Preparing the next generation of secondary teachers.
The B.S.Ed. Secondary Education certificate programs at Kutztown University provide teacher candidates with the skills and tools for effective education of secondary students, as well as knowledge of their academic specialization.
Our teacher candidates will:
We currently offer 11 academic specializations in grades 7-12 certification. Our Modern Language Spanish and German programs result in Pre-K-12 certification, as well as our Special Education Dual certificate programs (denoted with as asterisk below).
The nature of this program focuses on investigations, laboratory, and field studies. Kutztown’s beautiful campus and surrounding areas will be home to some of these in-depth and diverse observations that students will take part of in order to study this natural science.
Specific science courses must be taken to ensure that students are fully prepared to teach this multi-faceted natural science. These courses include Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Calculus, Analytical Chemistry, and Physics.
The Computer Science and Secondary Education departments at Kutztown University have collaborated to build one of the first computer science teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania. As the number of secondary schools that offer computer science coursework grows, it is imperative that teachers in those classrooms possess the unique content knowledge and pedagogical skills required to effectively engage students in learning computer science content and developing computational thinking.
The Computer Science and Secondary Education departments at Kutztown University have collaborated to build one of the first computer science teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania. As the number of secondary schools that offer computer science coursework grows, it is imperative that teachers in those classrooms possess the unique content knowledge and pedagogical skills required to effectively engage students in learning computer science content and developing computational thinking. This program includes the opportunity to earn a dual certificate in Mathematics as well.
This program requires students to examine areas of language and composition in preparation to teach this vital subject area. Classes include experience in British, American, and world literature; linguistics; and teaching writing.
Biology, Zoology, and Physical Geology are part of a list of required courses that students concentrating in General Science will take. These students will experience a wide variety of courses in scientific areas to improve their understanding of a specific subject matter.
A strengthened knowledge in the German language will be acquired through this program. In addition to the language courses, students will have the opportunity to study abroad, and can explore German background in preparation for teaching courses like German Culture and Civilization.
Computer science, geometry, probability, and calculus courses, among many others, will be explored by those choosing this program. Mathematics courses are both theory and application-based in order to provide students with a rich understanding of this intricate subject.
As a dual certificate program, Physics & Mathematics majors experience courses in both areas to prepare them for teaching. These include classes such as Modern Physics I, Calculus II, and Abstract Algebra I.
Students partake in a range of courses in physics with strong supporting courses in mathematics. As faculty-led research is provided at a great level, Physics students will receive exceptional preparation for becoming a physics teacher.
Choosing to specialize in Spanish provides students a quality grasp of this language through required courses ranging from Spanish Composition to Advanced Syntax & Stylistics. Study abroad experiences can also be explored in preparation for teaching Spanish.
Restorative justice as a classroom management model is embedded in each course.
General Education at Kutztown University is designed to provide students with a foundation of learning a variety of subject areas and is required by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The General Education checksheet can be found here. Students must take courses (totaling 42-45 credits) that fulfill the following categories Click through each category to find the current course lists:
It is highly recommended to plan ahead and take Gen Ed courses that also count toward your program.
Note that students transferring to KU with an Associate’s degree do not need to complete General Education requirements.
The following are teacher preparation courses taken in the Secondary Education curriculum:
All initial teacher certification programs use the ten InTASC standards, required by CAEP accreditation, as their Student Learning Outcomes. The ten InTASC standards are organized in 4 domains: The Learner and Learning, Content Knowledge, Instructional Practice, and Professional Responsibility.