Secondary Education Major - High School Teacher Preparation Program | Briar Cliff University

Secondary Education Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
Program(s) Offered: Double Major (with specific area of study)

Prepare to teach in middle school or high school by majoring in secondary education (grades 7-12) at Briar Cliff. Our program is known for producing caring, distinguished teachers and is fully approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

Teach your passion.

As a secondary education major, you double major in both education and a specific academic discipline of your choice. Majoring in your teaching subject will give you valuable knowledge and experience that can set you apart from other teaching candidates in your field:

Looking to teach art or music? Then you'll need to major in K-12 education »

Get early, hands-on experience.

Before you begin student teaching, you will have already gained 120 hours of classroom experience through observations and working with small groups in your practicum experiences. This ensures that you'll be prepared for the best possible student teacher experience.

Boost your resume.

You have the option to pick up a middle school teaching endorsement (grades 5-8), so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels. Coaching and Spanish certifications are also available.

Think green, save green.

At Briar Cliff, the Department of Education has gone digital for two reasons: to save you money, and because it's better for the environment! All your textbooks will be electronic, available online with a pin code and a few clicks.

Become Catholic school certified.

You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU’s education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate better prepares you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.

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Secondary Education Program Courses

CHEM 446 - Physical Chemistry II

A continuation of CHEM 445 with expansion of topics to include kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Read more »

CORE 131 - Writing and Speaking in the Digital Age

A multimodal composition experience in which students learn to evaluate information and incorporate it ethically as they create, develop, and refine their writing, speech, and design skills in a variety of modes of expression. Read more »

EDUC 01 IS - Management and Instruction (25-Hour Practicum)

This is a 25-hour classroom practicum taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

EDUC 02 IS - Educational Psychology (25-Hour Practicum)

This is a 25-hour classroom practicum taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Read more »

EDUC 03 IS - Educational Technology

Provides teacher candidates with the skills and appropriate applications of current and emerging technologies and how to implement them with all learners in their context areas. Emphasis is given to the effective and ethical use of educational technologies. Read more »

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education

This course includes field experience mandated by the Iowa Department of Education and serves as the gateway to the education program. This one-credit course provides an orientation to and an overview of the teaching profession. The requirements for admittance to the Briar Cliff University Teacher Preparation Program will also be presented. EDUC 101 practicum is taken concurrently with EDUC 100. Read more »

EDUC 101 - Introduction to Education (10-Hour Practicum)

This course is a fifteen-hour practicum that is taken concurrently with EDUC 100. Read more »

EDUC 14 IS - Student Teaching Seminar

This course will provide practical information and research-based strategies to assist teacher candidates during the student teaching internship and their transition into the profession for Iowa licensure. This course must be taken in conjunction with student teaching. Read more »

EDUC 250 - Management and Instruction

An examination of and experimentation with various processes and strategies in classroom management and arrangement available to elementary and secondary classroom teachers is presented. Activities will include planning and organization of lessons, and approaches to discipline. EDUC 01 IS is taken concurrently with EDUC 250. Read more »

EDUC 270 - Exceptional Learners

The intent of the course is to examine education of persons with learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, other health impairments, and gifted and talented children. The special traits of each group will be studied as well as the relationships of their traits and abilities to their education, social and psychological needs. Stress will be placed on practical applications of theory (e.g. remediation techniques, etc.) as well as the theories regarding etiological factors. Read more »

EDUC 318 - Educational Psychology

Study of psychological principles applicable to the learning process; theories of learning, and research pertinent to teaching and learning. EDUC 02 IS is taken concurrently with EDUC 318. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101, PSYC 110 Read more »

EDUC 330 - Educational Measurement and Evaluation

Emphasis upon the nature of standardized tests and the construction of classroom evaluative devices; introduction of elementary statistics; test interpretation; discussion of current trends and needs in evaluation. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101 and acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program. Read more »

EDUC 415 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School

Observation and participation in teaching and other professional activities related to the work of the secondary school teacher; planning periods and conferences with the supervising teacher and the college supervisor(s) of student teaching. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program and completion of the professional methods courses. Must be taken in conjunction with EDUC 14 IS Student Teaching Seminar. Read more »

EDUC 423 - Content Area Literacy

This course prepares secondary and K-12 teachers in the use of literacy strategies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) for secondary students and how to infuse these strategies throughout the curriculum. EDUC 09 IS Content Area Literacy Practicum is taken concurrently with EDUC 423. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101 and acceptance in the Teacher Preparation Program. Read more »

EDUC 452 - Human Relations for Teachers

Designed to develop professional human relation skills for teaching in an aspiring pluralistic society through both theoretical and experiential work. Special emphasis is placed on the interaction among subgroups. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, EDUC 101 and 60 hours of coursework. Read more »

HIST 231 - American History to 1877

A survey of the history of the American people from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Read more »

HIST 232 - U.S. History Since 1877

A survey of the history of the American people from the South's reconstruction to the present. Read more »

PHYS 107 - Astronomy

A descriptive astronomy course at a low mathematical level. Recommended for non-science majors. Topics covered include the motion of the stars and planets, the solar system, tools and methods of astronomy, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Three lectures, no lab. Read more »

PSCI 284 - Comparative Politics

This course is designed to acquaint students with many standard concepts used to analyze governments and politics within the field of comparative politics. In addition to introducing comparative concepts, the course provides information on the political systems of several modern-nation states. At the completion of this course, students should be able to combine factual material with abstract concepts in order to explain the basic politics and government of the nation-states covered in this course. Read more »

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

SOCY 240 - Racial, Ethnic and Gender Inequality

Analysis of the interaction of minorities with dominant populations; explanations of how minorities are created and maintained; characteristics of racial, ethnic and gender relations in the United States and other societies. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 All students seeking licensure must first be admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program, and enlisted in another specific academic major.

 Secondary education students must also take a 440-level methods course in their chosen major, along with an elective life science course, mathematics course and physical science course.

 The Federal Department of Education states that all K-12 majors must take the Praxis II Testing for Licensure in pedagogy and the content area prior to applying for their teaching license.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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Art & Elementary Education ('17)

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