Through the Secondary Education undergraduate major, you will gain licensure as a teacher at high school grade levels (8-12) in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Political Science/Political Philosophy or History.
You're eager to work with high school students - educating them, challenging them, and mentoring them as they spread their wings and transition toward adulthood.
Through the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education program, an understanding of the psychology of adolescence will help guide teaching techniques, materials and curricula to meet students needs at this stage of development. Your coursework will give you experience with adolescents of varying ages and subjects. You will also learn invaluable strategies and techniques paramount to working with high school students.
At Lesley, you don't just learn about being a teacher, you get to experience what it's really like. You will complete a one-day field experience in your first and third year of the program. Your senior year practicum will be a semester-long field experience in one classroom within the 8-12 grade range.
In additional to your Secondary Education major, you will also have the option to pursue an additional Education specialization. These specializations, listed below, provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. They are designed to enhance your 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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