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Secondary Education (7-12)

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Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.Ed.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
Department
College
Program Contact
Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
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You already have the heart.

Teachers have an impactful role in the life of developing young adults through mentoring, advocating and fostering learning. And as the learner develops, the teacher continues to be a big influence in the classroom as a role model and support mechanism. Not only do you become an expert in your thematic content area, but you learn to adapt in an ever-changing classroom environment so you can make a difference in the educational, social, emotional and behavioral well-being of learners - from the first class you ever teach to your last.  

Let us show you how to inspire.

Our secondary education undergraduate program prepares students for licensure in grades 7-12 and successful completion of the licensure exam for certification to teach in secondary school settings. Students select a concentration in one of the following content areas:

  • Business Ed (through the Ziegler College of Business)

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Earth and Space Science

  • General Science

  • Physics

  • English

  • Math

  • Social Studies

As a part of Secondary Education expectations, students are required to spend time viewing and analyzing the teaching and learning process that takes place in schools from freshman year through program completion. This also includes observations and assisting teachers in classrooms as well as implementation of student-designed plans in authentic classroom settings.

The program culminates with a final year in which students will complete methodology and other pedagogical courses with embedded school experiences followed the next semester by the student teaching experience. Each of the Secondary Education degree programs are designed to allow students to add a few more credit hours to their programs of study and complete a double major within the discipline of the certification areas. For more information, contact the academic department chairpersons.

 

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Courses and Curriculum

 Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

The Bachelor of Science Program in English Education is designed to empower future educators with the study of language, literature, culture, and history. These educators will in turn impart their students with varying perspectives as they hone reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

Completion of the English Education Program prepares teacher candidates to make effective, proactive and reflective contributions to public education at the secondary level. Candidates will be facile with pedagogical research in educational psychology and literacy, as well as the content in their concentration. All candidates will demonstrate proficiency in understanding the organizational structure of public high schools, as well as special education issues as manifested in urban and rural settings.

This program provides knowledge of existing research and methods in planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, professional conduct assessment, knowledge of diverse learners, pedagogy, and content-specific knowledge as well as the ability build upon this knowledge to adapt and differentiate materials, strategies, and procedures for a range of individuals and context.

Science preparation for the Degree in Secondary Education is designed to explore the relationships between the land, ocean, and atmosphere of Earth. These relationships include the cycles and systems that shape, influence, and sustain Earth and its inhabitants. Completion of the Science concentrations  in the Secondary Education degree prepares teacher candidates to make effective, proactive and reflective contributions to public education at the secondary level. Candidates will be facile with pedagogical research in educational psychology and literacy, as well as the content in their concentration. All candidates will demonstrate proficiency in understanding the organizational structure of public high schools, as well as special education issues as manifested in urban and rural settings.

This program provides knowledge of existing research and methods in planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, professional conduct assessment, knowledge of diverse learners, pedagogy, and content-specific knowledge as well as the ability build upon this knowledge to adapt and differentiate materials, strategies, and procedures for a range of individuals and context.

The Mathematics Education Program is designed to learn and promote transferable problem-solving skills. Future Mathematics educators will develop creative ways to convey basic concepts such as counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing to their students while instilling a passion for math and its usefulness.

Completion of the Mathematics Education Program prepares teacher candidates to make effective, proactive and reflective contributions to public education at the secondary level. Candidates will be facile with pedagogical research in educational psychology and literacy, as well as the content in their concentration. All candidates will demonstrate proficiency in understanding the organizational structure of public high schools, as well as special education issues as manifested in urban and rural settings.

This program provides knowledge of existing research and methods in planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, professional conduct assessment, knowledge of diverse learners, pedagogy, and content-specific knowledge as well as the ability build upon this knowledge to adapt and differentiate materials, strategies, and procedures for a range of individuals and context.

The Social Studies concentration in Secondary Education degree is designed for future educators to enable their students to participate in, understand, and make informed decisions about the world.

Completion of the Social Studies concentration in Secondary Education prepares teacher candidates to make effective, proactive and reflective contributions to public education at the secondary level. Candidates will be facile with pedagogical research in educational psychology and literacy, as well as the content in their concentration. All candidates will demonstrate proficiency in understanding the organizational structure of public high schools, as well as special education issues as manifested in urban and rural settings.

