University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

Teacher Education: Secondary Education (7-12) (Bachelor of Science)


The Secondary Education program prepares teachers to work with students with diverse needs in public school classrooms in grades 7-12. The curriculum includes general education, a major (ranging from thirty credits to fifty-one depending on the discipline) and a minor (strongly encouraged but not required), a professional education component, and electives.

Specific Requirements

A minimum of 120 approved credits is required for the degree. Specific requirements, including PRAXIS information, as approved by the State Department of Education, may be obtained through the CESS Student Services office, 528 Waterman and on the web at CESS Student Services Office Link out of catalogue site.. Program information is also available from the Secondary Education program, 405A Waterman.

During the first two years, students concentrate on completing general education and major/minor requirements, while also taking selected course work in education. The majority of professional education course work is completed in the junior and senior years.

General Education Component: The general education courses must include the following courses.

  • English Composition and English Literature
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • U.S. History
  • American Government (Political Science)
  • Psychology
  • Humanities

Academic Major and Minor Components: Students who successfully complete their Teacher Education programs are recommended for licensure with a first endorsement in their major.

Professional Education Component: Students begin the professional education component of their Secondary Education program when they enter UVM. During the first two years students work on general education and major concentration course work, as well as Phase 1 Secondary Education courses. By the third year, students will have completed most of their general education credits, between twelve to fifteen credits in the Professional Preparation sequence and be well into their major concentration (fifteen to eighteen credits completed). Students must complete the remainder of their requirements in their third and fourth years. The phases of professional course work are described below:

  • Phase 1: Exploring learners' needs and the school context. EDTE 001 , EDFS 001, EDFS 002, EDSP 005, EDSC 011 and EDSC 207.
    • If a student has a minimum of a 2.75 GPA overall, minimally a 2.75 in his/her major and was successful in EDTE 001, EDFS 002, EDSP 005, EDSC 011, and EDSC 207 (B or better in each course) the student is accepted into the next phase of the Secondary Education program.
  • Phase 2: Exploring school context and curriculum, instruction and assessment. EDSC 209, EDSC 216.
    • Students must submit an application upon successful completion of EDSC 209 and EDSC 216. Successful completion requires a B or better in each course, a “continue in the program” or “conditional continuation in the program”, a PADA (Professional Attributes and Dispositions Rubric) rating from faculty teaching both classes, a 2.75 GPA or better overall and a 2.75 in his or her major and passing scores on PRAXIS I. Applications are reviewed and students are officially notified of acceptance into the third phase of the program.
  • Phase 3: Designing and adapting curriculum. EDSC 215 (Reading), EDSC 225 (Social Studies), EDSC 227 (Science Methods), EDSC 240 (English Methods), EDSC 257 (Math Methods) or EDSC 259 (Foreign Language Methods).
    • During this phase of the program students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 in their major. Following a successful review of a student’s records, he or she is nominated for a student teaching placement at an approved school/site. Students must successfully complete the interview process with school/site-based personnel to secure an internship placement.
  • Phase 4: Application and documentation of the teaching process. EDSC 226 and EDSC 230.
    • Students must complete a full-time, semester-long internship during this final phase of the program. In addition to the student teaching experience, students must complete and submit a portfolio that documents competence with program and state licensure requirements (ROPA). Recommendation for licensure is based on successful completion of student teaching, a minimum overall GPA of 3.00, content major and professional courses at a GPA of 3.00 or higher as well as submission of a satisfactory Licensure Portfolio that meets state accreditation standards.

Student's Responsibility: Information about application procedures for the Secondary Education program may be obtained from 405A Waterman. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding the process and requirements, and for notifying the Secondary Education office as to changes in their status, address, or intentions for completion of their program.

Language Proficiency: A Language Proficiency Test is required for the Secondary Education Foreign Language majors.

Speech Competence: All students must demonstrate competence in communication by either taking a speech or theatre course or by submitting evidence of competence (contact the Secondary Education office at 405A Waterman for more information).

A possible curriculum in Secondary Education:


Course Credits
Fall Spring
Diversity Category One
   EDFS 001 - Race and Racism in the U.S.
EDTE 001 - Making a Difference: Exploring Education 3
General Education Courses 9 6
EDFS 002 - School and Society 3
Major 6
Total 15 15
Sophomore Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
Diversity Category Two
   EDSP 005 - Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities
General Education Courses 6 3
Major 3 3
Major or Minor 3 3
EDSC 011 - Educational Technology in the Secondary Education Classroom 3
EDSC 207 - Adolescent Development: Educational & Psychological Perspectives 4
Total 15 16
Junior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
EDSC 209 - Practicum in Teaching 4
EDSC 216 - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment for Sec Schl Teachers 3
Major 6 6
Major or Minor 3 3
EDSC 215 - Reading in Secondary Schools 4
Special Methods 3
Total 16 16
Senior Year
Course Credits
Fall Spring
EDSC 226 - Teaching Internship 12
EDSC 230 - Teaching for Results 3
Major 6
Major or Minor 6
Total 15 12



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