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Secondary Education*

Please contact the department for further information.
(215) 204-6387


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

- English
- Foreign Languages
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Mathematics
- Sciences
            - Biology
            - Chemistry
            - Earth and Space Science
            - General Science
            - Physics
- Social Studies

            - History

            - Economics

            - Geography and Urban Studies

            - Political Science

In order to maintain good 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.

The courses listed for a major under each academic specialization section are meant to serve as a guide.  Students are strongly encouraged to consult the departments in which they are seeking second majors to verify that the specific requirements are being met in accordance with department regulations.  Simultaneously, students are encouraged to speak with their College of Education advisor to ensure that all requirements for Pennsylvania teacher certification are being met. A four-year academic plan for the degree programs below are available at: www.temple.edu/education/ugrad/advising.html.

* Currently, the Secondary Education programs are under review and awaiting approval.  All students enrolling in these programs for the first time in 2008-2009 will be notified as soon as the new program is approved with any revised requirements that may affect their program of study.  It is strongly recommended that you meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to this major and leading to certification in Secondary Education, regardless of content area.  This is to assure that your intended program of study will be compatible with the proposed requirements and Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations.

Secondary English

Dr. Michael Smith, Program Advisor
215-204-6137

Ritter Hall 445
mwsmith@temple.edu

 

General Education and Professional Course Sequence Requirements

All of the requirements listed on the College Graduation Requirements page apply to this program.

Secondary Education

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English Education,
Secondary Education
4366
Teaching Literature & Reading in the Secondary School
3  
English Education,
Secondary Education
4371 Teaching Oral & Written Communication in the Secondary School 3  
Secondary Education  3796 Reading Problems in the Secondary School  3 WI 
Education 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education  9-11  
Education 4801
Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment
3  
Subtotal     21-23  

Academic Specialization

 

English

Students seeking certification in secondary English education must complete the requirements both for the major in secondary education with a concentration in English and for the English major as specified by the English Department.  (For more information on the English department's major requirements, click here.) In order to assure that students gain the content knowledge specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we recommend most strongly that students choose elective English courses in the following areas: linguistics, film, Shakespeare, and African American literature. Students who do not complete this coursework may be at risk of failing the state-mandated Praxis II examination, which must be passed in order to be eligible for teacher certification.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist

Dr. Jill Swavely-Gardner, Program Coordinator
Ritter Hall 461
215-204-6120
jmswav@temple.edu

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.

ESL Specialist Certification Requirements/Experiences

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
TESOL 8611 Applied Language Study I: Assessment of English Learners' Language & Literacy Development 3  
TESOL 8614 Approaches to Teaching Second/Foreign Language 3  
TESOL 8616 Teaching Second/Foreign Language Skills: Curriculum & Assessment in TESOL 3  
TESOL 8621 Contexts for Teaching & Learning Language 3  
Subtotal     12  

Secondary Foreign Language Education

Dr. Elvis Wagner, Program Advisor
215-204-5821
elvis.wagner@temple.edu

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

General Education and Professional Course Sequence Requirements

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

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 

English
2496

2796
Introduction to Writing Non-Fiction
          or
Writing the Research Essay
3

3
WI

WI
Subtotal     3  

Program Requirements for Secondary Education

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Education 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education 9-11  
Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment 3  
Subtotal     12-14  

 

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 1001 and 1002).

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 ten 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.
  • Linguistics: 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 Strategic and Organizational Communication (STOC) departments.
  • Literature: at least one course is required, preferably contemporary. Students should check with an advisor to select the specific courses that meet the above requirements. Additional courses should also be selected in consultation with an advisor. 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.

 

Academic Specialization 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 ten courses. At Temple, these courses are generally numbered 1001 and 1002.


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: 124
Total Semester Hours for Certification in Two Foreign Languages: 136-160

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
jacqueline.leonard@temple.edu

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

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

● The Mathematics requirement cannot be met by 1011 (College Mathematics).
● The Mathematics requirements are listed in the program description below.

*The number of semester hours needed to fulfill specific requirements may vary slightly for transfer students.

Program Requirements for Secondary Education

 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics Education,
Secondary Education
3145 Teaching & Learning Mathematics in the Middle Grades 3  
Mathematics Education,
Secondary Education
3146 Methods & Materials in Secondary Mathematics 3  
Mathematics Education,
Secondary Education
4371 History of Mathematics 3  
Secondary Education 3796 Reading Problems in the Secondary School 3 WI
Education 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education  9  
Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment 3  
Subtotal     24  

Academic Specialization

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics 1041 Calculus I 4  
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
Mathematics 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
Mathematics 2196 Basic Mathematical Concepts 3 WI 
Mathematics 3003 Theory of Numbers 3  
Mathematics 3031 Introduction to Probability Theory 3  
Mathematics 3032 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics  3  
Mathematics 3061 Modern Geometry I 3  
Mathematics 3101 Topics in Modern Algebra 3  
Mathematics 3137 Real & Complex Analysis I 3  
Mathematics 3138 Real & Complex Analysis II 3  
Mathematics 4096 Senior Problem Solving Seminar 3 WI
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
Physics 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II 4  
         
Choose one of the following courses to fulfill the computer programming requirement: 3-4  
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer & Information Sciences
1055
1057
1068
Computers & Applications
Computer Programming in C
Program Design & Abstraction
   
         
Subtotal     53-54  

 

Social Studies Education

Dr. Christine Woyshner, Program Advisor
215-204-6147
christine.woyshner@temple.edu

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Social Studies Education,
Secondary Education
3xxx* Methods & Materials in Secondary Social Studies #1 3  
Social Studies Education,
Secondary Education
3xxx* Methods & Materials in Secondary Social Studies #2 3  
Secondary Education  3796 Reading Problems in the Secondary School 3 WI
Education 3xxx* Course in ELL Methods 3  
Education 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education  9  
Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment 3  
Subtotal     24  

*pending approval

History

History courses should be chosen in accordance with major requirements outlined by the College of Liberal Arts' History Department. 

