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Secondary Education (B.A.)

Program Requirements

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General Timeline for Secondary Education (traditional)

When you apply to URI, indicate that you are interested in being an Education major on your Common Application.

Freshman & Sophomore Years

  • Meet with an advisor in University College for Academic Success (UCAS)
  • Complete General Education course requirements

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

  • Fall semester: Begin your placement (you will generally have the same placement for the entire academic year).
  • Spring semester: Placement and preparation for Praxis 2 (teacher certification) tests, which are required by the state of Rhode Island for all student teachers.

Senior Year

  • Fall semester: Placement
  • Spring semester: Student Teaching

Secondary Education Content Areas/Majors

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, you must complete a content area (30 credits) in one of the selected fields commonly taught in secondary schools—Englishworld languageshistory/social studiesmathematics, and the sciences. Depending on the certification content area you choose, you will complete one of the following majors:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • English
  • Foreign language—French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Upon completion of all B.A. degree requirements, you will:

  • Have a double major in secondary education and in your academic content area.
  • Be eligible for initial certification in your academic content area in grades 7–12.

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