2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary Education Major (B.S.E.)

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Students pursuing a degree in secondary education must also select a content area of study and take all of the courses required to meet the Alabama State Department of Education requirements in order to be recommended for teacher licensure. Approved content areas are English, French, German, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Spanish. Students also have the option of pursuing a second degree in their chosen content area. A second major in their chosen content area is only possible if the degree is the same (both a B.A. or B.S., for example). All electives must be directed by the advisor.

General Education - University Core Curriculum: 22 Credits

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General Education - Distribution Areas: 23-27 Credits

General Education Requirements vary depending on the chosen content area, as noted below. If no course is specified, students are free to choose from the standard General Education options:

Natural and Computational Sciences  (8)

  • Content Area: Social Studies - Take GEOG 150 (4)  PLUS one additional lab science from the Gen Ed List (4)
  • All others: Choose two courses from the Gen Ed List (8)

Social Sciences  (4-8)

Mathematics  (4)

  • Content Area: Mathematics - Take MATH 210 (4)  or MATH 370 (4) , if approved
  • All others: Choose one course from the Gen Ed List (4)

Fine Arts  (3)

Humanities  (4)

Secondary Education Major (BSE): 34 Credits

Professional Courses: 8 Credits

*These are the only courses that can be taken prior to unconditional admittance.

Required State-Approved Content Classes: 32-44 Credits

(as determined by content area; credits hours subject to change)

  • Content Area: Complete all required courses in one of the following content areas:
    English, French, German, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish
  • Directed Electives: Required content classes/electives, as directed by an Education Advisor. Electives are for state certification requirements.

General Electives: 1-7 Credits

General Elective Credits will vary depending on the chosen content area; credits subject to change.

Total Required Credits: 128

GPA NOTE: A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.
NOTE: This program is under review and subject to change.

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