Our Secondary Teacher Education Program prepares our students to work with young people in educational settings. We recognize and support the opportunities and complexities of teaching and provide strong preparation in subject matter with curricular and instructional approaches to support all students as they learn in grades 7 through 12. Secondary Education combines a solid foundation of courses in humanities, communication, mathematics, science and social sciences with pre-professional and professional education courses. The program prepares effective teachers who have a thorough understanding of teaching theories and the ability to apply, critique and analyze these theories in the practical work setting while meeting the needs of diverse learners, the school, and the community the secondary school serves. Faculty who are specialists in the subject area teach courses in each of the endorsement fields.
- Business, Marketing, and Information Education
- English / Language Arts
- Foreign Languages
- Science: Biology, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Chemistry, Science (Broad Field Endorsement)
- Social Sciences
In the Field
Students preparing to be secondary teachers usually have two guided field experiences prior to student teaching. The initial practicum experience focuses on adolescent development and behaviors and the second is integrated with methods courses and emphasizes curricular and instructional approaches. Student teaching is a culminating experience in the Secondary Education Program. Generally regarded as one of the most important experiences in the process of learning to teach, student teaching enables students to integrate theory and practice, to refine teaching skills, and to gain valuable professional experience.
Program of Study
Secondary education students meet regularly with an adviser in the Student Services Center to plan their program of study. Upon completion of pre-professional requirements (usually in the third year), students in each of the endorsement areas must be selectively admitted into the endorsement program prior to professional education course work. There are two admissions periods each year with due dates of February 1 and September 15 with specific requirements and procedures for admission. (Note that Secondary Social Sciences has only Fall semester admissions and Secondary English and Language Arts Education only has Spring semester admissions).