Prepare to Teach in Grades 7-12

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education

With a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in secondary education, you’ll be able to teach students in grades seven through 12.

We offer preparation for teaching endorsements in the following scientific areas in secondary education:

  • Business, Marketing and Information Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Science

 

We also offer preparation for teaching endorsements in the following arts areas in secondary education:

  • English
  • Language Arts
  • Special Education
  • Social Science
  • World Languages — Spanish

Required Courses in Your Major

Select your interest area to view course requirements.

 

Secondary Education — Business, Marketing and Information Technology Endorsement

You must fulfill all secondary education major requirements, all business, marketing and information technology emphasis requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Business

You will be introduced to business from a multitude of perspectives ranging from the contributions made by free enterprise to the U.S. economy, to an examination of the interaction and interdependence among the discrete functions within a company. This course will also provide an overview of careers in business.

Microeconomics

In this course, we will investigate the process of production and distribution within the economy and examine the effects of different market structures upon product price and output as well as the determinants of the demand for labor and other resources. Microeconomics deals with the problems faced by individual firms and households, including consumption, the distribution of wealth and the price mechanism.

Macroeconomics

In this course, we will explore economic principles, problems and policies with an emphasis on Gross National Product, income and employment and discuss problem areas like inflation, depression and the effect of government monetary and fiscal policies.

Principles of Accounting I 

You will be introduced to the principles, concepts and applications of accounting as a business decision-making tool. You will focus on the understanding and completion of the accounting cycle and producing and analyzing basic financial statements. You will also be introduced to computerized accounting.

Principles of Accounting II

You will continue to develop the concept of accounting as a decision-making tool. This course will emphasize basic cost accounting and managerial decision techniques. You will also pursue additional work with a computerized accounting program. 

Management & Leadership 

You will acquire the knowledge, attributes, skills and resources for roles in the community and in your profession. You will learn both theoretical and practical skills necessary to be effective in a variety of settings through a scholarly exploration of the complex concepts of leadership.

Business Communication

You will practice communicating your ideas through writing, presenting and interpersonal discussions. You will be introduced to current business communication technologies and techniques, and to longstanding principles for communicating individually. 

Global Dimensions of Business

You will study the world of international business and gain insight on global thinking. We will focus on seven main concepts; globalization, cultural differences, global politics, international trade and investment, international management and strategic management.

Principles of Marketing

You will explore modern methods of marketing goods and services. Buying and selling behavior and the marketing environment are related to promotion, pricing, distribution, and product design decisions.

Consumer Behavior

You will learn about the economic, anthropological, political, psychological and social aspects of the consumer as they relate to the consumer decision-making process.

Marketing Analytics

In this course, you will learn about the fundamental techniques of marketing research, including questionnaire construction, determination of market potentials, sampling theory, interpretation of results and report presentation.

Introduction to Computers

You will learn how hardware, software and people work together in an information society. You will learn to enhance your personal productivity and problem solving skills by applying information technologies to problem situations and by designing and using small information systems for individuals and groups.

Advanced Business Applications

In this course, you will learn the theory and use of information systems as a tool for organizing, analyzing and presenting information in a variety of modern professional environments, such as accounting, marketing, productions, sales, etc. Topics include data and information flow throughout the information system: data management using database creation and manipulation, data analysis using spreadsheets, data presentation using multimedia presentation graphics software and desktop publishing and the integration of internet resources into each area.

Fundamentals of Information Systems

You will learn systems theory, quality, decision making and the organizational role of information systems. You'll be introduced to the concepts of organizations, information systems growth and process improvement. Topics will include systems concepts; system components and relationships; cost/value and quality of information; competitive advantage of information; specification, design, and re-engineering of information systems; application versus system software; package software solutions; procedural versus non-procedural programming languages; object oriented design; database features, functions, and architecture; networks and telecommunication systems and applications; characteristics of IS professionals and IS career paths; information security, crime and ethics.

Principles of Electronic Commerce

This course will give you an overview of E-commerce as it impacts business functions such as accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. You will learn study topics such as security and safety when doing business in the Internet environment.

Introduction to Education 

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom 

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement 

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management 

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Biology Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the morphological, behavioral and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

Botany: Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Field Biology 

This course will introduce you to the basic techniques and methods used to study biology in an outdoor environment. This includes a brief survey of botany, zoology, and ecology concepts, as well as multiple outdoor experiments, collections and field trips.

Genetics Lecture/Lab 

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

You will also take two of the following four seminar courses

Scientific Methods, Research Design, Scientific Literacy and Scientific Communication

Capstone project

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners 

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society 

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Chemistry Endorsement

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Analytical Chemistry Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the theory of modern methods of quantitative analysis. In the lab component of this course you will apply the concepts covered in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. You will be introduced to the theory of organic compound synthesis, and the use of spectroscopy as an analytical tool. In the lab component of this course will build on skills from the Organic Chemistry I lab as well as cover materials discussed in the lecture.

