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What is Secondary Education?

The Secondary Education program prepares students to teach adolescents in grades seven through twelve and in State approved middle schools.  The Secondary Education curriculum includes a distribution of courses in the Arts and Sciences, field connected Education courses, and courses in the appropriate content area of concentration.  At Pitt-Johnstown, we offer concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, General Science with concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, and Earth and Space ScienceMathematics, and Social Studies with concentrations in Geography, History, and Political Science.  The preceding links will provide you with degree requirements (pdf format).


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What can I do with a degree in Secondary Education?

More emphasis is being placed on high-quality secondary education, so the demand for educators with the training and skills to provide that education is high.  Students, who graduate with a Secondary Education degree, have the opportunity to gain employment at public and private schools across the country.  Students may also further their education in hopes of teaching at the college level and/or become school administrators.


 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Education of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is to provide high quality programs that produce exemplary educators who are knowledgeable, resourceful, and well prepared to make contributions to the schools and communities in which they work.


What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Secondary Education courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Secondary Education course descriptions, click here.

DIRECTED PRACTICUM IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 
Provides individual secondary education and pre-education majors the opportunity to actively assist a faculty member on teaching or curriculum projects, or the opportunity to work with a teacher in the field as part of, or a continuation of, prestudent teaching experiences.

PRE-STUDENT TEACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE: ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS 
Secondary education English/language arts students will be assigned to a cooperating teacher for a minimum of two hours per week for eight weeks for observation and practice teaching in a secondary classroom. Several preparatory, discussion, and debriefing sessions will be held on campus with the university instructor. The course emphasis is on active participation in prestudent teaching activities and designed to prepare pre-service teachers to become reflective secondary English/language arts teachers.

SECONDARY MATHEMATICS METHODS 1 
Introduces students to mathematics teaching-learning theories, strategies, experiences, and issues in mathematics education.  Principles and techniques of lesson planning, mathematical content and curricula, academic standards, teaching methods, classroom management, and assessment will be explored and analyzed.  Students will also be assigned to an area school for a practicum component which will provide opportunities for observation/analysis of teaching-learning behavior, assessment of learning difficulties, and activities in a typical secondary mathematics classroom.


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Secondary Education Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Secondary Education Program, and the world of Secondary Education as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Secondary Education

Education Handbook

What are alumni and current students saying about the program?

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Jobs in Education



Meet our Education Faculty



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Last Reviewed: February 21, 2011