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  Nov 17, 2017
 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A B- or better in all professional education classes is required.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be eligible to apply for teacher candidacy and to student teach.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: 12 credits of EHD 491 for students in the Teaching Option or EHD 493 for students in the non-teaching option.

Contact Information: The Advising Center, 100 Shibles Hall, (207) 581-2412 or email the Advising Center at: advisingcenter@maine.edu


The college’s educator preparation programs emphasize a diverse liberal arts background and highly relevant professional training. The undergraduate teacher education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) and approved by the State of Maine. Students graduate from our programs and enter the teaching profession with experience, an authentic view of schools, and an understanding that teaching, learning, and professional development are lifetime endeavors.

In their second year of study students apply for teacher candidacy by submitting a portfolio (eFolio) that includes a transcript of their academic work to date which reflects a grade point average of at least 2.75, an analysis of one field experience in a 7-12 classroom, and documentation of passing the state required PRAXIS I examination. NOTE: As a State of Maine approved program, we will adhere to state certification requirements and adapt our program to meet changing state regulations. For example, students are now required to pass PRAXIS II prior to student teaching. For more information about the state required PRAXIS exam, visit the EDHD website.  Students accepted to teacher candidacy at the end of their second year become immersed in the daily life and issues of public school during an intensive Education curriculum, a prelude to student teaching. During student teaching, future teachers learn and teach along with veteran teachers and get involved in many efforts to address the needs of students and schools.

Secondary Education concentrations include: English, mathematics, world languages (i.e., French, Spanish), science (i.e., life or physical), and social studies.

Professional Courses (Grade of B- or higher required)


In order to be admitted to Teacher Candidacy and upper level courses in education, students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of B-, and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students must also fulfill all portfolio requirements, including passing Praxis I and documentation of the field experience.

Pre-Education Semester (Grade of B- or higher required)


These classes are taken upon admission to Teacher Candidacy; a grade of B- or higher is required in each.

Student Teaching Internship Courses (Grade of B- or higher required)


Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible for the Student Teaching Internship.  A grade of B- or higher is required in each class.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Secondary Education


Sequence varies based on concentration (i.e., English, mathematics, world languages, sciences, or social studies).

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Students must be accepted into Teacher Candidacy prior to taking the courses below.

Fourth Year - Fall Semester


Methods courses in a Discipline Area are available FALL SEMESTER ONLY.

  • EHD 400 - Field Observation (Activity) Credits: 1-6
  • Concentration Requirements. Credits 6-12
  • Methods Courses:

    English Concentration: ERL 440, ERL 418,  EHD 472 and EHD 400

    Social Studies Concentration: ESS 441, EHD 400

    Science Concentration (Life or Physical): ESC 452, EHD 400

    Math Concentration: MAT 305, EHD 400

    World Language Concentration: MLC 466, EHD 400

Fourth Year - Spring Semester


English Specialization


A total of at least 42 credit hours are required. Students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate.

1. Knowledge of Literature (18 total hours)


A. Foundations of Literary Analysis


B. One genre-based course


(other then narrative fiction (e.g. a course based primarily on texts in genres such as drama, poetry, non-fiction, hypertext)

C. One course in multicultural or feminist literature


or based on a syllabus that is inclusive of a wide range of cultural, racial, and gender perspectives)

E. One elective literature course


2. Knowledge of Language Development, History of Language, Grammer, Dialogues, Purposes of Language (3 hours with advisor's approval)


3. Knowledge of Written and Oral Discourse 12 hours (6 written, 6 oral)


a.  Written: ENG 101 and one at the Intermediate level

b.  Oral discourse (6 credits)

(for example CMJ, 102, Interpersonal Communication; CMJ 103, Public Speaking; CMJ 106 Oral Interpretation)

4. Educational Technology/Media Literacy (non-print) 3 hours


(for example, EHD 400, Computers in Education; EDT 520 Technology Tools for K-12 Schools)

5. English Elective Coursework 6 hours at 300 level or higher


Methods Courses: English


World Languages Specialization


Students wishing to major in French or Spanish require a total of 30 credits hours above the intermediate level (i.e. at the 300 and 400 level); at least 18 credits must be at the 400 level.  Students must have a mimimum GPA of a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate. In addition, all world language students are required to take INT 410: Linguistics. Coursework will be taken in the following areas: applied skills in the language, literature, linguistics, and culture.  If students enter college with some degree of language proficiency, they are required to take the placement test administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics prior to enrolling in a language class.

Other courses


In addition to the courses above, students can fulfill the remaining French credits by taking any of the other courses offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Note: The French capstone for Secondary Education/French majors is voluntary and may be substituted with any 400-level French course.  Highly recommended, but not required: HTY 105, HTY 106 (History of European Civilization I and II) and HTY 460 (Modern Canada).

Other courses


In addition to the above courses, students can choose the remaining credits of Spanish from any of the other courses offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

 

Note: The French capstone for Secondary Education/French majors is voluntary and may be substituted with any 400-level French course.  Highly recommended, but not required: HTY 105 and HTY 106 (History of Eurpoean Civilization I and II), HTY 110 (Introduction to Modern Latin America) and an immersion or study abroad experience in a Spanish-speaking country.

Methods Courses: World Languages


Mathematics Specialization


A total of at least 45 credit hours are required. Students must have a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate.

Courses


The following courses require a C or higher: MAT 126, 127, 228, 261, 262

Math Electives (two required)


Recommended Math Electives:

Note: One Intensive Writing course must be an English course


Methods Courses: Mathematics


Science Specializations: Life Sciences


A total of at least 50 credit hours are required. Students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate. All students in secondary life sciences education must complete the General Requirements, and then select one concentration (general biology, natural history and ecology, or aquatic and marine ecology).

General Requirements:


  • General Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Genetics and Evltn
  • Intro to Chemistry:
    CHY 121/123
    CHY 122/124
  • Mathematics: MAT 232

Option 1: General Biology Concentration


  • Biochemistry: BMB 322
  • Field Biology
  • Intro to Physics
  • Microbiology: BMB 300
  • Elective (Sci.)

Option 2: Natural History and Ecology Concentration


  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmental Geol.
  • Fld Ecol/Nat Hist
  • Elective (Sci.)

Option 3: Aquatic and Marine Ecology Concentration


  • Aquatic Biology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Biol - Verts
  • Biol - Inverts: Bio 353
  • Field Marine Bio.
  • Elective (Sci.)

Methods Courses: Life Sciences


Science Specializations: Physical Sciences


A total of at least 50 credit hours are required. Students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate. All students in secondary physical science education must complete the General Requirements, and then select one concentration (chemistry, earth science, or physics).

Option 1: Chemistry Concentration (must be at least 23 credits)


Option 2: Earth Science Concentration (must be at least 23 credits)


Option 3: Physics Concentration (must be at least 23 credits)


Methods Courses: Physical Sciences


Social Studies Specialization


A total of at least 45 credit hours required.  Students must have a 2.5 in their academic specialization to graduate.

Specialization


A minimum of 9 credit hours at the 300-level or above selected from one of the following areas:

  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • History (HTY)
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Government/Political Science (POS)

 

Social Studies


A minimum of 9 credit hours require dd at the 300-level or above, choosing from any of the following areas:

  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • History (HTY)
  • Government/Political Science (POS)
  • Economics
     

You must have a minimum of 24 hourse in History, Economics, Government/Poliltical Science or Anthropology to be Highly Qualified

Note: One Intensive Writing course must be an English course


Methods Courses: Social Studies


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