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SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Minor in Secondary Education (9-12)

Secondary Education (9-12) Minor

Adding a Secondary Education minor can expand your future career options.

Your college years are a perfect time to prepare for your future career, and that preparation is not just for your first job, but for all of the jobs you may hold. Catawba College undergraduates majoring in seven different academic programs may add a Secondary Education minor that will equip them to teach their academic subject area in high school, grades 9-12. Adding this minor, exponentially increases a student’s employment options after their college graduation. Undergraduates pursuing academic majors are eligible to pursue the Secondary (9-12) Education minor and seek licensure in the outlined program areas:

Licensure in each of these areas share a common core of professional course requirements. These requirements are met by completing the minor in Secondary Education; completion of applied practice, which includes early field experiences assigned as part of the professional course sequence; and student teaching.

The licensure programs in Science and Social Studies typically require an additional 1-2 semesters or coursework.

All students seeking admission to any of Catawba’s Teacher Education programs, including the Secondary Education (9-12) minor, must apply for admission. Students seeking admission must meet very specific requirements and undergo a criminal background check.


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Catawba’s Teacher Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has received program approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education. Plus, the Secondary Education (grades 9-12) minor is offered at an institution that U.S. News ranks as #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South and that The Princeton Review perennially includes in its annual Best Colleges guide.

Catawba’s Shirley Ritchie Academy for Teaching enriches the Teacher Education program for all students pursuing Education majors or the Secondary Education minor. The Academy’s focus is on equipping its participants with 21st century teaching skills and offering extensive field experiences through regional and East Coast travel, community leadership development, and service learning. It is also the home of Catawba’s outstanding scholarship program for aspiring teachers, the Martha Kirkland West Scholars.

Outcomes

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CAREERS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION MINORS.

Most Secondary Education minors from Catawba College go on to pursue teaching careers in grades 9-12, others pursue careers related to their academic major and find employment in areas like these:

    • Administration
    • Counseling
    • Library/Information Sciences,
    • Literacy/Reading Specialist
    • Math Specialist
    • Audiology/Speech Pathology
    • School Psychology
    • School Social Work
    • Leadership

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"I chose the Secondary Education minor because I am extremely passionate for the youth in our society. It is my goal to care for and give my future students the tools to be successful, active citizens. With this minor, I have also received valuable social skills that will transfer into various fields."

Leah Huggins '19
Secondary Education Minor;  Literature Major; Member of the Catawba Softball Team

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PARTICIPATE.

Education students at Catawba fuel their passion for teaching by participation in the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). This prospective teachers club is open to anyone majoring or minoring in education. Regular monthly meetings are devoted to professional and social enrichment of members and to the advancement and refinement of the professions. SNCAE sponsors activities and fundraisers throughout the academic year.

Catawba’s Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in Education. Members, who include professional educators, college faculty and students, exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions.

Faculty

Dr. James Stringfield

Dr. James Stringfield, professor of teacher education and Dean of Catawba's Goodman School of Education, is a former high school science teacher. He helped establish science education programs at Catawba in biology, chemistry, comprehensive science, and middle grades science. He was instrumental in the founding of Catawba’s Ritchie Academy for Teaching and its West Scholars program.

Dr. Kimberly Creamer

Dr. Kimberly Creamer is an assistant professor teacher education and directs the Education graduate program at Catawba. She has a strong passion for literacy education and reaching the needs of all students. Her interests include integration of content curriculum and literacy instruction; historical trends in literacy education; serving twice exceptional children in the classroom; and CLOSE reading and text complexity.

Dr. Lynn Marsh

Dr. Lynn Marsh serves as an adjunct special education professor. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, her M.A. in School Administration, and her M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Cornell University/Warren National University. 

Curriculum

Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Students seeking licensure to teach secondary subjects (grades 9-12) must complete the minor and in addition complete student teaching. These components are designed to meet program approval standards established by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

EDUC 2000 Introduction to Teaching and Educational Technology

3

*EDUC 3100 Theories of Teaching and Learning

3

*EDUC 3101 Learning Environments and Professional Practice

3

*EDUC 3108 Multiliteracies in the Content Areas

3

PSYCH 1350 Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYCH 2940 Psychology of Exceptionalities

3

*+Methods course appropriate for subject area

3

 

Total:

18-21

*Student Teaching

12

*EDUC 4500 Professional Leadership Seminar

3

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

2000 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (3 hours) 
A study of teaching as a profession with emphasis on 21st Century skills, professional duties, policies, law and ethics organizational structure, and student needs. Field-based experiences included.

2105 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (3 hours)
A study of the regions of the earth, including their typical cultures.

2150 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (3 hours)
An introductory study of literature for children and young adolescents which includes instructional methodology in enhancing reader responses through written and oral discussions, creative drama, and art.

2280E EDUCATIONAL ASSESMENT (3 hours)
The development, evaluation, and application of psychological tests and procedures in the measurement of intelligence, aptitude, vocational interest and personality. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3006 LANGUAGE ARTS METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching language arts in the middle and secondary school. Students will develop teaching skills through experience in public classroom settings. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3001 or post-Baccalaureate status.

3007 SOCIAL STUDIES METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching social studies in the middle and secondary school to include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3001 or post-Baccalaureate status.

3008 INTEGRATED SCIENCE METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
An examination of integrated science and the methods and materials for teaching science in the middle and secondary school. To include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite EDUC 3001 or post-baccalaureate status.

