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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 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 2.0, 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 Foundations of Writing (3)  

World Languages I (3)

GNSCI 1XX Lab Science (4)

ENGL 1XX 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 160 Introduction to Literary Studies (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 British Literature Survey (3)  

MATH 211 Mathematical Thinking (3)  

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

15 credits 

Spring Semester

THEOL 220 Foundations of Theology: Faith and Revelation (3)  

AMER 202 America in the World (3)  

ENGL 262 Survey of American Literature (3)  

ENGL 318 Shakespeare (3)  

EDUC 208 Learning Theory and Human Development (4)  

EDUC 204 Sophomore Spring Field Experience (0)  

16 credits 


Junior Year

Fall Semester

EDUC 300 Modernity in Education (3)  

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

SPED 308 Introduction to Exceptional Children (4)  

THEOL 320 Encountering Christ (3)  

ENGL XXX English Elective (3)

EDUC 311 Junior Fall Field Experience (0)  

16 credits

Spring Semester

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

ENGL XXX English Elective (3)

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

ENGL 318 Shakespeare (3)  

EDUC 387 Secondary Internship I (0)  

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)

ENMO 300 Modernity in Literature (3)  

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

ENGE XXX English Global Encounters (3)

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

15 credits