Secondary and K-12 Licensure

Program Requirements

A student seeking licensure as a Secondary teacher (grades 7-12) or K-12 teacher must complete an appropriate academic major, all other University requirements, and the appropriate Secondary or K-12 Licensure requirements. The Secondary academic major may be: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, or Politics and Government. The K-12 Academic Major may be: Art, Exercise and Sport Science, Music, or Spanish. Students must complete all coursework required within the academic major prior to beginning the year of Education coursework and complementary residency, or have content advisor and Education advisor permission. Students have their Degree Works or Unofficial transcripts signed by the content advisor, indicating all coursework will be completed before residency begins. Students pursuing the Secondary or K-12 Licensure option must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Licensure Program before taking EDUC 340 and being eligible to enter the residency year. The clinical residency experience begins each fall for one full year, and students may be placed in more than one Secondary or K-12 classroom. Students have both in-state and out-of-state placement options. After attending the summer session orientation to the residency program on campus, students are highly encouraged follow the Secondary or K-12 school year calendar for the school in which they are placed, not the Western academic calendar (i.e. beginning on the day the mentor teacher reports for duty, take Secondary or K-12 school holidays, participate in Secondary or K-12 school professional development and in-service opportunities, end the final day teachers are required to report, etc.). Master mentor teachers are selected carefully to ensure that Western students completing their clinical residencies have strong professional role models. The potential mentor teacher’s principal will assess the mentor teacher’s knowledge of the education standards and standard elements. Students accepting these placements are expected to successfully complete the year-long clinical residency, in order to be recommended for Initial Licensure. Students who do not successfully complete the year-long residency will be withdrawn from the Education Program and must appeal to the Performance Review Committee for readmission. The other education courses in the program are offered online throughout the residency year. The residency for Secondary or K-12 Licensure must be completed in a Secondary or K-12 classroom and students are expected to work cooperatively 24 hours per week with qualified mentor teachers. During this year-long clinical residency, the student is applying and extending the pedagogical knowledge that he or she is learning in the Education courses. To be recommended for an Initial Secondary or K-12 License, the student resident must perform at “3, Proficiency” level in all relevant standard elements in the Secondary or K-12 classroom. Student residents must demonstrate the ability to apply the standard/standard element in an elementary classroom setting, assess Secondary or K-12 student learning, and evaluate their own teaching performance. The level expected of well prepared, first year teachers is “3, Proficiency.”

The Secondary (with the exception of students seeking Secondary English Licensure) and K-12 Licensure Program requires 30 credits of Education coursework:

EDUC 000Education Gateway Course0
EDUC 340Application of Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 403Instruction and Assessment in Content Area3
EDUC 404Creating Positive Learning Environments3
EDUC 405Data-driven Instructional Practices3
EDUC 406Content Area Literacy3
EDUC 407Maximizing Learning through 21st Century Skills3
EDUC 420Application of Classroom Strategies to Engage All Learners3
EDUC 424Differentiation: Applying Learner-Centered Instruction3
Appropriate Student Teaching Course
EDUC 409Secondary Student Teaching (taken twice)3
EDUC 410K-12 Student Teaching (taken twice)3
Total Credits30

The Secondary English Licensure Program requires 30 credits of Education coursework:

EDUC 000Education Gateway Course0
EDUC 340Application of Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 401Assessment for Prevention and Intervention3
EDUC 402Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency3
EDUC 403Instruction and Assessment in Content Area3
EDUC 404Creating Positive Learning Environments3
EDUC 405Data-driven Instructional Practices3
EDUC 407Maximizing Learning through 21st Century Skills3
EDUC 408Teaching Writing with the Brain in Mind3
EDUC 409Secondary Student Teaching3
Total Credits27