Secondary Education Minor (Ready2Teach Program)

Beginning the Secondary Education Minor

Students seeking a teaching license at the secondary level must complete the Ready2Teach secondary education minor in addition to completing a major in the subject one plans to teach. 

Students should take the first course (YOED 2500) in the secondary education minor during the second semester of one’s sophomore year

Admission to the Ready2Teach program is a prerequisite for YOED 2500—and all—education courses.

Getting Admitted to the Secondary Ready2Teach Program 

In order to get admitted, students must:

  • first successfully complete 45 semester hours
  • have an overall GPA of 2.75
  • have an ACT score of 22 or higher (ACT/SAT scores on a test taken after admission to college do not count for the purpose of admission. The scores on these tests must be obtained prior to starting college.)
    • If one does not have this score of 22 or higher, one can:
      • (a) take and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exams (Reading – score of 156, Math – score of 150, Writing – score of 162). Those who fail a CORE exam (after having taken it twice may be eligible to appeal under certain guidelines. Appeals must be  initiated  by  the  student  using  an  appeal  form  available  in  the  Office  of Professional Laboratory Experiences. Appeals will be considered by the Committee on Admission to Teacher Education.
      • or (b) have a 1020 score on the re-centered SAT ( score of 920 or higher if taken prior to December 31, 1995).
      • Graduate Students are exempt from Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) exams if they met the ACT or SAT requirements, or achieved a score of 800 or higher with a score of 360 on either the verbal or quantitative portion of the GRE exam. The revised GRE® General Test (after 8/1/2011) Minimum sub-scores: 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and 143 on Verbal Reasoning. MAT score of 380 or better. Evidence of these scores must be submitted with the Application to Teacher.
    • Proof of these alternate exam scores have to be on file at MTSU before an application can be processed.
  • complete and send in an application
  • complete and send in two reference/interview forms—one from a public school teacher and one from a college instructor in your major field (view reference/interview documents)
  • type and submit a 300-word autobiography
  • pass a background check
    • Here are the procedures for making an appointment to get a fingerprint/background check:
      • Register online at or call 855-226-2937
  • To enroll online: Go to
  • Click on Tennessee
  • Click on Online Scheduling
  • Type in your first and last name and click Go
  • Click Non-DCS Child Care/Adoption Providers under Agency Name
  • Click on Child-Related Worker (Private) for Applicant Type
  • Type in TNCC75022 for the ORI number
  • If will ask if you if Office of Professional Lab Experiences is correct, click Yes
  • Enter a zip code to determine the closest fingerprinting location
  • Click on the time that fits your schedule
  • Fill out Applicant Information
  • Prepay your fingerprint service. This cost is $38.00. You must pay by Cashiers Check or Money Order onsite. They will not accept cash or credit/debit card.
    • Be sure to bring your driver's license and social security card to your appointment. You will not receive paperwork from L-l Enrollment. The results will be routed directly to MTSU.

By following the procedures above, you acknowledge the following: (1) the results of the background check can affect your admission/continuance in the teacher education program and (2) that universities have your permission to share the results of the background check with school districts where you may be placed for field or clinical placements.  

Note: Tennessee Law requires all persons working in a child care environment-teachers, caregivers, student interns, tutors, and after school workers-to submit a fingerprint and background search before entering the school environment.

Applications cannot be processed until all of the documents listed above are in and admission cannot be achieved until all requirements have been met. It can take approximately two weeks for background checks to arrive, so one should wait to submit an application until two weeks have passed since the date of one’s background check appointment.  

With the exception of the autobiography, all documents should be scanned and sent to the email address found on the application. The autobiography should be sent as a regular document file with the scanned documents.    

Sequence of Courses in the Secondary Education Minor (Pre-Residency)

There are three pre-residency courses (YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300) in the secondary education minor. The YOED 2500 course is a prerequisite for  the other two. One cannot take YOED 3000/YOED 3300 until one has made a grade of B or better in YOED 2500. 

Here is the recommended sequence for taking the pre-residency courses: 

  • YOED 2500 – Second semester sophomore year
  • YOED 3000 – First semester junior year
  • YOED 3300 – Second semester junior year

For those who enter the program late, YOED 3000 and YOED 3300 can be taken during the same semester. If one takes this route, one should be alert to the fact that this would require two separate field placements in two different schools during that semester.

Schedule of Course Offerings

  • YOED 2500  - Offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters
  • YOED 3000 – Offered each fall and spring
  • YOED 3300 – Offered each fall and spring

Field placements for YOED 3000 and YOED 3300 require that students assume full or partial control of a public school classroom, so those courses must be taken while public schools are in session.

Sequence of Courses in the Secondary Education Minor (Residency)

During the senior year, there are two residency semesters (Residency I, Residency II) where students are assigned to public schools. During Residency I, students will be out in a public school two days during the week. During Residency II, students will be out in a public school every day of the school week.

Residency I

  • Students seeking 7 – 12 certification take YOED 4030 (9 hours)
  • Students seeking K – 12 certification take YOED 4020 (6 hours)
  • MTeach students take YOED 4040 (4 hours)

Residency II

  • All students take YOED 4400

Grade Expectations

One must make a grade of B or better in YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 and Residency I.

Secondary Education Minor Advisors

In addition to the major advisor, each teacher education student in the secondary education program has a secondary education minor advisor. You can find the name of your minor advisor below by looking for your major. You should contact this person any time that you have a question pertaining to the Ready2Teach program.   

Business Education Dr. Huffman 898-2331 COE 314E
English Dr. Butler 904-8142 COE 377
Family & Consumer Sciences Dr. Dillard 898-5435 COE 382 
Foreign Language Dr. Caukin 898-5982 COE 380 
Health/Physical Education/Recreation Dr. Hover 898-2330 COE 373
History/Geography/Political Science Dr. True
898-5636  COE 375
Mathematics Dr. Milligan  898-7959 COE 352
Music Education Dr. Goodin  898-2943 COE 370
Science Dr. Milligan
898-5755 COE 372
Speech & Theater/Art Dr. Clark 898-2325 COE 357 
Vocational Agriculture/Industrial Studies Dr. Huffman 898-2331 COE 314E