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Secondary Education


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

EDGSE 404

Field Experience for Secondary

1 credit hour

Candidates will enroll in a one-credit course prior to students teaching and observe classes in their major for two weeks. Field experience will take place at a high school selected by the School of Education. Arrangements will be made for licensed teachers pursuing subsequent licensure in secondary or candidates in their own classroom.

EDGSE 415

Principles and Practices of the Middle and Secondary School

3 credit hours

This course focuses on establishing a learning environment in the classroom. It examines methods of establishing objectives and developing learning experiences, the setting of limits on behavior, group dynamics, research-based instructional methods and the use of community resources. Study and application of classroom interaction models, use of applied research techniques and use of computer databases are included in this course. Strategies for educational leadership are also examined.

EDGSE 423

Secondary Education Practicum

3 to 6 credit hours

This practicum experience is designed for licensed teachers seeking a subsequent Secondary license. In lieu of a second student teaching experience, graduate students enroll in EDGSE 423, Practicum in Secondary Education. A faculty member from the School of Education will supervise the practicum.

EDGSE 434

K-12 General Music

3 credit hours

This course teaches students how to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive general music program. Students will acquire a varied pedagogical skill set; develop a working knowledge of practices in current use, as well as national and state standards; develop a working knowledge of educational materials; and be acquainted with the theoretical constructs on which music education is based. 15 clinical hours.

EDGSE 435

Teaching Choral Music in the Senior High School

3 credit hours

This course prepares students to teach in middle and high school choral programs. The course focuses on choral rehearsal techniques and pedagogies, choral program administration, and the completion of a job application portfolio and mock interview. Subject-specific content for the edTPA is also addressed. 15 clinical hours required.

EDGSE 436

Teaching Instrumental Music in the Senior High School

3 credit hours

This course focuses on the skills necessary to successfully operate a secondary instrumental music program (including proper programming for and instruction of concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, orchestras, chamber music, and other ensembles). Rehearsal technique, instrumental pedagogy, philosophies of teaching, and subject-specific content related to the edTPA are also addressed. 15 clinical hours.

EDGSE 444

Directed Teaching - Middle and Secondary

6 credit hours

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) EDGSE-445

Must have completed a minimum of 100-clock hours of supervised field experiences in education; the required in sequence education courses. Program of guided observation, participation, and teaching in classroom, jointly supervised by a teacher from the University and one from the field. Normally, the student teacher spends the whole school day in the field for 16 weeks.

EDGSE 445

Seminar in Teaching and Learning

2 credit hours

Pre-requisite: C (RQ) EDGSE-444

This course provides a reflective analysis of the directed-teaching setting; analysis and evaluation of of the candidate's classroom management, instructional planning, implementation and assessment strategies; instructional modifications to address diverse learners; analysis and evaluation of students' learning.

EDGSE 463

Methods of Teaching Art in Secondary Schools

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. This course provides an investigation and use of applicational, functional and expressional aspects of teaching art. Exploration and discussion of major educational concepts and techniques. Course also includes field trips to a variety of schools where different teaching modes can be examined. Clinical hours. Offered fall.

EDGSE 464

Methods of Teaching Biology in Secondary Schools

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. This course covers the principles, methods andmaterials of teaching biology at the middle school and secondary level. Clinical hours. Offered fall.

EDGSE 465

Methods of Teaching English in Secondary School

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. This course builds on and expands the material covered in ENGL 356 and ENGL 371. This course covers the theories and practices of teaching English in secondary school English language arts classrooms, in addition to an emphasis on integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening and technology skills into effective lessons and units. 30 clinical hours. Offered fall.

EDGSE 466

Methods of Teaching Foreign Language in Secondary Schools

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

*Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. This course examined the trends in methodology of foreign language teaching in the United States. Course includes the development of ability in determining, stating and evaluating objectives. Emphasis on individualized instruction. Class demonstration of teaching techniques with the use of audio-visual equipment. 30 clinical hours. Offered fall.

EDGSE 467

Methods of Teaching Math in Secondary School

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

Level 2 education course: requires admission to the SOE. This course exposes both pre-service and in-service school teachers to principles, current issues, materials and methods of teaching mathematics in secondary school. Strong mathematical background expected. 30 clinical hours. Offered fall term.

EDGSE 469

Methods of Teaching History and Social Science in Secondary School

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: E (RQ) EDGSE-415

This course covers the principles, methods and materials of teaching history and social studies at the middle school and secondary level. 30 clinical hours. Offered fall.

EDGSE 497

Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners

3 credit hours

This course addresses the responsibility and challenge secondary teachers must undertake as they strive to meet the needs of diverse learners in their content areas. Teacher candidates will explore teaching and learning strategies that support the development of a wide range of literacy skills in order to create challenging learning opportunities for all students. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSE 498

Student Teaching K-12

6 credit hours

Program of guided observation, participation and teaching of students in K-12 settings. Jointly supervised by an instructor from the University and a teacher from the field. The student teacher spends 16 weeks in a 6-12 setting.

EDGSE 507

Advanced Educational Psychology

3 credit hours

This course examines the psychological theories and principles of learning as they apply to the teaching-learning process. A constructive analysis of the principle areas, theories, experimentation and conclusions in psychology with attention focused on such topics as motivation, intelligence, learning, cognition and emotions. Graduate students seeking licensure in Early Childhood or Elementary Education may not substitute this course with an undergraduate course. 10 clinical hours.

EDGSE 508

Advanced Adolescent Development

3 credit hours

This course will investigate the research concerning the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. It is designed to address decision making curriculum that would include the emotional, sexual, spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the adolescent in special and regular educational settings. This course may not be substituted by an undergraduate course for licensure. 10 clinical hours.