This program provides knowledge of existing research and methods in planning and preparation, classroom environment, instructional delivery, professional conduct assessment, knowledge of diverse learners, pedagogy, and content-specific knowledge as well as the ability build upon this knowledge to adapt and differentiate materials, strategies, and procedures for a range of individuals and context. A double major for students who complete the BSED in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies is possible with the B.A. in History: Professional Studies. For more information on this combination of the BSED and the double major possibility, contact the academic department chairperson.

Student Intern Track with Certification  

  1. Secondary Level education teacher candidates demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and content area competence, including basic principles of the appropriate content knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies or Spanish for teaching students in grades 7-12. 

  2. Secondary education teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to adolescent development and provide opportunities that support student development and learning. 

  3. Secondary education teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, research and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops student competence in subject matter. 

  4. Secondary education teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to data-driven instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of learners. 

  5. Secondary education teacher candidates will demonstrate understanding the complexities of teaching in grades 7-12, and engage in professional development to continually improve their practices and behaviors. 

  6. Secondary education teacher candidates will apply culturally relevant practices to embrace diversity, provide opportunities for student equity, and practice inclusivity. 

Student Teaching Track with Certification

  1. Secondary Level education teacher candidates demonstrate pedagogical knowledge and content area competence, including basic principles of the appropriate content knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies or Spanish for teaching students in grades 7-12. 

  2. Secondary education teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to adolescent development and provide opportunities that support student development and learning. 

  3. Secondary education teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, standards, research and structures of content to plan and implement curriculum that develops student competence in subject matter. 

  4. Secondary education teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to data-driven instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of learners. 

  5. Secondary education teacher candidates will demonstrate understanding the complexities of teaching in grades 7-12, and engage in professional development to continually improve their practices and behaviors. 

  6. Secondary education teacher candidates will apply culturally relevant practices to embrace diversity, provide opportunities for student equity, and practice inclusivity

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Careers

Our education programs feature a variety of opportunities to observe and participate in public school classrooms, including a semester-long Observation and Participation course and a semester-long student teaching experience with teaching placements at two different grade levels.

Each program leads to a Pennsylvania teaching certification. Many of our graduates take their first professional teaching positions in schools around the state. Others choose to teach elsewhere or go into a wide variety of other education-related fields.

As a career, teaching offers opportunities to earn additional areas of certification and to work with students in a wide range of extracurricular activities such as coaching, drama, video production, and journalism. 

Certificates

Completion of the BSEd in Secondary Education degree at LHU leads to your positive recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education when you apply for certification to teach the concentration’s discipline. The Level I certificate qualifies you to teach that discipline in grades 7-12.

CU’s degree program in Secondary Education leads to Pennsylvania certification to teach students in grades 7-12. Our nationally accredited programs offer an effective blend of disciplinary content, teacher training, and numerous field experiences.

Clubs and Organizations

Our education programs offer plenty of other exciting options for individual enrichment.

Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA): Each campus has a chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA) which is a professional organization devoted to providing professional development and networking opportunities for aspiring educators. SPSEA serves to provide a supportive environment for preservice teachers to take part in: 

  • Professional development seminars and conferences at the local, state, and national level 
  • Campus and community events dedicated to positively impacting children and their education 
  • Outreach service opportunities to work with local schools and their teachers, students, and administrators

Facilities

Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from information technology resources within the university at each of the three campuses.

Field Experiences

Our education programs feature a variety of opportunities to observe and participate in public school classrooms, including a semester-long Observation and Participation course and a semester-long student teaching experience with teaching placements at two different grade levels.

Additionally, our education majors can substitute teach in local school districts after completing 60 credits while pursuing their undergraduate degree.

Licensure and Certification

Commonwealth University is approved to offer Secondary Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure and certification laws in each state, state requirements are subject to change without notice. If students are interested in certification outside of Pennsylvania, it is important to know that PA certification must be earned before other states will grant reciprocity contingent on completing any additional requirements by other states.  These requirements can be found from the appropriate state licensing agencies in order for students to verify requirements before beginning a program as well as during the CU program of study. Please visit the links below for more information.

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Brett Everhart

  • Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
  • Lock Haven
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Amy Long

  • Assistant Professor / Director of Student Teaching and Field Experience
  • Lock Haven
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Priya Poehne

  • Professor, PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies
  • Lock Haven
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Denise Tyson

  • Professor, Director of Teacher Education, PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies
  • Lock Haven

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