Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

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

This program 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.


Rock Studies 2 Requirements43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements91

* 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.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
ENGL 220Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies3
Social Science Inquiry
COMM 263Mass Media and Society3
Physical & Natural Sciences
SCI 101Science of Life3
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements (13 credits)
MATH 125Precalculus4
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms3
COMM 217Intercultural Communication3
Total Hours43

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

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
SEFE 200Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SEFE 320Teaching of Language Arts in Secondary Schools3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom3
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners3
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation3
SEFE 380History and Philosophy of Education3
SEFE 426Practicum in Middle-Level & Secondary Education1
SEFE 455Student Teaching - Secondary Education12
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SPED 315Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms3
Writing Specialization
ENGL 204Composition and Rhetoric3
ENGL 235Writing for Non-Print Media3
ENGL 305Practicum: Teaching Writing3
Language Requirement
ENGL 230Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar3
ENGL 331Historical Development of the English Language3
ENGL 332Modern English Grammar and Syntax3
Required English Courses
ENGL 312Introduction to Shakespeare3
or ENGL 389 Stratford Shakespeare Tour
ENGL 317British Literature I3
ENGL 318British Literature II3
ENGL 319American Literature I3
ENGL 320American Literature II3
ENGL 328Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 402World Literature3
ENGL 403Literary and Cultural Theory3
Communication Courses
COMM 215Small Group Communication3
or COMM 217 Intercultural Communication
COMM 263Mass Media and Society3
Total Hours91

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 Courses
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 220Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies3
SEFE 230Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 370Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
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

Effective Summer 2019
Revised: 04.29.2022
UCC 03.01.2022 


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
SEFE 200 Introduction to Education, Teaching Methods and Field 3
ENGL 220 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
COMM 217 Intercultural Communication 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Second Year
SEFE 230 Production and Utilization of Instructional Technology 3
MATH 125 Precalculus 4
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
ENGL 235 Writing for Non-Print Media 3
SEFE 370 Educational Measurements, Assessment and Evaluation 3
ENGL 204 Composition and Rhetoric (S) 3
COMM 263 Mass Media and Society 3
ENGL 230 Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
SEFE 326 ELL Strategies and Practice 3
Third Year
ENGL 328 Young Adult Literature (F) 3
ENGL 317 British Literature I (F) 3
ENGL 319 American Literature I (F) 3
ENGL 331 Historical Development of the English Language (F) 3
SEFE 380 History and Philosophy of Education 3
ENGL 312 Introduction to Shakespeare (S) 3
ENGL 318 British Literature II (S) 3
ENGL 320 American Literature II (S) 3
ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar and Syntax (S) 3
SEFE 338 Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom (S) 3
Fourth Year
SEFE 320 Teaching of Language Arts in Secondary Schools (F) 3
SEFE 342 Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 3
SEFE 426 Practicum in Middle-Level & Secondary Education 1
ENGL 305 Practicum: Teaching Writing (F) 3
ENGL 402 World Literature (F) 3
ENGL 403 Literary and Cultural Theory 3
SEFE 455 Student Teaching - Secondary Education 3-12
SPED 315 Special Education Issues in Diverse Secondary Classrooms 3
 Total Hours**114-123

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Revised: 06.29.2022