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The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to become educators who work with children from the sixth to the twelfth grade. The Secondary Education major involves an area of concentration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or in the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts. These concentrations include:
- Special Education
- Language Arts
- General Science
- Social Studies
- Fine Arts
An education degree from Bradley is designed to meet State of Illinois requirements and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Students work toward satisfying the Major requirements in addition to Certification requirements.
For Secondary Education majors, real world experience begins as soon as they step onto campus. At Bradley, students begin observing local classrooms the first semester of their freshman year throughout their senior year. This opportunity allows students to gain a better understanding of the teaching process and prepares them for student teaching their last semester.
The teaching faculty at Bradley puts forth a conscious effort to align the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards with NCATE standards to ensure the Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments, and experience will prepare students to obtain certification and licensure nationwide. Faculty also have relationships with several professional development schools where the students may gain experience in those classrooms instead of a lab school setting.
Students may become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in teacher education, including:
- Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
- National Education Association (NEA)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Golden Apple
Students may also be involved in the Best Buddies Program or tutor children through America Reads. Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta are two education honor societies that have chapters on the Bradley University campus.
Recently, graduates from the program have earned a 97 percent pass rate on the Illinois Certification Test. Graduate school opportunities at Bradley University consist of master’s degree programs in:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Special Education (C & I, LBS -1)
- Leadership in Educational Administration
- Human Development Counseling
Bradley Teacher Education graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate of 95-99 percent in recent years. Graduates of the program have gone on to find enjoyable careers in various organizations including:
- School districts
- Boys and Girls Club
- Rogy’s Learning Place
- PALS Preschool
- Sylvan Learning Center