Economics

Economics courses should be chosen in accordance with major requirements outlined by the College of Liberal Arts' Economics Department.

 

Geography & Urban Studies

Geography and Urban Studies courses should be chosen in accordance with major requirements outlined by the College of Liberal Arts' Geography & Urban Studies Department.

Political Science

Political Science courses should be chosen in accordance with major requirements outlined by the College of Liberal Arts' Political Science Department.

 

Secondary Science Certification

Dr. Joseph Schmuckler, Program Advisor
215-204-6194
joseph.schmuckler@temple.edu

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements

Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed on the College Graduation Requirements page apply to students in this program.

● The Mathematics requirement cannot be met by 1011 (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.


Program Requirements

 

Secondary Education (for all Science certification areas)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Secondary Education  3796 Reading Problems in the Secondary School 3 WI
Science Education,
Secondary Education
3146 The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools I 3  
Science Education,
Secondary Education
3xxx* The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools II 3  
Education 4688 Student Teaching in Secondary Education  9  
Education 4801 Senior Seminar & Performance Assessment 3  
Subtotal     21  

* Pending approval

Academic Specialization (for Biology)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics 1041 Calculus I 4  
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II     4  
Biology  1111 & 2112 Introduction to Biology 8  
Biology 2203 Genetics 4  
Biology 2227 Principles of Ecology 4  
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function 4 WI
Biology 3101 Evolution 3  
Biology Electives Two electives 6-8  
Chemistry 1031 & 1032 General Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry 1033 & 1034 General Chemistry Laboratory I & II  2  
Chemistry 2201 & 2202 Organic Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry 2203 & 2204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 2  
Physics 2021 & 2022 General Physics I & II 8  
Subtotal for Biology 61-63  

Academic Specialization (for Chemistry)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics
1041
Calculus I 4  
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
Mathematics
2043
Calculus III 4  
Chemistry
1031 & 1032
General Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry
1033 & 1034
General Chemistry Laboratory I & II 2  
Chemistry
2201 & 2202
Organic Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry
2203 & 2204
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 2  
Chemistry 3103 Techniques of Chemical Measurement I 3  
Chemistry 3105 Introduction to Chemical Research Techniques 1  
Chemistry 3301 Physical Chemistry Lecture I 3  
Chemistry 3302 Physical Chemistry Lecture II 3  
Chemistry 4196
  or
4396
Techniques of Chemical Measurement II
      or
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
5

4
WI

WI
Chemistry Elective Dependent on Capstone Choice 3-4  
Physics 2021 & 2022 General Physics I & II  8  
Subtotal for Chemistry 53-55  

Academic Specialization (for Earth & Space Science)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics
1041 & 1042
Calculus I & II 8  
Biology
1011 & 1012
General Biology I & II 8  
Chemistry
1031 & 1032
General Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry
1033 & 1034
General Chemistry Laboratory I & II 2  
Earth & Environmental Science 1001 Introduction to Geology 4  
Earth & Environmental Science 2015 Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere or See Advisor 4  
Earth & Environmental Science 1015 Environmental Resources 4  
         
Select two courses from among:      
Earth & Environmental Science 2011
2012
2021
2022
Mineralogy I
Mineralogy II
Facies Models
Paleontology & Stratigraphy
4
4
4
4
 
         
Select one additional course with advisor's approval:    
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy 4  
Physics 1021 & 1022 Introduction to General Physics I & II  8  
Science, Secondary Education *SPA Meteorology for Teachers 3  
Subtotal for Earth & Space Science 51  

*SPA - See Program Advisor

Academic Specialization (for General Science)*

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics 1041 & 1042 Calculus I & II 8  
Biology 1011 & 1012 General Biology I & II  8  
Chemistry 1031 & 1032 General Chemistry I & II 6  
Chemistry 1033 & 1034  General Chemistry Laboratory I & II 2  
Computer & Information Sciences 1068  Program Design & Abstraction 4  
Earth & Environmental Science 1001 Introduction to Geology 4  
Physics 1004 Introduction to Astronomy 4  
Physics 1021 & 1022 General Physics I & II 8  
Science Concentration Electives** Electives 4 courses 12-16  
College of Science & Technology 3001 History of Science 3  
College of Science & Technology 4351 Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge 3  
Subtotal for General Science Certification 62-66  

  * Students in the College of Education will follow the requirements for the B.A. in Natural Sciences and the B.S. in Secondary Education: Science Education.  The certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will be in General Science.

** All elective courses must be taken within the same department (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology).

Academic Specialization (for Physics)

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Mathematics 1041 Calculus I 4  
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
Physics

Physics
1061 & 1062
     or
2021 & 2022
Elementary Classical Physics I & II
     or
General Physics I & II
8

8
 
Physics 2101 Classical Mechanics 3  
Physics 2502 Mathematical Physics 4  
Physics 2701 Introduction to Modern Physics 4  
Physics 3101 Analytical Mechanics 3  
Physics 3301 Electricity & Magnetism 4  
Physics 3302 Classical Electromagnetism 3  
Physics 4101 Thermodynamics & Kinetic Theory 3  
Physics 4302 Optics  3  
Physics 4796 Experimental Physics 3 WI
         
Select one of the following electives: 3  
Physics 2501
3701
4301
Computing for Scientists
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Electronics
   
Subtotal for Physics 53  

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