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Secondary Education

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What is secondary education?

This major is for students interested in teaching a particular subject in grades 6-12. Subject areas include, English, social studies or foreign language. There is also a K-12 art education certification. For mathematics and the sciences, see OSUTeach below.

Why secondary education at OSU?

OSU prepares and develops educators who facilitate life-long learning and enrich quality of life for people in public schools and other educational settings. Our education graduates are highly sought after by school leaders and hiring officials in Oklahoma and other states who recognize the high quality of OSU graduates. Our students enter the classroom with extensive and relevant practical experience.

Career Paths

Some careers listed below may require additional education.

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Post-Secondary Teacher
  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Career and Technical Education Teacher
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principal
  • Librarian
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher


The program, a collaboration between the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, offers secondary teacher certification options for degrees in biological science, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics. The OSUTeach degrees allows students to earn full teaching certification without added time or cost. Preparation includes clinical experiences in elementary, middle and high school classrooms under the guidance of master teachers. 



Dr. Gayla Foster / Clinical Associate Professor
248 Willard Hall / Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-4585 /

 Field Experience

Students participate in multiple field experiences throughout their curriculum. Observation hours are completed during the junior and senior years in rural and urban school settings. During the final semester before graduation, students have an internship to teach within a 75-mile radius of Stillwater, or they can participate in student teaching abroad.

Student Teaching Abroad

Students have the opportunity to take their student teaching experience abroad, to Costa Rica. The goal of the 15-week international internship program is to expand the personal and professional experience of students to enrich their global perspective as teachers.