Secondary Education

Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Major—Bachelor of Science Degree

See also Elementary Education

Become an Effective Educator

Many people consider their teachers from junior and senior high school to be significant influences on their lives. Teachers who have a heart for students, mastery of their subject areas, and skill as educators possess tremendous opportunities to inspire secondary students both academically and spiritually.

Education students begin their studies by forming a strong biblical philosophy, designed to teach them to exercise discernment as they analyze educational trends. Studying traditional teaching methods and gaining extensive teaching experience both with their classmates and in actual classes at Pensacola Christian Academy, students become highly trained, effective teachers who are ready to enter the classroom immediately after graduation.

The culmination of the education degree is an internship at Pensacola Christian Academy, where senior education majors refine their skills under the mentorship of experienced teachers.

To give each graduate many opportunities for ministry and employment, every secondary education student chooses both a major concentration and a second teaching field. With a strong background in more than one academic area, education alumni are capable, flexible teachers who can easily adapt to the needs of employers. The leadership, classroom management, and communication skills cultivated in the education program, as well as proficiency in the student’s chosen teaching fields, open doors for countless possibilities after graduation.


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Second Teaching Fields


Second teaching field requirements: Students with a Music second teaching field must demonstrate sufficient ability in one area of applied music and will take instruction in this area for six semesters. Students in their fourth semester of private music lessons must pass a platform to be approved for a music second teaching field. After passing the platform, students are required to enroll in Music Repertoire each semester they are enrolled in private lessons. Students with a vocal or instrumental emphasis must participate in a performing ensemble two semesters sometime during sophomore, junior, or senior years. Performing ensembles that meet requirements for each emphasis are as follows: Instrumental: Orchestra, Symphonic Band; Vocal: Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Choir.
Teaching Elementary Music
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Choral Methods
Proficiency Materials and Methods
Private Lessons

Physical Education

Fitness Test: Students in this second teaching field must pass the Physical Fitness Test or take PE 283/273 Physical Fitness or PE 160/170 Swimming/Physical Fitness (minimum grade of “C-” required).
Extracurricular Activity Requirement: Students in this second teaching field must participate in several semesters of intercollegiate or intramural sports or an approved alternative.
Fall Team Sports
Spring Team Sports
Sport Physiology
Introduction to Coaching
First Aid
Organization and Administration of Physical Education
Care of Athletic Injuries
Coaching Electives
Teaching Physical Education


Second teaching field requirements: Second-semester sophomores must pass a speech platform evaluation to be approved for a second teaching field in speech. Students are required to enroll in SP 999 Speech Repertoire each semester they register for a private speech lesson. All students with a second teaching field in speech must perform at least one role in a college play while a student at PCC. A speaking role in a dramatic production play will satisfy this requirement.
Teaching Speech
Introduction to Interpretive Speech
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Oral Interpretation of Dramatic and Narrative Literature
Stage Movement
Introduction to Dramatic Production
Assemblies and Productions Practicum
Private Speech Lessons

Career Possibilities

  • Christian school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Public speaker
  • Missions
  • Homeschool
  • Church ministry

PCC helped prepare me for teaching because of the practical knowledge that the teachers instilled in me during student teaching. Perhaps the greatest preparation was learning how to manage a classroom successfully by setting boundaries and routines to help students succeed. Then as a student teacher, I had the chance to put that knowledge into practice during my internship at PCA.

PCC prepares Christian school teachers to be servants, which is essential in being a part of a Christian school ministry because you could be called upon to do many things above and beyond the normal teaching duties.

Wesley C. ’93
Principal, Coshocton Christian School (Coshocton, OH)