Research in Chemistry

You will complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty member.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Math Endorsement

Discrete Mathematics

This course will provide with a study of variable types and practical solution methods that use discrete sets such as the natural numbers.

Calculus I

Explore a study of limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic functions and elementary integration with applications in this course.

Calculus II

This course is a continuation of MTH 201 including the differentiation of transcendental functions and methods of formal integration with applications, and an introduction to sequences and series.

Calculus III

You’ll learn the study of calculus of several variables including vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and Green’s theorem.

Statistics

In this course, you’ll collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

College Geometry

Explore axiomatic systems, introduction to non-Euclidean geometry and projective geometry in this course.

Mathematical Statistics

You will study the theory and applications of statistics using a traditional Calculus based approach, including finite and continuous distributions, inferences estimation and regression.

Abstract Algebra: Abstract Algebra 

In this course, you’ll be exposed to an introduction to modern algebra, including groups, rings, integral domains and fields.

Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra

This course offers you a study of finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices and eigenvectors. You’ll learn methods of solution and applications of common types of differential equations.

Differential Equations

Learn methods of solution and applications of common types of differential equations.

Mathematics Seminar

You’ll investigate and present on topics not included in the usual mathematics offerings in this course.

Application Programming using C++

You will be introduced to elementary computer programming using the C++ language. Topics covered will include variables, expressions, statements, sequential execution, selection, iteration, subroutines, simple data structures, structured programming, algorithm development and debugging.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education — Natural Science Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Genetics Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

OR

Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

College Physics I Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves. In the lab component of this course you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

College Physics II Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. In the lab, you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

Physics Capstone Project

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will design an independent project that uses both theories and applications of physics. Applications can be in any area, including astronomy or meteorology.

Environmental Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles and concepts of the biology of populations, communities and ecosystems as they relate to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The lab component of this course will provide a hands-on investigation of the principles and concepts from the lecture.

Physical Geology

You will study the structure and materials of Earth’s crust, the development of topographic features by weathering, erosion, volcanism, plate tectonics and the relationship of Earth to the cosmos.

Introduction to Meteorology

You will study the basic processes occurring in the earth’s atmosphere, including the influence of temperature and pressure on atmospheric circulation and wind-related storms and humidity, precipitation and clouds, all of which result in earth’s weather and climatic systems.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education  — Science Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Genetics Lecture/Lab 

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

OR

Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

College Physics I Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves. In the lab component of this course you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

College Physics II Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. In the lab, you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

Physics Capstone Project

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will design an independent project that uses both theories and applications of physics. Applications can be in any area, including astronomy or meteorology.

Environmental Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles and concepts of the biology of populations, communities and ecosystems as they relate to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The lab component of this course will provide a hands-on investigation of the principles and concepts from the lecture.

Physical Geology

You will study the structure and materials of Earth’s crust, the development of topographic features by weathering, erosion, volcanism, plate tectonics and the relationship of Earth to the cosmos.

Introduction to Meteorology

You will study the basic processes occurring in the earth’s atmosphere, including the influence of temperature and pressure on atmospheric circulation and wind-related storms and humidity, precipitation and clouds, all of which result in earth’s weather and climatic systems.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners 

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society 

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — English Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition (or Writing Literary Non-Fiction or Creative Writing)

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

British Literature

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

English Courses

6 credit hours in English electives

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education — Language Arts Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Mass Media and Society

You will explore the role played by mass media in contemporary life. You will also examine the nature and function of the media through such topics as communicator and audience; content and control; patterns of influence; impact of media on information, entertainment, economics and social and cultural values.

Speech for Language Arts Teachers

You will study theory and practice of communication in language arts education situations. Areas of study will include planning and participation in interviews, conducting personal conferences, small group discussions, creative dramatics, public speaking and other speech activities pertinent to the middle and secondary school Language Arts instruction.

Dramatic Arts

One course of your choice.

Journalism

One course of your choice.

British Literature I

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

British Literature II

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from the Romantic period to modern day.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Speech for Professionals 

You will study theory and practice of communication in professional situations. Areas of study will include communication theory and job-seeking skills in addition to individual and group presentations.

English Courses

9 credit hours of your choice

Writing, Drama, Speech, Literature or Language

11 credit hours of your choice

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education —Language Arts with Reading & Writing Subject Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Mass Media and Society

You will explore the role played by mass media in contemporary life. You will also examine the nature and function of the media through such topics as communicator and audience; content and control; patterns of influence; impact of media on information, entertainment, economics and social and cultural values.

Speech for Language Arts Teachers

You will study theory and practice of communication in language arts education situations. Areas of study will include planning and participation in interviews, conducting personal conferences, small group discussions, creative dramatics, public speaking and other speech activities pertinent to the middle and secondary school Language Arts instruction.

