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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from for the teaching certification part of this program. Some courses are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog for specific information on earning your undergraduate degree with this teaching certification.


Oral Communication (SCA 130)

Students develop informative, persuasive, and expressive speaking proficiencies. Practice in personal communication skills, writing for the ear, effective listening, oral reports, and the use of body language, visual aids, technologies, and occasions to motivate and enhance communication. Fall and spring semesters and ADP session 4. 3 credits.

Found'ns of Education & School Law (SED 110)

This is an introductory course stressing the Pennsylvania Core Standards, philosophy, history, psychology, law, and sociology of education. Certification, school law, foundations, current issues, trends in special education and vocational technical education, and other topics related to the teaching profession are introduced. Student experiences culminate in the development of a personal philosophy of education and observations in an area school to provide an opportunity for a special investigation of the profession. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Prin. of Instructional Technologies (SED 118)

General information for teachers on integrating modern technology in PreK-12 classrooms. The use of current equipment, assistive technology, computer programs, Web 2.0 applications, and mobile technology to enhance teaching and learning in both traditional and online classes are explored and evaluated. Fall and spring semesters, online in J-term. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Instr'l Strat for Inclusive Ed (SED 201)

Current teaching techniques across the curriculum are stressed in this class. Topics covered include Bloom’s Taxonomy, instructional objectives, motivation and retention theories, cooperative learning, inclusive practices, classroom management, assessment, and the use of Pennsylvania Core Standards in lesson and unit planning. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Intro to Exceptional Children (SED 205)

Educational philosophies and instructional strategies for children with special needs. Topics focus on specific characteristics of various disabilities, cultural and language barriers, gifted and talented, current legislation, inclusion strategies, and current issues in the field. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies I (SED 208)

Examines the characteristics and causes of high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, learning needs, instructional strategies, programming, assessment practices, transition, research, and current practices. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies II (SED 209)

Examines the causes and characteristics of individuals with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, legal issues, programming, assessment, instructional models, transition, research, and promising practices. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

English in Secondary Ed & Practicum (SED 222)

Lesson planning for the teaching of English, based on Pennsylvania Core Standards, is stressed in this class. Instructional techniques for the teaching of linguistics, literature, composition, oral interaction, and research to diverse learners receive major focus. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior classroom management complete the course. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Corequisite: SED304. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Teaching English Language Learners (SED 227)

Prepares instructors for teaching students who speak English as a second language. Research theories and practical applications are presented in preparing Pre-K to 12 instructors including: a survey of research in the linguistic, psychologial, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED110 or SMU102. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Practicum:Secondary (SED 301)

This is a field experience for those pursuing secondary certification. Students work in area school classrooms one day per week per term. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Pass/Fail only. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit. Repeatable for credit.

1 Credit.

Practicum:Secondary Methods (SED 304)

This is a companion course for all secondary methods courses. In this early field experience, pre-service students work with secondary content specialist teachers in area schools for one day per week per term. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Corequisite: SED222, SED314, SED319, SED320, or SED323. Pass/Fail only. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 1 credit. Repeatable for credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Practicum:Multiculturalism (SED 305)

A pre-service 15 hour practicum experience for students in districts that have a diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically) student body. Students observe, tutor, and co-teach in a diverse environment. This course is required for candidates in all certification areas. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED201 or SED202. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters, and J-term. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Reading in Secondary Content Area (SED 327)

This course prepares students to adapt secondary content area reading course materials to accommodate students with diverse disabilities and learning difficulties in order to facilitate their learning of the content area curriculum based on Pennsylvania Core Standards. Application of current methods and materials for assisting these students as they read, study, and learn in the secondary school content area are presented. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SED 335)

Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Prerequisite: SED205. Corequisite: SED432 or permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Classroom Management (SED 340)

Techniques and strategies for managing student behavior in the classroom. Special emphasis on the techniques and strategies most effective with students who are behaviorally disordered. Effective parent conferencing techniques are emphasized. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (SED 432)

