Secondary Education

Building Today’s Schools

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in secondary education is a program designed for students with an interest in teaching middle school or high school students (grades 9-12).

Teachers at the middle and high school level are not only required to teach in their subject area, but also to guide their students through a difficult time of life, preparing them to get a college education or to enter the job market.

By the Numbers:

Education at Olivet

pass rate for seniors on edTPA license
of faculty members have taught in PK-12 classrooms
first graduates from new special education teacher training program
education majors, minors and concentrations

Tomorrow’s Educators

The School of Education strives for responsiveness in keeping its programs current. Within the last three years, the Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Middle Grades programs have been revised to meet licensing and hiring requirements. The newest program is the Special Education Teacher Training Program with the first graduates in the Class of 2017.

Special Education Teacher Training Program


Olivet Nazarene University’s Teacher Education Program is a recognized education preparation program by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Each teaching program that is offered at Olivet has been individually approved for licensure, meaning that when a teaching candidate graduates with a teaching degree they will also have earned an Illinois Professional Educators License. The School of Education continues to update existing programs to meet and exceed the Illinois State Board of Education standards and is aligned with the top educational preparation standards in the nation.

Middle School Endorsement

The importance of Middle School teachers can never be overestimated! A teacher who earns a Middle School Endorsement is more marketable when entering the teacher workforce. The endorsement broadens the range of grade levels a teacher is licensed to teach.

Secondary Education majors can complete the necessary requirements to receive a Middle School Endorsement qualifying them to teach grades 6–8 in the same concentration as their major (e.g., Math, English, Social Science/History, or Science).

Education with a Christian Purpose

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