Bachelor of Science in secondary education

Become a top-notch educator with the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. By completing this program, you can earn a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate in a variety of subject areas at the grades 6-12, 7-12, or 5-9 level. You can also add additional teachable areas to become one of the most prepared and marketable teaching candidates in Michigan when you graduate.

What you'll learn

When completing the Secondary Education program, you will focus on mastering your subject area(s), learning exciting and cutting-edge techniques to teach the material (pedagogy), and practicing your craft while completing your clinical experiences, which are woven throughout your program. In addition to becoming a highly prepared & qualified educator, you will also prepare to pass your teacher certification test and become a certified teacher in Michigan.


You can choose between two pathways on your journey to becoming a highly qualified educator. You can pursue a major concentration with an optional corresponding endorsement or select a grade band with an optional corresponding endorsement. The tables below along with the corresponding Advising Guide can help you choose which is best for you!

Major Concentrations Grade Bands
Biology (6-12) Arabic (K-12)
Chemistry (6-12) English Language Arts (7-12)
Earth/Space Science (6-12) French (K-12)
Economics (6-12) Mathematics (5-9)
History (6-12) Mathematics (7-12)
Integrated Science (6-12) a combination of
Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space and Physics
Spanish (K-12)
Physics (6-12)  
Political Science (6-12)  
Social Studies (6-12) a combination of Economics,
Geography, History and Political Science
Visual Arts Education (K-12)  

 Students have the option to add additional endorsement(s) for major concentrations and grade bands in:

Additional Endorsement(s) for major concentration
(An additional endorsement should be different than your major concentration)

Additional Endorsements for grade bands

Biology (6-12) Bilingual-Bicultural Education (K-12)
Chemistry (6-12) English as a Second Language (K-12)
Earth/Space Science (6-12)  
Economics (6-12)  
History (6-12)  
Physics (6-12)  
Political Science (6-12)  

Real-world experience and opportunities

Throughout your program you will have the opportunity to observe, interact, and even take the lead in classroom environment. You will work with mentor teachers, clinical instructional coaches, and faculty to become prepared to take on your first classroom when you graduate.

Career outlook for individuals

Michigan is currently experiencing a teacher shortage. You will be entering a job market filled with many opportunities. Our teacher candidates are coveted by districts all over the state for their readiness in the field. Later in their careers, many of our teachers go on to earn advanced degrees to become school administrators, counselors, athletic directors, work in the non-profit sector and much more!

Admission requirements

Undergraduate students entering Wayne State University, either from high school or transferring from other accredited universities or colleges, are admitted to the education pre-major or directly into their bachelor's degree program depending on what area(s) they choose to teach. 

Learn more

Become one of the most highly qualified and highly sought-after educators in the state by joining our bachelor of science in secondary education today!


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The College of Education educator preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  


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Yan Chen
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Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.