Secondary Education (Communicative Arts Concentration), BAED

College of Education

Program Description:

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.Ed. or B.S.Ed.) in Secondary Education is designed for students preparing to teach in middle schools, junior high schools or senior high schools (grades 7-12). The program of studies for the Secondary Education major and licensure preparation has three components:

  • General Education Requirements
  • Concentration-Teaching Field Requirements
  • Professional Education Requirements

Students must meet with a College of Education Academic Advisor for initial consultation about their program, and their secondary faculty advisor through out their program. The Secondary Education faculty advisor must approve enrollment into the professional licensure courses that are offered in a Fall/Spring sequence.


Admission Requirements:

 This Concentration-Teaching Field includes interdisciplinary study in literature, writing, communication and journalism and theatre arts. Course requirements include the following:

1.Communication Arts courses from General Education Requirements12 credit hours
2.World Literature6 credit hours
 Select from ENGL 292, 293, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337 
3.American Literature6 credit hours
 ENGL 296 or 297 and one of the following: ENGL 460, 461, 462, 463 
4.Shakespeare3 credit hours
 ENGL 352 or 353 
5.Perspectives on Literature3 credit hours
 Choose one from ENGL 264, 265, 281, 364, 365 or 381 
6.Grammar3 credit hours
 ENGL 240 
7.Writing6 credit hours
 LLSS 430 and one of the following: ENGL 219, 223, 224 or 324 
8.Communication & Journalism3 credit hours
 Select from CJ 225, 323, 327, or 331 
9.Non-Print Media3 credit hours
 CJ 110 or MA 110 
10.Intercultural Communication3 credit hours
 CJ 314 
11.Books for Young Adults3 credit hours
 EMLS 451 
12.Co-Curricular Perspectives3 credit hours
 Select from THEA 418, THEA 419, CJ 271, CJ 374, CJ 344, CJ 171 or MA 330 

Career Opportunities:

 Middle school teachers and secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and expose them to more information about the world. Middle and secondary school teachers specialize in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, Mathematics, History, or Biology.  50 states and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. In most states a prerequisite for licensure is a bachelor’s degree. Usually licensure is granted by the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee. Requirements for regular licenses to teach kindergarten through grade 12 vary by state. 


Contact Information:

Department of Teacher Education
(505) 277-0513
ted@unm.edu