Dramatic Arts

One course of your choice.

Journalism

One course of your choice.

British Literature I

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

British Literature II

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from the Romantic period to modern day.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Speech for Professionals 

You will study theory and practice of communication in professional situations. Areas of study will include communication theory and job-seeking skills in addition to individual and group presentations.

English Courses

9 credit hours of your choice

Writing, Drama, Speech, Literature or Language

11 credit hours of your choice

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Directed Readings on Reading and Writing

You will research current theories, strategies and evaluative techniques included in reading literature. Selected experiences direct students to explore individual needs and areas of interest.

Secondary Education — Spanish Endorsement

Intermediate Spanish I

You will study grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary through an introduction to cultural and literary readings. This course will emphasize all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and the three basic fields (grammar, literature and culture) of the Spanish language.

Intermediate Spanish II

You will further study grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary through an introduction to cultural and literary readings. This course will emphasize all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and the three basic fields (grammar, literature and culture) of the Spanish language.

Spanish Conversation

You will develop spoken Spanish through oral discussions of everyday topics and events. Some emphasis will also be placed on writing as well as pronunciation and general vocabulary building.

Spanish Advanced Conversation

In this course, written and oral activities will focus on topics like the literature, history, culture and cinematographic art of the Spanish-speaking world. The ultimate objective is to prepare you for success in those courses in which the aforementioned topics are the focus.

Spanish Grammar and Composition

This course will provide you with a study of Spanish morphology, sentence structure, and usage applied to a variety of written discourse styles such as description, narration and exposition.

Children and Youth Literature

In this survey of traditional and contemporary children's and adolescent literature from Spain and Latin America written originally in Spanish, you will examine picture books, folktales, poetry, theater and novels from a literary/artistic point of view and for their value in education and cultural development.

Research Seminar in Spanish

You will evaluate educational research in the Spanish Language Teaching and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers, and complete research projects demonstrating effective research designs.

Independent Study in Spanish

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in independent research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member. 

You will also choose 12 credit hours from the following courses

Civilization & Culture I, Civilization & Culture II, Suvery of Literature I, Survey of Literature II or Study Abroad. 

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Social Science Endorsement

American Government

This course will provide an overview of the Federal government, including the study of its executive, legislative and judicial branches and their relationships to each other. You will also discuss current issues in foreign and domestic policy.

History of the United States to 1865

You will inquire into how, by studying the origins of the United States of America, we can better understand American society, culture and politics today. The course will also shed light on our own day-to-day living by contrasting contemporary culture with that of Antebellum America.

History of the United States since 1865

In this course, you will survey the remarkable story of America's rise to becoming a world superpower and the consequences of this new role for both Americans and others throughout the globe. You will also cover effective use of the Internet as a tool for historical study.

World Geography

This course is an investigation into how we may better understand our own society by studying other nations and cultures.

American Foreign Policy

You will investigate the origins, practice and consequences of American foreign policy. Special attention is given to World War II, the Cold War and Vietnam.

Regional Geography

This course will provide you with an in-depth study of the physical and cultural geography of one particular region of the world.

Nazi Germany

You will study the political, social, and cultural forces behind Hitler, Nazi Germany and the murder of 11 million people.

Western Civilization to 1500

You will survey the intellectual and cultural roots of Western civilization from the ancient Sumerians to the Renaissance. Major topics covered include the origins of several contemporary aspects of our culture, including monotheism, democracy, Christianity and the nation-state.

Western Civilization since 1500

You will survey the major cultural, political and social movements in the Western world since 1500. Major topics include the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the growth of industrialization and nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Introduction to Sociology

You will examine basic social relationships, the corresponding social structures and the processes affecting society. In this course, you will receive the basic framework and concepts necessary for a foundation in the upper-division courses.

Macroeconomics

You will be introduced to economic principles, problems and policies with an emphasis on Gross National Product, income and employment. Problem areas such as inflation and depression are discussed as well as the effect of government monetary and fiscal policies.

Microeconomics

You will investigate the process of production and distribution within the economy. You will also examine the effects of different market structures upon product price and output as well as the determinants of the demand for labor and other resources.

General Psychology

This course will provide you with the scientific exploration of human behavior and mental processes. The goal of this course is to survey the basic concepts and research in the field.

History Elective (3)

U.S. History Elective (3)

Psychology Elective (3)

Sociology/Anthropology Elective (3)

History/Sociology/Psychology/Economics/Anthropology Electives (6)

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete your bachelor of science degree in secondary education with a specific endorsement, click on the endorsement below to view the credit hours required.

