Communication Arts: Secondary Education

The Secondary Teacher Education program prepares teacher candidates for certification in grades 6-12. It requires 27 credits of Education coursework in professional foundations and studies and 13 credits during internship. Students apply for admission to the program after successfully completing nine credits of Education coursework in professional foundations. During the course of the studies, candidates may be asked to reapply to the program if their GPA falls below 3.0 in general coursework and 3.0 in their selected content area(s) of endorsement such as biology, chemistry, communication arts, earth science, English, math, natural sciences, physical education/health, psychology, or social studies. There are separate degree requirements for each major and minor endorsement area.

Secondary Teaching Certificates (6-12) are endorsed for subject areas according to Idaho Teacher Certification standards. All certificates require a minimum of 30 semester credits for a teaching field major and 20 semester credits for a teaching minor. For a single teaching field major, a minimum of 45 semester credits is required. The following LCSC areas are approved for teaching field majors: Biology; Chemistry; Communication Arts with a Speech and Debate emphasis; Earth Science; English; Kinesiology-Physical Education K-12 and Health 6-12; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Psychology; and Social Science with a History emphasis (see degree requirements for each major). For marketability purposes, students are encouraged to pursue endorsements and minors in a second teaching field; consult with an advisor for the proper procedure. Secondary Education majors must have a content area advisor and a Secondary Education advisor.

Graduates from other colleges or universities seeking secondary teacher certification must fulfill all Secondary Education professional coursework requirements in addition to meeting all academic major or minor teaching field requirements for subject area endorsement.

Students in the Secondary Education Certification program are expected to provide evidence through performance that they have become dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, content specialists, competent educational designers, capable educational facilitators, insightful educational evaluators, reflective professionals, and culturally responsive professionals before being recommended for secondary teacher certification.

General Education Core

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
COLLEGE WRITING
and RESEARCH WRITING
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
COMM-204PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one from the following:3.00 - 5.00
MATHEMATICS AS A LIBERAL ART
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS (or MATH-147A & MATH-147B)
STATISTICAL REASONING
CALCULUS I
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SCIENCES
FOUNDATION OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II
MATH FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS
MATH FOR TECHNOLOGY
STATISTICAL REASONING
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
Select one of the following:3.00
SURVEY OF ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select from two disciplines; one must be a lab: 6.00 - 8.00
INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS
SCIENCE FOR LIFE
PLANTS AND PEOPLE
HUMAN BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
THE CHEMISTRY OF DAILY LIFE
GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCES
NATURAL SCIENCE FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR
GENERAL PHYSICS I
PHYS SCIENCES FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS
DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
PSYC-205DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY3.00
Select one of the following:3.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES AND THEORY OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1865
UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Diversity
Select one of the following:4.00
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
BEGINNING SPANISH I
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300V (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Take 16 credits if selecting a Bachelors of Arts degree16.00
Total Credits37.00-41.00

Program Requirements

Secondary certification candidates must meet the graduation requirements for their major and the Secondary Teacher Education Program and must have two advisors. (see below)

Major Requirements
COMM-202INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-203SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-205LOGIC AND ARGUMENTATION3.00
COMM-304ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING3.00
COMM-320PERSUASION3.00
COMM-301MEDIA RELATIONS3.00
COMM-291WORKSHOP IN COMMUNICATIONS3.00
COMM-380ETHICAL ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-384COMMUNICATION THEORY3.00
COMM-420RESTORATIVE COMMUNICATION3.00
COMM-498SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT DESIGN3.00
COMM-499RESEARCH PROJECT AND SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATIONS3.00
Selectives
Select two courses from COMM or THEA Arts 16.00
Secondary Education Certificate
See Secondary Education Certificate Requirements below
Total Credits42.00
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See Catalog section "Teacher Education Division: Secondary Teacher Certification" regarding certification requirements for this major. Selective course choices could be affected.

Secondary Education Certificate Requirements

Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program is required after successful completion of the first three Phase I courses.

Phase I - Professional Foundations of Education
ED-214PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION 13.00
ED-224MEDIA & TECH FOR DIGITIAL WORLD2.00
ED-318ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING 13.00
ED-321EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 13.00
ED-345CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING3.00
SE-322INCLUSION STRATEGIES K-12 (may be taken in Phase I or Phase II)3.00
Phase II - Professional Studies in Education
ED-424MEDIA & TECHNOLOGIES FOR TEACHING, K-122.00
ED-445INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, 6-123.00
ED-449TEACHING METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA3.00
RE-422READING IN THE CONTENT AREA K-123.00
Phase III - Instructional Methods in Education
ED-452INTERNSHIP SEMINAR1.00
ED-460PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION 6-1212.00
Total Credits41.00
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Additional requirements must be met for teacher certification. See your Teacher Education Division advisor for details.

No grade lower than a “C-” will be accepted in any General Education core, Content Major, or 200-level Professional Foundations course. No grade lower than a “B-” will be accepted in any 300- or 400-level education courses in the Secondary Education Program.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the Secondary Teacher Education Program. Candidates must also maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their content area classes.

Summary

General Education37-40
Major Requirements36
Program Electives6
Secondary Education41
Total120