Secondary Education

Dr. Alvin Pettus, Program Coordinator

The program offers a major in marketing and business education (secondary level), and a minor in general secondary education for students majoring in an arts and sciences discipline and planning to teach in an academic area (English, foreign languages, mathematics, natural sciences, or social studies) at the secondary school level. Students should note that catalog requirements for the major and/or for the minor may differ from teacher licensure requirements at a given time because of changes in licensure requirements made by the Virginia Department of Education or by accrediting agencies. Therefore, those students interested in meeting licensure requirements should confer with an adviser early in their program and frequently thereafter.

Business and Marketing Education

The major in business and marketing is undergoing development and revision. Students interested in pursuing this major and licensure to teach business and/or marketing education in secondary schools should contact the secondary program coordinator or a designated adviser.

The purpose of the business and marketing education component of the secondary education program is to prepare individuals to develop and deliver business and marketing-based instruction in secondary schools and in business and organizational settings. Teachers of business and marketing education provide instruction for business, marketing and fashion merchandising classes; develop and supervise cooperative education programs for students; and develop, administer and/or teach business and marketing classes for adults who are employed in or interested in employment in related fields.

Positions in business and marketing education, unlike other teaching positions, involve contact and establishment of working relationships with many different publics, both in the schools and business communities.

Requirements

In addition to requirements in liberal studies courses from the College of Business, a core of seven courses in business and marketing education, and courses in professional education will be required. Please contact the program coordinator for secondary education or an adviser in business and marketing education.

Secondary Education

The program offers a minor for students majoring in a discipline and planning to teach in one of five general academic areas of the curriculum. The minor is designed to assure students eligibility for licensure to teach in Virginia (through an approved program process) upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements 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.

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
No required courses 0
SEED 101. Orientation to the Profession
(one credit may be earned)
Sophomore Year
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 3
Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child
Junior Year
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology 3
HTH 370. The School Health Program 2
Senior Year
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
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1 Must be taken during the same semester.

See an education adviser (Roop Hall, Room 312) for additional information.

Vocational Education

The minor in secondary vocational education is designed to provide students with the necessary teaching and program administration skills to operate a secondary vocational education program in health occupations, home economics, marketing, or trade and industrial education.

To become licensed to teach vocational education, students must have appropriate content preparation in a vocational area, complete the requirements below and complete student teaching satisfactorily.

Credit
Requirements Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3
PSYC 270. Psychology of the Pre-adolescent 3
and Adolescent Child 1
SEED 480. Student Teaching 12
VOED 240. Organization and Administration 3
of Vocational Education
VOED 380. Competency-Based Education in 3
Vocational Education
VOED 383. Classroom Methodology and Lab 3
Management
VOED 385. Advising Student Organizations 3
VOED 400. Cooperative Vocational Education 3
Methods
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1 PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development, is a prerequisite to PSYC 270 and is required for teacher licensure.

Special Education

Dr. J. Gerald Minskoff, Program Coordinator

Special education offers a program designed to provide a strong foundation in characteristics, diagnosis and remediation of students with mild learning and behavior problems and to quality students for initial licensure in special education with endorsements in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and mental retardation. Special education also offers an extensive graduate program in the teaching of students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation and early childhood special education.

Licensure for Special Education Teachers

The undergraduate program in special education prepares students to educate the learner with mild disabilities. Study in mental retardation, emotional disturbance and learning disabilities is included, and students are prepared to serve as teachers of students with mild disabilities in a variety of educational placements. The program is built on a diagnostic-prescriptive model of teaching and includes extensive field activities.

Completion of this program will lead to eligibility for Virginia teaching licensure with endorsements in mental retardation, emotional disturbance, and learning disabilities. To be recommended for teacher licensure in this program, all students must meet the following requirements:

EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the
Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Child
SPED 200. Nature and Issues of Disabilities
SPED 201. Characteristics of Persons with
Learning/Behavioral Disabilities
SPED 311-312. Assessing the Disabled with
Field Experience
SPED 313-314. Instructional Programming for the
Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 315-316. Analysis and Design of Behavioral
Programs for the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 317-318. Teaching Language Arts and
Mathematics with Field Experience
SPED 319-320. Managing Classroom Behavior
with Field Experience
SPED 461-462. Special Methods for Teaching
Academics to the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 463-464. Consultative Skills for Working
with Schools, Community Agencies and Parents
with Field Experience
SPED 480. Student Teaching

Students in this program must have an adviser in the special education program, in addition to an adviser in the arts and sciences major. A grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission to 400-level courses in special education.

Transfer students must consult the coordinator of the program to determine the appropriate catalog to follow in developing programs of study.

Student Teaching in Special Education

Students admitted to student teaching must

Licensure Program

The following program chart is intended as a guide for students seeking licensure in special education. The exact program sequence and content will be influenced by the arts and sciences major, degree requirements, and student teaching. The student must complete a program plan with the major and special education (licensure) program adviser to ensure that individual course prerequisites are met. Additional courses which may be necessary to meet specific degree requirements are not included in the program guide.

Graduating seniors are expected to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist faculty in curricular modification and program development.

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
English composition courses 1 6
Fine arts/aesthetics course 1 3
Physical education/dance course 1 2
Literature course 1 3
Mathematics course 1 3
Natural science courses 1 6
Oral communication course 1 3
Major requirements 3
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Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 1 3
SPED 200. Nature and Issues of Disabilities 3
SPED 201. Characteristics of Persons with 3
Learning/Behavioral Disabilities
History/civilization courses 1 6
Social science course 1 3
Major requirements 12
30
Credit
Junior Year Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 2 3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 3
Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Child
SPED 311-312. Assessing the Disabled with 3
Field Experience
SPED 313-314. Instructional Programming for 3
the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 315-316. Analysis and Design of 3
Behavioral Programs for the Disabled with
Field Experience
SPED 317-318. Teaching Language Arts and 3
Mathematics with Field Experience
SPED 319-320. Managing Classroom Behavior 3
with Field Experience
Major requirements 15
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Credit
Senior Year Hours
SPED 461-462. Special Methods for Teaching 3
Academics to the Disabled with Field Experience
SPED 463-464. Consultative Skills for Working 3
with Schools, Community Agencies and Parents
with Field Experience
SPED 480. Student Teaching 16
Major requirements 12
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1 Liberal studies requirements.

2 EDUC 360, Foundations of American Education, fulfills the liberal studies philosophy/religion requirement.

Nonlicensure Minor in Special Education

The nonlicensure minor program in special education is designed for students in other major fields who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to assisting individuals with disabilities but who do not wish to pursue Virginia teaching licensure in the field. All students in this program will be assigned a faculty adviser by the head of the department. An approved program plan must be developed in coordination with the adviser.

The completion of 18 credit hours of course credit is required for the minor, including SPED 200, Nature and Issues of Disabilities, which is required of all minors.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University