Associate Professor Jacy Ippolito, Chairperson
Professors: Mary-Lou Breitborde, Michelle Pierce, Allan Shwedel, Jaime Wurzel
Associate Professors: Mary Ni
Assistant Professors: Cameron Beatty, Rozana Carducci, Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, Melanie Gonzales, Chad A. Leith, Steven T. Oliver, Jose Salgado
The Secondary and Higher Education Department prepares undergraduate students to work in secondary education, community education, school counseling and higher education settings.
The Secondary and Higher Education Department offers an integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree program (4+1) with an application process occurring in the second year. Students planning to teach a specific content area complete a major in the College of Arts and Sciences in the field of knowledge for which the teaching license is sought, along with a minor in Teacher Education. The approved 4+1 licensure programs in conjunction with the teacher education minor are English (8-12), History (5-8 or 8-12), Mathematics (5-8 or 8-12), Physical Education (Elementary or Secondary), Theatre Arts (PK-12), and Visual Arts (PK-8 or 5-12).
In addition to the combined bachelor’s/master’s program with its separate eligibility process, there are 4-year teacher licensure programs with majors in Biology, Chemistry, and Geological Sciences (Earth Science) and an approved minor in education.
Detailed information about educational licensure program requirements and resources for learning and educational practice may be found in the School of Education section of this catalog.
The Department also offers a new concentration in Educational Studies with a focus in Community Education. This focus area is designed for students who wish to work as educators and interpreters in settings such as museums, wildlife sanctuaries, the National Park Service, other historical sites, and after-school programs.
Finally, the Secondary and Higher Education Department houses M.Ed. programs in School Counseling and Higher Education-Student Affairs, along with MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) programs in English, Chemistry, History, Mathematics, and Spanish. The higher education program is designed for those seeking a career in student affairs at the post-secondary level. A Certificate program in Teacher Leadership is available for educators who want to take a leadership role in a school setting. Our CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) program in Educational Leadership is available to students who have already completed a master’s degree and wish to seek licensure as school administrators.
Teacher Education Minor
All students seeking to enter the integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in the Arts & Sciences will complete a Teacher Education minor as part of their combined program. For more information on the minor requirements view the relevant content area program page or visit the program page for the Teacher Education minor. The minor is only open to students majoring in English, History, Mathematics, Art, Physical Education and Theatre and application to the minor will be completed as part of the application to the combined undergraduate/graduate degree program.
Educational Studies Minor
The Educational Studies minor consists of five (5) courses (15 credits) in Education, selected with the approval of the Chair of the Department. The minor is available to students in any major.
Practicum Failure Policy
To review the School of Education Practicum Failure Policy, visit the Academic Policies section of the catalog.