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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Secondary Education

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
2311 Benjamin Building, 301-405-3324

The minor in Secondary Education provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to enroll in a sequence of education courses that helps them to determine if teaching is a viable career option for them. The 15-18 credit minor may be taken prior to admission into a teacher preparation program. If an undergraduate student pursuing the minor desires to enter an education track, the candidate may apply for the dual major program to obtain certification as a secondary education classroom teacher through completion of a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved program option. Some of the courses undergraduates take to complete the Minor in Secondary Education may also be applicable toward certification options at the post-baccalaureate level offered through TLPL. These individuals should consult with an advisor in Student Services to identify the most appropriate option leading to teacher certification and to review the specific admission requirements associated with these programs.

The secondary education minor includes coursework from Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. The curriculum provides a foundation in adolescent development and education policy and includes an introductory pedagogy course in one of the core secondary areas: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, World Languages. The minor also incorporates coursework to meet the MSDE reading requirements that are part of secondary subject area teacher certification.

Courses required for the minor are:

EDHD413 Adolescent Development 3
EDHD426 Cognition and Motivation in Reading: Reading in Content Areas I 3
EDCI463 Reading in the Secondary School 3

Select one of the following foundation courses:
Education in Contemporary American Society OR
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education OR
Foundations of Education

Select one of the following secondary education introductory methods:
Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education: English OR
Methods I: K-12 Foreign Language Methods and Technology OR
Teaching and Learning Middle School Mathematics OR
Knowledge, Reasoning, and Learning in Science OR
Knowledge, Reasoning, and Learning in Secondary Social Studies
  Other Electives (optional):
EDCI280 - Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms (3)
EDCI386 - Experiential Learning (3)

A total of 15 credits is required. All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for enrollment in the secondary education introductory methods courses (EDCI410, 411, 416, 426, 457). No more than six of the required credits (or two courses) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park.

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