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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.


Prog 1: Intro to Development (SCS 132)

Students learn the fundamentals of computer science and application development. This course uses the Java programming language. Students learn fundamental programming skills, including data types, branches, loops, classes and methods, all of which are highly transferrable to other languages. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

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.

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. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Co-requisite: SED335 and SED432. 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. Formal admission into the Education Program 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. Formal admission into the Education Program required or permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SED201 or SED202. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters, J-term and M-term travel abroad. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Mathematics in Secondary Education (SED 320)

Current methods of teaching mathematics at the secondary level based on the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Investigation of materials, processes, instructional techniques, and approaches to classroom management. Required for mathematics certification candidates. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Corequisite: SED304. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

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. Formal admission into the Education Program 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. Formal admission into the Education Program required. 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. Formal admission into the Education Program required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (SED 432)

The purpose of this course, which pairs fieldwork with independent study, is to assist students in the transition from being a full-time college student to becoming a full-time student teacher. Throughout this experience, which bridges the gap between theory and practice, students will have opportunities not only to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired from content-area and methods courses, but also to reflect on the dispositions that they have developed toward teaching throughout the teaching certification program. Field experience with clearances required. Transportation is students’ responsibility. Prerequisite: Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment. Corequisite: SED335, and ED300/301. 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.

American Lit Survey, 1776 to Pres (SEL 266)

Surveys a broad expanse of American literature, including fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, written in different regions of the United States, by men and women of various cultural groups. Canonical works and movements are studied along with writing from marginalized or emerging viewpoints, such as Native American oral tradition, African American narrative, women's private and public writing, and multimodal storytelling. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Cont American Lit for Children (SEL 269)

Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry (SMA 130)

Real numbers, sets, relations, and functions. The calculus of one variable. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Calculator required. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Fall and spring semesters. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Calculus 2 (SMA 140)

Continuation of SMA130. The calculus of one variable with applications, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and infinite sequences and series. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Calculus 3 (SMA 200)

A continuation of SMA140. The calculus of several variables; two- and three-dimensional vector space; vector calculus; Green’s, Gauss’, and Stokes’ Theorems and the Divergence Theorem. Prerequisite: SMA140. Spring semester. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Discrete Mathematics (SMA 205)

An introduction to sets, logic, methods of proof, and combinatorics. Pre- or co-requisite: SMA130. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Intro. Analysis - Theoretic. Calc. (SMA 207)

As a continuation of the proof-writing strategies presented in SMA205, this course covers the foundations of analysis and the theory of calculus, including: limits, continuity, and derivatives. The goal is to understand the ideas of infinity, estimation, error, and oscillation in the context of calculus and odd examples. Prerequisite: SMA205. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Euclidean & NonEuclidean Geometries (SMA 210)

An overview of advanced geometry, including: the postulation method, elementary and analytic geometry, and non-Euclidean geometries with emphasis on hyperbolic geometry. The goal is to understand how lines, shapes, and more are defined and work together within proofs. Prerequisite: SMA205. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Linear Algebra (SMA 225)

A study of vector spaces, linear mappings, and determinants with applications. Prerequisites: SMA140 and SMA205. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Probability & Statistics 1 (SMA 230)

Discrete probability including independence, conditional probability, Bernoulli trials, and Bayes’ Rule. Discrete and continuous random variables and their applications. Prerequisite: SMA205. Pre- or co-requisite: SMA200. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Probability & Statistics 2 (SMA 235)

A continuation of SMA230. Sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, analysis of variance. Prerequisite: SMA230. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Readings in Mathematics (SMA 240)

Designed to broaden the student’s background of the history of mathematics and to prepare for a professional career with various scholarly activities in mathematics. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisite: SMA140. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Abstract Algebra (SMA 310)

The study of algebraic structures including rings, integral domains, fields, and groups with their applications to the real numbers, complex numbers, and polynomials. Prerequisites: SMA205 or the consent of the instructor. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Calculus 4 with Differential Equat. (SMA 325)

First, second, and higher order linear differential equations with applications; linear systems of differential equations; LaPlace transforms; and boundary value problems. Prerequisite: SMA200. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

General Physics I (SPH 110)

A thorough introduction into physics for those majoring in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Topics include classical mechanics, heat, and electricity. With SPH111, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SMA130. Fall semester. 3 credits.

General Physics I Laboratory (SPH 111)

Laboratory course to accompany SPH110. With SPH110, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SPH110. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

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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