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
    A beginning course that is meant to help the pre-service teacher understand the realities of teaching and the education profession in general. A foundation to assist the student in making a better, more informed career choice about becoming a secondary teacher while also providing cases that secondary teachers must effectively face every day. Requires EDC-103 to be taken concurrently. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    203
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    Child Development & Education - Field
    1
    A 40-hour placement in classrooms concurrent with EDC-230. Provides an introduction to the professional roles and responsibilities of teaching all children. Students will be placed in a “home” classroom and work closely with that teacher to observe, assist, and work closely with students applying psychology principles and learning theories. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-230 and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    230
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    Child Development and Education
    3
    An overview of psychological theories and research applied to classroom learning. The course 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. Requires EDC-203 concurrently and sophomore standing. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
    240
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    Learning Env and Reflective Teaching
    4
    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 learners; planning for classroom management. Includes peer teaching. Required for elementary and secondary certification. Requires sophomore standing to register. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    303
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    Secondary Ed Methods & Experience
    1
    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-346. Must take EDC-311 concurrently and be admitted to the TEP to take this course. Fall only.
  • EDC
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    306
    .
    Elementary Art-Field
    2
    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. Requires EDC-345 concurrently. Must be ART major; TEP or Permission.
  • EDC
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    311
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    Topics Seminar A
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary and secondary certification. TEP approval required. Elementary students must enroll concurrently in EDC-301, 361, and 363. Secondary students must enroll in EDC-303 concurrently, except K-12 ART majors.
  • EDC
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    312
    .
    Topics Seminar B
    1
    Introduction to issues and topics in instructional planning, teaching, and assessment. Required for elementary certification. TEP approval required. Requires concurrent enrollment in EDC-302, 360 and 362. Winter only.
  • EDC
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    346
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    Teaching Reading in Middle & Senior High
    4
    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. Requires admission to TEP. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    370
    .
    Instructional and Assistive Technology
    2
    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. Students learn to use technological tools, operations, and concepts to enhance learning and assessment, productivity, communication, and professional development. Students learn about the ethical, legal, physical, and psychological issues and principles of technology use in schools. Students utilize technology for curriculum planning and for instruction, including on-line learning experiences. Students learn to use assistive technologies to enhance the learning of all children in ways that best meet individual needs. Required for elementary certification. Prerequisite modules must be completed before taking this course. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with EDC-373. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    373
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    Special Education for Classroom Teachers
    3
    Introduction to the teaching of exceptional students. Review of historical and legal issues in special education. 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. Admission to TE Program required. Concurrent with EDC-370 and/or 460 recommended. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    490S
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    Directed Teaching - Secondary
    5
    Teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher in the public schools. With Department’s permission, graduates may enroll for 490S only. Applications must be filed by November 15 of the year prior to directed teaching. Pass/fail only. Required for certification. Must be approved by TEC for student teaching. Fall/Winter
  • EDC
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    491S
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    Directed Teaching - Secondary
    5
    Teaching under the direction of a cooperating teacher in the public schools. 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. Fall/Winter