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Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership

Dr. Alvin M. Pettus, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


V. Allain, D. Fox, Graham, Haban, Ihle, Liles, Pettus, I. Ramsey, W. Smith

Associate Professors

Dubenezic, Morie, Ramquist, D. Zimmerman

Assistant Professors

Doherty, Rettig

The Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership has a program that offers an undergraduate minor. The school library media services program offers a minor in educational media. The secondary education program is a minor that is designed to prepare secondary school teachers in the secondary school content areas, including English, foreign languages, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences.

The department offers service courses in library science, educational media, foundations of education and secondary education to support undergraduate programs in other departments and schools.

The department also offers master's level graduate programs in school library media services, school administration and secondary education. The graduate programs in school library media services and school administration will lead to initial professional licensure in those areas (refer to the graduate catalog).

School Library Media Services Programs

The department offers minors in educational media and educational computing services. The educational computing services minor is designed to lead to teacher licensure.

Minor in Educational Media

The minor program in educational media is designed for students preparing for employment in education, business (marketing, personnel management and hotel-restaurant management), communications or any other field where the communication of instructional or training messages is an integral part of that field. Skills and knowledge gained in this minor are drawn from the following areas: learning strategies, group dynamics, equipment utilization, production of materials, message design, evaluation of instructional materials, and locating information.

The educational media minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours selected in consultation with an adviser from the department.

EDUC 370. Instructional Technology                     3
Choose one of the following:                           3
  PSYC 101. General Psychology I
  PSYC 305. Perception
  PSYC 310. Cognitive Psychology
Choose one of the following:                           3
  SCOM 247. Problem-Solving Communication
  SCOM 345. Non-verbal Communication
Choose one of the following:                         2-3
  LSEM 101. Resources for College Studies 
    (two credits)
  LSEM 150. Information in Contemporary Society
    (three credits)
Electives (approved by adviser)                      6-7

Program in Secondary Education

The department offers a minor for students majoring in a discipline and planning to teach in a secondary school. The minor in secondary education is designed to assure students that they are eligible for licensure by the Virginia Department of Education upon completion of the program and receipt of the baccalaureate degree.

Students should note that prerequisites are required for many of the courses included in the minor. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the head of the department and the dean of the College of Education and Psychology.

Students desiring a secondary school teaching license must also complete HTH 370, The School Health Program.

The program is designed to prepare teachers who are reflective decision makers. Teachers who are reflective decision makers are able to choose from among known educational alternatives to maximize student learning in a variety of instructional situations.

Career Advisory System

Freshman students planning to become teachers in secondary schools are advised to enroll in SEED 101, Orientation to the Profession.

Students should contact an education adviser concerning job opportunities in the various secondary subject areas, proper sequence of education courses, practicum opportunities in local secondary schools, and special programs and elective courses in the department. By consulting regularly with their career adviser in secondary education, students can continually evaluate their career objectives.

Professional Courses

The professional education requirements for the teacher education program leading to licensure as a secondary teacher consist of a sequence of courses which are designed to meet the Virginia teacher licensure regulations. The following 36 credit hours are needed to complete the program.

Freshman Year                                      Hours
No required courses                                    0
SEED 101. Orientation to the Profession 
  (one credit may be earned)

Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development                  3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child

Junior Year                                        Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology                     3
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2

Senior Year                                        Hours
Appropriate SEED 371 course                            3
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes [1]
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education [1]                  1
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the Content           1
  Areas [1]
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management [1]
SEED 480. Student Teaching in Secondary               12
  Education [1]
Must be taken during the same semester.
See education adviser (College of Education and Psychology Building, Room 312) for additional information.

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