The B.S.E. for secondary education majors prepares socially conscious teachers who understand the current issues and purposes of education and can confidently address the needs of diverse learners in grades 5-12. The Secondary Education program is nationally recognized by professional associations. Secondary education students take practice-based, technology-infused courses together as a cohort group, meaning they complete requirements together throughout the program and work in teams on projects and in the field. Teacher candidates are immersed in field experience opportunities in local middle and high schools in both suburban and urban settings.
The B.S.E. for secondary education is a four-year undergraduate program with a minimum of 120 credits required for graduation. Students pursue a double major, completing teacher education courses, University core course requirements, and a full major of their choice through the College of Arts and Sciences.
Specialized field experiences allow secondary education candidates to:
- work one-on-one with students, addressing learning problems and leading small groups and team projects.
- teach small and whole group lessons, which allow them to practice planning, teaching and assessment skills.
- plan and teach a full class load, receiving support and evaluation from a trained supervisor and cooperating teachers during senior clinical practice.
- teach with technology as part of the University's Mobile Computing Program. During their classes and field experiences, SCED candidates develop samples of their best work that they can compile in a portfolio for employers to view.
The professional education sequence leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education and eligibility for endorsement as a teacher in specified areas, in the state of New Jersey. The sequence of courses is based upon the standards of the following national and professional associations:
- The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
- Specialty associations that have recognized individual majors: English (NCTE), Mathematics (NCTM), Science (NSTA) and Social Studies (NCSS)
For detailed program guidlines and curriculum, click here »