Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Secondary Education

A degree in Secondary Education from Boston College is distinct. It combines innovative theoretical approaches with firsthand experience working with high school students.

Here you’ll learn how to think critically about education, how to teach various disciplines, and how to connect those disciplines to facilitate learning—all while applying your knowledge in local schools and enhancing your experience with elective courses.

You’ll round out your degree with a second major in English, history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, earth/environmental science, French or Spanish—preparing you to teach in these subject areas. To focus your degree further, you can add a concentration in Special Education.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to teach children in grades 8–12 in a variety of classrooms covering an array of subjects.

Comprehensive coursework, practical settings

Our Secondary Education program features coursework that covers leading theories and strategies in child development, learning, and instruction.

In the classroom, you’ll focus on:

  • Child, adolescent, and young adult development
  • Theory and instruction in curriculum that educates diverse populations and meets the special needs of all children
  • Methods of teaching a range of subjects to a range of students from various settings
  • Classroom assessment

Outside of the classroom, you and your cohort will spend your first pre-practicum at a nearby Boston public high school, where you will:

  • Learn the latest curriculum and instruction methods from Boston College faculty and veteran high school teachers
  • Participate in inquiry-based practice and receive feedback from onsite supervisors
  • Take part in student, faculty, and guest speaker panels 

Secondary Education


Undergraduate Majors

BC Fact Book, 2016

Where do our graduates work?

King Philip High School

English Teacher

Virginia Public Schools

History Teacher

Uncommon Schools

Science Teacher


Chongro Overseas Educational Institute

ESL Tutor and Adminstrative Assistant

Sharon Public Schools

ELA Teacher

St. Joseph's Preparatory High School

English Teacher


Cristo Rey Boston High School

Science Teacher

Acton-Boxborough High School

Physics Teacher

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Associate General Counsel

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.

Program Faculty & Expertise

The Lynch School has a long history of collaborative partnerships with Boston, Newton, and Brookline Public Schools, as well as with Catholic, private and charter schools in the greater Boston area. 

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