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If you enjoy working with young adults and are interested in specializing in a subject area, secondary education is the right career path for you. In the NKU Secondary Education Program, you’ll deepen your subject expertise through a major in your teaching area. Courses in secondary education will prepare you for success in 21st Century high school environments.

The program emphasizes student-centered teaching strategies and effective integration of technology. Working with instructors and peers who are as passionate about teaching as you are, you’ll learn how to design lessons that incorporate research-based instructional strategies, how to engage and motivate today’s students, and how to communicate effectively with parents.

What You Can Teach

Completion of the Secondary Education Program prepares students to effectively teach grades 8-12 in a variety of high school contexts. After completing all requirements, students are eligible for teaching certification in Kentucky or other states in the following fields:

Students may also enter the Secondary Education Program if they are seeking certification in one of the following areas:

  • Art (Grades P-12)
  • French (Grades P-12)
  • German (Grades P-12)
  • Health Education (Grades P-12)
  • Music (Grades P-12)
  • Physical Education (Grades P-12)
  • Spanish (Grades P-12)

Program Contact Information

Dr. Shawn Faulkner



Our NKU Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Beyond the Classroom

Secondary education majors gain valuable professional experience working with teachers in secondary classrooms across Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati beginning with the first course of the program and concluding with a full-time, semester-long experience. Students may also apply to participate in an overseas teaching experience.