Secondary Education

Secondary Education English   |   Secondary Education Math   |   Secondary Education Science: Biology   |   Secondary Education Science: Chemistry   |   Secondary Education Science: Physics   |   Secondary Education Social Studies

Secondary Education English

If you are interested in teaching English at the senior high school level, this program prepares you with an in depth knowledge of writing and literature, as well as skills in educational theory. We are proud to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Secondary Education Math

The Secondary Education Mathematics program has been carefully designed by faculty with expertise in teaching mathematics at the secondary level. This program will prepare you to become certified to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. Lock Haven's program is extremely well-respected throughout the state as one of the premier institutions for the training of mathematics teachers.

Secondary mathematics teachers are in high demand across the nation, especially in states that are growing in population and in urban areas. While jobs in students' hometowns are still available, being willing to relocate is usually a key to obtaining a teaching position without having to spend time substitute teaching.

Lock Haven's program is similar to any other program in the state with respect to the mathematics content courses required, since these are mostly outlined by the state department of education. However, there are several characteristics about our program that make it unique when compared to those across the state. First, we offer two specific methods of teaching mathematics courses (for a total of seven credits) where most programs offer only one (a three credit course). Second, the first of these methods courses is offered during the traditional sophomore year. This means that you will have an early field experience in schools in order to determine whether or not you really want to become a teacher. Third, our program offers four unique courses for our majors: 1) a one-credit freshman level introduction to secondary mathematics course; 2) a one-credit sophomore level technology in teaching secondary math; 3) a one-credit junior level pedagogical content course; and 4) a two-credit senior level pedagogical content course. Fourth, the program is housed in the mathematics department rather than an education department. This means that the department from which you take the majority of your courses is the department that creates and sustains the programs. This also means that the department faculty members will know you and help you along the way. Fifth, during the student-teaching experience, you will have both a middle school and a high school level experience. Finally, the professor who teaches the education-related courses for our majors, coordinates the program, and supervises the student-teaching experience is an ex-secondary school teacher who maintains close contact with secondary schools.

Our program is strong and well-respected but small enough that you will not get lost in a crowd. From the first week of classes as a freshman, you will have contact with the coordinator of the program and that contact will continue until you graduate. Lock Haven is a special place and the Secondary Education Mathematics program is a special major.

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Secondary Education Science: Biology

This area of emphasis provides a more general field of study in biology with specialization in secondary education. The program reflects a systematic design based on established research, essential knowledge, and sound professional practice. The certification program requires professional studies in methodology. The university has adopted a Model for Teacher Education that has the teacher as a reflective decision-maker at it core and sees the teacher functioning in a changing society. Professional education courses provide students with varied and rich clinical experiences, including work with international, culturally diverse and exceptional populations. This program meets National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) national certification standards

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Secondary Education Science: Chemistry

This degree prepares you to teach chemistry in grades 7 - 12. Along with your extensive coursework in chemistry, you will also study teaching theory and methods of classroom management. You will have a variety of hands-on field experiences in schools as well as a semester of student teaching during your senior year in a middle school and a high school setting. Our unique dual-advisor program means that you will have two academic advisors - one from the Education Department and one from the Chemistry Department so that you will be sure to have the skills you need to teach after graduation. Our graduates have a high success rate in finding teaching positions in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S.

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Secondary Education Science: Physics

This major prepares you to teach physics to students in grades 7-12. Lock Haven's nationally accredited science education program equips prospective teachers with the skills and knowledge to succeed in middle and high school classrooms. Along with your extensive coursework in physics, you will study science teaching methods and classroom management. You will have a variety of experiences in schools including a semester of student teaching during your senior year in both a middle school and a high school setting.

Lock Haven's dual advisor program is unique and provides you with advisement from both an education faculty member and a physics professor. Our Physics-Secondary Education graduates have been very successful in obtaining employment in the schools upon degree completion.

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Secondary Education Social Studies

Nationally accredited, LHU's social studies education program leads to Pennsylvania social studies teaching certification for grades 7-12 in the public schools. The content curriculum is broad, ensuring competency in all seven social studies subjects. At the same time it provides an in-depth focus on the study of history with a global perspective. The teaching methods curriculum includes multiple field experiences in the public schools with opportunities as early as one's sophomore year for hands-on practice teaching in diverse environments. Students may opt to receive a dual certification in social studies and special education.

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