Wilkes University

Major in Secondary Education

When you enroll at Wilkes University, you make the choice to change your future.

When you declare a secondary education major at Wilkes University, you make the choice to change the future of every student in your classroom.

The major in secondary education at Wilkes leads to Pennsylvania Department of Education secondary certification. While preparing you to teach grades 7 to 12, the coursework will give you additional skills in assessment and classroom management. You must couple the secondary education major with one of nine required content area majors that will qualify you to teach a particular subject at the high school level. This double major will combine to give you the qualifications to distinguish yourself in a public or private school classroom.

Both the secondary education major and the secondary education minor will prepare you to teach in a public or private school at the secondary level (grades 7 to 12). Class work, mentoring by experienced education faculty, and field experiences as early as your second semester will give you the tools and practice you need to become a successful educator who can make a difference in the lives of your students.

The secondary education major includes two additional education courses that will give you a more in-depth background in assessment and classroom management. The added assessment skills coupled with 40 additional hours of field experience in a secondary classroom will add value to your Wilkes education and your résumé, all for only 7 more credits.

When deciding on whether to major or minor in secondary education, consider your own schedule and the timeframe in which you plan to reach your educational goals. When coupled with certain content area majors, you may need longer than the traditional eight semesters to complete the secondary education major. (Please see content area majors below for more information.)

 

Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Minor

Must be combined with one of nine content area majors

Leads to secondary certification (grades 7-12)

Strong foundation in pedagogy (we’ll teach you how to teach)

Provides insight into methods/strategies to assist students with special learning needs

Will keep you up to date on the latest classroom technology

Provides specialized course work in the methods of teaching a specific content area

Dual certification in special education may be added

Provides a more in-depth background in assessment with the addition of ED 345

 

Provides additional practice in classroom management with the addition of ED 375

 

Hours of field experience in a secondary classroom

230

190

Credits

47

40

 

The secondary education major consists of 12 courses (47 credits):

  • ED 180 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • ED 190 Effective Teaching with Field Experience (3 credits)
  • ED 191 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDSP 210 Teaching Students with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • ED 220 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
  • EDSP 225 Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (3 credits)
  • ED 345 Assessment in Education (3 credits)
  • ED 375 Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience (4 credits)
  • ED 3XX Content Area Methods for Certification Area (4 credits)
  • ED 380 Content Area Literacy (3 credits)
  • EDSP 388 Inclusionary Practices (3 credits)
  • ED 390 Student Teaching (12 credits)
 As a secondary education major, you will be required to choose one of nine content area majors:

English, history, mathematics and Spanish readily accommodate the option for students to complete the secondary education major within an eight-semester timeframe. The remaining content area majors may require coursework beyond eight semesters.

Any of these nine content area majors may also be coupled with the secondary education minor, providing you with two pathways to prepare for secondary certification.

Admission to Wilkes University is only the first step in gaining acceptance into the Teacher Education Program. Contact the Department of Education coordinator of the secondary education program as soon as possible during the first semester of your freshman year.

The Secondary Education Program Sequence of Studies outlines course prerequisites and requirements. Please refer to the University Bulletin for additional requirements.

Dr. Diane Polachek, Chair
Undergraduate Education
diane.polachek@wilkes.edu
(570) 408-4684

Mrs. Anne Thomas, Coordinator
Secondary Education Program
anne.thomas@wilkes.edu
(570) 408-4464

The Education major* or minor consists of the following courses:

[Note: The two additional courses for the majors are indicated by the asterisk*

The major consists of 47 credits; the minor consists of 40 credits]

ED 180 - Educational Psychology

ED 190 Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours)

  • To enroll in ED 190, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, Field Experience Placement Form completed, and current, valid Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check, ACT 151 Child Abuse History Clearance, Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check, and Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form which report “no record” submitted to the Coordinator of Field Placements before established deadlines.

Students must earn a grade of 2.5 or higher in ED 190 to proceed to other Education courses.

ED 191 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (C.I. course).

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enroll in ED 191 and have completed or be enrolled in ED 190.

ED 220:     Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

EDSP 210: Teaching Students with Special Need

  • Students must earn a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 190 and ED 191
  • Students must earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85
  • Students must submit exemption qualifying SAT/ACT scores OR
  • Students must complete practice modules of the Reading, Mathematics, and Writing tests available at http://www.longsdalepub.com/courses/papa/ or the designated pre-test site chosen by the Education Department. Registration information is available from the Education Department.

EDSP 225 - Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours of field experience; OPO course)

  • Students must earn a final course grade of 2.50 in ED 190 and ED 191 and
  • Students must earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85 and
  • Students must submit qualifying SAT scores (of at least 1550, with no score lower than 500 in each area)                             or ACT scores of at least 23 OR
  • Students must complete all modules of the PAPA test: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com OR
  • Student must complete all tests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE): Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is available at ets.org/praxis/pa
  • NOTE: Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300 level Education courses.

*ED 345 - Assessment in Education (required for major only)

*ED 375 Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience (40 hours) (required for major only)

ED 380 - Content Area Literacy (not required for English majors who are only pursuing the minor.)

ED 3XX (Secondary Methods course in the area of the major degree)

These method courses are offered in the fall semester, except MTH 303, which is offered in odd years only.

  • ED 300 - Teaching of Foreign Languages with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED 371 - Teaching Methods in Science with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED 381 - Teaching Methods Social Studies with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ENG 393 - The Teaching of English with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • MTH 303 - The Teaching of Mathematics with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • EDSP 388 - Inclusionary Practices (3 credits; co-requisite: ED 390)
  • ED 390 - Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)

Other recommended courses for Secondary Education are

  • PSY 222 - Adolescent Psychology (required course for some majors)
  • A foreign language

Candidates must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their secondary major courses and a cumulative 3.0 to remain in the Teacher Education Program.


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