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Minor Requirements & Courses

53 semester hours total

Students who plan to qualify for the secondary school teaching certificate should declare a minor in secondary education during their first year or upon declaring a major. To this end they should consult with the School of Education during their first year. For general academic purposes, students remain under the guidance of the program in which they are majoring.

The Secondary Education Program can be completed in 3 phases:

  1. Foundation Courses
  2. The Secondary Education Teaching and Learning Laboratory
  3. Candidacy and Capstone Experiences


PHASE 1: Foundation Courses (29 SH)

EDU 231 - Educational Psychology
EDU 572 - Secondary Field Experience
ELL 206 - English Language Learners
SED 201 - Foundations of Special Education
SED 572 - Secondary Special Education Field Experience

PA Dept. of Education (PDE) Requirements for Educators — Composition and Literature

INQ 111 - Introduction to Liberal Arts Education
WRI 111 - Writing

PDE Requirements for Educators — Mathematics

MTH 110 - Mathematical Perspectives I, AND
MTH 124 - Mathematical Perspectives II


SSC 252 - Data Analysis for Social Science, AND
SSC 253 - Q Methodology


PHASE 2: Secondary Education Teaching and Learning Laboratory (10 SH)

EDU 351 - Reading Content Area
EDU 450 - Teaching Areas of High Need
EDU 451 - Teaching in Secondary School


PHASE 3: Candidacy & Capstone Experiences (14 SH)

Candidacy & EDU 451

Candidacy must be approved before enrolling in EDU 451. Admission to EDU 451 which is offered in the fall semester of the senior year is dependent upon the following:

  1. The recommendation of the student's major program;
  2. A careful review of the student's personal qualifications;
  3. Passing the Basic Skills Assessment or meeting the SAT/ACT score criteria;
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000;
  5. A minimum GPA of 3.000 in EDU 231, EDU 351, EDU 572, ELL 206, SED 201, and SED 572;
  6. A minimum GPA of 3.000 in the major; and
  7. Presentation and approval of a professional pre-candidacy portfolio, which includes experiences with adolescents.

Capstone Experiences

The capstone experience(s) are typically completed in the spring semester of the senior year. The teacher candidates must apply for capstone experiences by November 30, one year before.

Note: Student-Teacher placements are made by the School of Education. Placements are final and cannot be changed. Transportation is the responsibility of the student-teacher.

EDU 452 - Student Teaching Secondary
EDU 600 - Student Teaching Seminar

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What can you do with an Education degree?

Imagine yourself a preschool teacher, an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, or a special education teacher in a public or private school.