Secondary Education

Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts or Associate in Science transfer degrees are designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepare students for entrance into baccalaureate majors in an area of study that you plan to teach.

Secondary Education — What is it?

Secondary Education programs prepare teachers to teach in middle schools and high schools. In addition to completing a teacher education program and residency certificate, students must complete a baccalaureate degree in a subject area that is endorsed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington State ( Some universities offer teacher education programs that can be completed within a bachelor’s degree, while others offer a post-baccalaureate certification program or certification in conjunction with a graduate degree program.

Program Faculty Advisors

Contact faculty in the specific discipline or major area of study that you want to teach.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education?

Secondary education teachers have the knowledge, skills and credentials to teach in middle schools and high schools, as well as many other career fields depending on their area of expertise.

Potential employers include:

Private and Public Middle Schools and High Schools, Boards of Education, Federal, State and Local Governments, Health and Human Services, Business, Private Foundations, and Non-Profit Organizations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. or A.S. Degree