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Secondary Education-English

English Major, Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification

Degree BA, English

Department Chair Rebecca Steinberger, PhD

The secondary education program in English (ENG/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of English. Our ENG/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. It is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7–12) and transferable to many other states. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to deal effectively with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes.

ENG/SECED majors have two advisors, one in teacher education and one in English. Each semester students must meet with both advisors. Pre-service teachers in ENG/SECED must successfully complete the university's liberal arts core curriculum, the major in English, and a series of generic teacher education department (TED) courses.

ENG/SECED majors must also satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the first year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our pre-service teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During their final semester, students must complete a 15-week student teaching assignment (two separate placements). All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the university. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.

Students who successfully complete the ENG/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the university to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The university's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the national teacher examination, qualify graduates for an "Instructional I" certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually have no difficulty becoming certified in other states.

Secondary Education Certification, English BA Degree

Requirements for student completing degree requirements in May 2013 or later. Students completing their degrees no later than May 2012 follow program guidelines described in the 2009-2010 University Catalog, available on the Misericordia University website.

Sequence of Required Courses

 

First Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 16     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 16
 TED 100 Education Seminar 0   TED 131 Cultural Awareness (F) 1
 TED 190 Education Seminar Field 0   TED 121 Educational Technology 3
 ENG XXX Core 3   TED 191 Freshman Field 0
 ENG 120 Theatre Production 1   TED 231 Learning 3
 HIS 103 US History I 3   ENG XXX Core 3
 PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3   HIS 104 US History II 3
 PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3   MTH 115 Statistics 3
 MTH XXX Mathematics Bank I 3        

 

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 18     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 18
FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3   FA XXX Fine Arts Core 3
SCI XXX Core 3   SCI XXX Core 3
ENG 203 Advanced Expository Writing Or     ENG XXX 300-level Literature Course 3
ENG 341 Imaginative Writing 3   SPE 111 Special Ed & Exceptional Learners 3
TED 231 Learning 3        
TED 243 Adolescent Development 3        
TED 292 Sophomore Field I 0        
ENG 215 Shakespeare 3        

 

Junior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 16     

Second Semester

  Total Credits 15
TED 353 Introduction to Instructional Planning 1   TED 367 Curriculum & Methods in Secondary Education 3
TED 394 Practicum I 0   TED 395 Practicum II 0
PHL XXX Core 3   ENG 415 Selected Studies 3
HIS XXX Advanced History Elective 3   HIS XXX Advanced History Elective 3
ENG 3XX 300 Level Literature Course 3   ENG 3XX 300 Level Literature Course 3
ENG 3XX 300 Level Literature Course 3   RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 3
RLS XXX Religious Studies Core 0        
             

Senior Year

First Semester

  Total Credits 15
    

Second Semester

  Total Credits 16
SPE 411 Inclusive Practices 3   TED 497 Student Teaching 9
TED 495 Practicum III 0   TED 411 English Language Learners 2
ENG 3XX 300 Level Literature Course 3   TED 412 Professional Practice 2
ENG 415 Selected Studies 3   ENG 420 Seminar Or  
ENG 318 Language Studies 3   ENG 450 Senior Thesis 3
SOC 101 Comparative Sociology Or          
BUS 207 Contemporary Economics 3        
             

Minimum credits required for graduation: 130