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The Summer/Fall Certification Option in Secondary Science and Mathematics consists of full time course work and field experiences from May 26th to July 30, 2004, and full-time student teaching for the Fall 2004 semester. This is an intensive program designed to complete all certification requirements in six months of study. Therefore, students should be aware that the program of study is rigorous, and includes full days and some evenings.

EDUC 500S: Practicum for the High School (grades 9-12) (12 cr)
EDUC 500M: Practicum for Middle School (grades 5-9) (12cr)

Students in each of these courses secure a student teaching placement working with a cooperating teacher certified in the area and at the level that they are student teaching.

The student teaching practicum is designed to take the student teacher through a developmental sequence of increasing responsibility which includes observation, small group work and team teaching, toward the goal of taking the major responsibility (under guidance of the cooperating teacher) for daily planning, teaching, evaluating, and communicating with parents and other school professionals.

EDUC 510 The Teacher in the Middle and High School Classroom (2cr)

Education 510 is taken concurrently with student teaching. This course meets 4 afternoons during the first week of student teaching, continues with weekly meetings for the rest of the semester, and concludes with a 4-day workshop after the completion of student teaching. The course is designed around support and study groups related to areas of interest.

EDUC 512 Principles and Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle and High Schools (3cr)

EDUC 511 Principles and Methods of Teaching Math in the Middle and High Schools (3cr)

This is a specialized principles and methods course in a student's certification area. These courses concentrate on the problems, issues, strategies and materials in the teaching of each specific field at the appropriate level. This course includes a field experience component.

EDUC 524 The Work of the Middle School and High School Teacher (3cr)


Through field experiences, students gain an understanding of the work of middle and high school teachers and relate that understanding to their motives and goals for teaching. This course includes a field experience component.

EDUC 592S Pre-Practicum in Education: Microteaching (2cr)


Students spend at least ten hours per week at some point during the summer, usually during the mid-weeks of July, engaged in teaching activities under the guidance of their sponsoring teacher in schools summer schools and special projects camps. This course includes a minimum of 26 hours of clinical field experience.



EDUC 615F Inclusive Pedagogy in Math and Science (3 cr)


This course seeks to promote equity in the classroom by raising awareness of issues of inclusion and helping aspiring educators to develop principles and methods that enable all students to reach their full potential. Students are encouraged to reconstruct past experiences in order to build new methods of inclusion and become active, responsible, and collaborative participants in the classroom.


EDUC 615 J Education and the Law (1cr)

This seminar course meets five times during the semester and focuses on the teacher's rights and responsibilities under the law. Topics include due process, freedom of expression, school rules, discrimination, harassment, etc.


EDUC 693  Educational Psychology (3cr)


This course emphasizes psychological principles and issues related to instruction. Topics include cognitive development, achievement motivation, instructional strategies, and individual differences.

This program is funded in part by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Education Collaborative (STEMTEC), and the National Science Foundation