  • Business, Marketing and Information Technology Endorsement
  • Biology Endorsement
  • Chemistry Endorsement
  • Math Endorsement
  • Natural Science Endorsement
  • Science Endorsement

 

To complete your bachelor of art degree in secondary education with a specific endorsement, click on the endorsement below to view th credit hours required.

  • English Endorsement
  • Language Arts
  • Language Arts with Reading & Writing Subject Endorsement
  • Spanish Science Endorsement
  • Social Science Endorsement

 

Secondary education with business, marketing and information technology endorsement140 credit hours.

  • 44 credit hours in general education 
  • 48 credits in major program courses
  • 44 credit hours in secondary education courses
  • 4 credit hours in supporting courses

 

Secondary education with a biology endorsement 

 

Secondary education with a chemistry endorsement

 

Secondary education with a math endorsement

 

Secondary education with a natural science endorsement

 

Secondary education with a science endorsement

 

Secondary education with an English endorsement 130 credit hours.

  • 35 credit hours in general education
  • 33 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor
  • 18 credit hours in a minor or second subject area endorsement
  • 3 credit hours in electives

 

Secondary education with a language arts endorsement — 138 credit hours.

  • 32 credit hours in general education courses
  • 65 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor

 

Secondary education with a reading and writing endorsement — 144 credit hours.

  • 32 credit hours in general education
  • 71 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor

 

Secondary education with a Spanish endorsement — 128 credit hours.

  • 44 credit hours in general education
  • 36 credit hours in your major
  • 44 credit hours in your secondary educationminor
  • 3 credit hours in supporting course
  • 1 credit hour in elective

 

Secondary education with a social sciences — 136 credit hours.

  • 35 credit hours in general education
  • 60 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students (students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers)
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Academic Description

Prepare to Teach in Grades 7-12

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education

With a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in secondary education, you’ll be able to teach students in grades seven through 12.

We offer preparation for teaching endorsements in the following scientific areas in secondary education:

  • Business, Marketing and Information Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Science

 

We also offer preparation for teaching endorsements in the following arts areas in secondary education:

  • English
  • Language Arts
  • Special Education
  • Social Science
  • World Languages — Spanish

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is approved to offer work leading to teacher certification in elementary and secondary education by the Nebraska Department of Education, 888-285-2556.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Teacher Education Program

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary Undergraduate Education Program

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank  (unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students (students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers)
  • $30 application fee

 

Before or during your first semester of sophomore year, you will take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test that is required for admission into the teacher education program. Application for formal admission must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee by March 1 of your sophomore year (or the spring semester after you transfer). During that time, you will be evaluated and considered for formal acceptance into the teacher education program. 

Core Academic Skills for Educators test scores, academic performance, evidence of professional dispositions for successful teaching, practicum evaluations, interview, and command of oral and written language are factors considered in determining your acceptance into the teacher education program. You must provide evidence of academic competence and professional development by having attained a cumulative GPA of 2.65 in course work, providing an active digital portfolio of work that demonstrates professional and scholarly growth, having participated in the student professional organization and completing an interview with the Teacher Education Committee. 

You must submit an official background check during the first term you are enrolled in a practicum course. A second background check must be completed within 90 days of the beginning of your student teaching semester. Evaluation procedures result in acceptance, provisional status, or nonacceptance. Acceptance is granted to students who meet all of the requirements. Provisional status or non-acceptance is granted at the discretion of the committee.

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Select your interest area to view course requirements.

 

Secondary Education — Business, Marketing and Information Technology Endorsement

You must fulfill all secondary education major requirements, all business, marketing and information technology emphasis requirements and all general education requirements to complete your degree program. Components listed here include only courses required in the major/emphasis/endorsement areas.

Introduction to Business

You will be introduced to business from a multitude of perspectives ranging from the contributions made by free enterprise to the U.S. economy, to an examination of the interaction and interdependence among the discrete functions within a company. This course will also provide an overview of careers in business.

Microeconomics

In this course, we will investigate the process of production and distribution within the economy and examine the effects of different market structures upon product price and output as well as the determinants of the demand for labor and other resources. Microeconomics deals with the problems faced by individual firms and households, including consumption, the distribution of wealth and the price mechanism.

Macroeconomics

In this course, we will explore economic principles, problems and policies with an emphasis on Gross National Product, income and employment and discuss problem areas like inflation, depression and the effect of government monetary and fiscal policies.

Principles of Accounting I 

You will be introduced to the principles, concepts and applications of accounting as a business decision-making tool. You will focus on the understanding and completion of the accounting cycle and producing and analyzing basic financial statements. You will also be introduced to computerized accounting.

Principles of Accounting II

You will continue to develop the concept of accounting as a decision-making tool. This course will emphasize basic cost accounting and managerial decision techniques. You will also pursue additional work with a computerized accounting program. 

