B.S. Ed. Secondary Level Program
The Secondary Education programs prepare teacher candidates to teach in Grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania. The programs combine professional education with an academic content area in English, Mathematics or Social Studies. Candidates pursuing certification in K-12 content areas, such as Foreign Language or Business, Computers and Instructional Technology (BCIT), follow the program for secondary certification.
Teacher candidates interested in teaching science in Grades 7-12 participate in an integrated program that results in a Bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences and a Master’s of Science Degree in Education. This program will typically take four academic years and a summer to complete. Students interested in certification in science should speak to an advisor in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
The Secondary and K-12 Education programs are guided by Pennsylvania state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. Teacher candidates address professional standards in their respective content areas through coursework and projects and implement the standards in their fieldwork. All of the experiences in the secondary education program reflect the themes of Leadership, Diversity and Technology and are based on the five domains of the Leading Teacher Program.
Teacher candidates in Secondary Education or K-12 programs complete a minimum of 126 credit hours. Teacher candidates enrolled in a Secondary or K-12 certification program build the academic content required for certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The academic subject area component includes at least 30 credit hours in the specific content area. The majority of courses in the University/General Education Core and in the Foundations of the Leading Teacher Program are typically completed in semesters 1-4. Remaining credits are used to build the academic content area required for certification in Pennsylvania.
In semesters 5, 6 and 7, secondary education and K-12 teacher candidates complete a minimum of 12 credits of professional preparation. Coursework includes appropriate content area methods, electronic literacy for instruction, content area reading, and academic adaptations and accommodations for secondary students. Field experiences are required and are integrated with the education coursework. Academic content area coursework continues through semesters 5, 6, and 7. Semester 8 is a 12 credit student teaching experience.