Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science
Teaching Certificate

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has granted Secondary Education with the highest level of approval for programs of its kind.

Teacher candidates wishing to teach middle school and high school choose this educational track. Secondary candidates can opt to earn a dual major by completing additional classes in their content area during additional semesters.
Classes focus on:

  • pedagogy, assessment, and management of students;
  • teaching diverse students;
  • in-depth content knowledge in a chosen discipline

Teacher candidates can choose from five program content areas:  biology, chemistry, English (literature or writing focus), mathematics, or social studies (history or political science focus).

Secondary Education (grades 7-12)

Click on links below for specific course information: 

Secondary Education - Biology

Secondary Education - Chemistry

Secondary Education - English (Literature & Writing)

Secondary Education - Mathematics

Secondary Education - Social Studies (History & Pol. Sci.)

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CLICK HERE to view Distribution of Credits (DOCs).

 

 Secondary Education - Biology

Biology EIGHT semester course sequence map

Biology TEN semester course sequence map

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
 Core Requirements    
BIOSC 0170, 0070  Foundations of Biology I  4 cr.
BIOSC 0180, 0080   Foundations of Biology II  4 cr.
BIOSC 0350  Genetics  3 cr.
BIOSC 1385  Environment & Ecology  4 cr.

BIOSC 1110/1111

 Anatomy & Physiology,Lab

 4 cr.

BIOSC 1500, 1510   Cell Biology, Lab    4 cr.
NATSC 0075  Earth & Space Science 3 cr.

 

Additional Required Courses

PEDC 0310 Health Science 3 cr.

 

 

 Biology Education Courses

 

ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3 cr.
EDPSY 0009   English Language Learners  1 cr.
I & L 1332 Strategies & Techniques of Instruction 3 cr.
I & L 1060 Education of Exceptional Students I 3 cr.
I & L 1061 Education of Exceptional Students II  3 cr.
I & L 1702  Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1442  Teaching Lab Science 2 cr.
I & L 1440     Teaching Science-Secondary 3 cr.
I & L 1441 Pedagogy Lab - Science 1 cr
I & L 1811 Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1876 Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I&L 1821 Student Teaching 12 cr.

 

Secondary Education - Chemistry

Chemistry EIGHT semester course sequence map

Chemistry NINE semester course sequence map

 

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
Core Requirements    
CHEM 0110 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 cr.
CHEM 0120 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4 cr.
CHEM 0310/0330 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I, LAB 4 cr.
CHEM 0320/0340 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II, LAB 4 cr.
CHEM 0250/0260 INTRO. TO ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, LAB 4 cr.
CHEM 1410 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 3 cr.
CHEM 1035 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY 3 cr.

 

Additional Required Courses

PEDC 0310 HEALTH SCIENCE  3 cr.
PHYS 0212 INTRO. TO LAB PHYSICS 2 cr.

 

Chemistry Education Courses

 

ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3 cr.
EDPSY 0009    English Language Learners  1 cr.
I & L 1332  Strategies & Techniques of Instruction 3 cr.
I & L 1060  Education of Exceptional Students I 3 cr.
I & L 1061  Education of Exceptional Students II  3 cr.
I & L 1702   Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1441    Teaching Lab Science 2 cr.
I & L 1440      Teaching Science-Secondary 3 cr.
I & L 1442  Pedagogy Lab - Science 1 cr
I & L 1811  Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1876  Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I&L 1821  Student Teaching 12 cr.

Secondary Education - English

Students desiring to teach English will choose either an English Literature or English Writing focus.

 

English Literature Focus

 

English Literature EIGHT semester course sequence map

English Literature NINE semester course sequence map

 

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
Core Requirements    
 Take 4 of the following 5:    
 ENGLIT 1012  18th Century British Literature 3 cr.
 ENGLIT 1100  Medieval Imagination 3 cr.
 ENGLIT 1125  Renaissance in England 3 cr.
 ENGLIT 1175  19th Century British Literature 3 cr.
 ENGLIT 1325  The Modernist Tradition 3 cr.
     
 ENGLIT 1552  History of the English Language 3 cr.
 ENGLIT 0580  Intro. to Shakespeare 3 cr.

 

Additional Required Courses

Take 2 of the following 5:    
ENGWRT 0520 Intro. to Fiction Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0530 Intro. to Poetry Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRIT 0550 Intro. to Journalism 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0410 Intro. to Creative Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0411 Intro. to Creative Non-Fiction 3 cr.
ENGWRT Elective   3 cr.