Management & Leadership 

You will acquire the knowledge, attributes, skills and resources for roles in the community and in your profession. You will learn both theoretical and practical skills necessary to be effective in a variety of settings through a scholarly exploration of the complex concepts of leadership.

Business Communication

You will practice communicating your ideas through writing, presenting and interpersonal discussions. You will be introduced to current business communication technologies and techniques, and to longstanding principles for communicating individually. 

Global Dimensions of Business

You will study the world of international business and gain insight on global thinking. We will focus on seven main concepts; globalization, cultural differences, global politics, international trade and investment, international management and strategic management.

Principles of Marketing

You will explore modern methods of marketing goods and services. Buying and selling behavior and the marketing environment are related to promotion, pricing, distribution, and product design decisions.

Consumer Behavior

You will learn about the economic, anthropological, political, psychological and social aspects of the consumer as they relate to the consumer decision-making process.

Marketing Analytics

In this course, you will learn about the fundamental techniques of marketing research, including questionnaire construction, determination of market potentials, sampling theory, interpretation of results and report presentation.

Introduction to Computers

You will learn how hardware, software and people work together in an information society. You will learn to enhance your personal productivity and problem solving skills by applying information technologies to problem situations and by designing and using small information systems for individuals and groups.

Advanced Business Applications

In this course, you will learn the theory and use of information systems as a tool for organizing, analyzing and presenting information in a variety of modern professional environments, such as accounting, marketing, productions, sales, etc. Topics include data and information flow throughout the information system: data management using database creation and manipulation, data analysis using spreadsheets, data presentation using multimedia presentation graphics software and desktop publishing and the integration of internet resources into each area.

Fundamentals of Information Systems

You will learn systems theory, quality, decision making and the organizational role of information systems. You'll be introduced to the concepts of organizations, information systems growth and process improvement. Topics will include systems concepts; system components and relationships; cost/value and quality of information; competitive advantage of information; specification, design, and re-engineering of information systems; application versus system software; package software solutions; procedural versus non-procedural programming languages; object oriented design; database features, functions, and architecture; networks and telecommunication systems and applications; characteristics of IS professionals and IS career paths; information security, crime and ethics.

Principles of Electronic Commerce

This course will give you an overview of E-commerce as it impacts business functions such as accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. You will learn study topics such as security and safety when doing business in the Internet environment.

Introduction to Education 

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom 

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement 

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management 

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Biology Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the morphological, behavioral and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

Botany: Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Field Biology 

This course will introduce you to the basic techniques and methods used to study biology in an outdoor environment. This includes a brief survey of botany, zoology, and ecology concepts, as well as multiple outdoor experiments, collections and field trips.

Genetics Lecture/Lab 

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

You will also take two of the following four seminar courses

Scientific Methods, Research Design, Scientific Literacy and Scientific Communication

Capstone project

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners 

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society 

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Chemistry Endorsement

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Analytical Chemistry Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the theory of modern methods of quantitative analysis. In the lab component of this course you will apply the concepts covered in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

Organic Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the study of organic reactions and their mechanisms. You will be introduced to the theory of organic compound synthesis, and the use of spectroscopy as an analytical tool. In the lab component of this course will build on skills from the Organic Chemistry I lab as well as cover materials discussed in the lecture.

Research in Chemistry

You will complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty member.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Math Endorsement

Discrete Mathematics

This course will provide with a study of variable types and practical solution methods that use discrete sets such as the natural numbers.

Calculus I

Explore a study of limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic functions and elementary integration with applications in this course.

Calculus II

This course is a continuation of MTH 201 including the differentiation of transcendental functions and methods of formal integration with applications, and an introduction to sequences and series.

Calculus III

You’ll learn the study of calculus of several variables including vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and Green’s theorem.

Statistics

In this course, you’ll collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

College Geometry

Explore axiomatic systems, introduction to non-Euclidean geometry and projective geometry in this course.

Mathematical Statistics

You will study the theory and applications of statistics using a traditional Calculus based approach, including finite and continuous distributions, inferences estimation and regression.

Abstract Algebra: Abstract Algebra 

In this course, you’ll be exposed to an introduction to modern algebra, including groups, rings, integral domains and fields.

Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra

This course offers you a study of finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices and eigenvectors. You’ll learn methods of solution and applications of common types of differential equations.

Differential Equations

Learn methods of solution and applications of common types of differential equations.

Mathematics Seminar

You’ll investigate and present on topics not included in the usual mathematics offerings in this course.

Application Programming using C++

You will be introduced to elementary computer programming using the C++ language. Topics covered will include variables, expressions, statements, sequential execution, selection, iteration, subroutines, simple data structures, structured programming, algorithm development and debugging.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education — Natural Science Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Genetics Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

OR

Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

College Physics I Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves. In the lab component of this course you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

College Physics II Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. In the lab, you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

Physics Capstone Project

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will design an independent project that uses both theories and applications of physics. Applications can be in any area, including astronomy or meteorology.

