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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.


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. 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.

Methods Teaching Foreign Language (SED 314)

Study and practice of the methods of teaching foreign languages in elementary, middle, and high schools. Includes historical and philosophical theories of second language acquisition. Emphasis is on the development of a variety of approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Pennsylvania Core Standards. 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. 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.

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.

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.

City Study Experience (Abroad) (SHU 325)

Taking place in an urban area in Canada or Western Europe, this course uses the city — its people, popular and cultural material, public art, neighborhoods, and amenities — as the subject for study. Students expand their boundaries as individuals and move toward accepting responsibility as global citizens. They become sensitive to cultural difference and appreciate the cultural and social forces that shape the lives of those who share their planet. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum if taken for 3 credits. Permission required. 1-3 credits. Fee.

City Study Experience (SHU 326)

Taking place in an urban area in Western Europe or Canada, this course uses the city — its people, popular and cultural material, public art, neighborhoods, and amenities — as the subject for study. Students will expand their boundaries as individuals and move toward accepting responsibility as global citizens. They will become sensitive to cultural difference and appreciate the cultural and social forces that shape the lives of those who share their planet. Satisfies the Western Cultures I requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum if taken for 3 credits. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. 1-3 credits. Fee.

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.

Intermed.Span.Language & Culture (SSP 205)

Students express themselves orally and in writing, read authentic sources, and interact with native speech at the intermediate level. Requires laboratory-supported practice. Prerequisite: SSP105 or minimum 3-4 years of high school Spanish. Satisfies the Language Study requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

Conversational Medical Spanish (SSP 215)

This course for health care professionals focuses on developing basic conservational skills related to healthcare in Spanish. It is designed to provide vocabulary development, cultural insights, pronunciation, and conversational practice related to common medical encounters. Students explore Spanish usage for clinical settings such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, dental offices, counseling centers, dietetics centers, and pharmacies. Prerequisite: SSP105 or 3-4 years of high school Spanish. Satisfies the Language Study requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years, and spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Conversation and Phonetics (SSP 245)

Students lead and participate in topical discussions in order to develop listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills. Students also study articulatory phonetics with an emphasis on both theory and practical applications for non-native speakers of Spanish. Prerequisite: SSP105 or SSP205, or minimum 3-4 years of high school Spanish (level to be approved by the instructor). Spring semester. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Topics in Spanish Usage (SSP 250)

An advanced course in Spanish grammar which provides students with a strong background for communication in upper level Spanish courses. The focus is on continued mastery of the most difficult points of Spanish grammar, and students analyze linguistic norms as communicative tools. Writing Intensive course. Prerequisite: SSP245 or minimum 3-4 years of high school Spanish (level to be approved by the instructor). Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics in Culture (SSP 320)

Designed to analyze cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Topics vary, and the curriculum includes diverse cultural texts from many different periods. Prerequisite: SSP245. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics in Latin American Literature (SSP 330)

Addresses literary trends within the field of Latin American literature. Reading selections include a variety of literary genres as well as critical texts. These contextualize issues such as identity, gender, social class, and race across different national communities. Prerequisite: SSP245. Taught in Spanish. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Latin American Lit in Translation (SSP 333)

An introduction to literary trends within Latin American literature available in translation. Readings include theoretical and historical works that lend pertinent contextual information. Taught in English. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee

Topics in Peninsular Literature (SSP 335)

Explores the complexity of Spain and Spanish literature through discussion of important literary texts. Topics vary. Reading selections include a variety of literary genres as well as critical texts. Prerequisite: SSP245. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Taught in Spanish. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Senior Capstone:Spanish in Action (SSP 360)

This is the culminating course for all Spanish majors. The course includes the creation of a Spanish portfolio as well as a research project and presentation done in an area related to the student’s specific career goals and interests. Topics are arranged between students and the instructor. This course includes the creation of a Spanish portfolio, proficiency test, research project, and presentation done in an area related to the student’s specific career goals and interests. Prerequisite: 6 credits Spanish courses at the 300 level. Spring semester. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Spanish Speaking World:Civilization (SSP 375)

Examines the history and culture of contemporary Spanish speaking societies. The course analyzes the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the people who have populated Spain and Latin America from prehistoric and pre-Colombian times to the present. Prerequisite: SSP245, or minimum 3-4 years of high school Spanish (level to be approved by the instructor). Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Taught in Spanish. 3 credits. Fee.

Span.Study in Spain & Latin America (SSP 411)

This travel course provides Spanish study abroad and is open to students in J-term or M-term. It develops comprehension and communicative skills within the local culture using conversational approach, daily oral practice, and proficiency-oriented activities in small classrooms and authentic local contexts. J-term or M-term. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit. Satisfies Language Study requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum if taken for 3 credits. Fee.

Field Work (SSP 420)

Applied work in Spanish for majors and minors. Work is supervised and evaluated. Permission required. Variable credit.

Internship (SSP 430)

By arrangement with instructor. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.

View courses and full requirements for this program in the current course catalog.

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