B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education

  • College

    College of Education

  • Degree


  • Location

    Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, Macon


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

Pursue your passion for education and start inspiring students in grades 6 through 12 with Mercer University’s Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Secondary Education degree. The B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education program is taught within a cohort model to emphasize community and collaboration. You will work closely with faculty to gain an academic perspective that values the individual and authentic worth of each student through the inclusive lens of the regular classroom.


Grade Levels: 6–12 • Format: Blended (combination of online and on-campus instruction) Start Terms: January, March, May, August, and October • Concentrations: English, History, Mathematics, and Political Science • Course Length: 8 weeks • Completion Time: 12-18 months Minimum Entry GPA: 2.5


Your Mercer Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree experience

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at Mercer while managing other priorities is possible. Mercer’s program is flexible and many of our students 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 locations.

  • 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 per year, in January, March, May, August, and October.

Customize your B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education

When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Secondary Education at Mercer, you will complete your coursework in one of the following areas of certification to tailor your degree to your interests and career goals:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science

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.

Gain experience in the classroom

Students in the B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education program gain hands-on field experiences in public school classrooms in the local community. Throughout the secondary education degree program, students complete a variety of experiences, including pre-practicum, professional practicum, and student teaching. Field experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement.

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. Learn more.

How will a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education degree help your education career?

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education program will prepare you to stand out both as a teacher and as a colleague. Upon completing the program, you will be 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
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Learn from experienced faculty

When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Secondary Education at Mercer, you will be supported by faculty and staff who devote themselves to preparing students to become impactful educators within their communities and throughout the world.

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Inspire students with a Mercer secondary education degree

Ready to earn your Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Secondary Education and lead your own classes? Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment or contact Nynoka Grant at 678.547.6493 or grant_n@mercer.edu.

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.