Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Education Degree/A.A.

Overview of Major:

Potomac State College Secondary Education majors complete the initial phases of degree work required to become a certified teacher. Future teachers naturally expect to be responsible for lesson planning, instruction, and assessment in their future classrooms; however, with society’s demands for critical thinkers and citizens committed to life-long learning, it is crucial that future educators experience teacher-preparation rich in opportunities to discover the impact of culturally relevant teaching, learner centered classrooms, and integrated curriculum as well as solid communication, management, and organizational classroom skills. Potomac State College offers direct classroom experience for prospective secondary educators as early as the first semester of study.

Because Secondary Education is a career choice that leads to not only preparation to lead a classroom but expect knowledge in the discipline of study as well, preparation throughout college has a two part focus: the content area (Math, English, Social Studies) and educational design and delivery.  From Potomac State College, students transfer to a variety of accredited institutions to complete their degree in Secondary Educator and earn a teaching license. 

To accommodate students wishing to become secondary teachers, West Virginia University Potomac State College offers Associates of Arts degrees in Secondary Education in the concentrations of English and Social Studies. Students wishing to pursue secondary teaching in Math,Science, or other disciplines will have the option to declare a major within the specific discipline while also enrolling in education courses; therefore, it is critical that students work with a Secondary Education advisor to select which discipline and track is appropriate for their future plans. 

Career Opportunities:

Secondary teachers generally teach students from the 5th through 12th grades. They usually specialize in one subject area, such as Math, Science, or History. They may teach several different classes within that subject area. For example, a high school Math teacher may teach courses in Algebra, Calculus, and/or Geometry. Future secondary educators can expect their career to include

  • Planning age and discipline specific lessons in the subjects they teach, such as Biology or History;
  • Assessing students to evaluate mastery of learning objectives;
  • Teaching students in full class settings or in small groups;
  • Adapting lessons to any changes in class size or needs of individual learners;
  • Communicating  with parents about students’ progress;
  • Developing and enforcing classroom rules and administrative policies;
  • Supervising students outside of the classroom—coaching, advising clubs, other extracurricular activities.

Some teachers trained as secondary educators continue coursework in their specific discipline, earning an advanced or graduate degree leading to careers in research, higher education, or curriculum development. Others may pursue graduate degrees in school administration.

Employment of secondary teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Nationally, the median annual wage for secondary teachers was $57,200 in May 2015. Specifically in West Virginia, the recent average salary of secondary educators is approximately $45,000.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2016). Elementary school teachers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from 

Alumni Spotlight:

“Potomac State created a family atmosphere in the class which helped me feel comfortable in class and learn from my peers as well. I still stay in close contact with my professors and know I can go to any of them at any time, even though I'm no longer a student.

I could not have asked for a better experience in PSC’s Education program. The classes were new, exciting, and challenged preexisting stereotypes. If you are looking for a place to start your career in education, Potomac State is a great place. I can guarantee you will get what you need by having fun, growing, and setting up the platform for who you will be as a future educator.”
-Hayley PSC Secondary Education Graduate

Degree Program:

Secondary Education

Degree Designation:

Associate of Arts 

Andrea Schafer  

Ruth Upton