Lesley University’s Secondary Education undergraduate major leads to licensure as a teacher at high school grade levels (8-12) in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Political Science/Political Philosophy and History.
Lesley University’s Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education draws on the psychology of adolescence to develop teaching techniques, materials and curricula particularly relevant to students at this stage of development. Coursework within grades 8-12 gives the student experience with adolescents of varying ages and curricula. Students also learn about the organizational and grouping strategies characteristic of the secondary school. Students complete a one-day field experience in their first and third year of study. The senior year practicum will be a semester-long field experience in one setting within the 8-12 grade range.
Students may pursue optional Education specializations which provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. Specializations are designed to enhance a student’ professional qualifications, but do not lead to additional teacher licenses.
This course focuses on the research and instructional strategies relevant to content area reading in 5-12 classrooms. The major emphasis is placed on the teaching of reading in the content areas including the introduction of subject area vocabulary, pre-reading skills and activities, building comprehension skills, organizing information, and critical reading. Students examine a variety of methods for determining readability of subject area texts and supplementary materials. The course also includes the stages of the writing process and how those stages help inform the students’ understanding of the content area. Students learn to assess informally the reading and writing ability of pre-adolescents and adolescents. In addition, students learn to design and implement appropriate instructional strategies.
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