The secondary education undergraduate program will prepare you to teach one or more content areas in grades 7 through 12, in a variety of settings. You will learn current educational theories and effective teaching practices, participate in field experiences, which require you to observe and/or participate in teaching activities at multiple schools, and student teach.
Carlow has an excellent history of placing students in schools for observations and student teaching. Students have easy access to Pittsburgh's extensive systems of public, parochial, and private schools, including The Campus School of Carlow University and the opportunity to complete student teaching in Ireland. With more than 150 hours of classroom observation and 450 hours of classroom teaching, you will be prepared to handle situations impossible to simulate in a university classroom.
As a Secondary Education undergraduate (bachelor's) student, you will major in the area you intend to teach (biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, or social studies).
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects jobs for teachers at most levels to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2020. Most openings are expected to result from the retirement of many experienced teachers. Job prospects should be best in rural and inner-city schools and for teachers in certain subjects, including math, chemistry, physics, bilingual education, and world languages.
Through the course of this innovative program, you will become an initially or a permanently certified teacher, prepared for creating, shaping, and sustaining transformational learning environments that focus on your students and their individual potential for success.
FORMAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSIMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL CERTIFICATION STUDENTS: At the end sophomore year, students must officially apply to the department of education through their advisor. In order to apply, students must have 48 credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA; successfully passed SKW 101, SKQ 101, a math course, and a literature course; AND students must also pass the PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) or the CORE ETS Fundamental Skills Tests in reading, writing, and math.
Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, the student must successfully pass student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms. The student must pass the Praxis Content Area exam in his/her discipline. Once the student has met these requirements, he/she may apply for certification at the following website:
TIMS Website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VwKzUfkrK72
PROGRAMS AND DEGREES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
- Secondary Education Certification in the following content areas: