Middle-Secondary Education Course Descriptions
SEC 305 Adolescent Literacy
This course is designed for teachers of adolescent students. Emphasis will be placed on teaching reading and writing in the content areas while meeting the needs of the students. Strategies for teaching comprehension in the various curricular areas will be studied to enable learners to become independent and competent readers. Students will survey literature judged to be appropriate for adolescents at various stages of their development. The course will explore options of utilizing technology in grades 6-12 in the areas of literacy. The course will explore effective ways of motivating all students to integrate literacy throughout the curriculum and methods of maintaining the integral connection between reading and writing.
SEC 322 Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle and Secondary School
A course that develops theoretical knowledge concerning the effective use of objects, instructional materials, methods of interaction, instruction, and evaluation with special emphasis on procedures for competent application to the major teaching area in middle and secondary schools.
SEC 410 English/Language Arts Curriculum and Methods
A course designed to help the student to acquire the understanding and skills necessary to become an effective teacher of English at the middle and secondary level. The course stresses practical approaches and principles that may be applied during the student teaching experience. Topics include planning, teaching methods, classroom management, evaluation, grading, and curricular trends.
SEC 420 Social Studies Curriculum and Methods
Designed to assist aspirant social studies teachers in establishing curricular objectives, planning for instruction, evaluating learning in the social studies area, incorporating a variety of strategies and approaches in social studies education, and promoting a sense of professionalism in the content area. Aspirant social studies teachers interact with area practitioners, make site visits, and engage in other appropriate activities.
SEC 430 Science Curriculum and Methods
A course in writing objectives, building curriculum models, selecting evaluation procedures, studying existing educational systems, comparing various instructional materials and programs, and observing the developmental levels of learning. Emphasis is placed on the application of inquiry in the exercise of scientific method, enabling the student to relate the processes of goal setting, planning, evaluation, and decision making to each investigation.
SEC 440 Mathematics Curriculum andMethods
A study of the goals and objectives of mathematics education in the middle and secondary school; the current trends in curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation; and the methods and materials used in teaching mathematics.
SEC 450 Clinical Practice and Seminar -
Secondary - Grades 9-12
A supervised teaching experience at the secondary level that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.
SEC 455 Clinical Practice and Seminar -
Middle Level - Grades 5-8
(Middle-secondary education majors only)
A supervised teaching experience at the middle level that provides an opportunity for practical application of educational theory and research. The seminar is designed for students to reflect upon and analyze teaching experiences and discuss relevant issues such as ethics, communication, and classroom management.