Secondary Teaching Courses

Secondary Teaching Courses

SESP’s interdisciplinary secondary teaching concentration combines subject-area courses in a chosen field from Weinberg College—such as art, biological and physical sciences, English, foreign languages, mathematics, or social sciences—with courses in child and adolescent development, educational philosophy, and urban education.


SESP 201-0 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence

Personal, social, and cognitive development, birth through adolescence. Interplay of biological and experiential factors on linguistic and conceptual development, ego, and personality.

TEACH ED 302-0 Social Contexts of Education

How social contexts such as families, schools, and the workplace shape individuals; how individuals’ intellectual and interpersonal capacities, preferences, and goals are shaped by their social contexts. Societal structures that organize, supply, and channel individual learning experiences and how they provide the formal and informal settings in which social interaction takes place. How participation in these socializing settings molds the development of individuals’ capacities and forms their goals.

TEACH ED 304-0 Seminar on Teaching: Introduction to Schooling in Communities

Action research methods - including observation/field notes, interviewing, and artifact analysis - as means to understanding how schools work and how theory and practice relate. Includes 30 hours of field experience.
Note: Students seeking certification must take the ICTS Basic Skills Test before the end of the quarter of enrollment in 304.

TEACH ED 313-0 Problems in the Philosophy of Education

Classical and modern philosophies of education. Text interpretation, analysis of ideas, argument construction; relationship of philosophy to educational issues. Students develop their own philosophy of education.

TEACH ED 322-0 Teaching Reading in the Content Area

Theory and practical methods of reading methodology to enable teacher candidates to scaffold the literacy skills of English-language learners and students not reading at grade level.

TEACH ED 324-0 Foundations of Reading and Language Acquisition

Cognitive foundations of reading comprehension processes and their influences on methods of instruction and assessment. Interrelationships between reading processes and language learning and their implications for instruction and assessment.

TEACH ED 327-0 Educating Exceptional Children

Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities resulting from human development and/or accidents; understanding and application of approved emergency, educational, and rehabilitative activities; interrelationships with medical, health, and educational personnel.

TEACH ED 328-0 Dynamics of Middle School Curriculum

Identifying and understanding the effects of middle school dynamics (such as principles, structures, and practices) on classroom learning and instruction. Focuses on the development and social problems of children in grades five through eight.
Required for middle school endorsement and enrollment in Type 10 (K-12) programs.

TEACH ED 329-0 Early Adolescent Development and Intervention

Focuses on the interaction and interdependence of physical well-being, mental and emotional health, and the surrounding social environment of middle school students; the developmental characteristics of early adolescence; the middle school teacher’s role in assessment, coordination, and referral of students to health and social services. Required for middle school endorsement and enrollment in Type 10 (K-12) programs.

TEACH ED 330-0 Cognitive Foundations of Learning

Examines disciplinary knowledge from a distance to understand how it is we know what we know and to understand how students think and learn.

TEACH ED 351-0 Special Topics in Teacher Education

Advanced work on special topics.

TEACH ED 354-0 Methods and Techniques: Art

Analysis of literature, research, and teaching methodologies related to the content area. Focuses on learning experiences, methods, and educational techniques appropriate for middle and high school students.
Concurrent registration in 378 or 379 required.

TEACH ED 355-0 Methods and Techniques: Foreign Languages

See description for TEACH ED 354-0.

TEACH ED 356-0 Methods and Techniques: English

See description for TEACH ED 354-0.

TEACH ED 357-0 Methods and Techniques: Secondary Mathematics

See description for TEACH ED 354-0.

TEACH ED 358-0 Methods and Techniques: Sciences

See description for TEACH ED 354-0.

TEACH ED 359-0 Methods and Techniques: Social Sciences

See description for TEACH ED 354-0.

TEACH ED 378-0 Practicum/Seminar: Humanities

Students spend a minimum of 10 hours per week for an entire quarter observing and assisting in a school approved by the SESP director of undergraduate teacher education. Concurrent registration in the applicable methods and techniques course (354–359) required.
Prerequisites: 304 and passing score on the ICTS Basic Skills Test.

TEACH ED 379-0 Practicum/Seminar: Mathematics and Science

See description for TEACH ED 378-0.

TEACH ED 388-0 Student Teaching Seminar: Humanities

(4 units) Seminar and accompanying internship involving intensive clinical experience and teaching under the supervision of master teachers in teacher-training schools. Students assume increasingly sophisticated teaching responsibilities and, finally, primary responsibility for teaching a group or a class.
Prerequisites: 304; 378 or 379; applicable course(s) from 354–359; successful completion of the practicum experience; an approved contract for the internship experience; consent of the program; passing score on the applicable ICTS Content-Area Test.

TEACH ED 389-0 Student Teaching Seminar: Mathematics and Science

(4 units) See description for TEACH ED 388-0.

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