May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin 
2022-2023 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education BA/BS

The current Secondary Education Program is still in place this year. However, beginning in the Fall of 2023, students will be advised to meet the new program requirements within the grade bands developed by the State of Michigan Department of Education. Teacher candidates will choose a grade band of either 5–9 or 7–12 as their major with an additional endorsement. At the completion of the program, students will acquire certification in 5–12 when meeting all the state requirements. Currently, the NAD requirements have not changed within the Teacher Education Program.

This major is available only as a second major. It is designed to be taken in conjunction with a content major and a minor, or with two content majors. This qualifies graduates to teach in the subject areas in grades 6-12; or in grades K-12 for the foreign languages, Music Education, and Visual Arts Education. 

Student Teaching - 12-16

Complete only after the completion of all coursework.

Content Majors & Minors

The State of Michigan requires that all teacher certification candidates have at least one area (content major or minor). We have outlined general education requirements and designed content teaching majors and minors that meet the State of Michigan requirements for standard certification. Undergraduate students may choose from the following content majors and minors:

Content Majors - 30+
(See CEIS advisor for specific degree requirements for each second major)
French  K-12 Education 
Integrated Science  (Comprehensive) (This is a CEIS major)
Music K-12 Education  (Comprehensive)
Political Science  
Religion  (SDA certification only)
Social Studies  (Comprehensive)
Spanish for K-12 Education  (Comprehensive)
Visual Arts K-12 Education  (Comprehensive)

Content Minors - 20+
English Education  
Political Science  
Religion (SDA Certification only)   

Secondary Certification Andrews Core Experience Requirements - 43

Religion - 12   

Arts and Humanities - 6

Take one or two of the following theory courses:

If you take only one theory course, the remaining credits may come from studio art, ensemble and/or applied music, or INEN 221 .

Communication - 3 

History - 3

Mathematics - 3        

Natural Sciences - 4

Take one of the following courses:

Social Science - 3

Wellness - 3

Writing - 6

Admission Requirements

An application for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and Student Teaching must be completed during the semester EDTE 208  or 408 Principles of Teaching and Learning is being taken. This must be completed at least a year before a student plans to do Student Teaching. Applications will be considered at the end of each semester once all requirements have been completed.

To be admitted to the teacher education program, students must meet the criteria listed below:

  • Satisfactorily complete EDTE 165 /630  and EDTE 208  or EDTE 408/508 .
  • Choose appropriate teaching major and/or minor(s).
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Obtain a recommendation from three sources: a professor from an education course, and professors from the student’s major and minor.
  • ​Demonstrate police clearance regarding the potential for any felony and/or misdemeanor convictions as an adult.
  • Submit an acceptable plan for completing all required course work. All prerequisites for student teaching as stated in the University Bulletin must be met prior to the student-teaching semester.
  • Submit a plan for completing the required MTTC Michigan Subject Area Exam(s).
  • Applications will be processed as they are received and completed. It is the student’s responsibility to see that all paperwork is in for the application to be processed in a timely manner.

Once admitted to the Teacher Education/Student Teaching Program students must:

  • Maintain good and regular status.
  • Maintain at least at least a 2.50 GPA in each of the following areas:
    • Major(s)*,
    • Minor(s)*,
    • Professional education courses*, and
    • Overall course work.
  • A course with a grade less than a C in a major, minor, or professional education class must be repeated. All courses taken at Andrews University or transferred to Andrews University are included in calculating the GPA.
  • Continue working on their professional teaching portfolio (begun in EDTE 165).
  • Demonstrate the professional disposition of an educator.

NOTE: Students cannot be admitted to the Teacher Preparation/Student Teaching Program, or remain in the program once admitted, if they fail two classes in their major, minor, courses for Professional Education, or Planned Program minor.

Graduation & Certification Requirements

In order to graduate with a BA or BS in the content area with a secondary major in Secondary Education, students will need to complete additional requirements for Michigan teacher certification. Students who do not fulfill the additional requirements will only receive the content area degree and major.

CPR & First Aid Training

Michigan Public Act 18 of 2003 requires all teaching interns to be certified in CPR (child and adult) and first aid prior to being recommended for teacher certification. The legislation stipulates that this training must be completed through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Subject Area Tests

A passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in the major or minor for which the student is receiving State of Michigan certification is also required to earn teacher certification through Andrews University and in the state of Michigan.

Official exam results must be sent directly to Andrews University from the testing companies prior to a recommendation for certification.

The subject area tests should not be taken before students’ final year in the program. We recommend that students wait until they have completed most or all of their major and minor university-based coursework before attempting the subject area tests.

Secondary and K-12 candidates: Before being recommended to the state for teacher certification, students must take and pass the subject area tests in their teaching major(s) and minor(s).