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Department of Education

Middle and High School

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Courses and Requirements

The Middle and High School Education program requires 10 courses from the following areas.

1 Introductory Course:

  • ED 101 Introduction to Teaching in Middle and Secondary School
    (includes a pre-practicum experience)

1 Foundations of Literacy Course:

  • ED 128 Foundations of Literacy

1 Course in Human Development and Learning:

  • ED 130 Human Development and Learning
  • ED 230 Foundations of Learning, Cognition, and Academic Intervention

1 Course in the Social, Cultural and Historical Foundations of Education:

  • ED 160 Post-colonial Theories
  • ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
  • ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
  • ED 163 Philosophies
  • ED 167 Critical Race Theory

1 Course in Exceptionalities in Learning:

  • ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child

1 Course in Curriculum or a Related Guided Elective:

  • ED 110 History and Political Science/Political Philosophy Curricula
  • ED 111 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in the Science Curriculum
  • ED 112 Mathematics Learning Environments
  • ED 113 Language Arts Curricula in the Middle and Secondary School
  • ED 114 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
    (Cross listed with German GER 114 and Modern Languages ML 114)
  • ED 119 Development of Knowledge and Reasoning in Engineering

1 Course in the Practices in Teaching taken during the Semester of Student Teaching:

  • ED 120 Practice of Teaching: History and Political Science/Political Philosophy
  • ED 121 Practice of Teaching: Science
  • ED 122 Practice of Teaching: Mathematics
  • ED 123 Practice of Teaching: English
  • ED 124 Practice of Teaching: Languages
  • ED 125 Practice of Teaching: Latin and Classical Humanities
  • ED 129 Practice of Teaching: Engineering and Design

1 Student Teaching:

  • ED 102 Supervised Teaching in Middle and Secondary School and Seminar

2 Courses in the Academic Field

Program Objectives

  • Understand the triangle of education and its components (the teacher, the students, and the subject) and consider them carefully.
  • Critically examine teaching, learning, and schooling through the lenses of the culture of power and other complex theoretical frameworks.
  • Maintain a strong academic knowledge of the content they want to teach and employ pedagogies that best meets students’ needs to foster learning.
  • Draw upon the research in human development and learning, working with exceptionalities in the classroom, learning theory and cognitive development, adolescent psychology to design successful classroom cultures and practices.
  • Identify the culture and structure of schools and understand how schools shape the values and work of teachers and students.
  • Learn about the community in which they teach and to think of themselves as teachers in a community.
  • Understand the profound ethical and moral considerations embedded in the decisions that teachers must make every day in their classrooms and the impact of those decisions on students and their learning, their families, and community.