As a social studies teacher at the secondary level, you’ll help
youth navigate a vast world of people and cultures—to arrive at a
better understanding of their place in society. You’ll show them
the value of having a voice in government, knowing their roots, and
working for the welfare of others.
Learn innovative methods to teach history, geography, government
and economics, with an emphasis on a multicultural and pro-social
education. Create lesson plans that foster curiosity and respect
for diversity—and try them out in the classroom as a student
Accumulate more than 800 hours of field experience by the end of
your senior year—almost double the hours recommended by the
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. By the time
you graduate, you’ll be well equipped to command a classroom of
your own as a certified social science teacher.
In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was named a national
finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award.
And, according to a recent survey, between 92-98% of school
principals who've had a Saint Leo graduates as first-year teacher
at their school report that they'd provide a positive
recommendation for rehiring.
Graduates are qualified to obtain teaching certification for
grades 6-12. Possible job routes include:
Our students find success as certified teachers in school
districts around Florida and outside of the state, thanks to
interstate agreements between the Florida Department of Education
and many other states.
Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their
schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four
years of employment. Many Saint Leo graduates have been recognized
as Teachers of the Year for their schools and even their entire
View current Education student resources,
including information on internships, lesson plans and more.
Start your career now. Visit our Admission page.
You may declare the Secondary Education major when you begin
coursework at Saint Leo University. However, to be formally
admitted to the program, you must complete an application once you
fulfill general education requirements.