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Advisement Information & Checklist For Secondary Education Majors

As a Secondary Education major, you will have two advisors. One advisor will be through the academic department and will assist you with the content area advising. The other will be through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and will assist you with the advisement of your professional education classes.

During the first semester of your junior year, you must have an approved degree program on file containing at least 120 semester hours of college-level coursework. Some programs may require more than 120 hours.

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Policy on Expiration of Undergraduate Courses and Programs Leading to Professional Education Certification 

Secondary Education Requirements

  • When students obtain sophomore standing, they are eligible to enroll in the first set of secondary education courses (EDU 250 and PSY 310). The completion of the secondary program must be spread over a minimum of four enrollment periods. Students are required to have 200 clock hours of field and clinical experiences in addition to coursework. Students are expected to work closely with their major and minor advisor and professional education advisor.
  • PSY 100 is a prerequisite for PSY 310 and EDU 250.
  • EDU 250 and PSY 310 are pre-requisities for SEC 351. SEC 351 and SEC 352 may be taken during the same semester.
  • SEC 453/SEC 481 (Secondary Social Studies majors) and SEC 453/SEC 475 (English for Secondary majors) may be taken during the same semester. **Your Teacher Education file must be complete before enrolling in SEC 453.
  • *Application for student teaching is made during the senior year.

Teacher Education Admissions Requirements

All Secondary Education majors must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. You are required to attend a Teacher Admissions Orientation meeting that is offered at specific times during the semesters. The Office of Teacher Services will process the application file and recommend students to the Professional Education Committee for admission into Teacher Education upon completion of all the requirements. For information on the Teacher Education requirements contact:

Mrs. Tammy McComb
Office of Teacher Services
Gary A. Ransdell Hall 2052
(270) 745-6571
tammy.mccomb@wku.edu

See related: Teacher Education Admissions.

Advisement Checklist For Education Majors

____ Contact the department of your major to complete the content portion of your degree program.
   
____ Contact the Secondary Education adviser to complete the professional education section of your degree program.
   
____ When registering, check for day and time conflicts with your classes.
   
____ Note that any course with a section 600 is an extended campus class (Glasgow, Owensboro, or Elizabethtown).
   
____ If you register for a RESTRICTED CLASS, you must contact the academic department for a course pass. For example, if SEC 453 is restricted, you must contact the School of Teacher Education for a course pass.
   
____ As a freshman, you are generally not allowed to take any 200 or 300 level courses. See advisor for questions.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Admission into Teacher Education
  • Application on file
  • Attainment of a 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours
  • Completion of at least 75% of courses in your major
  • Verification of a criminal background check, a physical examination, and a negative TB test result or equivalent.

For more information contact regarding Student Teaching:

Mrs. Lillian Davis
Office of Teacher Services
Gary A. Ransdell Hall 2052
(270) 745-4896
lillian.davis@wku.edu

See related: Student Teaching Requirements

Required Professional Education Classes

  • EDU 250- Intro to Teacher Education
  • SEC 351-Teaching Strategies for Secondary Schools
  • SEC 352-Planning for Student Diversity
  • SEC 453-Management of Instruction
  • SEC ***-Content Specific Methods Course
  • EDU 489-Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU/SEC 490-Student Teaching
  • PSY 310-Educational Psychology

Secondary Education Adviser

Ms. Pam Pierce

*Information on this page is intended for students in Secondary Education (grades 8-12) programs.

 Last Modified 1/23/14