Catalog • 2011-2012

Secondary Education - Major

For information, contact Dr. Nancy King.

The Secondary Education major prepares professional educator to meet the many challenges of the 21st century grades 7-12 classroom. Prospective secondary (grades 7-12) teachers should co-major in secondary education while majoring in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, History or Political Science (citizenship), English, General Science, Mathematics, or Spanish. Prospective teachers may also pursue a dual certification in Secondary/Special Education.

Acceptance into the College does not constitute acceptance as a declared education major or co-major. All teacher certification candidates must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 Requirements as well as the liberal arts requirements of Cedar Crest College.

Mission Statement of the Education Program

The Cedar Crest College Education Department is committed to the preparation of teachers who have a strong foundation of content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, classroom management, and assessment and use this knowledge to plan and implement effective instruction that provides meaningful learning experiences for all students in grades PreK-12, including those students with special needs and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our graduates will be advocates for children and will strive to ensure that all children achieve to high standards and develop as adults who contribute to society in meaningful ways. To this end, the Department establishes and maintains strong partnerships with local school districts and fosters the development of teachers who are reflective practitioners, instructional leaders, and role models for students in the schools and in the community. The work of the Education Department is grounded in the premise that education provides the foundation for women’s leadership, civic engagement, and global connectivity.

Admissions Credentials-Teacher Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 regulation requires that all candidates for teacher certification have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for acceptance into the program. Teacher candidates seeking secondary teacher certification must have a 3.0 GPA in their major course work. In order to be considered for a statement of advanced standing, the teacher candidate must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended previous to Cedar Crest College.

Prospective teachers are required to take six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature and earn a grade of C or higher in these courses. Prior to declaration of major (full acceptance) into the teacher certification program, all grades in education courses must be a B or higher. Transfer students must consult with a representative of the education department to review program requirements.

Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major

EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education 3 credits
EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits
EDU 151 Field Experience I 1 credit
EDU 207 Technology for Educators 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry and General Science majors are exempted)
EDU 214 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
EDU 215 Field Experience II: Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit
EDU 346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Science and Mathematics 3 credits
EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English 3 credits
EDU 349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for K-12 World Language 3 credits
EDU 350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
EDU 351 Assessment I 3 credits
EDU 352 Assessment II 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Other Required Courses:
MAT-XXX 3 credits
MAT-XXX 3 credits
WRI-100 3 credits
ENG-XXX [ Any American or British Literature course] 3 credits

For students seeking certification in Spanish
ENG-303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language 3 credits

52 credits plus content area and LAC credits

Please note:
*Students may not be enrolled in any other course(s) during the student teaching semester.

Courses Required for Level I Certification in Special Education 7 - 12 CBPH/D Add On Certification

Requirements for students who are Secondary Education Majors or who hold Level I or II Secondary Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires Dual Certification with Early Childhood Education or those seeking or holding

Secondary Certification Pre-requisites:
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (Prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
SPE245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities [Prerequisite SPE 243] 3 credits
SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child (Prerequisite EDU-150 and SPE 243) 3 credits

Certification Courses:
SPE-250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities
SPE-310 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Development and Intervention Approaches [Prerequisites EDU-150 and SPE-243] 3 credits
SPE-315 Teaching Students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders [Prerequisite SPE 243] 3 credits
SPE-333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits
SPE-346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE-347 Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits
SPE-375 Practicum in Special Education 3 credits

Students must complete the certification requirements for Secondary Education certification (7-12) to be eligible for Special Education (CBPH/D) (7-12) certification. Students seeking certification in teaching the Special Education will be required to take a second specialty test of the Praxis II.