Secondary Education, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson: Department Chairperson:
Margaret Pierce (Sabbatical, Spring 2018)

Office: College Center 110C

Phone: 508-565-1901
mpierce@stonehill.eduActing Department Chairperson Spring 2018:
Karen Anderson

Office: College Center 110B

Phone: 508-565-1073

Licensure Program: Secondary Education (5-12)(8-12)

The Department of Education Studies offers a major in Secondary Education which leads to initial licensure in classroom teaching in one of the following areas: Biology (8-12), Chemistry (8-12), English (8-12), French (5-12), History (8-12), Mathematics (8-12), or Spanish (5-12).

The major in Secondary Education requires the completion of eleven courses.

Complete Eight Courses in the Professional Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 102

Foundations of Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces students to the field of education. Built both on abstract and concrete experiences: two-thirds of course time is devoted to historic, social, and philosophical foundations of education. Current issues and information concerning teacher certification are included in the course.

Pre-practicum recommended.


EDU 140

Teaching the Adolescent Learner

Offered: Fall Semester

This course focuses on students in secondary classrooms, and their unique developmental needs. Using a neuroscience lens, we will explore the challenging and exciting period of adolescence, with a specific focus on implications for education and the work of secondary teachers.

This course has an optional 20-hour pre-practicum field experience in a setting with adolescents.Students may not take both EDU 125 and EDU 140.


EDU 207

English Language Learners in Classrooms

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course will prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to accommodate English Language Learners in schools. Topics will include language and literacy development, vocabulary and academic language development, diversity issues and current policy requirements, with focus on implications for second language learners and Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.


EDU 214

The Inclusive Secondary Classroom

Offered: Not Offered 2017-2018

This course is a review of the legal requirements, assessment responsibilities and the instructional methods used for supporting students with special needs in secondary classrooms. There is a strong emphasis on collaboration, and universal design to include all students as well as differentiation to meet individual needs. Field Work is required of all students enrolled in this course. Students are placed in general education and resource classrooms to observe and assist.


EDU 301

Assessment and Analysis in Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A systematic and comprehensive exploration that introduces the prospective teacher to the elements of measurement and elements of evaluation essential to good teaching. Course content also examines statistical reasoning as it applies to educational research and practice.

EDU 3XX Content Specific Pedagogy (Number and description still TBD)

EDU 307

Classroom Management

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Relationship of classroom organization to academic achievement and classroom behavior. An analysis of alternative classroom designs, patterns of interactions, and hierarchies of learning to create a well-organized and effective learning environment.


EDU 330

Reading & Writing in the Content Areas

Offered: Not Offered 2017-2018

Development of techniques to meet the reading and writing needs of students across content areas. Emphasis is placed on strategies which teach students to improve learning through application of reading and writing techniques.


Complete Three Courses in Practicum Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 315

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course familiarizes PK-12 pre-service teachers with instructional and pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching. Develops beginning competence in designing and evaluating curricular programs and activities. Course emphasizes lesson planning, unit planning, and implementation in the PK-12 classroom. Computer literacy skills are addressed throughout the course.

Pre-practicum: one full day per week required.


EDU 437

Practicum: Secondary Education 5-12 Level

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Secondary (content area, e.g. foreign language): 5-12]. Practicum hours in two settings (1) middle school & (2) high school. Evaluation based on Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

EDU 439 - Practicum: Secondary Education 8-12 Level

EDU 440

Practicum: Reflective Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Series of evening seminars taken concurrently with appropriate practicum. Facilitated by Stonehill faculty and professional education practitioners, this capstone seminar will address current issues of best practice in education. Issues around assessment and evaluation of teaching as well as professional development and teacher support will be addressed.

Must be taken concurrently with EDU 430, EDU 435, EDU 437, or EDU 439.



In order to register for EDU 437 - Practicum: Secondary Education 5-12 Level or EDU 439 - Practicum: Secondary Education 8-12 Level and EDU 440 - Practicum: Reflective Seminar, the Secondary Education major must:

  • hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00;
  • pass all appropriate sections of the Massachusetts Tests of Educational Licensure (MTEL); and
  • complete all Education coursework, or obtain consent of the Department Chair.

EDU 437 or EDU 439 may be completed either fall or spring semester of senior year, in consultation with the student's education advisor.

Complete a second major in Liberal Arts or Science

In addition to the Secondary Education major, students must complete a second liberal arts/science major from the following list: Biology (B.A. or B.S.), Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.), English, French, History, Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.) or Spanish.