Secondary Education - Major

For information, contact Professor Nancy King, nlking@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3616

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 major in secondary education while following a concentration in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, History or Political Science, English, 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 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. Prior to full acceptance into the teacher certification program and declaration of the major, the student must earn a grade of B or higher in all education courses and pass the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) tests-Reading, Writing and Math.

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 the major, the student must earn a grade of B or higher in all education courses and pass the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) tests-Reading, Writing and Math.

Transfer students must consult with a representative of the education department to review program requirements.

Requirements for the Secondary Education Major

EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education 3 credits
EDU 102 Educational Psychology 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
or
EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
or
EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English 3 credits
or
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 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
or
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
SPA-300 Linguistics and Translation 3 credits

46 credits plus content area concentration and LAC credits

Please note:
*Students may not be enrolled in any other course(s) during the student teaching semester.
** Policy on assessment of oral/written communications is located in the student handbook.

Secondary Education Concentrations Required Courses

Biology Concentration
BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics 4 credits
BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIO 309 Conservation and Biology 3 credits
BIO 117 OR BIO 217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 118 OR BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 355 Science, Ethics and Society 2 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry Lecture
WITH
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I Lab
or

CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I Lecture & Lab 4 credits
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I
or
BIO 248 Biostatistics
or
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
GSC 103 Earth Science III: Astronomy
or
GSC 104 Earth Science IV: Historical Geology 3 4 credits

Total Credits: 51-52

Chemistry Concentration
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHE 307 Biochemistry 3 credits
CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 331 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHE 335 Physical Chemistry 3 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
PHY 101 General Physics I 3 credits
PHY 102 General Physics II 3 credits

Total Credits: 40

English Concentration
ENG 200 Literary Analysis 3 credits
ENG 201 Survey of British Literature I
or
ENG 202 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 203 Literary Research Methods 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
ENG 303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language 3 credits
ENG 205 Survey of World Literature
or
ENG 245/345 Topics in World Literature 3 credits
ENG 306 Chaucer 3 credits
or
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar 3 credits
One of the following: 3 credits
ENG 233 Creative Writing: Fiction or
ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry or
ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
One of the following: 3 credits
COM 140 Introduction to Film or
COM 240 History of Cinema or
COM 244 Topics in Film or
ENG 280 Women Go to the Movies or
HIS 220/HON 220 Film and History
ENG 3__ English Literature
ENG 3__ English Literature
EDU 214 Adolescent Literacy

Total Credits: 39

Foreign Language Concentration
SPA 300 Linguistics and Translation 3 credits

SPA 301 Conversation and Composition 3 credits

SPA 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition 3 credits

SPA 303 Survey of Spanish Literature 3 credits

SPA 305 Survey of Latin American Literature
SPA 310 Hispanic Women Writers 3 credits
SPA 312 Hispanic Popular Culture in the United States 3 credits

SPA 313 Caribbean Literature 3 credits

SPA 311 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3 credits

or
SPA 315 Topics and Hispanic Literature and Culture 3 credits

SPA 266 ST: Advanced Spanish Grammar 3 credits

Total Credits: 30

Mathematics Concentration
MAT 140 Pre-Calculus 3 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
or
MAT 210 Mathematical Probability and Statistics 3 credits
MAT 211 Calculus III 3 credits
MAT 212 Calculus IV 3 credits
MAT 224 Discrete Mathematics 3 credits
MAT 311 Linear Algebra 3 credits
MAT 316 Modern Algebra 3 credits
MAT 324 Modern Geometry 3 credits

Total Credits: 30

Social Studies - History Concentration
HIS 121 US History to 1877 3 credits
HIS 122 US History from 1877 3 credits
HIS 107 European Civilization I to 1715 3 credits
HIS 108 European Civilization I from 1715 3 credits
HIS 350 Research Seminar 3 credits
HIS 210 Liberal Democracy and Capitalism
or
HIS 211 20th Century Dictatorship 3 credits
HIS 221 American Revolution and Early Republic
or
HIS 224 America as a World Power 3 credits
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology
or
SOC 100 Into. to Culture and Society 3 credits
Two of the following: 6 credits
HIS 250 Germany and the European Union
HIS 251 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
HIS 270 China and Japan
Two of the following: 6 credits
PSC 201 American National Government
PSC 211 The New Global Economy
ECO 222 Economic Geography

Total Credits: 36

Social Studies - Political Science Concentration
HIS 121 US History to 1877 3 credits
HIS 122 US History from 1877 3 credits
HIS 107 European Civilization I to 1715 3 credits
HIS 108 European Civilization I from 1715 3 credits
PSC 201 American Political System 3 credits
PSC 211 The New Global Economy 3 credits
ECO 101 Macroeconomics 3 credits
ECO 102 Microeconomics 3 credits
GEO XXX 3 credits
SOC 100 Intro to Sociology

Total Credits: 30

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

Requirements for students who are Middle Level or Secondary Education Majors or who hold Level I or II Secondary Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires Dual Certification with Middle Level or Secondary Education.

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 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 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 (7-12) certification. Students seeking certification in teaching, the physically and mentally handicapped. The Special Education students will be required to take a second specialty test of the Praxis through PECT. The module numbers of the tests that are required are 8015 and 8016.