Secondary Education Major

The Secondary Education major is offered as a double major option available only to those students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in a primary major and planning to teach grades 6-12. While the primary major will prepare the student to be knowledgeable with respect to subject area content, the Secondary Education double major is designed to include pedagogical best practices along with field experiences as well as student teaching. This is not a state-approved program. Information regarding teacher certification in Florida can be found at

Students seeking certification in Foreign Language, Music or Dance will replace one of the following courses for the “Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary 6-12 Content” course listed on the program of study.

  • Foreign Language majors:
    EDU 485 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language K-12
    (Independent Study through Foreign language Dept.)
  • Music majors:
    MUS 361 Methods of Teaching Music in the Elementary School, or
    MUS 363 Methods of Teaching Music in the Secondary School
  • Dance majors:
    DANC 335 Dance Teaching Methods

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Background Check Requirement

Participation in field experiences, which occur in public educational settings in Duval County and are required throughout the Secondary Education double major, necessitate finger printing and successful background clearance. Secondary Education double major students MUST be fingerprinted and have a cleared background check through Duval County Public Schools at the beginning of the first semester in the School of Education. The cost of the fingerprinting varies usually between $70-$85 and must be paid before the fingerprint appointment. Fingerprinting is the responsibility of the student. Field experiences will not be offered to students failing background and/or fingerprinting clearance. Students must be in good standing with Jacksonville University to participate in field placements