Secondary Education is intended for students who wish to teach in a high school setting. Most transfer institutions and state teacher certification standards require high school teachers to complete a major area of study such as art, biology, business, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, German, health, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science/American government, social studies, and Spanish in preparation for transfer, MCC students may enroll in courses which have a high probability for transfer and courses which support their major area of study. It is strongly recommended that students who plan to teach in a high school setting contact their transfer institution as soon as possible regarding specific coursework needed for the transfer institution’s core curriculum, college of education requirements, and/or state certification requirements. Delay in contacting the transfer institution may result in taking unnecessary courses.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a middle school teacher have two options. They can complete secondary requirements for high school teachers and be certified to teach grades 7-12 in their content area. The second option would be to seek an elementary certificate and be certified to teach grades K-8. Students who are uncertain about becoming a teacher or the grade they might teach may enroll in . This course is designed to assist students in making an educated decision about teaching as a career choice. Students intending to transfer to a state university in Arizona (NAU, ASU, or U of A need to follow the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC – A) which fulfills lower division, general education requirements at these universities.