in math prior to teaching and a test in more general best teaching practices once teaching has begun.
While some schools offer programs that can certify students in one of many states, other schools only offer certification in their own state. It is important for prospective education students to look into their state’s requirements and determine if it is best to attend school in their own state or attend school out-of-state while completing an alternative teaching certification program in their own state.