Education school at CSJ

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification for Secondary Education in English or Social Studies from College of St. Joseph fulfills the requirements of Secondary Education licensure in Vermont if you have an appropriate bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and you want to teach English or Social Studies in grades 7 through 12.

With flexible course options, it is possible for you to earn your certification while working full-time. Students may complete the program in three full semesters.

Requirements for Teacher Certification for Secondary Education in English or Social Studies

CourseCreditsDescription
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.
GSE510 Teaching for Effective Classroom Management3Students will explore curriculum and materials in elementary science and become familiar with national and state standards for K-8 student performance in science. Students will develop and demonstrate lessons in science, research and review literature for use in science integration and survey technology with web based explorations. Summer course.
GSE514 Reading and Writing in the Content Area - Secondary3This course will provide teachers with methods of instruction to support student reading and writing at grade levels 6-12. 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 literary. 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 GRE514 may not take GSE514 for credit.) Spring course offered as needed.
GSE515 Introduction to Special Education in the Secondary School or GSP503 Behavior & Learning Characteristics of Students w/ Special Needs3Students choose between GSE515 and GSP503.
GSE518A Secondary Methodology & Technology - English or GSE518B Secondary Methodology & Technology - Social Studies3This course is designed to fulfill licensure requirements for future English or 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, 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.
GSE520 Practicum in Secondary Education3The 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.
GSE521 Student Teaching in the Secondary School12Student teaching is the culminating experience for students in the teacher licensure program. Students are provided with a full-semester placement in a secondary/middle school. During the experience, students are expected progressively to assume planning, teaching and managing responsibilities under the supervision of the cooperating
teacher and the college supervisor. Students are required to attend a biweekly, late afternoon seminar for receiving assistance on portfolios, instruction, and classroom management. All courses required in the licensure program must be completed before the student begins this experience. Obtained criminal background and child abuse clearance checks. Student teacher fee is required. Grade of "B" or better is required.
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