B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education

  • College

    College of Education

  • Degree


  • Location

    Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, Macon


Instill a love of learning in students in grades 6–12

Mercer’s Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with a major in Secondary Education prepares adult undergraduate students for certification to teach adolescents in grades 6 through 12. Through a program taught within a cohort model, students will gain an academic perspective that values the individual and authentic worth of the adolescent through the inclusive lens of the regular classroom.

Complete your education coursework in one of the following areas of certification:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science

Designed for busy and working adults

Earning a bachelor’s degree at Mercer University while managing other priorities is possible. With the program’s flexibility, many of our students are able to continue working while earning their degree.

Students pursue the B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education through a blended combination of online and in-person meetings at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon location.

  • The majority of each course is completed through both synchronous and asynchronous online instruction, and students only attend class in person twice per course.
  • Most students register for two courses per eight-week session.
  • Sessions begin five times a year in January, March, May, August, and October.
  • Students are also required to participate in field experiences during the day.

Transfer your credits

We want you to get the credit you deserve toward completion of your B.S.Ed. at Mercer. That’s why we’ve made the process of transferring credits as seamless as possible.

Expand your knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

  • Understand adolescents from a holistic perspective with an emphasis on social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical characteristics
  • Comprehend interdisciplinary middle and secondary curriculum design and understand how students differ in their approaches to learning
  • Design and employ a content-specific and/or integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Develop and implement a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies
  • Build collaborative relationships with families, school colleagues, communities, and other stakeholders
  • Seek to be reflective, evaluate personal development, and find opportunities to grow professionally

Learn more about our Secondary Education major

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment or contact Nynoka Grant at 678.547.6493 or grant_n@mercer.edu for more information.

Additional Steps

Keep planning ahead

Explore teacher candidacy

During sophomore year, students apply for full admission to teacher candidacy to gain eligibility to enroll in junior year courses. Admission criteria include submitting the online application for teacher candidacy, passing the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment, maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and more.

Effective July 1, 2022, students are no longer required to take the GACE Program Admission assessment.

Gain valuable field experience

To expand on the academic perspective covered in their courses, students spend time in public school classrooms in the local community. Throughout the program, students complete a variety of field experiences, including pre-practicum, professional practicum, and student teaching. Field experiences are coordinated through our Office of Field Placement.

Meet the Faculty

Mercer's Tift College of Education is supported by faculty and staff who devote themselves to preparing students to become transforming educators within their communities and throughout the world.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.