Secondary Teacher Education Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Secondary Teacher Education classes beginning in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Secondary Teacher Education faculty built the curriculum so you can take a semester studying abroad without getting behind on the required courses necessary for you to complete your major.

Choose between a Focus on English or a Focus on Social Studies.

Secondary Teacher Education Curriculum 2014-2015


Focus on English

First Year

First Semester

Learning Theory
(EDU 115)

American Literature I
(ENG 240) OR
American Literature II
(ENG 241)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

British Literature I 
(ENG 242) OR
British Literature II
(ENG 243)

College Algebra
(MTH 120)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

*EHS 200 OR 210 must be taken either in the fall or spring semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

Reading & Writing Poetry
(ENG 250)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

General Elective

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Reading and Writing Fiction
(ENG 215)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester. For students who plan to study abroad, COR 310 and 320 should be taken in Burlington, and the two COR 330 courses should be taken during the study abroad semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

Literature Seminar
(ENG 350)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Natural Science with Lab

Second Semester

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Survey of Drama
(ENG 260) OR
Survey of Modern Drama
(ENG 262)

Shakespearean Drama
(ENG 260)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Literature/Writing Elective

Literature Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Literature: An Evolving Canon
(ENG 420)

Social Injustice in a Diverse Society
(SWK 305)

Literature Elective

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)


Focus on Social Studies

First Year

First Semester

Learning Theory
(EDU 115)

American History I
(HIS 110)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

Rhetoric I
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

American History II
(HIS 111)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

Rhetoric II
(COR 125)

College Algebra
(MTH 120)


Second Year

*EHS 200 OR 210 must be taken either in the fall or spring semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

Legacy of World Civilizations I
(HIS 210)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Legacy of World Civilizations II
(HIS 211)

Hot Topics Seminar
(EHS 200) OR
Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester. For students who plan to study abroad, COR 310 and 320 should be taken in Burlington, and the two COR 330 courses should be taken during the study abroad semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

American National Government
(LEG 100)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Natural Science Elective w/ Lab
(SCI XXX)

Second Semester

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Reading & Writing History
(HIS 320)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Social Injustice in a Diverse Society
(SWK 305)

Macroeconomics
(ECN 210)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective
Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)