What subject should I teach?

These are the majors — or the core subjects — on which to base your secondary education teaching degree. They are also known as “undergraduate licensure areas.” Most allow you to teach grades 5 through 12.

You enroll in the college that’s listed next to the option, but the ISU Educator Preparation Program provides the professional courses on teaching, student teaching assignments, and licensure guidance/steps.and licensure guidance/steps

Agricultural Education (grades 5-12) — Agriculture

Biology (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chemistry (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chinese (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Earth Sciences (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 3) — Human Sciences

English (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Education — Human Sciences

French (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

German (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Health Education (grades 5-12) — Human Sciences

History - Social Sciences (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences, Human Sciences

Latin (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Music (grades K-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physical Education (grades K-12) — Human Sciences

Physics (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Russian (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Spanish (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

World Languages and Cultures (grades 5-12) — Liberal Arts and Sciences

Elementary Education. Students can also major in Elementary Education (kindergarten - grade 8) and add at least one subject option to their licensure.

For a degrees in Elementary Education, the following options (or endorsements) can be added to your teaching degree core subject major, allowing you to teach additional subjects or to fulfill a requirement for specialization.

You can also add any of the undergraduate degree options as an additional endorsement.

See the Elementary Education program page for more details on the curriculum and licensure necessary to teach elementary education. The links below provide more information on the subject matter option.

Art (grades K-8)

Coaching Interscholastic Athletics (grades K-12)

Chinese (grades K-8, 5-12)

English and Language Arts (grades K-8)

English as a Second Language (grades K-12)

French (grades K-8)

German (grades K-8)

Health (grades K-8)

History (grades K-8)

Latin (grades K-8, 5-12)

Mathematics (grades K-8)

Physical Science (grades 5-12)

Reading (grades K-8, 5-12)

Russian (grades K-8, 5-12)

Science - Basic (grades K-8)

Science - General (grades 5-12)

Social Sciences (grades K-8)

Spanish (grades K-8)

Special Education (grades K-8, 5-12, K-12)

Speech/Theatre (grades 5-12)

World Languages and Cultures (grades K-8)

Below are the graduate degrees that lead to an initial teacher licensure. The related colleges are listed next to the degree.

Agricultural Education (M.S.) - Agriculture

Mathematics (secondary) (M.Ed.) - Human Sciences

Physical Education (M.S.) - Human Sciences

Sciences (secondary) (M.A.T.) - Human Sciences