Environmental Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles and concepts of the biology of populations, communities and ecosystems as they relate to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The lab component of this course will provide a hands-on investigation of the principles and concepts from the lecture.

Physical Geology

You will study the structure and materials of Earth’s crust, the development of topographic features by weathering, erosion, volcanism, plate tectonics and the relationship of Earth to the cosmos.

Introduction to Meteorology

You will study the basic processes occurring in the earth’s atmosphere, including the influence of temperature and pressure on atmospheric circulation and wind-related storms and humidity, precipitation and clouds, all of which result in earth’s weather and climatic systems.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education  — Science Endorsement

General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study of the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

Genetics Lecture/Lab 

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

Zoology Lecture/Lab

You will be introduced to the morphological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture with special attention given to animals that are parasites of humans.

OR

Botany Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introductory study of plants, their classification, identification, structure and life cycle. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. The lab component will consist of a series of experiments designed to demonstrate some of the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture, through the employment of a variety of laboratory techniques.

General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab

This course is a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena covered in General Chemistry I. In the lab component of this course, you will use a variety of laboratory techniques to perform experiments that will compliment materials discussed in the lecture.

Organic Chemistry I Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry and the theoretical principles that govern organic reactions. The lab component of this course will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. You will also use various techniques to identify organic compounds.

College Physics I Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of mechanics, thermodynamics and waves. In the lab component of this course you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

College Physics II Lecture/Lab

You will study the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. In the lab, you will use a variety of physics laboratory techniques to demonstrate the theoretical principles discussed in the lecture.

Physics Capstone Project

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will design an independent project that uses both theories and applications of physics. Applications can be in any area, including astronomy or meteorology.

Environmental Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles and concepts of the biology of populations, communities and ecosystems as they relate to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The lab component of this course will provide a hands-on investigation of the principles and concepts from the lecture.

Physical Geology

You will study the structure and materials of Earth’s crust, the development of topographic features by weathering, erosion, volcanism, plate tectonics and the relationship of Earth to the cosmos.

Introduction to Meteorology

You will study the basic processes occurring in the earth’s atmosphere, including the influence of temperature and pressure on atmospheric circulation and wind-related storms and humidity, precipitation and clouds, all of which result in earth’s weather and climatic systems.

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology 

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study teaching and learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners 

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society 

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education 

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary 

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — English Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition (or Writing Literary Non-Fiction or Creative Writing)

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

British Literature

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

English Courses

6 credit hours in English electives

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education — Language Arts Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Mass Media and Society

You will explore the role played by mass media in contemporary life. You will also examine the nature and function of the media through such topics as communicator and audience; content and control; patterns of influence; impact of media on information, entertainment, economics and social and cultural values.

Speech for Language Arts Teachers

You will study theory and practice of communication in language arts education situations. Areas of study will include planning and participation in interviews, conducting personal conferences, small group discussions, creative dramatics, public speaking and other speech activities pertinent to the middle and secondary school Language Arts instruction.

Dramatic Arts

One course of your choice.

Journalism

One course of your choice.

British Literature I

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

British Literature II

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from the Romantic period to modern day.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Speech for Professionals 

You will study theory and practice of communication in professional situations. Areas of study will include communication theory and job-seeking skills in addition to individual and group presentations.

English Courses

9 credit hours of your choice

Writing, Drama, Speech, Literature or Language

11 credit hours of your choice

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Secondary Education —Language Arts with Reading & Writing Subject Endorsement

English Composition

In this course, you’ll experience instruction and practice in the fundamentals of effective written composition, critical reading and writing.

Advanced Composition

You will continue instruction and practice in critical reading and writing and research techniques, including documentation conventions.

Coordinating Seminar

You will experience an in-depth study on selected topic under the direction of an English faculty member and presentation of the seminar paper at the annual Symposium in this course.

Linguistics for Teachers

You will study the structure of the English language. Includes units on lexicography, semantics and dialects.

Mass Media and Society

You will explore the role played by mass media in contemporary life. You will also examine the nature and function of the media through such topics as communicator and audience; content and control; patterns of influence; impact of media on information, entertainment, economics and social and cultural values.

Speech for Language Arts Teachers

You will study theory and practice of communication in language arts education situations. Areas of study will include planning and participation in interviews, conducting personal conferences, small group discussions, creative dramatics, public speaking and other speech activities pertinent to the middle and secondary school Language Arts instruction.

Dramatic Arts

One course of your choice.

Journalism

One course of your choice.

British Literature I

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from Beowulf through the 18th century.

British Literature II

This course focuses on literary movements, genres and works from the Romantic period to modern day.

