Graduates with a secondary education certification will go on to become teachers in junior and senior high schools, teaching science, English, history or mathematics. Their task is to build on knowledge that these students acquired in middle school, arming them with the education necessary to succeed in college, trade school or professionally.
Courses in psychology (12 credits):
PY 115 Educational Psychology* - 3 credits
PY 214 Adolescent Psychology* - 3 credits
PY 290 Psychology/Education of the Exceptional Student - 3 credits
Courses in basic pedagogy (16 credits):
ED 100 Foundations of Education* - 3 credits
ED 205 Strategies and Techniques of Instruction - 2 credits
ED 208 Classroom Partnerships and Inclusion - 3 credits
ED 220 Academic Intervention and Differentiation in the Content Areas - 2 credits
ED 300-306 Teaching in the Content Area (discipline area) - 3 credits
ED 390 Teaching Nonnative and Culturally Diverse Students - 3 credits
Field experiences (16 credits):
ED 103 Field Experience I: K-12 and Secondary** - 1 credit
ED 206 Field Experience II: Strategies and Techniques of Instruction - 1 credit
ED 322 Field Experience III: K-12 and Secondary Instruction and Theory - 1 credit
ED 400 Field Experience IV: Pre-Student Teaching Practicum - 2 credits
ED 410 Field Experience V: Student Teaching Internship - 8 credits
ED 411 Professional Seminar - 3 credits
Education courses required specifically for secondary Social Studies
ED 109 Physical and Cultural Geography* - 3 credits
*Also fulfills Core Curriculum requirements.
**ED 207 (Practicum in Education I) may be substituted for ED 103
7-12 Certification Content Majors:
Teaching high school requires more than just theoretical knowledge about a subject. The classroom is a tricky place to navigate and manage, and the old adage that “practice makes perfect” remains true. Thus, the culminating activity of this certification is a 14-week student teaching assignment in a school and classroom appropriate to the certification area.
Following student teaching, graduates should be ideally prepared to seek jobs at schools or in family and youth services. Candidates can also apply for graduate school.
Students with a secondary education certification will be able to: