Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Secondary Education/Foundations of Education

Contact Info
ChairSecretaryLocationDepartment Phone
Dr. Edwin ChristmannGermaine Newstrom001 McKay Education Building724-738-2041

Department Web Site URL
Department Fact Sheet URL

The Rock Difference

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.

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 adviser. 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.

Faculty

Padma Anand
Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ed.D., Memphis State University
M.A., Mysore University (India)
B.A., Bangalore University (India)

Edwin Christmann
Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ph.D., Old Dominion University
M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University
B.S.Ed., California University of Pennsylvania

John Hicks
Assistant Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., Slippery Rock University

Jason Hilton
Associate Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., Edinboro University

Mark Hogue
Assistant Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ph.D., Kent State University
M.E., California University of Pennsylvannia
M.E., Slippery Rock University
B.S., Slippery Rock University

Michael Panza
Instructor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ed.D., Nova University
M.S., Duquesne University
M.M., Duquesne University
B.S., Duquesne University

Stephen Parks
Instructor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., University of Pittsburgh

Linda Wagner-Pine
Instructor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
M.Ed., Slippery Rock University
B.Ed., Slippery Rock University

Junko Yamamoto
Associate Professor
Secondary Ed/Foundations Ed
Ed.D. , Duquesne University
M.P.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Japan

Programs

All first-year students who enter SRU in the Summer and Fall terms of 2019 and after will follow Rock Studies. Students who entered SRU before Spring 2019 will follow Liberal Studies. All new transfer students beginning Summer 2019 and after will follow Liberal Studies. We anticipate that transfer students will begin to enter under Rock Studies during the Summer/Fall term of 2021.

Liberal Studies

Rock Studies

Minors

Courses

SEFE 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

SEFE 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 200 -  Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field  

This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of education. Topics covered include: the role of the teacher, structure and organization of schooling, and current issues and concerns relating to education.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Education, Transfer Thread Completion Course

SEFE 230 -  Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology  

Selection, utilization and production of instructional materials. Equipment operation via self-instruction in the Media Lab.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

SEFE 245 -  Middle Level Learning Theory  

This course provides pre-service teachers with a knowledge base of the learning theories, with a special focus on the application of the psychological learning theories to the teaching and learning of the adolescent learner.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 250 -  Pre, Early, & Adolescent Development  

An analysis of the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and other developmental processes which occur during the pre-adolescent/adolescent years, and affect his/her learning.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 251 -  Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Grades 4-8  

This course is designed to introduce the middle level teaching candidate to reading across the content areas.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

Enrollment is limited to students with a program in Mid Level-Engl&Lang Arts (4-8), Mid Level-Mathematics (4-8), Mid Level-Social Studies (4-8) or Middle Level-Science (4-8).

SEFE 280 -  Cultural Minorities in Education  

A study of multi-cultural issues in American education with emphasis on the theory and practice relating to race, religion, ethnicity, social class, gender, age, and exceptionality.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): African-American Studies, Civil Rights & Social Movements, Education, Fighting Social Problems, Transfer Thread Completion Course, Well-Being of Children and Youth

SEFE 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

SEFE 300 -  Middle Level Cognitive Development  

This course provides pre-service teachers with a knowledge base of the various factors which affect the learning, cognition, and cognitive development of the pre-adolescent learner.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 311 -  Teaching of Mathematics in the Middle School  

Students will explore curriculum models, teaching materials, technology and best teaching practices for enhancing middle school students'' mathematical understanding.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Every Term

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 319 -  Teaching of Social Studies in Secondary Schools  

The development and refinement of teaching competencies particularly related to the teaching of secondary school social studies: history, political science, economics, geography and sociology/anthropology. The course will emphasize the development of social studies in the school, teaching methodology (post and current), the unit approach to teaching social studies, media uses and preparation of media materials, teaching techniques, professional organizations, and teaching aids and materials such as computers, television and simulation programs.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 320 -  Teaching of Language Arts in Secondary Schools  

The development and refinement of teaching competencies particularly related to instruction in secondary school language arts, including English. The course also emphasizes English curriculum, teaching strategies and methodologies and the use of media in content presentation.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 323 -  Teaching World Languages  

Theory and methodology for teaching world languages throughout the K-12 curriculum.

