Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Secondary Education - English (7-12), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Liberal Studies

This program track prepares students for careers teaching English in secondary schools. Requirements for the Major in Secondary Education (7-12) include a combination courses and student teaching experiences that lead to certification for a state-approved teaching license. All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

Teacher Education Policy Manual

Related Links

Secondary Education - English, BSED Program Page

Secondary Education/Foundations of Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PRAXIS) or a 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PRAXIS) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification. 


Liberal Studies Requirements40-42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
First Aid Competency0-3
Major Requirements94

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 220Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Goal-Non US (This requirement is waived)0
SOWK 105Human Diversity3
Goal- US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
COMM 263Mass Media and Society 13
Science, Technology & Math
Goal-Sci (This requirement is waived)0
Goal-Math 23-4
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
The Arts (This requirement is waived)0
Global Community 1,33
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships 1,43
Science, Technology & Math 23-4
Total Hours40-42


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 47 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 47 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Professional Education
All grades earned in Professional Education must be a “C” or above.
CDEV 248Human Development and Education 1,23
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 13
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 13
SEFE 320Teaching of Language Arts in Secondary Schools 13
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice 13
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 13
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 13
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 13
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education 13
SEFE 426Practicum in Secondary Education 11
SEFE 455Student Teaching - Secondary Education 1,312
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 13
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 1,33
Writing Specialization
ENGL 204Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGL 235Writing for Non-Print Media 13
ENGL 305Practicum: Teaching Writing 13
Language Requirement
ENGL 230Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 13
ENGL 331Historical Development of the English Language 13
ENGL 332Modern English Grammar and Syntax 13
Required English Courses
ENGL 312Introduction to Shakespeare 13
or ENGL 389 Stratford Shakespeare Tour
ENGL 317British Literature I 13
ENGL 318British Literature II 13
ENGL 319American Literature I 13
ENGL 320American Literature II 13
ENGL 328Young Adult Literature 13
ENGL 402World Literature 13
ENGL 403Literary and Cultural Theory 13
Communication Courses
COMM 215Small Group Communication 13
or COMM 217 Intercultural Communication
COMM 263Mass Media and Society 1,23
Total Hours94

First Aid Competency

Complete one of the following:0-3
CPR and First Aid & Safety Certification
First Aid and Safety
Total Hours0-3

Important Information

For information only...Please see adviser for more details pertaining to this certification.

Optional Dual Certification in Secondary Education and Special Education

Secondary Education majors can add special education certification by taking the following courses in addition to those required for the secondary education major:

SPED 230Early Intervention Practices for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 431Intense Behavioral and Emotional Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 432Intensive ELA Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3
SPED 433Assessment Strategies in Special Education3
SPED 434Professional Collaboration and Ethical Practices3
SPED 435Processes and Procedures in Special Education3
Total Hours24

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy 

  • Grades below a “C” are not admissible.
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 220Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation3
Math Requirement for BS in Education
Required Prior to Admission to Teacher Candidacy
MATH 113 or higher6
Total Hours24

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

ENGLISH- 7-12 - BSED (1224)
This major is effective as of Fall 2015.
This Liberal Studies effective as of Fall 2018.
Revised 8-2018