American Literature I

This course is a study of the major forms, works, themes and writers in American literature from colonial times to 1865.

American Literature II

In this course, you will focus on the diversity of modern American literature through selected readings from 20th and 21st century American writers.

World Literature

This course provides you with a selective study of the structure, form and meaning of poetry from a variety of world cultures.

Literature for Young Adults

You will study some traditional and contemporary works written for or about young adults and evaluate those works for their artistic merit and for their insights into the adolescent stage of human development.

Speech for Professionals 

You will study theory and practice of communication in professional situations. Areas of study will include communication theory and job-seeking skills in addition to individual and group presentations.

English Courses

9 credit hours of your choice

Writing, Drama, Speech, Literature or Language

11 credit hours of your choice

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading

You will learn assessment procedures and effective instructional and diagnostic techniques in reading. You will participate in formal and informal testing including achievement, criterion references, observational and portfolio strategies. You will implement your knowledge with a directed reading practicum in a partner school.

Directed Readings on Reading and Writing

You will research current theories, strategies and evaluative techniques included in reading literature. Selected experiences direct students to explore individual needs and areas of interest.

Secondary Education — Spanish Endorsement

Intermediate Spanish I

You will study grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary through an introduction to cultural and literary readings. This course will emphasize all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and the three basic fields (grammar, literature and culture) of the Spanish language.

Intermediate Spanish II

You will further study grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary through an introduction to cultural and literary readings. This course will emphasize all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and the three basic fields (grammar, literature and culture) of the Spanish language.

Spanish Conversation

You will develop spoken Spanish through oral discussions of everyday topics and events. Some emphasis will also be placed on writing as well as pronunciation and general vocabulary building.

Spanish Advanced Conversation

In this course, written and oral activities will focus on topics like the literature, history, culture and cinematographic art of the Spanish-speaking world. The ultimate objective is to prepare you for success in those courses in which the aforementioned topics are the focus.

Spanish Grammar and Composition

This course will provide you with a study of Spanish morphology, sentence structure, and usage applied to a variety of written discourse styles such as description, narration and exposition.

Children and Youth Literature

In this survey of traditional and contemporary children's and adolescent literature from Spain and Latin America written originally in Spanish, you will examine picture books, folktales, poetry, theater and novels from a literary/artistic point of view and for their value in education and cultural development.

Research Seminar in Spanish

You will evaluate educational research in the Spanish Language Teaching and analyze procedures, logic and strategies implemented by researchers, and complete research projects demonstrating effective research designs.

Independent Study in Spanish

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in independent research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member. 

You will also choose 12 credit hours from the following courses

Civilization & Culture I, Civilization & Culture II, Suvery of Literature I, Survey of Literature II or Study Abroad. 

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Guidance and Classroom Management

You will learn techniques, models and psychological theories related to managing individual and small and large group learning activities including practical methods that enhance self-control and provide healthy classroom environments. You will learn the common behavior problems for pre-K through grade 12 students and exceptional children, along with assessment techniques.

Secondary Education — Social Science Endorsement

American Government

This course will provide an overview of the Federal government, including the study of its executive, legislative and judicial branches and their relationships to each other. You will also discuss current issues in foreign and domestic policy.

History of the United States to 1865

You will inquire into how, by studying the origins of the United States of America, we can better understand American society, culture and politics today. The course will also shed light on our own day-to-day living by contrasting contemporary culture with that of Antebellum America.

History of the United States since 1865

In this course, you will survey the remarkable story of America's rise to becoming a world superpower and the consequences of this new role for both Americans and others throughout the globe. You will also cover effective use of the Internet as a tool for historical study.

World Geography

This course is an investigation into how we may better understand our own society by studying other nations and cultures.

American Foreign Policy

You will investigate the origins, practice and consequences of American foreign policy. Special attention is given to World War II, the Cold War and Vietnam.

Regional Geography

This course will provide you with an in-depth study of the physical and cultural geography of one particular region of the world.

Nazi Germany

You will study the political, social, and cultural forces behind Hitler, Nazi Germany and the murder of 11 million people.

Western Civilization to 1500

You will survey the intellectual and cultural roots of Western civilization from the ancient Sumerians to the Renaissance. Major topics covered include the origins of several contemporary aspects of our culture, including monotheism, democracy, Christianity and the nation-state.

Western Civilization since 1500

You will survey the major cultural, political and social movements in the Western world since 1500. Major topics include the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the growth of industrialization and nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Introduction to Sociology

You will examine basic social relationships, the corresponding social structures and the processes affecting society. In this course, you will receive the basic framework and concepts necessary for a foundation in the upper-division courses.

Macroeconomics

You will be introduced to economic principles, problems and policies with an emphasis on Gross National Product, income and employment. Problem areas such as inflation and depression are discussed as well as the effect of government monetary and fiscal policies.

