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Secondary Education - Major

For information, contact Dr.Jill Purdy jepurdy@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3419

The Secondary Education major prepares professional educators to meet the many challenges of the 21st century grades 7-12 classroom. Prospective secondary teachers should major in Secondary Education while following a concentration in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, English, Mathematics, or Spanish. Prospective teachers may also pursue a dual certification in Secondary Education and Special Education (7-12).

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 grounded in the premise that education provides the basis for women’s leadership, advocacy, civic engagement, and global connectivity. The Education Department is committed to the preparation of the next generation of teachers who have a strong foundation in research-based pedagogy and content knowledge. Our graduates will be dedicated to the profession and strive to ensure that all children achieve to high academic standards.

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 concentration area 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 complete 48 credits, and pass the Basic Skills requirements in 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. Transfer students must consult with a representative of the education department to review program requirements.

Courses Required for the Secondary Education Major

I. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Requirements-(Some areas are satisfied by the content area requirements.)

Writing 6 credits: College Writing WRI 100; Writing II Course
Mathematics 6 credits
Social Science 6 credits
Ethics 3 credits
Arts 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits: Amer. Or Brit Lit. and U.S. History
Natural Science (one must be lab-based) 7 or 8 credits
Global Studies 3 credits

First year Experience (Traditional Four Year Students Only)
___First Year Seminar (3 credits)
___College Life (.5 credit)
___Exploring your Future (.5 credit)

For students seeking certification in Spanish
___SPA 300 Linguistics and Translation (3 credits)

II. Education Program Course Requirements

EDU 100 Perspectives on Secondary Education 3 credits
EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 151 Field Experience I 1 credit
EDU 207 Technology for Educators 3 credits
EDU 214 Reading in the Content Area 3 credits
EDU 215 Field Experience II: Secondary 1 credit (Co-requisite EDU 214)
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 (Co-requisite EDU 346, 357, 348 or 349)
1 credit
EDU 351 Assessment (pre-requisite EDU 102) 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
SPE 220 Evidence Based Approaches 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process and Transition 3 credits
SPE 245 Field Experience IV (Co-requisite SPE 243) 1 credit
SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology 3 credits
or
SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access 3 credits
EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

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

Secondary Education Concentrations Required Courses

Biology Concentration
BIO 123 Foundations in Biology 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 239 Animal Ecology, Development and Evolution 4 credits
BIO 309 Conservation Biology and GIS
BIO 117/118 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II 4 credits
BIO 356 Science, Ethics and Society 3 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 3 credits
or
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits
or
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits

Total Credits: 50

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
EDU 214 Reading in the Content Areas 3 credits
ENG 101 Survey of British Literature I 3 credits
or
ENG 102 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 105 Survey of World Literature
 3 credits
or
ENG 245 Topics in World Literature 3 credits
ENG 120 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
ENG 200 Literary Analysis 3 credits
ENG 203 Literary Research Methods 3 credits
ENG 303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language 3 credits
ENG 306 Chaucer 3 credits
or
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar 3 credits
ENG 3____ English Literature 3 credits
ENG 3____ English Literature 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 180 Women Go to the Movies
HIS 220 Film and History

Total Credits: 39

Foreign Language Concentration
ENG 303 Linguistics and Development 3 credits
SPA 203 Spanish in the Workplace
SPA 301 Spanish Grammar and Composition 3 credits
SPA 302 Spanish Conversation 3 credits
SPA 303 or 304 Survey of Spanish Literature and Culture 3 credits
SPA 305 Survey of Latin American Literature and Culture 3 credits
SPA 311 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3 credits
or
SPA 312 Hispanic Popular Culture in the United States 3 credits
SPA 315 Topics and Hispanic Literature and Culture 3 credits
200 or 300-level SPA literature and culture elective 3 credits
200 or 300-level SPA literature and culture elective 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 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 Concentration
HIS 107 Survey of European Civilization I 3 credits
HIS 108 Survey of European Civilization II 3 credits
HIS 121 Survey of United States I 3 credits
HIS 122 Survey of United States II 3 credits
PSC 110 American Politics 3 credits
PSC 120 Introduction to International Relations 3 credits
PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Culture and Society 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits
HIS 221 The American Revolution 3 credits
HIS 223 Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits
ECO 222 Economic Geography 3 credits
PSC 211 The New Global Economy 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits
PSC 210 American Public Policy 3 credits
PSC 312 American Foreign Policy 3 credits
HIS 214 Topics in American Politics 3 credits
HIS 224 America as a World Power 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits
PSC 206 Presidents and Parliaments: Topics in Comparative Politics 3 credits
HIS 211 20th Century Dictatorships 3 credits
HIS 250 Germany and the Path to the EU 3 credits
HIS 251 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia 3 credits
HIS 270 China, Japan and the Pacific World 3 credits

One of the following: 3 credits
HIS 207 History of American Women 3 credits
HIS 232 African American Freedom Struggle 3 credits
HIS 260 ST: Native American History 3 credits
PSC 207 Law and Women’s Rights 3 credits

Total Credits: 42

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

Requirements for students who are Secondary Education Majors or who are working on hold Level I or II Secondary Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires dual certification with Secondary Education.

Secondary Certification Pre-requisites:
SPE 220 Evidence Based Approaches [Prerequisite SPE 243] 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process and Transition
(Prerequisite EDU 150) 3 credits
SPE 245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology
3 credits

Certification Courses:
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits
SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access 3 credits
SPE 310 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) 3 credits
SPE 315 Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Prerequisite SPE 243) 3 credits
SPE 333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development 3 credits
SPE 346 Collaborative Partnerships 3 credits
SPE 347 Classroom Management 3 credits
SPE 348 Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPE 375 Student Teaching 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 Special Education will be required to take the Special Education (7-12) tests through PECT, modules 8015 and 8016.

 


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