Secondary Teacher Education Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum  allows you to begin taking your Secondary Teacher Education classes beginning in your first semester. Whether you are concentrating in Social Studies or English Language Arts, you will already have taken courses related to your major and spent time—over 30 hours—in a local classroom by the end of your first year. (At many institutions, you wouldn't reach that number until your senior year!)

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 requirements for your major—we encourage you to expand your cultural experience in your third year.

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

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Secondary Teacher Education Curriculum 2019-2020


Focus on English

First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching and Learning 
(EDU 110)

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

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

OR

Intro. to Statistics 
(MTH 180)

Reading and Writing Fiction 
(ENG 215)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third 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)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Brit Lit I: Mid Ages to 18th Century 
(ENG 242)

OR

British Literaure II
(ENG 243)

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)

Survey of Drama: Reading Like a Director
(ENG 260)

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

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Reviving Shakespeare: From Text to Production 
(ENG 361)

Natural Science w/ Lab
(SCI XXX)

Any ENG 3XX other than ENG 361

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

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Literature: An Evolving Canon
(ENG 420)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410 EDU)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)


Focus on Social Studies

First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching and Learning
(EDU 110)

American History I
(HIS 110)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

American History II
(HIS 111)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115)

OR

Intro. to Statistics 
(MTH 180)


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 Civilization 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 Civilization 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)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


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)
OR

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)
AND
Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Natural Science w/ Lab
(SCI XXX)

Reading & Writing History
(HIS 320)

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

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)
AND
Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Social Justice: Oppression and Empowerment
(SWK 305)

Survey of Economics
(ECN 110)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Specialization / Minor / General Elective

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)