The Catholic University of America

Secondary Education - Undergraduate

Undergraduate Secondary Education Programs

The undergraduate programs in Secondary Education prepare students as middle school and high school teachers in English, Mathematics, or Social Studies.  This specialty offers the professional education coursework needed for state licensure in Secondary Education.  Students also fulfill state requirements for licensure in their subject area specialization through courses in their major.  The Secondary Education programs are nationally recognized and state approved.

Students in Secondary Education have an adviser in the Department of Education and an adviser in their department of matriculation in the School of Arts & Sciences.

All students in Secondary Education are required to maintain a current account with College LiveText, the Web-based system that allows the systematic documentation of performance based assessment required for licensure.  Students will submit assignments on LiveText as required by their programs.

For additional information on Secondary Education Programs, please contact:

Dr. Liliana Maggioni, Coordinator of Secondary Education programs:  maggioni@cua.edu

Education Course Requirements for English Secondary Education

In addition to courses required for the major in English and those needed to satisfy university distribution requirements, English Secondary Education students take four Education courses plus a semester of supervised teaching.  The required courses are:

Course Number Title Year Normally Taken
EDUC 251 Foundations of Education Sophomore
EDUC 271 Psychology of Education Sophomore
EDUC 386 Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education Junior
EDUC 480 Teaching English in Secondary Schools Senior: First Semester
EDUC 461,
    462,463
Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary Education Senior: Second Semester

 

Education Course Requirements for Mathematics Secondary Education

The new 5-year (4+1) B.S./M.A. in Mathematics Secondary Education is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in a teaching career. Students can begin working towards their M.A in Secondary Education while simultaneously completing their B.S. in Mathematics.
 
Students in the 4+1 program who successfully complete the requirements for both degrees will receive a B.S. in Mathematics at the end of four years and an M.A. in Secondary Education a year later.
 
ADVANTAGES
Students complete the M.A. with just one additional year of study (including one summer), rather than the standard two-year M.A. timeline.
 
Four graduate courses are taken during the undergraduate career, and credits are counted towards both degrees. This means fewer courses overall, saving time... and tuition!
As part of the program, students fulfill the course requirements for state licensure in secondary education and mathematics.
 
For the four year Mathematics Secondary Education program, in addition to courses required for the major in Mathematics and those needed to satisfy university distribution requirements, Mathematics Secondary Education students take four Education courses plus a semester of supervised teaching.  The required courses are:
Course Number Title Year Normally Taken
EDUC 251 Foundations of Education Sophomore
EDUC 271 Psychology of Education Sophomore
EDUC 386 Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education Junior
EDUC 479 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools Senior: First Semester
EDUC 461,
    462,463
Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary Education Senior: Second Semester

Education Course Requirements for History Secondary Education

In addition to courses required for the major in History and those needed to satisfy university distribution requirements, History Secondary Education students take five Education courses plus a semester of supervised teaching.  The required courses are:

Course Number

Title

Year Normally Taken

EDUC 251

Foundations of Education

Sophomore

EDUC 271

Psychology of Education

Sophomore

EDUC 382

Reading in the Content Area

Junior

EDUC 386

Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education

Junior

EDUC 485

Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Senior: First Semester

EDUC 461,
    462,463

Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary Education

Senior: Second Semester

 

5-year (4+1) BA/MA in History Secondary Education

Nationwide, about 15 percent of history majors go on to careers as teachers.  This joint program allows students to combine the history major with professional preparation for teaching social studies at the middle-school or high-school level.

The joint program builds on the excellent preparation in content and thinking offered by the history sequence of courses, and introduces students to the pedagogical foundations and the fieldwork needed to teach social studies in secondary schools. The program also includes courses in the social sciences to provide the content knowledge necessary to teach the broad range of subject-matters included in social studies and to fulfill state requirements for licensure in this area.  The program is state approved. The suggested program of study includes the following:

Course Number

Title

Year Normally Taken

EDUC 261

Human Growth and Development

Sophomore-Junior 

EDUC 271

Psychology of Education 

Sophomore-Junior

EDUC 586 

Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education 

Fall of Senior

EDUC 5xx 

Graduate Course in History 5xx (or higher)

Fall of  Senior

 

Three undergraduate courses needed to complete B.A. degree  

Fall of  Senior

EDUC 582

Reading in the Content Areas: Learning to Learn from Text

Spring of Senior

EDUC 702 

Advanced Foundations of Education 

Spring of Senior

 

Three undergraduate courses needed to complete B.A. degree 

Spring of Senior

EDUC 525 

Psychology of Learning for Diverse Population

Summer of 5th Year 

EDUC 699

Introduction to Educational Research

Summer of 5th Year

EDUC 765 

Principles of Curriculum 

Fall of 5th Year

EDUC 585

Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools 

Fall of 5th Year

EDUC 581 

 Educating Diverse Learners

Fall of 5th Year

EDUC 5xx

Graduate course in History 5xx (or higher)

Fall of 5th Year

EDUC 500; 561; 562; 563

Student Teaching, Seminar, and Capstone Experience. 

Spring of 5th Year

 

Field Experiences: Undergraduate Secondary Education

Undergraduate students in Secondary Education will have three field experiences.  Other practicum experience can be arranged, as needed.

  • Students spend 20 hours in their junior year observing in a secondary classroom and assisting the classroom teacher in conjunction with EDUC 386, Curriculum and Methods in Adolescent Education.
  • Students spend 30 hours in the Fall semester of their senior year observing in a secondary classroom and assisting the classroom teacher with specific instructional tasks in conjunction with the Methods course in their respective program areas: EDUC 479 Mathematics, EDUC 480 English, EDUC 485 Social Studies.
  • Students spend the entire school day in the Spring semester of their senior year in a secondary classroom during their full semester of supervised student teaching.  Students assist the classroom teacher with specific instructional tasks and teach a full schedule of classes as the principal teacher for at least four weeks during the semester.  During this semester, students also attend once a week a seminar associated with student teaching, produce their Action Research Paper, and complete their Electronic Portfolio.