Secondary Education at Providence College

Why Study Secondary Education at Providence College?
Schools trust the Providence College Secondary Education Program to prepare the teachers of tomorrow. For years, the program — accredited by the Rhode Island Department of Education — has trained students with a passion for teaching to lead science, foreign language, language arts, and math classrooms in high schools throughout the country.

In many ways, as a PC secondary education student, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. You’ll have the opportunity to study a field of knowledge in great depth and to develop professional skills that allow you to put that knowledge to work. In other words, a transformational educational experience that makes you employable.

 

What you'll study

Are you interested in history and English? Maybe you love biology, chemistry, or math? Is studying a foreign language what you really want to do? If you have a passion for any of these subject areas and would like to serve the community through teaching, our secondary education program is for you.

We offer students interested in high school teaching careers a bachelor’s program that leads to certification in the areas of biology, chemistry, English, French, history, Italian, mathematics, physics and Spanish. Students major in one of these content areas while simultaneously completing the secondary education program.

Selected Courses

  • Educational Psychology
  • The Child with Special Needs in the Regular Classroom
  • Educational Measurement
  • Classroom Management for High/Middle School Teachers
  • Teaching English
  • Teaching Science
  • Teaching History
  • Teaching Modern Languages
  • Teaching Mathematics

Faculty

Our secondary education faculty members consistently present at conferences across the country, have scholarly papers published, and have expertise in several secondary education areas. Our discipline-specific faculty are mathematicians, scientists, linguists, historians, and literary experts. Our secondary education faculty:

  • come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from the universities of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts (Amherst), North Carolina, and Wisconsin;
  • are actively engaged in research across a wide variety of disciplines, including assessment, teacher preparation, policy and reform, service-learning, and college transitions for students with learning disabilities; and
  • have their work published in leading journals and present at prominent industry conferences across the country.

ENGAGED LEARNING

Two students working on exams in a room with a large whiteboard

Our program offers students a number of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action. Our students:

  • participate in field experiences — prior to student-teaching — that provide opportunities to interact with high school students in a variety of schools and classrooms;
  • student-teach in high schools across southern New England;
  • complement their coursework by getting involved in clubs, honor societies, and service initiatives; and
  • study abroad in dozens of locations and programs.

89%

of 2016-2020 education major graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.


  • 48% are employed only
  • 23% are attending school only
  • 17% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Schools throughout the United States, including in
    • Massachusetts
    • Connecticut
    • Rhode Island

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Adelphi University
  • Merrimack College
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Boston College
  • NYU
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Boston University
  • Providence College
  • Vanderbilt University