Secondary Education

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Secondary education majors have a big job of getting students ready to meet the goal of a high school diploma. Your success at Simpson will give you an invaluable perspective of classroom experience and field placements. Plus, you’ll establish memorable connections with faculty members and have the opportunity to travel with fellow students to classrooms in India, New Zealand or Thailand. Various methods of teaching courses in Simpson’s secondary education program are co-taught by master teachers currently on staff in area middle and high schools. As a secondary education student, you will earn a full major in your teaching area and a minor in secondary education. In addition to a secondary education program, Simpson also has an elementary education program and offers graduate programs for Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary) and Transition to Teaching Program (Secondary). And here’s more you can add to your resume: Simpson has education club and tutoring and volunteer opportunities available on campus or in the community. Students may pursue full licensure at the secondary level and/or earn a minor in secondary education. Full licensure requires completion of a major (at least 30 semester hours), the secondary education minor, the Liberal Arts Requirements for Licensure, student teaching at the secondary level, and the Competency Portfolio. In order to qualify for a secondary teacher license, students must complete the following components: A) A major (minimum of 30 semester hours), B) Secondary Education Minor, C) Endorsement program(s), D) Liberal Arts Requirements for Licensure, E) Student Teaching Component, F) Competency Portfolio. A. College Major – refer to the college catalog and department website for major course requirements (minimum of 30 semester hours). B.  Secondary Education Minor

Educ 114 Foundations of Education

Educ 118 Student Development and Learning

Educ 222 Assessment, Planning, and Teaching

Educ 312 Exceptional Students

Educ 316 Secondary Education and Practicum

Educ 321 Human Relations in Teaching

Appropriate Educ 340s Content Specific Methods Course(s) (Students are strongly encouraged to take Educ 316 prior to Educ 340 class)

Educ 341 English/Language Arts Education and Practicum

Educ 342 World Language Education and Practicum

Educ 343 Social Studies Education and Practicum

Educ 344 Science Education and Practicum

Educ 345 Math Education and Practicum

Educ 346 Business Education and Practicum

Note:  Educ 388 Student Teaching and Seminar is not a part of the minor, but is required for licensure.

C. Endorsement Programs

Endorsements

Grade   Levels

 

K-8

5-12

K-12

All Business 

X*

 
Art

X

X

 
Coaching  

X

English/Language Arts

X

X*

 
World Languages  
French

X

X*

 
German

X

X*

 
Spanish

X

X

 
Health

X

X

 
Journalism 

X*

 
Mathematics

X

X*

 
Music

X

X

 
Physical Education

X

X

 
Reading

X*

  
Science   
Basic

X

  
Biological 

X*

 
Chemistry 

X*

 
General Science 

X*

 
Physics 

X*

 
      
Social Sciences   
American Government 

X*

 
American History 

X*

 
Economics 

X*

 
History 

X*

 
Psychology 

X*

 
Social Studies

X

  
Sociology 

X*

 
World History 

X*

 
Special Education   
(Instructional Strategist I)

X*

X*

 
Speech Communication/Theatre

X

X*

 

X = Endorsement programs offered at the undergraduate level. *Endorsement programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels NOTE: For candidates who complete an endorsement in psychology and/or sociology, they must complete another endorsement in an area other than sociology or psychology. D. Secondary Student Teaching

  • Educ 388 Student Teaching (14-22)
  • Educ 389 Student Teaching Seminar (1)

Student Teaching (15-23) Students may combine two or more student teaching assignments, but all student teachers must student teach full-time for a minimum of 14 weeks. One week equates to one semester hour. Students should contact an Education Department advisor for specific student teaching requirements for each endorsement program. Students seeking two or more divergent endorsements should expect to student teach longer than 14 weeks. The State of Iowa requires that all student teaching placements are full-time (regular teacher hours) and full-semester. Students are encouraged to limit their work schedules and avoid taking classes or participating in extra-curricular activities during the student teaching semester. E. Competency Portfolio