 

 

English Writing Focus

 

English Writing EIGHT semester course sequence map

English Writing NINE semester course sequence map

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
Core Requirements    
Take 2 of the following 5:    
ENGWRT 0520 Intro. to Fiction Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0530 Intro. to Poetry Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0550 Intro. to Journalism 3 cr.
ENGWRT 0410 Intro. to Creative Writing 3 cr.
ENGWRT0411 Intro. to Creative Non-Fiction 3 cr.
3 ENGWRT Electives   9 cr. total

 

 

Additional Required Courses

 

 

Take 3 of the following 5:    
ENGLIT 1012 18th Century British Literature 3 cr.
ENGLIT 1100 Medieval Imagination 3 cr.
ENGLIT 1125 Renaissance in England 3 cr.
ENGLIT 1175 19th Century British Literature 3 cr.
ENGLIT 1325 The Modernist Tradition 3 cr.
ENGLIT 1552 History of the English Language  3 cr.
ENGLIT 0580 Intro. to Shakespeare  

 

 

English Education Courses (both Literature & Writing Foci)

 

ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3 cr.
PSYED 0009 English Language Learners 1 cr.
I & L 1332 Strategies & Techniques of Instruction 3 cr.
I & L 1060 Education of Exceptional Students I 3 cr.
I & L 1061 Education of Exceptional Students II 3 cr.
I & L 1702 Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1235 Teaching English - Secondary 3 cr.
I & L 1236 Pedagogy Lab - English 1 cr.
I & L 1811 Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1876 Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I & L 1821 Student Teaching 12 cr.

 

 

Secondary Education - Mathematics

Mathematics EIGHT semester course sequence map

Mathematics NINE semester course sequence map

 

Course Number Course Title Course Number
Core Requirements    
MATH 0220 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I 4 cr.
MATH 0230 Analytical Geometry & Calculus II 4 cr.
MATH 0240 Analytical Geometry & Calculus III 4 cr.
MATH 0413 Intro. to Theoretical Mathematics 4 cr.
MATH 0420 Intro. to Theory I - Variable Calculus 3 cr.
MATH 0430 Intro. to Abstract  Algebraic Systems 3 cr.
MATH 1180 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH 1270 Ordinary Differential Equations I 3 cr.
MATH 1020 Number Theory 3 cr.
MATH 1290 Topics in Geometry 3 cr.

 

 

Math Education Courses

 

 

ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3 cr.
EDPSY 0009 English Language Learners 1 cr.
I & L 1332 Strategies & Techniques of Instruction 3 cr.
I & L 1060 Education of Exceptional Students I 3 cr.
I & L 1061 Education of Exceptional Students II 3 cr.
I & L 1702 Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1470 Teaching Math - Secondary 3 cr.
I & L 1471 Pedagogy Lab - Math 1 cr.
I & L 1811 Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1876 Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I & L 1821 Student Teaching 12 cr.

 

 

Secondary Education - Social Studies

Students desiring to teach Social Studies will choose either an History or Political Science focus.

 

History Focus

 

History EIGHT semester course sequence map

History NINE semester course sequence map

 

Course Number  Course Title  Course Credits
Core Requirements    
HIST 0600 The U.S.  to 1877 3 cr.
HIST 0601 The U.S. 1865-present 3 cr.
HIST 0100 or 0180

Western Civilization I  or
19th Century Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 cr.
HIST 0101 or 1367 Western Civilization II  or
20th Century Europe
3 cr.
HIST 0500 or 0501 Colonial Latin America or
Modern Latin America
3 cr.
HIST elective (minority or non-western)    

 

 

Additional Required Courses

 

 

ECON 0100 or 0101 Intro. Microeconomic Theory or
Intro. Macroeconomic Theory
3 cr.
PSY 0310 Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 1001 Intro. to Educational Psychology 3 cr.
ANTH 0780 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology 3 cr.

 

 

 

Political Science Focus

 

Political Science EIGHT semester course sequence map

Political Science NINE semester course sequence map

 

Course Number Course Title  Course Credits
Core Requirements    
PS 0200 American Political Process 3 cr.
Take 2 of the following 3:    
PS 0300 Comparative Politics 3 cr.
PS 0500 World Politics 3 cr.
PS 0600 Political Theory & Analysis 3 cr.
     
PS 1202 American Constitutional Law 3 cr.
PS Elective   3 cr.

 

 

Additional Required Courses

 

 

HIST 0601 The U.S. 1865-present  
HIST 0100 or 0101 Western Civilization I or
Western Civilization II
 
HIST 0500 or 0501 Colonial Latin America or
Modern Latin America
 
PSY 1001 Intro. to Educational Psychology  
ANTH 0780 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology  

 

 

 

Social Studies Education Courses (both History & Political Science Foci)

 

 

ADMPS 1001 Social Foundations of Education 3 cr.
EDPSY 0009 English Language Learners 1 cr.
I & L 1332 Strategies & Techniques of Instruction 3 cr.
I & L 1060 Education of Exceptional Students I 3 cr.
I & L 1061 Education of Exceptional Students II 3 cr.
I & L 1702 Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1280 Teaching Social Studies - Secondary 3 cr.
I & L 1281 Pedagogy Lab - Social Studies 1 cr.
I&L 1811 Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1876 Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I & L 1821 Student Teaching 12 cr.