Requirements for the Secondary Education in English or Social Studies (Initial Licensure)

CourseCreditsDescription

General Education Core

GED500 Educational Research3The student is exposed to contemporary practices in educational research. Topics investigated include: research design, data analysis and interpretation, and literature review. Designs for researching problems and issues in public schools are emphasized through use of the Action Research model. Prerequisite: 21 graduate credits or by permission of the Division Chairperson. Fall and spring course.
GED505 Educational Psychology3Students will examine fundamental principles and concepts which apply to teaching. Learning theories, instructional methods, student diversity, organization and management of the classroom, and assessment approaches will be examined. Application of principles will occur through written exercises and simulations. Field observations will illustrate course-related concepts, and literature reviews will be assigned for exploring particular issues. Students in the School Counseling Program are expected to continue working on entries for their initial licensure portfolio (typically Entry 1). Summer course.
GED506 Fundamentals of Education3This course will address issues related to the everyday processes of teaching. Topics include curriculum and lesson planning, classroom organization and behavior management, instructional strategies, current trends, the law and education, Interstate Teacher Assessment and Suport Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, the special education process, and a look at the historical foundations of education. Students will also become familiar with the Initial Licensure Portfolio and demonstrate skills in writing of entry one of the Initial Licensure Portfolio. Fall course.
GSE503 Curriculum Development - Secondary3The course will explore the foundations for curriculum development, procedures and practices at the secondary level. The role of philosophy in curriculum planning as well as the impact of current trends in educational reform will direct class activities. Work on curriculum projects will center around Interstate Teaching Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards. (Students taking GSE503 may not take GED503 for credit.) Fall course.
GSE514 Reading and Writing in the Content Area - Secondary3The course will provide secondary level (7-12) content teachers with methods of reading and writing instruction to support student learning. The reading component of the course will focus on strategies for increasing comprehension, expanding word identification and vocabulary as well as the effective use of informational sources, technology and information literacy. The use of writing to learn, the writing process, the assessment of writing and the modifications to accommodate the learning needs of all students will be addressed. (Students taking GSE514 may not take GRE514 for credit.) Spring course offered as needed.
GSE515 Introduction to Special Education in the Secondary School3The course will provide secondary level (7-12) content teachers with methods of reading and writing instruction to support student learning. The reading component of the course will focus on strategies for increasing comprehension, expanding word identification and vocabulary as well as the effective use of informational sources, technology and information literacy. The use of writing to learn, the writing process, the assessment of writing and the modifications to accommodate the learning needs of all students will be addressed. (Students taking GSE514 may not take GRE514 for credit.) Spring course offered as needed.
GSE510 Teaching for Effective Classroom Management3This course will examine classroom management techniques appropriate to a secondary classroom with a focus upon quality teaching as the most effective classroom management tool. Students will explore and design classroom management plans, activities and lessons which promote positive classroom behavior, as well as research some aspect of classroom management. Summer course.
GSE518A Secondary Methodology and Technology - English* or
GSE518B Secondary Methodology and Technology - Social Studies*
3GSE518A Secondary Methodology and Technology - English*
This course is designed to fulfill licensure requirements for future English teachers (grades 7-12). Specific areas of study include examination of methods and materials required in the secondary/middle school classroom including educational technologies, lesson preparation, adolescent literature, the teaching of writing and grammar, issues in professional development, examination of Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, and an examination of requirements for licensure. A minimum of 20 hours of supervised field experience at school sites is a requirement of this course. Grade of "B" or better is required. Course offered as needed.
Or GSE518B Secondary Methodology and Technology – Social Studies
This course is designed to fulfill licensure requirements for future Social Studies teachers (grades 7-12). Specific areas of study include examination of methods and materials required in the secondary/middle school classroom including educational technologies, lesson preparation, assessment issues, team and interdisciplinary teaching methods, issues in professional development, examination of Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, and an examination of requirements for licensure. A minimum of 20 hours of supervised field experience at school sites is a requirement of this course. Grade of "B" or better is required. Course offered as needed.

Application

GED520A Practicum in Secondary Education*3The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with field experience to develop the competencies related to the initial licensure in secondary education. Students are required to spend 60 hours in the field, devote activities to preparation and evaluation, and participate in supervisory meetings. Students work on part 1 of the initial licensure portfolio. Grade of "B" or better is required. $200 Practicum Endorsement Portfolio fee.
GSE521 Student Teaching in Secondary Schools*12The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with teaching field experience to develop the competencies required for initial licensure in secondary education (grades 7-12). The practicum experience will be at least 60 hours in an inclusive setting and will include experience in more than one of the secondary grade levels*, classroom observations, small group work, and whole class instruction in a developmentally appropriate sequence. A grade of "B" or better is required. $200 Practicum Endorsement Portfolio Fee.
*If the practicum does not include experience in the middle grades (7-8), the student's subsequent student teaching experience must include at least one of the middle grades.
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