Middle/Secondary Education

The College of Education challenges students to examine their assumptions about other people, especially how those from different social and cultural backgrounds learn. In our Middle/ Secondary program, you will work in real classrooms with smart, courageous teachers who are breaking down misconceptions and demonstrating innovative ways to help all students succeed. Through demanding courses in education and other Butler colleges, you will master the subjects you are passionate about sharing with students in grades 5–12.

As a middle/secondary educator, you must be more than an inspiring teacher. You have to own the “content” subjects you teach—areas like math, literature, sciences, or languages.

Our Middle/Secondary candidates complete the same number of content courses as Butler students majoring in those areas do. They also spend more than 800 hours in local classrooms, working alongside education faculty mentors as they develop their teaching expertise.

Our students evolve into highly effective, sought-after educators and content experts.

A middle grades/secondary program (grades 5–12) may have the following content area major (36 to 54 hours depending on individual major requirements):

  • English
  • Foreign language: French, German, or Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Science: primary areas in biology, chemistry, physics
  • Social studies
  • Special Education—mild intervention

Or all grade (K–12) licensure in:

  • Music education: choral, instrumental, area
  • Physical education and Health (K–12 licensure, exercise science concentration)

View curriculum sheets.

* Indicates a required course

COE Core I

(Must be successfully completed before moving to COE CORE II)

  • ED 112 Introduction to the Profession of Teaching (2)
  • ED 245 Introduction to Computers in Education (3)

Successful completion of PRAXIS I or options (see advisor)


(Upon successful completion of COE CORE I)

*ED 299 Integrated Core II Block (8)

The following courses may be taken at the same time as COE CORE II:
*ED 492 Special Education Law (1)


(Upon successful completion of COE CORE I and II)

*ED 227 Introduction to Middle and Secondary Students and Schools (3)
*ED 228 Content Area Literacy in Middle-Secondary Curriculum (3)
*ED 327 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for Middle School (Middle/Secondary)
*ED 398 Multilingual Learners and Their Cultural Contexts (3) (Middle/Secondary)
*ED 433 Integrated Special Methods (4) (Middle/Secondary)
*ED 498 Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners (3) (Middle/Secondary)

Music Education and Human Movement and Health Science Education candidates should see their advisor regarding special methods for their education program.


(Upon successful completion of COE CORE I, II and III)

*Student Teaching
*ED 434 Middle/Secondary Student Teaching Professional Seminar (2)
Choose two phases of student teaching according to certification:
*ED 423 Junior High/Middle School Student Teaching (Middle/Secondary) (5)
*ED 425 Secondary Student Teaching (5)