Microeconomics

You will investigate the process of production and distribution within the economy. You will also examine the effects of different market structures upon product price and output as well as the determinants of the demand for labor and other resources.

General Psychology

This course will provide you with the scientific exploration of human behavior and mental processes. The goal of this course is to survey the basic concepts and research in the field.

History Elective (3)

U.S. History Elective (3)

Psychology Elective (3)

Sociology/Anthropology Elective (3)

History/Sociology/Psychology/Economics/Anthropology Electives (6)

Introduction to Education

You will survey the historical development of education and analyze the role of personnel and career opportunities, problem areas and contemporary issues with an emphasis in the cultural diversity of American schools today.

Technology in the Classroom

You will learn strategies for integrating instructional technology in curriculum planning and implementation. After receiving instruction in their use, you will plan learning activities that include instructional media, the Internet, web page construction, production and organizational software and multimedia programs in classrooms. In addition to computers, you will use video equipment, digital cameras and scanners in preparing your lessons.

Adolescent Psychology

You will develop a meaningful workable concept regarding the adolescent period by studying the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the normal adolescent from puberty to young adulthood.

Educational Psychology and Measurement

You will study the teaching/learning processes to learn the nature of educational psychology and applications of major learning theories.

Assessment of Learners

You will be introduced to key concepts and issues in classroom assessment and large-scale, standardized educational assessment.

Teaching Reading — Middle and Secondary School

You will gain an understanding of developmental processes of reading and study techniques in middle grades and secondary education and identify Nebraska and National Standards and assessment techniques used in middle and secondary settings.

Teaching Middle School and Secondary Students

You will address the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs of the changing early and later adolescent learners. You will develop skills and understandings that result the creation of effective learning environments for adolescent students. You will explore teaching methods, learning styles, motivation, teaming and classroom management, planning and presenting techniques and student evaluation.

Human Relations in a Multicultural Society

You will identify characteristics of various ethnic groups that relate to learning, working and living and develop strategies for assisting people in living jointly in our pluralistic society.

History, Philosophy and Trends in Education

You will compare philosophical foundations of historical and contemporary education and consider current issues using an informed discussion-centered approach. You will also assess political and social trends, laws, proper conduct and penalties for teachers and shifts and technological changes related to contemporary and future educational planning.

Student Teaching — Secondary

Supervised teaching experience under the direction of a college faculty member and a classroom teacher.

Student Teaching Seminar

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on student teaching experiences, discuss specific topics of interest, share experiences and receive professional assistance and feedback.

Intro to Special Education

You will survey various areas of exceptionality — high ability learners, mental disability, behaviorally impaired, visually impaired, hearing impaired, learning disabled, orthopedically impaired, speech language impairments, autistic, Asperger’s, traumatic brain injury, multiple and severely handicapped, physically disabled and health impaired. You will discuss the history, philosophy and future trends of special education as they are relevant to educational implications.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete your bachelor of science degree in secondary education with a specific endorsement, click on the endorsement below to view the credit hours required.

  • Business, Marketing and Information Technology Endorsement
  • Biology Endorsement
  • Chemistry Endorsement
  • Math Endorsement
  • Natural Science Endorsement
  • Science Endorsement

 

To complete your bachelor of art degree in secondary education with a specific endorsement, click on the endorsement below to view th credit hours required.

  • English Endorsement
  • Language Arts
  • Language Arts with Reading & Writing Subject Endorsement
  • Spanish Science Endorsement
  • Social Science Endorsement

 

Secondary education with business, marketing and information technology endorsement140 credit hours.

  • 44 credit hours in general education 
  • 48 credits in major program courses
  • 44 credit hours in secondary education courses
  • 4 credit hours in supporting courses

 

Secondary education with a biology endorsement 

 

Secondary education with a chemistry endorsement

 

Secondary education with a math endorsement

 

Secondary education with a natural science endorsement

 

Secondary education with a science endorsement

 

Secondary education with an English endorsement 130 credit hours.

  • 35 credit hours in general education
  • 33 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor
  • 18 credit hours in a minor or second subject area endorsement
  • 3 credit hours in electives

 

Secondary education with a language arts endorsement — 138 credit hours.

  • 32 credit hours in general education courses
  • 65 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor

 

Secondary education with a reading and writing endorsement — 144 credit hours.

  • 32 credit hours in general education
  • 71 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor

 

Secondary education with a Spanish endorsement — 128 credit hours.

  • 44 credit hours in general education
  • 36 credit hours in your major
  • 44 credit hours in your secondary educationminor
  • 3 credit hours in supporting course
  • 1 credit hour in elective

 

Secondary education with a social sciences — 136 credit hours.

  • 35 credit hours in general education
  • 60 credit hours in your major
  • 41 credit hours in your secondary education minor