Secondary (High School) Education Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Secondary (High School) Education classes in your first semester. Whether you choose an endorsement in Social Studies, Mathematics, or English Language Arts, you will already have taken courses related to your major and spent important 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? Our 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 global experience in your third year.

View the curriculum for the English Endorsement, the Mathematics endorsement, and the Social Studies Endorsement.

Secondary (High School) Teacher Education Curriculum 2020–2021


English Endorsement

First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching & Learning 
(EDU 110)

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

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Reading & Writing Fiction
(ENG 215)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

EHS 210 may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

Reading & Writing Poetry
(ENG 250)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

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

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Specialization/minor/general elective course


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

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

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Reviving Shakespeare: From Text to Production
(ENG 361)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Any ENG 3XX [other than ENG 361]

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


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 course

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410 EDU)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)


Mathematics Endorsement

First Year

First Semester

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Foundations of Learning & Teaching
(EDU 110)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Calculus I 
(MTH 230)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Second Semester

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

Calculus II
(MTH 240)

Discrete Mathematics
(MTH 270)


Second Year

EHS 210 may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Content Literacy
(EDU 230)

Vector Calculus
(MTH 340)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

History of Mathematics
(MTH 305)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 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, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

Linear Algebra
(MTH 310)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Survey Of Geometries
(MTH 315)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Specialization/minor/general elective course


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)


Social Studies Endorsement

First Year

First Semester

Foundations of Teaching & Learning
(EDU 110)

American History I
(HIS 110)

Adolescent Psychology
(PSY 120)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Integrating Technology
(EDU 112)

American History II
(HIS 111)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)

Foundations of Mathematics
(MTH 115) or
Introduction 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)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Teaching Diverse Learners
(EDU 135)

Legacy of World Civilization II
(HIS 211)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 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, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Service Learning
(EDU 245)

American National Government
(LEG 100)

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

Reading & Writing History
(HIS 320)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Specialization/minor/general elective course


Fourth Year

First Semester

Secondary Teaching Methods
(EDU 332)

Social Justice: Oppression & Empowerment
(SWK 305)

Survey of Economics
(ECN 110)

Reflective Practices in Education
(EDU 425)

Curriculum Design & Differentiated Instruction
(EDU 335)

Specialization/minor/general elective course

Second Semester

Student Teaching Capstone
(CCC 410EDU)

Integrated Curriculum/Student Teaching
(EDU 490)