Secondary Certification in Citizenship Education

The College offers a program for students seeking certification to teach Citizenship
Education in the secondary schools. The program includes three required
components: the Citizenship Education core, the secondary education core, and a
major in one of the following disciplines: history or politics.  There is no major in citizenship education. Dr. James H. Broussard is the coordinator of the Citizenship Education Certification Program.

Citizenship Track:

Required courses:

ECN 105 Essentials of Economics
EDU 450 Curriculum and Instruction for the Young Adolescent
HIS 150 The Business of History
HIS 202 Historical Geography
HIS 250 The Historian's Craft
HIS 251 Topics in Political History
HIS 252 Topics in Economic History
HIS 253 Topics in Comparative History
HIS 254 Topics in the History of the Americas
POL 110 The Architecture of American Power
POL 210 Comparative Politics
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power and World Politics

Three of the following:
HIS 103 The Ancient World: the Dawn of Civilization to the Fall of the Han and Roman Empires
HIS 104 The Second Age of Empires: World History from the Fall of Rome to the Mongol Invasions
HIS 105 Formation of the Modern World
HIS 125 United States History to 1865
HIS 126 United States History since 1865

One of the following:
POL 252
POL 256 Political Behavior

Three credits from the following:
HIS 460 Undergraduate Research
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History

One HIS elective (3 credits).

Secondary Education Courses:
SED 115 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
SED 363 Teaching of Social Sciences in the Secondary Schools
SED 421 Content Area Literacy
SED 431 Practicum and Methods II
SED 440 Student Teaching

One of the following:
EDU 240 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: PreK - Grade 8
EDU 245 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: Grade 7 - Grade 12

Additional Certification Requirements

Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a number of additional processes and requirements outlined in the Steps to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification document on the Education Department web page.  Along with other requirements, these include a minimum GPA and the following coursework:

1. Completion of one English composition course.

2. Completion of one English or American literature course.

3. Completion of two college-level mathematics courses.

4. Completion of required Special Education coursework:

SPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
SPE 255 Special Education Processes and Procedures

The following course is required for music education majors and may also be required for students transfering credits into any certification program from other institutions:

SPE 258 Effective Instructional and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Disabilities

5. Completion of one of the following ESL courses:

For early childhood/special education certification: EDU 240 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: PreK - Grade 8

For secondary education certification: EDU 245 Language, Cultural Diversity and Academic Achievement: Grade 7 - Grade 12

K-12 certification (languages and music) candidates may take either course.