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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certification in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

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Secondary education programs in English and Mathematics lead to certification in grades 7-12.

Students pursue the Bachelor’s degree of their choice:

In addition, they pursue the following Education Courses:


To earn a Bachelor of Arts in English or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must also earn a major GPA of 2.75, and a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Secondary education programs in English and Mathematics lead to certification in grades 7-12.

Student Learning Outcomes

Mount St. Mary’s develops educators who are able to:

  • demonstrate the content and pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions to effect student learning (proficient)
  • examine learning to shape their practice (reflective)
  • demonstrate commitment to the diversity, dignity, equality and rights of the individual (ethical)
  • demonstrate leadership as active participants in the education community (leading)
  • respond to the demands of an increasingly diverse technological and global society (adaptive)

An advisor in the education department will be assigned upon the student’s admission to a teacher education program, though the primary advisor resides in the major department. The student is responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements and deadlines for internship, program completion and certification, as well as all graduation requirements of the major department and of the University. The Maryland-Approved Programs in secondary teacher education meet requirements for certification in other states. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.

Sample Four Year Sequence: English Majors

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester

FSYM 101 The First Year Symposium (3)  

COMM 200 Learning to Write/Writing to Learn (3)  

World Languages I (3)

GNSCI XXX Lab Science (4)

ENGL ___ English Elective (3)

16 credits

Spring Semester

WCIV 102 Origins of the West (3)  

PHIL 103 Foundations of Philosophy (3)  

World Languages II (3)

EDUC 100 Foundations of American Education (4)  

ENGL 262 Introduction to Literary Study II (3)  

16 credits


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

WCIV 201 The Western Imagination: the Renaissance to the Great War (3)  

PHIL 203 Philosophy in the Modern Age (3)  

ENGL 261 Introduction to Literary Study I (3)  

MATH 211 Mathematical Thinking (3)  

ENGL ____ English Elective (Pre/Post 1650) (3)

15 credits 

Spring Semester

THEOL 220 Belief in Today’s World (3)  

AMER 202 America in the World (3)  

ENGL____ English Elective (Amer. Lit) (3)

ENGL 318 Shakespeare (3)  

EDUC 208 Learning Theory and Human Development (4)  

Gateway 1: Entrance Interview and Portfolio in April

16 credits 


Junior Year

Fall Semester

ENMO 300 Modernity in Literature (3)  

EDUC 325 Reading in the Secondary Content Areas I (3)  

SPED 415 Management in Inclusive Settings (4)  

THEOL 320 Encountering Christ (3)  

ENGL ____ English Elective (3)

Gateway 2: Pre-Internship Portfolio

16 credits

Spring Semester

EDUC 434 Methods & Assessments of Learning in Secondary Schools (4)  

ENGL ____ English Elective (3)

EDUC 427 Reading in the Secondary Content Areas II (4)  

ENGL 318 Shakespeare (3)  

Gateway 3: Transitional Portfolio

14 credits 


Senior Year

Fall Semester

EDUC 485 Teacher Internship/Secondary (8)  

EDUC 445 Foundations of Educational Research (2)  

EDUC 495 Professional Seminar (2)  

12 credits 

Spring Semester

THEOL/PHIL 300 Ethics and The Human Good (3)

Elective (3)

ENGL ____ English Elective (Pre/Post 1650) (3)

ENGE ____ English Global Encounters (3)

ENGL ____ English Elective (Amer. Lit) (3)

Gateway 4: Program Completion Portfolio

15 credits