Secondary Education Degree Program

Secondary Education Program (5-12 grade level)

Education Requirements:

  • EDUC1400 Introduction to Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab for EDUC1400 1 s.h.
  • EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop 0 s.h.
  • EDUC3100 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Children and Adults 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3 s.h.
  • *EDUC3720 7-12 Secondary Education Practicum 2 s.h.
  • EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC4230 Classroom Management 3 s.h.
  • **EDUC4420 Secondary Student Teaching 14 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • The appropriate methods course 3-5 s.h.

*Majors in Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education (obtaining K-8 and 7-12 endorsements) will substitute EDUC3730 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Education Practicum for EDUC3720. Secondary subject-area majors (including Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education) with a 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement must substitute EDUC3550 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum for EDUC3720 and EDUC3730. Secondary candidates with more than one 5-12 teaching major should have a practicum for each major to meet the pre-student teaching requirement of the state of Iowa for teaching majors. Candidates with more than one 5-12 teaching major obtaining a 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement will substitute EDUC3550 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum for one of the majors.

**Students with a concentration in 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4470 Secondary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.

Teaching Major Requirements
All secondary education candidates must complete at least one teaching major. The University offers the following secondary teaching major endorsements (see the corresponding departmental section of the catalog for specific major requirements):

Second Teaching Fields:
In addition to the teaching major, students may seek endorsements for the following second teaching fields:

Secondary education students majoring in any teaching major, who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with endorsements in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education and/or 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education, must complete the Secondary Teacher Education Program and the appropriate concentration.

Combination Program (K-8 and 5-12 grade level)

A secondary education student majoring in Art, Health, Music, or Physical Education may also complete a modified Teacher Education program adding an elementary level endorsement in the same field (e.g., secondary and elementary music).

Combination Requirements and Modifications

Art, Health, Music, or Physical Education majors desiring a K-8 endorsement must complete the Secondary Education Program (5-12 grade-level requirements), the K-8 endorsement requirements in the same area and EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching.

  • Note: This combination includes 14 s.h. of student teaching credit, 7 s.h. elementary and 7 s.h. secondary.

*Majors in Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education (obtaining K-8 and 7-12 endorsements) will substitute EDUC3730 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Education Practicum for EDUC3720. Secondary subject-area majors (including Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education) with a 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement must substitute EDUC3550 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum for EDUC3720 and EDUC3730. Secondary candidates with more than one 5-12 teaching major should have a practicum for each major to meet the pre-student teaching requirement of the state of Iowa for teaching majors. Candidates with more than one 5-12 teaching major obtaining a 5-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement will substitute EDUC3550 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum for one of the majors.

Courses for Secondary Education

EDUC1400 Introduction to Education 3 s.h.
Emphasis is upon social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; ethics; reflection; and professional development. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in this class for admittance into Teacher Education and to enroll in junior-level education classes. Co-requisite: EDUC1410

EDUC1410 Clinical Experience for EDUC1400 1 s.h.
A robust series of well-sequenced early clinical field experiences that connect to and integrate the content of EDUC1400. Students will observe and participate in teaching activities in a variety of P-12 classroom settings monitored by licensed professional educators as well as university faculty. Corequisite: EDUC1400 (concurrent registration required). (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop 0 s.h.
Acquire information pertaining to teacher education requirements and candidate responsibilities for the program assessment system. Take the C-BASE examination and complete other testing required for program participation. Required for all transfer students during their first semester or term at Graceland. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3100 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Pre- or co-requisite: EDUC1400. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality

EDUC3520 General Secondary Methods and Content Reading 3 s.h.
Study of theory and research related to content area reading in the secondary school. Apply techniques for evaluating textbooks, assessing achievement, improving comprehension and critical thinking, enhancing study skills, and developing vocabulary. Prerequisite: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program, EDUC3590.

EDUC3550 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A two-week practicum in Mild/Moderate Special Education Programs in secondary schools. Prerequisites: EDUC3200, EDUC3230. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Child and Adult 3 s.h.
Examine the philosophical, historical and legal bases for special education, including the definitions and etiologies of individuals with disabilities and exceptional learning needs. Study gifted individuals and those with exceptional needs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Prerequisites: EDUC1400, PSYC1300.

EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3 s.h.
The relationship between psychology and education with emphasis on the individual as a learner and the psychology of the learning process. A review of teaching models and classroom test construction will be covered. Prerequisite: EDUC1400, PSYC1300.

EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A required two-week internship for Elementary Education majors. Interns with endorsements in English/Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies have full-day placements in regular elementary classroom programs. Interns with endorsements in Art, Music and Physical Education have placements in these specialty-area classrooms. Elementary majors may substitute PHED3400. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3720 7-12 Secondary Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
A required two-week internship for Secondary Teacher Education Program. Interns have full-day placements in secondary school subject-area programs. Pre or Corequisite: subject-area methods class or EDUC3520. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC3730 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Education Practicum 1-2 s.h.
Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete two weeks of internship in art, music, or physical education. Interns have full-day placement with half of experience at the secondary level and half at the elementary level. Pre or Corequisite: subject-area methods courses or EDUC3520. Admittance into Teacher Education required. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC4100 Legal, Ethical, and Pedagogical Responsibilities in Education 3 s.h.
A study of professional ethics, school law, educational policy, and professional organizations. As evidence of readiness for student teaching, students present a pedagogically sound portfolio which has been developed to meet the outcomes specified in the Graceland Teacher Education Program Model. Prerequisites: admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

EDUC4230 Classroom Management 3 s.h.
Designed for the Elementary and Secondary Education majors in preparation for student teaching. Review several theoretical models for managing groups of students and develop a plan for structuring appropriate learning environment. Understand strategies which motivate students and techniques to monitor student engagement in active learning. Analyze and discuss the application of concepts and techniques. Prerequisites: Admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program. Enroll during the semester that precedes student teaching.

*EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching (K-6) 6-14 s.h.
Elementary Education Majors complete 14 weeks of elementary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

* EDUC4420 Secondary Student Teaching (7-12) 6-14 s.h.
Secondary Education Candidates complete 14 weeks of secondary student teaching in accordance with the policies in the Teacher Education Handbook. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

EDUC4450 Combination K-6 and 7-12 Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Candidates with majors in art, music, and physical education complete 14 weeks of student teaching in art, music, or physical education. Half (7 s.h.) of the experience is secondary level and half is elementary level. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

*** EDUC4470 Secondary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching 6-14 s.h.
Secondary Education Candidates complete 14 weeks of student teaching to include placements in a mild/moderate special education setting and a secondary subject area classroom. This course substitutes for EDUC4420. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Senior standing, admittance into Teacher Education, and approval for student teaching. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

***This is the only student teaching course required for secondary majors completing the K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education endorsement.

PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality