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The Secondary Education program at Unity, the largest of any private college in Maine, prepares students to be excellent secondary science teachers. 

B.S. in Secondary Education

The secondary education program at Unity offers students a vast amount of fieldwork as well as connections to other areas of education including adventure education, environmental education, and conservation education. Students learn across different disciplines, indoors and outdoors, and obtain an in-depth understanding of the environment, all within the context of educating others in the future.

During their undergraduate years, Unity students are actively engaged in their profession, presenting at state conferences, leading programs for area schools, and working in a variety of education settings from Montessori schools, to public middle and high schools, to science centers, to camps. 

With heavy emphasis on experiential and outdoor learning, rigorous studies at all levels of resource management, and small lab sections taught by nationally recognized professors, our program will prepare you to solve the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Program Highlights


What You Will Study

Many courses in the Secondary Education program integrate other disciplines for cross-study purposes, helping you to consider solutions to human-natural systems in your coursework. As a student in our program, you will gain the fine-tuned skills and knowledge to become an experienced environmental problem-solver.

In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum, you will have the opportunity to study and specialize in educational psychology and learn the foundations of education and teaching science in secondary schools.

Undergraduates in the Secondary Education also spend a semester as a student teacher in one of the area schools. Software and technology such as GIS and computer applications are also integral to this major, lending to students’ ability of how to use the technology in their own lessons that will engage the students they teach. 

Many courses have an outdoor lab component in which you’ll learn in various nearby natural settings and then continue the learning process in the lab using modern equipment and technology.

Secondary Education - Life Science Track program course sheet (PDF)
Secondary Education - Physical Science Track program course sheet (PDF)

Careers in Secondary Education

As a secondary education graduate from Unity, you’ll have a wide range of career options available to you. Graduates receive a certification to teach life or physical science in the middle or high school environment, and because of the school year calendar, many graduates assume part time summer work in environmental fields.

With their qualifications from the Secondary Education program, their position might be as a field biologist, interpretive park ranger, nature guide or scientific researcher.

Discover the many ways Unity College Career Services can help you reach your career goals.

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Our accomplished faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through leading-edge knowledge and expertise. 

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To learn more about our academic programs and discuss your areas of interest, contact Unity College Admissions. We look forward to hearing from you!