Interested in Teaching High School?

Unlike at the elementary level, secondary level teachers are responsible for teaching a particular subject such as History or English. The preparation to teach at the secondary level is thus of a more specialized nature. Depending on which subject you enjoy the most and want to teach, there are two options.

Option 1. Complete a Major Related to Your Chosen Teaching Subject

Undergraduate Preparation for Teaching Secondary School

  • Complete the departmental major that most closely corresponds to the subject you want to teach. For example, if you wish to teach English, pursue the major in English and then take the CSET exam in that field. The CSET exam in your particular field must be passed in order to earn a teaching credential in that field. Subjects taught at the secondary level include:
    • Agriculture
    • American Sign Language
    • Art
    • Business
    • English
    • Foreign Languages
    • Health Science
    • Home Economics
    • Math
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Social Science (History, Government, Economics)
    • Science (Biology, Earth, Physical)
    • Technical Education

Sample exams for each field are available on the CSET website and should be reviewed with relevant faculty.

Option 2. State-approved Programs


If you want to teach Music, the University of Redlands has state-approved preparation programs. Through The School of Music. Successful completion of the Music Education major also takes the place of the CSET exam in Music. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Hickey.