Prerequisite: SEFE 200D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 324 -  Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education  

A course designed to acquaint the prospective teacher at any level with the methodology used to teach English to native speakers of other languages. Also acquaints students with the specialized procedures used when teaching in bilingual classrooms (any two languages) on any level.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 325 -  Teaching in the Middle Level Grades  

Focusing on middle school teaching in grades 4 through 8, this course examines the organization, curriculum, instructional strategies, classroom management techniques, and teaching methods for working with young adolescents. Also covered are middle level guidance, exploratories, scheduling, and parent-school relations.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 326 -  ELL Strategies and Practice  

A course designed to acquaint the prospective teacher at any level with the methodology used to teach English Language Learners.  Topics include linguistic and cultural diversity, standard-based instruction, assessment, and professionalism.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 329 -  Methods of Instruction in Secondary Content Areas  

This course is designed to provide prospective secondary teachers with the opportunity to design and teach lessons using basic instructional models and teaching strategies. The role of reading, writing, and oral communication in the teaching/learning of secondary content is also addressed. Following microteaching episodes, students reflect upon and analyze the teaching processes to clarify instructional values and to encourage critical inquiry.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 335 -  Teaching Middle Level Social Studies  

Designed for pre-service middle school teachers, focusing on grades 4 through 8, this multifaceted course compiles well-researched and essential information on social studies education. The course uses the standards recommended by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a foundation, thoroughly discussing the core disciplines and thematic strands of social studies. The knowledge base is packed with useful information on an all-encompassing range of teaching methods and tools, including lesson planning, skills development, assessment, multiple intelligences, determining one''s personal philosophy of education, and utilizing information technology.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 337 -  Teaching Middle Level Language Arts  

This course provides pre-service upper elementary and/or middle-level teachers, focusing on grades 4 through 8, with the relevant teaching strategies and content for English pedagogy.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 338 -  Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom  

Assessment skills, extensive practice, and the application of assessment results to design effective individualized interventions are essential middle level teaching skills. Successful demonstration of these abilities is an expected outcome through the PDE 430, Pennsylvania Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice. Assessment knowledge has an important role in the standards and rubrics adopted by the National Middle School Association (NMSA). The "Assessment in a Standards Aligned System" section of this document has an overview of the types of assessments used in the Pre K-12 settings and competencies for all professional education candidates.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring & Winter Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 342 -  Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners  

This course provides the knowledge-base of (behavior, social learning, cognitive, constructivist and humanistic) learning theories, as applied in the context of diverse teaching and learning environments. The content also includes the topics of assessment, evidence-based research methods, motivational theories, and classroom management skills to enable the pre-service teacher to create effective learning environments for diverse learning contexts.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 349 -  Teaching of Science in the Middle School  

Students will explore curriculum models, teaching materials, technology and best teaching practices for enhancing middle school students’ understanding in science.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 370 -  Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation  

Objectives for testing and evaluation; construction and analysis of classroom tests for evaluative and diagnostic purposes; construction and application of non-test tools for assessment, including portfolios; statistical analysis of testing and measurement data; use of standardized tests in the classroom; and the use of computers.

Prerequisite: SEFE 200D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 375 -  Language Across the Secondary Curriculum  

An examination of the language processes and their connection to learning content in secondary school. Based on the understanding of language and learning processes, future secondary teachers learn to employ teaching strategies that both enhance learning and improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Required of all secondary majors.

Credits: 2

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 380 -  History and Philosophy of Education  

Critical exploration of the philosophical issues and historical antecedents that form the bases for past and current American educational practice in a multicultural society.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 395 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 401 -  Education and American Activism  

This course examines the connections between the American education system and social activism in the United States. This includes contrasting theories relating to the purpose of public education, historical analysis of cases in which the education system played an active role either in supporting social change or in reinforcing social order, and a critical reflection upon current education reforms in the United States.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Thematic Thread(s): Education, Fighting Social Problems, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior 1 or Senior 2.

SEFE 420 -  American Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Comparative Perspective  

American educational policies and practices are viewed within a global context. Undergraduate students, who will become parents and taxpayers, are introduced to the core social and educational institution in developed or developing societies: the school.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Education, Transfer Thread Completion Course

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 422 -  Practicum in the Middle-Level Grades  

Designed to give middle-level majors a pre-student teaching field experience in the middle level grades under the supervision of a University faculty member.

Credits: 1

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 426 -  Practicum in Secondary Education  

Designed to give secondary education majors a pre-student teaching field experience in a secondary classroom under the supervision of a university faculty member.

Credits: 1

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 439 -  Issues in the Diverse Secondary Content Area Classroom  

This course is designed to help secondary teachers apply theoretical models to classroom management and to the teaching of reading and writing in content area classrooms. Additionally, the principles of school law as they apply to classroom teachers will be examined. Finally, the course will be taken concurrently with student teaching to facilitate the integration of theory with practice.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 455 -  Student Teaching - Secondary Education  

Under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor, students engage in two eight- week assignments on a full-time basis in specified school districts and attend scheduled seminars. Supervisors assign additional requirements.

Credits: 3-12

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.
Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 456 -  Student Teaching - Middle Level Grades   

Under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor, teacher candidates engage in two eight-week assignemnts on a full-time basis in specified school districts at the middle level and also attend scheduled seminars. University supervisors assign additional requirements.

Credits: 12

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Enrollment limited to students with the ACCEPTANCE - TEACHER CANDIDACY attribute.

SEFE 490 -  Independent Study  

Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings. Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

SEFE 498 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.