Secondary education and K-12 education

If you are interested in pursuing secondary education (teaching in a middle school or high school), you will need to choose a major in your area of interest and enroll in the college where your major is located. Our secondary education program prepares students to teach at the middle and high school levels by encouraging you to become an expert in your subject matter by majority in that subject. 

Iowa State University has 13 undergraduate teacher preparation areas at Iowa State University. Our secondary education program provides students the opportunity for clinical experience aligned to your coursework early on in the program. The secondary and K-12 program areas offered by our Educator Preparation Program and their corresponding grade levels are listed below, along with the college where the program resides and where you can find information on the required curriculum.

If you’re interested in this program, you will want to do the following:

  1. Choose your major.
  2. Apply to our Education Preparation Program
    • Upon acceptance and successful completion of the program you will be recommended for an initial license and become a teacher. 

Majors

Teacher preparation area – College

Agricultural education – Agriculture and Life Sciences
Biology education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chemistry education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Earth sciences education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
English education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Family and consumer sciences education – Human Sciences
Health education – Human Sciences
History education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Physics education – Liberal Arts and Sciences
World languages and cultures – Liberal Arts and Sciences

Requirements

You need to apply to the department in which you plan to major and must meet the graduation requirements of that department and the college where it resides. In addition, in order to be recommended for licensure, you must apply and be accepted to the Educator Preparation Program and complete all of the requirements of this program.

Secondary education program coordinators

Agriculture education

Scott Smalley

smalle16@iastate.edu

515-294-0047

English education/ESL

Donna Niday

Tammy Slater

dniday@iastate.edu

tslater@iastate.edu

515-294-9981

515-294-5203

Family consumer science education

Laura VanWaardhuizen

lauravw@iastate.edu

515-294-6316

History/social studies education

Jeff Bremer

Amy Rutenberg

jrbremer@iastate.edu

arutenbe@iastate.edu

515-294-7266

515-294-4634

Mathematics education

Alejandro Andreotti

Ji Yeong I

aleand@iastate.edu

jiyeongi@iastate.edu

515-294-5128

515-294-7677

Music education

Natalie Royston

nasteele@iastate.edu

515-294-6829

Physical education

Holly Lipsey

lipsey@iastate.edu

515-294-8131

Science education

Jay Staker

jstaker@iastate.edu

515-294-8417

World languages and cultures education

Linda Quinn Allen

lqallen@iastate.edu

515-294-9014

 

Majors

Teacher preparation area – College

Music (grades K-12) – Liberal Arts and Sciences
Physical education (grades K-12) – Human Sciences

Requirements

You need to apply to the department in which you plan to major and must meet the graduation requirements of that department and the college where it resides. In addition, in order to be recommended for licensure, you must apply and be accepted to the Educator Preparation Program and complete all of the requirements of this program.

K-12 program coordinators

Music education

Natalie Royston

nasteele@iastate.edu

515-294-6829

Physical education/health education

Holly Lipsey

lipsey@iastate.edu

515-294-8131