Secondary Education: English Certification

Required Courses for the Secondary Education: English Certification

Foundations for Teaching (15 credits)

Note: The student will select either EDU 500 Classroom/Behavior Management or EDU 529 Positive Behavioral Supports.

  • EDU 500

    Behavior Management Techniques

    3 credits

    This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through use of appropriate behavior management techniques. The student chooses one approach to classroom/behavior management to explore in depth. Topics and activities apply to all levels, regular and special education, from preschool through secondary.

  • EDU 529

    Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports

    3 credits

    This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.

  • EDU 541

    Frameworks for Learning

    3 credits

    This course deals with the application of psychological principles that promote the learning of individuals and groups. Knowledge from previous classes is built upon through an emphasis on the application of theories of learning into the classrooms, the importance of meeting individual differences in today’s diverse classrooms, incorporating classroom assessment into the learning process, and the implications for instruction, development, and design.

  • EDU 542

    The Teacher as Leader

    3 credits

    This course will examine the changing role of the teacher in contemporary schools.  Students will learn leadership skills and methods for impacting educational organizations. Students will be introduced to strategies for creating a climate for new ideas.

  • EDU 586

    Studies in Disability and Exceptionality

    This course is based on extensive study in areas of
    disability and society, disability and the media, and the
    civil rights quest of people with disabilities. Students will
    attend speaker forums of experts in disabilities, will be
    involved in meetings of a conference or organized
    advocacy group, and prepare their own presentations on
    appropriate topics to gain multiple perspectives of
    ability/disability and an understanding of exceptionality
    and disability culture.

  • PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3 credits

    A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the  physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major  developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The  psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.

Teaching Methods (12 credits)

  • CIS 103

    Microcomputer Applications in Education

    3 credits

    Provides an introduction to the uses of technology in an educational setting. Emphasis of the course will be on integrating technology with classroom instruction. Students will learn skills related to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as to evolving internet-based technologies. Promoting life-long learning and an understanding of the legal and ethical use of computer/technology resources will be an integral part of the course.

  • EDU 223

    Introduction to Classroom Assessment

    3 credits

    This course will introduce a variety of educational
    assessment strategies used to inform instructional
    decisions. Students will explore the many forms of
    assessment including authentic/embedded assessment,
    formal and informal assessment tools, group achievement
    measures, and the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).
    Special attention will be given to the use of assessment
    data to improve classroom teaching, to enhance
    instructional planning for a diverse student population,
    and to share information with various constituencies.
    Prerequisites: EDU 203; EDU 200.

  • EDU 550

    Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

    3 hours

    This course provides strategies for teaching vocabulary,
    concepts, comprehension, reasoning, and organization in
    specialty subject areas. Included are theoretical bases and
    methodologies for incorporating reading and writing skills
    within content areas of instruction.

  • EDU 597

    The Instructional Process

    3 hours

    This course, taken the last semester prior to student
    teaching/field experience, will build upon the previous
    work in the MAT program related to curriculum/
    instructional planning; understanding diverse learners and
    differentiating instruction; the use of technology, behavior
    management; reading strategies, etc. into a coherent
    method for planning, delivering and assessing instruction.
    Candidates will be provided instruction in the
    instructional processes and products needed to complete
    the culminating project for teacher certification.
    Candidates will be required to present a model unit plan
    which incorporates all factors of the instructional process
    and work with a classroom teacher at the appropriate level
    of certification to validate that model.

Methods Course Applicable to Certification Area (3 credits)

  • ENG 386

    Teaching of English in the Middle and Secondary School

    3 credits

    Application of teaching methods to the specific discipline of English with particular attention to its various aspects: literature, language, and writing.

Content Area*

30 credit hours with appropriate distribution as determined by the educator preparation institution

Clinical Experiences (13 credits)

* Certification candidates must also complete an appropriate program of study in their chosen content area, six (6) hours of which must be taken at Fontbonne University. Transcripts are forwarded to the appropriate department for review of content to establish individual program needs.

  • EDU 531

    The Contemporary Classroom

    3 credits

    This course offers an intensive overview of the contemporary classroom. The student will  observe classrooms at the level of certification sought and reflect on those observations. Students will gain an understanding of the overall context of the classroom and its  relationship to the role of education in society. The course is calculated to assist post-BA students, aspiring to enter the teaching profession, to arrive at an informed decision regarding this career choice. Thirty (30) hours of observation are required in addition to class attendance. Background Check Required.

  • EDU 451

    Student Teaching at the Secondary Level

    10-16 credits

    A minimum of twelve weeks of full-day sessions in directed observation and teaching in a secondary school setting, to include conferences with principals, cooperating teachers, and college supervisors. Those seeking K-12 certification in Art must complete four weeks in an elementary placement. Students may enroll for additional weeks for additional credit, up to sixteen credits. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification candidacy. Background Check Required

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