Secondary Education

As a middle and high school teacher, you’ll combine your passion for a particular subject with your role as an advocate, collaborator and leader in the classroom. To prepare for a career teaching in a middle school or high school, you'll combine a secondary education major with one of our subject-focused majors. 

About the Secondary Education Major

Carroll University’s secondary education program provides you with the knowledge and skills to be a successful educator in a middle school and high school setting. You’ll study equitable and inclusive teaching practices, the role of inquiry in teaching and learning and methods for content area teaching. In our secondary education program , you'll major in the subject you want to teach: biology, chemistry, english, environmental science, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, or sociology and obtain licensure as a teacher in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. You develop depth in your content area, as well as the breadth of knowledge you will need to teach concepts across various grade levels.

Carroll education students benefit from strong partnerships with local school districts, which means you’ll have opportunities to observe and assist in real classrooms and build experiences in school settings, beginning before your final year. You will graduate from Carroll with a wide variety of experiences in learning, teaching and networking, all preparing you to transform education in our schools and communities. The combination of a strong liberal arts background with scholarly application of theory, methods and skills related to teaching and learning is integral to our program.

Types of Secondary Teachers

English Teacher

To become a middle school or high school English teacher, combine the secondary education major with a major in English and writing.

Mathematics Teacher

Pairing the secondary education major with Carroll’s mathematics major leads to certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach mathematics in high school or middle school.

Science Teacher

The secondary education major can be combined with one of several science-related majors – biology, chemistry or environmental science – allowing you to narrow your focus. At the same time, your coursework will prepare you to teach courses across science disciplines, which will make you more versatile in your school setting.

Social Studies Teacher

Combine any one of the following four majors – history, political science, psychology, or sociology – with the secondary education major for middle school or high school social studies teaching positions. Your coursework will provide you with depth in your major while also preparing you to teach multiple disciplines in the social sciences.

English as a Second Language Dual Licensure

Get the skills to fill a growing need in our schools by adding an English as a Second Language license to your secondary education degree from Carroll.

Special Education Dual Licensure

Get the skills to fill a critical need in our schools by adding a Cross-Categorical Special Education license to your secondary education degree from Carroll.

Education Program FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about undergraduate degrees in education.

For more information, see School of Education and Human Services.

Clinical Placements

As an education student at Carroll University, you’ll benefit from our longstanding partnerships with numerous local school districts in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Through these ample in-school opportunities you’ll develop practical skills and build professional relationships. Two discrete practicum experiences in your sophomore and senior years place you in a classroom for 40 hours per semester. Further embedded experiences are available in methods courses throughout the program, culminating with a K-12 semester-long student teaching placement in your final semester. In addition, you’ll be eligible to apply for a unique teacher residency program that places you with a local school for your final two semesters. 


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

RoseAnn Donovan

RoseAnn Donovan

Associate Clinical Professor of Education
Kimberly Hofkamp

Kimberly Hofkamp

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs
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Tom Knutson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Brad Kose

Dr. Brad Kose

Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Programs
Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Dr. Kathrine Kramer

Associate Professor, Dean of the School of Education and Human Services
Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Dr. Kerry Kretchmar

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Master of Art in Teaching
Dr. Colleen Pennell

Dr. Colleen Pennell

Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education
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Kyle Resch

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Rachel Stickles

Dr. Rachel Stickles

Clinical Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Kimberly White

Dr. Kimberly White

Professor of Education
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