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Secondary Education

Jacqueline Leonard, Lead Professor
(215) 204-8042

Secondary Education programs prepare the student to teach in the following certification areas:


-Foreign Languages

-English as a Second Language (ESL)





-Earth and Space Science

-General Science


-Social Studies

In order to maintain standing in Secondary Education, students must achieve and maintain a 3.0 average in their teaching field in addition to maintaining an overall 3.0 cumulative average. Students in a secondary program with less than a 3.0 in their teaching field are urged to consider a change in teaching field or a transfer to another program or department. Students with less than a 3.0 average either in the major field or overall may not register for student teaching and will not be recommended for certification by the College of Education.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information.)

Secondary English

Dr. Frank Sullivan, Program Advisor
(215) 204-6157

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

All of the requirements listed above apply to this program.

Program Requirements

Secondary Education

Academic Specialization


English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist

Dr. Aneta Pavlenko, Program Coordinator

Dr. Jill Swavely, Program Co-Coordinator

Ritter Hall 457

Ritter Hall 461

(215) 204-3762

(215) 204-6120

The ESL program specialist certificate is available as an “add-on” or endorsement to an Instructional teaching certificate.

Candidates for the certificate are required to demonstrate competence of the fundamental concepts and practices of English as a second language, which are provided at the pre-school, elementary, or secondary levels.

The course requirements can be taken as part of an undergraduate or master’s degree.  Both the undergraduate and graduate options consist of a four-course sequence.

The ESL specialist curriculum includes training in the following components:

English Usage and Developing Linguistic Awareness

English as a Second Language Instructional Materials/Development

English Language Learners (ELLs) Language & Support Services Knowledge

Developing Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity

NOTE:  The specialist certificate is an add-on to an Instructional certificate.  Candidates are expected to have completed general studies, professional courses, and core courses in any professional educator program, which culminates with an Instructional certificate.

Dr. Jill Swavely, Program Advisor
(215) 204-6120

Secondary Foreign Language Education

Foreign Language certification is offered in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

In addition to the Literature requirements listed above (see Other Requirements for College of Education Students), all students must take one of the following:

Academic Specialization

For certification in one foreign language:
Ten courses above the first two elementary courses must be taken (that is, beyond courses which generally have the number 0051 and 0052).
All courses must be taught in the target language. (Native speakers who received most of their pre-university education in their native land may be eligible to certify by taking eight appropriate foreign language courses in their native language.)
These 10 courses must include:

-Composition and Conversation:

At least two and preferably three courses are required, except for Italian, in which only one course is available.

-Culture and Civilization:

One course is required.


One course is required. If no course is available in the target language, one will have to be taken in another department, but it will not count as a foreign language course if taken in the English or Speech departments.


At least one course is required, preferably contemporary. Students should check with an adviser to select the specific courses that meet the above requirements. Additional courses should also be selected in consultation with an adviser. It is strongly recommended that, in Spanish, courses be taken in Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Similarly, in French, coursework should include both continental and overseas French.

For Certification in Two Foreign Languages

Ten courses in the first foreign language must be taken. If the language is begun at the college level, the first two elementary courses do not count toward the 10 courses. At Temple, these courses are generally numbered 0051 and 0052.
For the second foreign language, eight courses must be taken. The first two beginning courses do count toward certification in the second foreign language.

Native speakers who were educated to speak, read, and write their native language need only eight courses in the formal study of their native language as a subject at the university level. Courses should be at an appropriate level for their background. There is no credit-by-examination given at Temple in a foreign language. A linguistics course is required for native speakers.

The same courses required for the first foreign language apply also to the second foreign language, i.e., a course in composition and conversation, culture and civilization, and literature, preferably 20th century. A second linguistics course need not be taken.

It is strongly recommended that certification in two languages be pursued in order to enhance career opportunities. Courses may be taken during summer school to avoid heavy course loads during the academic year.

ELECTIVES (when certifying in one foreign language) 0-16

Total Semester Hours for Certification in One Foreign Language*0-128

Total Semester Hours for Certification in Two Foreign Languages 136-140

In the State of Pennsylvania, certification in a foreign language is a K-12 certificate. Since there is presently no certification in Pennsylvania in English as a Second Language (ESL or ESOL), foreign language teachers in this state are presently permitted to teach ESL as well under conditions specified by each school district.
Students must achieve passing scores on designated proficiency tests in each of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in each language of certification to be permitted to take the methods courses in teaching a foreign language, to student teach, and to receive certification. The testing begins when the student completes six courses in the foreign language.

Foreign Study and/or Travel

Study and travel experiences in relevant foreign language speaking areas are highly recommended. Temple provides such experiences at Temple's Rome Campus, the Temple-Sorbonne program, the Temple University of Puerto Rico exchange program, or Temple's exchange programs with the Universities of Hamburg and Tübingen in Germany. The Latin American Studies Semester program is an immersion experience available at Temple's Main Campus to all Spanish majors during spring semesters.

Secondary Mathematics Education

Dr. Jacqueline Leonard, Lead Professor
(215) 204-8042

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above (see Other Requirements for College of Education Students) apply to students in this program:

-The Mathematics requirement cannot be met by C055 (College Mathematics).
The Mathematics requirements are listed in the program description below.

-Philosophy C066 (Introduction to Logic) is required for all students.
*The number of semester hours needed to fulfill specific requirements may vary slightly for transfer students.

Program Requirements

Secondary Education


Social Studies Education

Dr. Christine Woyshner, Program Advisor
(215) 204-6147


History courses above have the following requirements to fulfill the 2nd major in the College of Liberal Arts' History Department: 
(a) Students must complete 10 courses in History 
(b) At least 7 of these 10 course must be at the 100 level or higher
(c) At least 3 of these 10 courses must be at the 200 and 300 levels
(d) A maximum of 3 of these 10 courses can be at the core level
(e) At least 15 of the credits must be in U.S. History 

Economics (6 credits must be taken)

Geography and Urban Studies


Dr. Joseph Schmuckler, Program Advisor
(215) 204-6194

Secondary Science Certification

 General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above apply to students in this program.

-The Mathematics requirement cannot be met by C055 (College Mathematics).

-The Mathematics requirements are listed in the program description below.

-The requirements in Science and Technology are different for the various science areas. These requirements are listed below.

-A course in philosophy or religion is required to meet the general studies requirements for certification. This course, if appropriate, may also fulfill the Language and International Studies requirement of the University Core.

Program Requirements

Secondary Education (for all Science certification areas)

Academic Specialization (for Biology)

Academic Specialization (for Chemistry)

Academic Specialization (for Earth and Space Science)

Academic Specialization (for General Science)

Academic Specialization (for Physics)

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