Lesson planning and execution, based on Pennsylvania Core Standards, are stressed in this class. Participants utilize a diverse array of pedagogy for diverse audiences in their micro-teaching. They engage in critical assessment of teaching performances. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Prerequisite: Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment. Corequisite SED335. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters, J-term. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Student Teaching (SED 434)

This is a 14-week student teaching experience for students who are earning a single area of certification. Students are expected to plan and employ lesson designs based on Pennsylvania Core Standards under the guidance of a cooperating teacher in an area school. Transportation is the student’s responsibility. Students are assigned to schools within a 20-mile radius of the University. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED435 for all; SED436 is also a corequisite for PreK-4 majors. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 12 credits. Fee.

12 Credits.

Student Teaching Seminar (SED 435)

This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED433 or SED434. The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED433 or SED434. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Introduction to Literary Study (SEL 150)

Introduction to reading, research, grammar, and writing in the study of literature. Emphasis on literary forms, research tools, and the vocabulary of literary study. Practice in writing the literary essay. English majors take this course during their freshman or sophomore year. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Linguistics (SEL 220)

Studies language as a dynamic system of sound, syntax, and semantics. Applies fundamental concepts of linguistics to contemporary issues of literacy and learning. Topics include how children acquire language, why languages change (with particular attention to the history of English), and how language affects perception, thought, and action. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Newswriting (SEL 227)

Study of the roles of the journalist in society, the types of journalism, the newsgathering process, and journalism history. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

The Writing of Fiction (SEL 232)

Instruction and practice in the writing of short fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

The Writing of Poetry (SEL 233)

Instruction and practice in the writing of poetry. Consideration of contemporary poetic theory and practice. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Magazine Writing (SEL 235)

An understanding of, and appreciation for, contemporary American magazine journalism, skills in research, and writing for magazines. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL227. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

European Literature (SEL 261)

A survey of selected European writers, from ancient times to the present, and of how, through literature, they express their understanding of human experience. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in World Literature (SEL 263)

Topics vary from year to year, e.g., International Novel, Confucius and Modern Thought, African Women’s Writing, Survey of World Literature. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Major British Writers I (SEL 264)

The works of significant British writers, from the Beowulf poet to Austen. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Major British Writers II (SEL 265)

The works of significant British writers, from Blake to the present. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

American Literature 1800-1915 (SEL 266)

Explores a diverse body of nineteenth-century literature, including fiction, poetry, narrative, and essays, written in different regions of the United States by men and women of various cultural groups. Works of the American literary renaissance are studied alongside writing from other traditions, such as Native American autobiography, African American narrative, and women’s fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

American Literature 1915 to Present (SEL 267)

Traces the emergence of multiple perspectives in twentieth century U.S. literature. Examines the ways fiction, poetry, and drama represent an increasing diversity of voices, with an emphasis on contemporary novels by writers from various cultural groups. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Shakespeare (SEL 311)

Selected works of Shakespeare, tracing his development as dramatist and poet. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Juniors and seniors only. 3 credits. Fee.

Literary Criticism (SEL 312)

Theories of literary criticism, focused on contemporary theory and practice. Prerequisite: SEL237. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Literature for Young Adults (SEL 344)

An introduction to literature targeted toward middle and high school readers. Includes poetry and short fiction; emphasizes novel-length fiction from Catcher in the Rye to contemporary fantasy. Includes teaching strategies, principles of selection, and special concerns of those writing adolescent literature. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Structure of the Number System 1 (SMA 100)

Topics include problem-solving, set theory, number theory, numeration systems, and algebra review. Particular emphasis is placed on the successive development of real numbers and the employment of electronic resources. The first course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite knowledge: This course requires a working knowledge of elementary algebra. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 2 (SMA 102)

Topics include geometry, counting methods, probability, statistics, logic, and consumer mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies and the employment of electronic resources. The second course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite: SMA100. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)

The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.

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