Degrees & Programs

Secondary Transition to Teaching

Program Brochure

Schools need good teachers now. Become one. Teachers from the baby-boomer generation are beginning to retire and schools all over the nation are struggling to fill their vacancies. This is especially true in the areas of math and science.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area, you can earn your secondary teaching license through the Secondary Transition to Teaching Program (ST2T). You will learn innovative practices and reflective teaching skills that prepare you to teach in middle, junior high, or high schools. The program is designed to help you earn your secondary teaching license in 12 months.

To be eligible for this program, you need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics)
  • Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Theatre Arts

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in one of the areas and are still interested in the program, discuss creating an equivalent major in a subject area with an academic advisor in the School of Education.

Program Overview

Through a combination of coursework, field experiences, and mentorship support, candidates engage in a rich learning experience. Candidates are immersed in teaching and the culture of their school, an experience that not only prepares them for the profession but also connects them to the education community.

Coursework: Integrated with Experience

With ST2T, you take courses while gaining teaching experience. As you work directly with educators and students, you can apply what you learn in your courses. The program begins in June and continues through the following April. Some of the topics covered in the coursework include:

  • Psychology of teaching adolescents
  • Classroom management
  • Teaching literacy through content
  • Multiculturalism and disabilities in the secondary school
  • Social issues facing today’s schools

The schedule also includes a seminar each semester that provides you with time to discuss and reflect on your classroom experiences. 

Field-based Experiences: Immersed in School Culture
"As we have worked with the IU Bloomington Secondary Transition to Teaching Program, we have found that program has adapted to the changing needs of the 21st century classroom and the 21st century student … We have hired several of these candidates to work in our schools and be an integral part of our efforts to reform teaching and learning to meet this ever changing world."

- William Jensen


Throughout the school year, you will be assigned to work with mentor teachers at both the middle-school and high-school levels. During the fall semester you will be with your mentor teacher two full days each week. During the spring semester, you will complete your ten-week, full-time student teaching experience. As a result of your year-long field-based experiences, you will gain practical understanding of the teaching and learning process in both middle and high schools.

Mentorship Support: Experienced Guidance

You are connected with a mentor teacher who will provide strong, long-lasting, and on-going guidance and expertise during this academic experience. With your mentor teachers, you will engage in reflective discussions about instructional practice and teacher beliefs related to the classroom and field experience settings.

Job Placement

As true majors with life and professional experiences plus a positive sense of purpose, ST2T students are strong candidates for teaching positions. Many of our ST2T graduates find employment in the school districts where they completed their field experiences and student teaching.

Master’s Degree Option

In addition to pursuing your teaching license, you can also choose to work towards a master’s degree. We encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies to discuss your options and how to plan for this educational goal.

Summer Fall Spring
M500 Integrated Seminar (1 credit) M500 Integrated Seminar and Field Experience (1 credit) M500 Integrated Seminar (1 credit)
L517 Advanced Study of Content Reading and Literacy (2 credits) S555 Diversity and the Communities of All Learners (3 credits) F500 Student Teaching (10 weeks) (1–3 credits)
P510 Psychology in Teaching (3 credits) Methods of Teaching (in identified subject area) (3 credits) H520 Education and Social Issues (3 credits)
Is the program right for you?

The Secondary Transition to Teaching program seeks to prepare highly qualified middle and high school teachers. Successful ST2T candidates demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm for becoming educators who will meet the challenges of tomorrow and who are, without question, dedicated to the success of all students. You can learn more about the program's eligibility requirements and application deadlines here

The most inspiring teachers are those who are as passionate about their calling as they are knowledgeable about their content. If this describes you, then we invite you to apply to the program. 

Learn more about admissions criteria and apply to the program

If you would like to talk with us about the program, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Ben Edmonds, Director
W.W. Wright Education Building, Rm. 3258
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8162


Mary Fisher, Lead Academic Advisor
W.W. Wright Education Building, Rm. 1072
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone : (812) 856-8500