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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Secondary Education/Foundations of Education


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114 McKay Education Building
724-738-2041

 Secondary Education/Foundations of Education

The Department of Secondary Education/Foundations of Education is committed to the development of professional educators through the careful integration of theory and practice.  Moreover, it is SEFE’s position that there is an inseparable fusion between teachers’ professional identities and their personal identities. Teaching is a reflective process that takes place within a diverse social, economic, political, and cultural complex that mandates continual development of the teacher.  Since teaching does not take place in a vacuum, it is part of our mission to provide opportunities for the total cognitive and affective development of our students so that they may become productive members of a teacher/ scholar community who will conduct research and disseminate knowledge that will enhance the education of students at all levels.


Chair
Edwin P. Christmann

Secretary
Germaine Newstrom

Faculty
Padma Anand,  Edwin Christmann, John Hicks, Jason Hilton, Jeffrey Lehman, Junko Yamamoto

The mission of the department is to provide secondary education majors with the knowledge, and skills to succeed in today’s changing classrooms. Moreover, the merging of theory with practice and the building of a solid background in foundations of education for all middle and secondary education majors are additional hallmarks.

Prospective secondary school teachers are required to take for certification, coursework in an academic discipline that is equivalent to a major in that discipline. Successful completion of a prescribed program and certification examinations are required for eligibility for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

A secondary education major is advised by a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education/Foundations of Education. Students may choose to attain dual certification, that is, to become eligible to teach in more than one subject area. The decision to attempt this dual certification should be made as early as possible in order to facilitate scheduling. It is the responsibility of the students to understand the certification requirements and to schedule all required courses.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education

The department uses both state and national guidelines to continually update its accredited programs. Therefore, the specific course of study and the most recent requirements leading to teacher certification in this department are available in the departmental office or from the student’s advisor. See also Teacher Education Policy Manual, available in 105 McKay Education Building and on the College of Education homepage. Areas of teacher certification in secondary education at the baccalaureate level include:

English
French 
Social Studies - History 
Spanish

Areas of teacher certification in middle level education at the baccalaureate level include:

English- Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
Mathematics

Areas of Teacher Certification in Secondary Education at the master’s level:

Biology
Chemistry
Earth and Space Science
General Science
Mathematics
Physics
English
Social Studies

Certification in these latter areas is available only at the graduate level as part of the master of education degree program. For more information about this program, including prerequisites, contact the Secondary Education/Foundations of Education office in 114 McKay Education Building. 
 

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