Minor in Secondary Education
The Secondary Education minor, consisting of 18 credits, allows you to complete the majority of the requirements for earning a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential to teach a specific subject in middle school or high school. Subjects include English, mathematics, science, social science, art, music, Spanish and physical education. A semester of student teaching taken at the graduate level concludes the credential program. After completion of coursework and the associated requirements, you will be formally recommended for your California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. You can also receive your ACSI Teacher Certification while earning your California preliminary teaching credential by meeting additional requirements.
It is important to note that the Single Subject Credential is primarily appropriate for middle and high school teachers, but can sometimes be appropriate for elementary school teachers who are only teaching one subject.
Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.
Acceptance to the credential program is required to complete the Secondary Education Minor. Courses follow a particular sequence and have prerequisites; therefore, academic advising is strongly recommended when you choose 18 credits from the following (including selecting 1 credit of approved electives):
|LEDU 301||Introduction to Teaching|
This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
|LEDU 330||Psychological Foundations of Education|
|Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students. Grade Mode: A.|
|LEDU 341||Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students|
Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1. Grade Mode: A.
|LEDU 425||Secondary Content Area Reading|
|Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.|
|LEDU 433||Single Subject Pedagogy|
During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7–12). Grade Mode: A.
|LEDU 438||Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment|
The course emphasis is curriculum and instruction through the planning and teaching of a variety of developmentally and ability-appropriate instructional strategies for all learners, including Universal Design of Learning and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTTS), differentiation, and assessment. Candidates will complete 60-hours of fieldwork. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools.