Secondary Education

Western Michigan University's secondary education program focuses on the formal education of adolescents. Michigan Secondary Certification requires a teachable major and minor that will lead to a teaching credential for sixth through 12th grades.

WMU offers the following majors and minors:

  • Art
  • Biology major and minor
  • Chemistry major and minor
  • Earth science major
  • English major and minor
  • Family and consumer sciences
  • French major and minor
  • Geography major and minor
  • German major and minor
  • Health education major and minor
  • History major and minor
  • Industrial education - vocational
  • Industrial education - non-vocational
  • Industrial technology minor
  • Latin major and minor
  • Mathematics major and minor
  • Music
    • Choral - general emphasis
    • Instrumental emphasis
  • Physical education (teacher-coach)
  • Physics major and minor
  • Political science major and minor
  • Secondary education in business major and group major
  • Social studies major (requires a minor in history, political science, or geography)
  • Spanish major and minor
  • Special education

Beyond the classroom

As a secondary education student at WMU, you will be required to complete a two-semester internship under the mentorship of selected teachers in partnership schools and teacher educators from WMU. The internship is designed to prepare you not only for your role as a classroom teacher, but as a professional studying your own teaching practice, participating in site-based decision making and coordinating your work with teachers and other members of the school community. Both school and University faculty will work closely together to support and assist you as you progress through the semester.

You can also gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities through student and community organizations, including the Student Education Association, Bigs on Campus, Kappa Delta Pi, the Michigan Education Association and the National Education Association.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in secondary education are working as:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Grant writers
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Historic site administrators
  • Media center specialists
  • Educational publishers
  • Educational administrators
  • Education nonprofit directors
  • Student affairs professionals in higher education

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Schools
  • Camps
  • Museums
  • Child care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Community organizations

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo