Degree in Secondary Education - Majors & Programs | Benedictine College

Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Education

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Department Overview

The Education Department programs are built upon the framework of “Educators as Builders of Community.” The programs call for future teachers and administrators to perceive their roles in education as developers of community. The learning community is within classrooms and schools, as well as outside their walls. Not only do education graduates work toward building community with students, families, and members of the local community, but they see a purpose of education to be the development of individuals who assume responsibility for building a healthy community locally, nationally, and globally. Grounded in a Benedictine, liberal arts tradition, the program advocates that the goals and means of the educative process are complementary and seek the pursuit of human dignity and social responsibility.

Degree Objectives

  • To build learning communities where students and teachers make meaningful choices, communicate and collaborate with others, think critically and conceptually, and act justly;
  • To model decision making processes that are inquiry-based, equitable, and reflect the values of Benedictine communities
  • To actively involve the community as a partner in the educational process.


Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and co-Chair
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Christi Adams, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and co-Chair
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  • Christi Adams, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Laura Bradfield
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Kelly Cogan
    Assistant Professor
  • Amy Cline
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Dianna Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Huppe, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Kevin Lunsford
    Assistant Professor
  • Erin McKelvey-Patterson
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Amy Minnis
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Matthew Ramsey, Ph.D.
    Professor & Department Chair
  • Brad Weaver
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Piper Wentz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Sara Wise
    Adjunct Instructor

Freshmen Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Foreign Language4
PSYC-1000General Psychology (Person and Community)3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
HIST-1100World Civilization to 1500 (Historical Foundation)3
ENGL-1020Intro. to Literature (Aesthetic Foundation)3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
Foreign Language4
EDUC-2200Introduction to Education2
EDUC-2201Introduction to Education Field Experience1
Fine Arts (Aesthetic Foundation)3
EXSCFitness course (Health)1

Sophomore Year

Major/Licensure Program Requirement6
EDUC-2220Psychoeducational Development3
EDUC-2222Psychology of Individuals With Exceptionalities3
Natural World Foundation3–4
Major/Licensure Program Requirement9
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Historical Foundation4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life (Health)1

Junior Year

Major/Licensure Program Requirement6
MATH-2110Applied Statistics (Mathematical Reasoning)4
EDUC-3357General Secondary Methods and Media3
EDUC-3358General Secondary Methods Field Experience1
Natural World with lab4
Major/Licensure Program Requirement6
EDUC-4451Philosophy of Education3
Faith Foundation3
        4457Content Area Methods (MATH-4457 fall only)2
EDUC-3332Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2

Senior Year

Major/Licensure Program Requirement6
Faith Foundation3
SOCI-3250Sociology Race/Ethnicity3
EDUC-3312School as Community3
EDUC-3313School as Community Diversity Field Experience1
EDUC-4462Classroom Management2
EDUC-4470Seminar for Student Teaching1
EDUC-4455Differentiated Instruction3
EDUC-4496Supervised Student Teaching10
EDUC-COMPSenior Compcr
EDUC-CNTXCore Content Areacr
EDUC-PLTXPLT Licensure Examcr

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education
  • Minor in Education