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Secondary Education Minor

The experiences and courses offered in the teacher education program will introduce students to the profession of teaching and help them acquire a level of competency necessary for certification. Certification in New Hampshire qualifies the student to teach in a specific content.

Prospective secondary teachers may major in any of the following: Chemistry, Applied Physics, English, French, History, Latin, Mathematics, or Spanish. Emphasis in coursework is placed on secondary education.

Field Service (Clinical Practice)

Secondary Education minors are required to complete 4 semesters of clinical experiences. The Coordinator of Clinical Practice works with the contact person at the partnership school to match the student with a cooperating teacher who is a model of professional practice, demonstrates a positive impact on student learning, is willing to serve as a mentor, and holds an experienced educator credential in the content area that matches the endorsement for which the student is preparing. Below are the various courses that require a field service component.

ED 130 Principles of Teaching and Learning

Students will spend 30 hours participating in an assigned classroom. Embedded in this course is Sophomore Early Field Experience (SEFE) which requires students to work in a classroom based on their content major. There are activities students will complete including teaching two lessons, one of which is observed by the Coordinator of Clinical Practice.

ED 322 Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

This course is designed to immerse students in the understanding of working with children with educational disabilities in the context of the general education classroom. Students spend 30 hours working in a general education classroom based on their major, assisting the classroom teacher with making modifications and accommodations to differentiate instruction.

ED 432 Supervised Student Teaching (spring semester)

Secondary student teaching occurs in the spring semester of senior year only. The Clinical Coordinator will contact schools one year prior to place students for student teaching. Students spend a minimum of 20 hours in a Bridge Experience during the fall semester prior to student teaching in the spring getting acclimated to the school, classroom, and curriculum. It is highly recommended that a variety of sites are used: parochial, urban, and suburban. A capstone project, an electronic portfolio, is due at the end of senior year.

Plan of Study

Sophomore Year

  • ED 130 Principles of Teaching and Learning (fall or spring) which includes at 30 hour practicum (SEFE).
  • PY 203 Adolescent Psychology (fall or spring)
  • At completion of ED 130, purchase TaskStream, apply to Teacher Education Program, take Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)/MTEL/other initial licensure testing

Junior Year

  • ED 322 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Education, with 30 hr. service learning/practicum (fall)
  • ED 340 Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching (spring)
  • Apply to Student Teaching

Senior Year - Fall

Senior Year - Spring

  • ED 432 Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 440-445 Methods of Teaching in content Area specific to your major

Program Requirements

For all students in the Secondary Education program, specific requirements for the various content areas are outlined below.


Students should bear in mind that most chemistry courses have prerequisites. Consequently prospective teachers schedule their calculus and physics courses to be completed by the end of their sophomore year. This action will enable the students to complete the chemistry major and allow for student teaching during the second semester of senior year. In CH420 the student will plan a research project in chemical education. The project will be implemented in ED432. CH420 Research & Seminar I carries no credit. ED432 fulfills the CH421 requirement for chemistry in the educational track, provided the student fulfills the thesis presentation requirements of CH421.

English Language Arts (English Major)

Students are required to take CM221 Public Speaking OR EN222 Oral Interpretation as well as EN355 Introduction to General Linguistics; EN251 Shakespeare and CL222 or CL 223 Classical Mythology are recommended electives.

Classical Languages (Latin)

Students are required to take CL 321-322: Latin Prose Composition I/II; CL 258: Etymologies: Words and Word Power; HI 312: Ancient Rome; Prerequisites: CL 103-104: Elementary Latin and CL 205-206: Intermediate Latin.


Students are encouraged to take MA360 Modern Geometry as well as CS115 Discrete Math or MA390 Combinatorics. Prospective teachers must also either take a computer-programming course or complete a senior project.

Modern Languages (Spanish and French)

Students are required to successfully complete a study abroad or immersion program for at least one semester (or equivalent summer program) in order to receive a teaching license. The purpose is to develop linguistic competency and further appreciate the culture. If this is not a viable option, an immersion experience in the target language is required. Information on study abroad opportunities and/ or immersion programs is available in the Department of Modern Languages.

Applied Physics

Students are required to meet with the Physics Chairperson to select appropriate courses to meet competencies for Physics and Teacher Education. Students are required to take PS241 Statics and PS 245 Electrical Circuits. Students select two additional technical electives.

Social Studies (History Major)

To comply with the State's requirement, prospective social studies teachers must be able to show competence in various areas of both history and social studies (geography, civics and economics). It has been helpful to students in the past to use their elective options to take an American government course (PO102, PO212, or PO219) or a basic economics course (EC101). Students are also encouraged to take a course which focuses on the relationship between humans and their environment (HI 358: History of New England or other courses). The content/major Advisor must be consulted for electives as well as courses within the history department.

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