3009 MATHEMATICS METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching mathematics in the middle and secondary school. To include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3010 INTEGRATED ARTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS (3 hours)
The study and practice of integrating music, movement, creative drama and visual arts into the elementary curriculum. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3100 THEORIES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (3 hours)
A study of theories of teaching and learning and their relationship to instruction and assessment in public school settings. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3101 LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3 hours)
A study of classroom learning environments and professional practice designed to prepare teacher leaders to function effectively in a complex, dynamic environment. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3102 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN LITERACY I (4 hours)
A study of teaching literacy with emphasis on the foundations of literacy, word identification skills, and diagnosis and remediation of literacy difficulties. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3104 and 3106.

3103 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN LITERACY II 
(4 hours)
A continuation of the study of teaching literacy with an emphasis on integrated language arts units of study that have multimodal literacy practices. Field-based experiences are included. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3105 and 3107.

3104 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN SCIENCE (2 hours)
A study of teaching science in the elementary school, with an emphasis on inquiry-based approaches. Includes field-based experiences in area schools. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3102 and 3106.

3105 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN SOCIAL STUDIES (2 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching social studies in the elementary school with emphasis on the development of critical thinking in a democratic and global society. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 3103 and 3107.

3106 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN MATHEMATICS I (2 hours)
A course in the methods of teaching mathematical concepts of number sense, numeration, numerical operations, patterns, relationships, functions, and algebraic thinking. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisites: EDUC 3102 and 3104.

3107 ELEMENTARY METHODS IN MATHEMATICS II (2 hours)
A course in the methods of teaching mathematical concepts of spatial sense, measurement and geometry and data analysis, probability and statistics. Pre-requisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisites: EDUC 3103 and 3105.

3108 MULTILITERACIES IN THE CONTENT AREAS (3 hours)
The study of pedagogical strategies that address not only reading and writing in the content areas but also the integration of multimodal communication including the development of media, visual, aural, and critical literacies in content classes. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council.

3109 METHODS IN TEACHING SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 hours)
A study of current programs, methods, and materials for teaching special populations in elementary, middle and secondary school to include field-based experiences. Prerequisite: permission the Teacher Education Council.

3300 CURRICULUM METHODS, PRE-SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN (4 hours)
The exploration, analysis and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to preschool-age and kindergarten children with and without disabilities. Filed-based experiences are an integral area of this course. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3301 CURRICULUM METHODS: INFANTS AND TODDLERS (3 hours)
The exploration, analysis, and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to infants and toddler children with and without disabilities. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

3520 ART EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (2 hours)
An introduction to creative art activities appropriate for use in the classroom.

3550E EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
The application of psychological concepts, theory, research and methods to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction in school and non-school settings. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4000 STUDENT TEACHING AND SEMINAR: BIRTH-KINDERGARTEN (15 hours)
A full semester of supervised student teaching in an appropriate school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. Prerequisite: Senior classification, a 2.5 cumulative average, recommendation of the advisor, and application to the approval of the Teacher Education Council, S-U grading. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4001 STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY (K-6) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4002 STUDENT TEACHING: MIDDLE GRADES (6-9) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4003 STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY SUBJECTS (9-12) (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4004 INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (9 hours) 
A full semester of practical field experience related to Early Childhood Education under the direction of a site supervisor and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. This course is not designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements. Students seeking B-K licensure in North Carolina should enroll in EDUC 4000E. Prerequisites: Senior classification, a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and recommendation of the advisor. (S-U grading). (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

4006 STUDENT TEACHING: PHYSICAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4007 STUDENT TEACHING: MUSIC EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading)

4008 STUDENT TEACHING: THEATRE EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4009 STUDENT TEACHING: SPANISH EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4010 STUDENT TEACHING: SPECIAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500. (S-U grading).

4011 STUDENT TEACHING: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION  (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the elementary education/special education teacher candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

EDUC 4012 STUDENT TEACHING: MIDDLE GRADES AND SPECIAL EDUCATION  (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the special education and middle grades teach candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

EDUC 4013 STUDENT TEACHING: SECONDARY SUBJECTS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (12 hours)
A period of supervised student teaching in an appropriate public school setting under the direction of one or more cooperating teachers and one or more college supervisors. This course is the last in a sequential series of field based experiences designed to ensure that the secondary subjects and special education teacher candidate develops and demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in content and professional courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: EDUC 4500 (S-U grading).

4101 TOPICS IN EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
The study of a selected topic from the fields of education focusing on specialized interests within the discipline.

4201 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION (3 hours)
Practical field experience in a classroom setting, usually extending work previously completed in a methodology course. Prerequisite: permission of the Teacher Education Council

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN EDUCATION (1-3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the faculty.

4351 DEVELOPMENTAL READING INSTRUCTION (3 hours)
An in-depth study of reading instruction involving the teaching of word analysis skills, particularly phonics, and the teaching of comprehension strategies.

4401 CRITICAL ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1 hour) 
This senior-level course is designed to provide special education teacher candidates with knowledge of critical issues in special education as they relate to schools and the instruction of special needs students. Prerequisite: Permission of Teacher Education Council.

4500 PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (3 hours)
A study of teacher leadership in a global society with a focus on student learning and professional growth. Students must complete a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: Permission of the Teacher Education Council. Co-requisite: Student Teaching.

4952 DIAGNOSIS AND CORRECTION OF READING DIFFICULTIES (3 hours)
An introduction to the techniques of diagnosing reading difficulties and the methods of correction. Prerequisite: EDUC 4351 or equivalent and permission of the Teacher Education Council.

4954 CONTENT AREA MULTILITERACIES (3 hours)
The development of understanding and implementing pedagogical strategies that integrate multimodal communication including print, media, visual, aural, and critical literacies in content classes. Prerequisites: Permission of the Teacher Education Council or permission of the Instructor.