Secondary Education Emphasis

Secondary Education (7-12) Course Requirements. Candidates for a secondary teaching credential must major in an approved subject, meet all of the university's requirements for a bachelor's degree in that subject (see that department's section of the catalog) and complete the required courses listed below. All courses required for secondary teacher certification must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

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12      Coursework required by PDE for admission to the teacher education program:

3      semester hours of English composition

3      semester hours of English/American literature

6       semester hours of college-level mathematics (Please note that PDE's requirement for 2 semester hours of math beyond Susquehanna's Central Curriculum may be met by any math course that has a math prefix and a course number of 100 or higher. It may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education and does not have to be accepted by Susquehanna as a transfer course.)

24      Education courses taken before the senior year:

2 EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society
2 EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
4 EDUC-250 Educational Psychology
4 EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education
4 EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Children
4 EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction
2 EDUC-380 Instructional Design
2 EDUC-330 Technology in Education

8       Education courses taken during the fall semester of the senior year (the secondary methods block):

4        EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education

2        EDUC-421-427 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction and Management

2        EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education

14        Student teaching courses taken during the spring semester of the senior year (students may not enroll in other courses during this semester):

4 EDUC-501 Preparation and Planning
4 EDUC-502 Classroom Teaching
4 EDUC-503 Classroom Management
2 EDUC-600 Seminar

ESL Program Specialist Dual Certification

This four-course program consisting of LANG-360, EDUC-440, EDUC-441, and EDUC-442 is only open to students enrolled in an Education program.  The program is most compatible with the program requirements of Early Childhood Education (ECE) majors, but it is also open to students pursuing a secondary education certification and to Music Education majors. Upon successful completion of the four courses and their integrated field experiences (60 hours), teacher candidates will be eligible for the dual certification and potential employment as ESL Program Specialists in PreK - 12 settings. The ESL program prepares teachers to address the learning needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in inclusive settings, as well as to coach and support classroom teachers who are not similarly trained but have ELLs in their classrooms.

Students seeking the ESL Program Specialist certification are eligible to begin course work upon completion of prerequisite courses (EDUC-101, -102 and -350) and sophomore class standing. Students must earn an A- in EDUC-350 and must submit a program application available through the Education Department in order to enroll in ESL certification courses.