Bachelor of Science in Education
Become a subject matter expert as you focus your learning on the education of middle and high school students. Learn to encourage active participation in learning and class time. Your efforts prepare them for life after graduation and to be productive young adults. Instill the learning habits and study skills that can impact success with college-level work.
The undergraduate programs within our Secondary Education program help students to strengthen their knowledge of the teaching profession, as well as their specific subject of choice.
It is our goal that our undergraduate secondary education students are fully prepared to manage their own classrooms effectively, and our program makes this possible for each and every future educator.
See Also: Minor in Secondary Education
Kutztown University Clinical Model for Secondary Education Students
*Restorative justice as a classroom management model is embedded in each course.
Principles of Teaching and Clinical Placement (SEU 342 and SEU 343): Weekly suburban or rural high school assignment (Schuylkill Valley HS, Kutztown Area HS, Fleetwood Area HS and Brandywine Heights Area HS) with cohort and supervisor.
1. Methods and Service Hours: During the semester prior to the student teaching experience, while attending their Methods course (SEU 321, 322, 323, 325 or 410) the teaching candidate will commit to a minimum of 20 service hours in the classroom where they will student teach.
2. Student Teaching: This cadre will meet periodically to review student teacher effectiveness and preparation program. Compensation will be $500 for hosting a student teacher. KU faculty will select Classroom Teacher Educators by working with the districts/principals. This gives the schools a chance to illuminate their strengths, and KU will be able to "cluster" student teachers according to content areas, allowing students to work as a cohort group. Student teachers will be assigned to the cooperation teacher in a middle or high school for the full semester, working more as a co-teaching model and eliminating the two placement model.
3. Developing a cadre of "Classroom Teacher Educators": Kutztown will work with districts to develop a cadre of off-site preparers who are part of the Kutztown Secondary Education Teacher Preparation program at urban, suburban and rural middle and high schools. They will agree to take a student teacher every 2-3 years.
General Education classes are taken by all students.
The Secondary Education undergraduate curriculum consists of four categories of coursework, and 40 hours of education exploration.
General Education: 60 semester hours
Within this area of study, laboratory and field investigations combine to provide the KU student with a rich understanding of Biology from molecules to organisms and further beyond. They experience teacher preparation courses in addition.
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Earth and Space Science
A variety of interesting and in-depth instruments and concepts are presented to students who plan to teach Earth and Space Science in the future. Our Grim Science building features a state-of-the-art planetarium where students might study in conjunction with this major.
Teaching English requires
General Science courses that are taken in conjunction with education courses allow for students to experience a variety of science courses on deep levels. Boehm's lab facilities and classrooms are frequented by Secondary Ed-General Science majors as they learn about the complexities of biology, geology, and more.
Secondary Education students who want to teach in mathematics know that there are many important aspects ranging from theory to application that make up this interesting field of study. Students take specialized mathematics courses in addition to their education classes.
Mathematics & Physics - Dual Certification
With a dual certification, students are able to experience both math and physics courses in addition to their teaching courses in order to prepare for becoming instructors in these subjects. Taking part in a dual certification program makes a student more marketable to future school districts.
In addition to studying in-depth lab courses in physics, students studying to become physics teachers will have many unique opportunities relating to this science. For example, our physics club serves as our chapter of the Society of Physics Students, which is a national organization. The club hosts many events, such as sponsoring light shows in KU's planetarium.
Foreign Language - German*
Students studying to teach German have access to the PA German Heritage Center, located on our campus. Additionally, students have the opportunity to study another language, making themselves more marketable and giving them the opportunity to partake in many unique opportunities such as studying abroad, if desired.
Foreign Language - Spanish*
Studying Spanish Education at Kutztown allows students to study Spanish backgrounds,
Those who study Secondary Education with a concentration in social studies know that there are many important worldly occurrences in the past, present, and future that must be explored. Students do so by taking specialized courses in social studies in addition to their education classes.
Secondary Education students will also complete field experiences and Education Exploration, which is made possible by the Professional Education component in our requirements. All students must apply for Candidacy by the time they reach 48 credits. Candidacy is required for all higher-level Education classes. Clearances need to be submitted on TaskStream when admitted to an education program and renewed before student teaching. These clearances are required for all field and clinical experiences.
The following courses comprise the education instruction in the Secondary Education curriculum.
*In the Secondary Education program, field experiences increase in complexity and intensity as the student moves from pre-candidacy to candidacy. Field hours are embedded in courses to allow for guided exploration,
+Foreign languages certification only
Student Learning Outcomes
All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards (required by CAEP accreditation) as their Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains (The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility).