Secondary Education

Requirements & Courses

In addition to completing appropriate coursework in the Education Department and in the majors and minors, students must meet Alma College graduation requirements and demonstrate personal characteristics suitable for entering the teaching profession.

Michigan Secondary Provisional Certification Requirements
This certificate allows teaching in grades 6-12 in subjects in which the candidate has a teaching major or minor. The program listed here is for first-year students entering Alma College Fall 2011 or later. To be recommended for certification, the candidate must complete the following:

  1. The Secondary Education Major, requirements listed below, with a 2.5 GPA and no Education course grade below a C.
  2. A Teaching Major and a Teaching Minor (or two teaching majors, or a K-12 comprehensive major in Art or Music), with a 2.75 GPA in each.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.75.
  4. Students must also pass the appropriate MTTC subject area test in their subject area major. To be recommended for certification in a minor or second major, candidates must also pass the appropriate MTTC subject area test in that subject.
  5. Students must provide proof of valid CPR and First Aid cards as required by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Secondary Education Major Requirements

    The Secondary Education Major may only be completed with another valid Alma College teaching major and teaching minor, or two teaching majors, or K-12 comprehensive major in Music or Art education.

    The Secondary Education Major consists of 36 credits of a required Professional Sequence of Education courses:

    1. EDC 130 (2 cr) with 103 (1 cr).
    2. EDC 230 (3 cr) with 203 (1 cr); EDC 240 (4 cr).
    3. EDC 311 (1 cr); 312 (1 cr); 303 (1 cr) (or EDC 306 (2 cr) Art majors only); EDC 346 (4 cr); 370 (2 cr); 373 (3 cr); Prerequisites include Admission to the Teacher Education Program.
    4. EDC 430s (3 cr) with 490s and 491s (10 cr). Prerequisites include successful completion of all other courses of Secondary Education Major and Admission to Student Teaching.

Courses

  • EDC
    130
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    Foundations of Secondary Education
    2 credits
    A foundation to assist the pre-service teacher in making a better, more informed career choice about becoming a secondary teacher while also providing cases that teachers must effectively face every day. Required for secondary certification.
  • EDC
    203
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    Child Development and Education — Field
    1 credit
    EDC 230 concurrently; Sophomore Standing
    Introduction to the professional roles and responsibilities of teaching all children. Students are placed in a �home� classroom and work closely with the teacher to observe, assist, and work with students, applying psychology principles and learning theories. Students visit several classes to better understand a variety of developmental levels, individual learner differences and teacher approaches. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
    230
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    Child Development and Education
    3 credits
    EDC 203 concurrently; Sophomore Standing
    An overview of psychological theories and research applied to classroom learning. Includes study of concepts in human development — cognitive, affective, physical, emotional, moral and social; study of learning, motivation and assessment; developmentally appropriate practice; an overview of processes of human development in childhood and adolescence with a focus on socialization and education; and study of the influences of family, community and culture on education. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
    240
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    Learning Environments and Reflective Teaching
    4 credits
    Sophomore Standing
    Examination of characteristics of productive classroom learning environments. Analysis of cases of teaching and learning; evaluation of instructional strategies and activities, technologies, and resources that enhance learning for all students; planning for classroom management. Includes peer teaching. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    303
    .
    Secondary Teaching Methods and Experience
    1 credit
    EDC 311 concurrently; TEP
    Topics and issues in instructional planning, teaching, and instruction are explored in-depth and with particular emphasis on secondary education and specific subject areas. Students spend 30 hours in secondary classroom placements, working in both their major(s) and minor content areas, and will have specialized teaching methods support in those subjects with an emphasis on best practices. Required for secondary certification, except K-12 ART majors who will take EDC 306.
  • EDC
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    306
    .
    Elementary Art — Field
    2 credits
    EDC 345 concurrently; ART Major, TEP or Permission
    Classroom observation and participation in teaching art at the elementary level. Required for Art and Design Majors seeking K-12 certification. Pass/fail only. Includes 72 hours of classroom placement.
  • EDC
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    311
    .
    Topics Seminar A
    1 credit
    Elementary: EDC 301, 361, and 363 concurrently; TEP; Secondary: EDC 303 concurrently, except K-12 ART majors; TEP
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching and assessment. For example: national, state and disciplinary policies, standards and resources for planning, implementing and differentiating instruction; teaching methodologies and strategies; content literacy; current topics in education. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    312
    .
    Topics Seminar B
    1 credit
    Elementary: EDC 302, 360, and 362 concurrently; TEP
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching and assessment. For example: national, state and disciplinary policies, standards and resources for planning, implementing and differentiating instruction; teaching methodologies and strategies; content literacy; current topics in education. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    346
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    Teaching Reading in Middle and Senior High School
    4 credits
    TEP
    Survey of strategies for teaching, diagnosing and improving word recognition, comprehension and study skills. Survey of student language needs and program planning for reading instruction at the middle and senior high school levels. Includes a 10-hour off-campus service-learning component. Required for secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    370
    .
    Instructional and Assistive Technology
    2 credits
    Prerequisite modules completed; TEP
    Builds on basic skills and knowledge demonstrated through successful completion of Technology Modules so that students are well prepared to use technology effectively and appropriately for multiple purposes in their teaching. Acquire skill in the use of technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning and assessment, productivity, communication, and professional development. Study the ethical, legal, physical, and psychological issues and principles of technology use in schools. Utilize technology for curriculum planning and for instruction, including online learning experiences. Learn to use assistive technologies to enhance the learning of all children in ways that best meet individual needs. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    373
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    Special Education for Classroom Teachers
    3 credits
    TEP
    Introduction to the teaching of exceptional students. Review of historical and legal issues in special education. Study the characteristics of exceptional learners, birth through adolescence. Examination of materials and methodology appropriate for instructing exceptional learners in inclusive classrooms. Includes eight-hour practicum. Required for elementary and secondary certification.
  • EDC
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    490s/*491s
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    Directed Teaching
    5 credits each
    Approval by TEC; Senior or Post-Graduate Standing
    Teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher in K-12 schools. Concurrent enrollment in Education 348 and 445, or 440 is usual — old programs. With Department’s permission, graduates may enroll for 490e or s only. Applications must be filed by November 15 of the year prior to directed teaching. Pass/fail only. Required for certification.