Secondary Teacher Education Requirements

Professional Outcomes

The Department of Secondary Education utilizes the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles and the professional association subject area standards as the performance-based outcomes for teacher candidates.

Subject Major

Students cannot major in Secondary Education. Rather, students have a content or subject area major and then enroll in Secondary Education. Refer to the department under which the requirements of the content or subject major is discussed. For instance, those interested in teaching History at the secondary level should refer to the Secondary Education program of the Department of History for their specific major requirements.

In addition to majoring in one of the certification subject areas as well as satisfying the university Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete the professional education courses listed below.

Required Professional Courses for Secondary Education

A minimum grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required for all courses with an overall grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 in professional education courses.

ISTC 301INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY (prerequisite: PSYC 101)3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 401ANALYZING INTERNSHIP2
SCED 419YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (English majors only)3
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS 14
SCED 462SEMINAR IN TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS1
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 33
TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Internship Requirement by Major
Select one of the following based on major: 12
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- ENGLISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- FRENCH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- HISTORY
STUDENT TEACHING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SPANISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SOCIAL SCIENCE
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (taken concurrently with SCED 499)3
SCED 499INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 26
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Additional requirements to be integrated into Core Curriculum:
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE3
1

Taken concurrently with SCED 341 and shares a required field experience

2

Taken at a professional development school during the fall or spring term, whichever precedes the full-time internship term, with Methods of Teaching Major Subject and SCED 461 

3

Some methods courses are offered spring or fall only. Check with your adviser. 

The Professional Year

As part of their yearlong professional internship, all teacher candidates begin these activities in Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are schools in which the Department of Secondary Education and the College of Education have partnerships in which the PDS and the Department collaborate  on a number of issues, including serving as in-school sites for courses as well as the activities taking place during the Full-Time Internship year. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP

  1. All students must meet the following GPA requirements to be admitted to student teaching: 2.75 GPA in major field and 3.00 in professional education courses with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, based on transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, including Towson University. (Consult with SCED adviser.)
  2. All preservice students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study requires an intensive and extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public school setting (pre-K through 12) are required to undergo a criminal background check before entering this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the Center for Professional Practice.
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