Courses for MAT Secondary Education Biology, 7-12

The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GESL 501

Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction aims to provide English Language Learner (ELLs) with social, cultural and basic and academic language skills to improve their academic achievement. Granted that the developmental goals of ELL’s language and academic skills are inseparably interdependent, ESL instruction cannot be perceived as the sole responsibility of ESL specialists. This course aims to support pre-service content area teachers in developing adequate level of competency in addressing the special needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in their classes. It also prepares pre-service content area teachers to work with ESL professionals on various levels. The course provides them with basic knowledge and skills appropriate and effective instructional experience for the ELL population. It also focuses on how content area teachers can make accommodations, adaptations and modifications in their instructional planning and implementation to create an inclusive instructional environment for all learners. In light of PDE requirements, the course covers content related to the five TESOL standards, including language, culture, instructiona, assessment, and professionalism.

GFDE 500

Foundations of Assessment of Middle Level and Secondary Education

This course covers foundations of assessing student learning. Focuses on understanding topics in measurement and assessment including reliability and validity, teacher made tests, diagnostic, screening, achievement and other standardized tests, goals, objectives, targets and standards, ethics and legal issues, objective, subjective, performance and authentic approaches to assessment.

GILT 511

Technology and Education

Examines the pedagogy of teaching digitally, the use of technology as a teaching strategy for the classroom, and the impact of school-related legislation and leadership roles available in instructional technology.

GSCE 500

Orientation to the Graduate Secondary Leading Teacher Program

This required course is an orientation meeting designed to introduce new candidates to the Graduate Leading Teacher Program. It is held each semester for new candidates in their first term of enrollment in the program. Generally, the meeting provides information regarding the planned program of studies for each academic track. This includes an overview of the candidacy and exit requirements, performance assessments and field observations, and student teaching.

GSCE 501

Content Area Reading

In this course, we draw on sociocultural and developmental frameworks to explore how teachers can promote the enhancement of literacy skills in instructional practices across all content areas. We discuss the nature of literacy practices in and across classrooms, disciplines, and communities. Several elements are included in our examination of literacy: a critical reflection on our own and others’ literacy development; examination of a variety of strategies for literacy instruction and assessment; examination of the use of technology as a tool for literacy promotion; and attention to the development of our writing skills. We also attend to important pedagogical concepts for teaching successfully in multilingual classrooms. Finally, we engage in an exploration of the role of literacy in equitable education for all students.

GSCE 502

Content Area Reading Field Experience

This field experience is taken concurrently with GSCE 501 Content Area Reading. Graduate secondary education students will complete 15 hours of field work as assigned by the instructor of GSCE 501, to address PDE Field Competencies.

GSCE 520

Introduction to Teaching

This course has two primary goals: (1) To explore what “good teaching” is by looking at: (a) your own experience as a learner; (b) theories of teaching and learning; and (c) current standards for teaching; and (2) To have you experiment with different approaches to teaching, with an emphasis on: (a) Reflecting on successes and areas where improvement is needed; and (b) Seeing things through students’ eyes.

GSCE 522

Educating the Whole Teen

This course is designed to support educators who work with, or plan to work with, teenagers in today’s fast-changing world. We will explore various approaches to facilitating learning opportunities that account for the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of contemporary adolescents. This will be accomplished through approaches to education that draw from different spiritual traditions, educational psychological perspectives, models of schooling, community resources, technological innovations, and views on the role of the teacher.

GSCE 583

Supervised Secondary Field Experience

This transcripted course will provide the student primarily with experiences in secondary schools and occasionally in agencies, and community settings. This course must be completed during the first 12 credits of registration and is a prerequisite for student teaching.

GSCE 589

Secondary Student Teaching

GSCE 591

Student Teaching Secondary: Dual/Abroad

GSCE 593

Secondary Education Methods Field Experience:

The Secondary Methods Field Experiences provide opportunities for teaching candidates to connect, apply, and reflect upon the ideas, strategies, and theories of effective teaching promoted in the secondary methods courses to the practical setting of a secondary school classroom. These experiences are designed to foster personal and professional growth in preparation for student teaching and entry into the teaching profession.

GSCE 631

Instructional Techniques

The focus of this course is on planning for pupil involvement with particular emphasis on selection of content, activities, materials and instructional techniques to improve school teaching in the content areas.

GSCE 632

Instructional Techniques Level Two Field Experience

The Instructional Techniques Level 2 Field Experience will provide Graduate Secondary Education teaching candidates with opportunities to connect, apply, and reflect upon the ideas, strategies, and theories of effective teaching explores in GSCE 631 Instructional Techniques to the practical setting of a secondary school classroom. This Level 2 field experience is the transition between previous Level 1 observational field experiences and Level 3 interactive field experiences.

GSCE 635

Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

"The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics presents a vision of effective teaching and learning in mathematics (NCTM 2000, 1991). NCTM asserts that effective teaching ""redirects mathematics instruction from a focus on presenting content through lecture and demonstration to a focus on active participation and involvement. As a teacher, you will facilitate learners' construction of their own knowledge of mathematics."" The primary purpose of this course is to develop in teacher candidates the fundamental knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for teaching secondary mathematics in ways that promote students’ learning and understanding. The course content addresses state and national standards for teaching and learning mathematics, lesson planning, instructional strategies, assessment techniques, use of technology in teaching mathematics, and differentiating to meet the needs of diverse learners. By providing you with opportunities that foster and support the themes and domains of the Leading Teacher Program, this course is one step on your life-long journey to becoming a leading teacher of mathematics."

GSCE 636

Teaching Secondary School Sciences

Contemporary research in science education; psychological basis of instruction; teaching models, materials, resources; evaluation techniques and procedures.

GSPE 501

Exploring Inclusive Practices

This online course allows teacher candidates from various disciplines to explore methods and supports for delivery of instruction to students with high incidence disabilities. A foundations will laid for acquiring the necessary background and skills in the process(es) of universal design, differentiated instruction, and co-teaching. With an emphasis on literacy development, candidates will become familiar with adapting curriculum based on student learning needs, IEP, and 504 plan goals and objectives, and environmental considerations.

GSPE 655

Secondary Practices and Transition

This course will be taken with Transition Seminar and Transition Practicum. This course is designed to provide an overview of critical issues for students with challenging needs in secondary school settings, as well as the process of transitioning to post-secondary education, employment and community involvement. The course content focuses on: secondary curriculum, strategies for successful inclusive school experiences, transition planning as well a global support strategies. These strategies are designed to support persons with challenges in becoming successful independent, as well as interdependent adults in a complex society.