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Program Requirements

The Secondary Teacher Education program is structured around the three components of General Studies (meeting university core requirements), Specialty Studies (meeting major content requirements), and Professional Studies. Professional Studies directly prepare students for the profession of teaching.

Please contact the appropriate individual for information on Agricultural Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Music Education and Physical Education as these programs differ significantly from other content areas.


EDFN 101 Exploration Teaching & Learning             1 credit

This course provides students with an early opportunity to identify teaching as a desirable career path through field-based experiences at various levels of PK-12 education and discussions focused on the expectations and attributes of professional educators.

Pre-Residency I

EDFN 351 Teaching and Learning I                           1 credit

This seminar focuses on characteristics of learning, on learning differences, and on learning environments. The students will develop instructional competencies by analyzing 15 hours of field experience.

EDFN 475 Human Relations                                        3 credits

This course will develop an awareness of the constructivist approach to teaching and learning and effective human relations skills needed to enhance learning and well being for all students.

Pre-Residency II

EDFN 352/352L Teaching & Learning II                           5 credits

This seminar focuses on instructional practice as part of professional learning environments.  Students will study evidence-based instructional practice and will prepare and deliver lessons both in micro-teaching labs on campus and in PK-12 classrooms.

Residency I

EDFN 453 Teaching & Learning III                                7 credits

The first semester of the year-long residency will allow teacher candidates to begin the process of synthesizing the InTASC Core Teaching Standards in order to appreciate the complex role of instructional leader. Several instructional modules will provide the framework for inquiry, in which university faculty and site-based professionals mentor teacher candidates throughout their time in the field.

Content Methods Course                                             3 credits

All Teacher Candidates will take a methodology course that is specific to their content area. These courses are offered either as education courses or as courses within your major.

SEED 450 Reading and Content Literacy                       2 credits

This course explores methods for teaching middle and high school students to read, write, think, and learn in ways that allow them to master the subject matter and meaningfully apply their understanding. Participants plan lessons that teach content and nurture literacy. Classroom adaptations for culturally and linguistically diverse populations are also addressed.

Residency II

EDFN 454 Teaching & Learning IV                              11 credits

The second semester of the year-long residency is an intensive, full-time field experience where teacher candidates will assume greater responsibility in the classroom. Together with their peers and with university faculty and site-based professionals, the teacher candidates will study and implement a variety of evidence-based instructional practices. Using the InTASC Core Teaching Standards as a guideline, teacher candidates will participate in a process of reflection and goal-setting for the purpose of professional growth and development.

SEED 456 Capstone/Action Research                                       1 credit

This course is intended as an extension of the Content Methods course where students will continue to examine effective instructional practice in relation to their clinical field experiences. With guidance from university faculty, the students will design an inquiry project and gather data to create a research paper and presentation. 

Additional Requirements

Within the University General Education Core, education students must take AIS 211, American Indian Culture prior to the Residency year. Students must also receive a "C" grade or better in SPCM 101, ENGL 101 and Math 102 or higher. There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Teacher Education Handbook.