Secondary school educators have a lot of competition. Today, students can teach themselves just about any lesson, whether it be related to academics or not, by surfing the Internet. Who needs school anymore? These students more than anyone. High school teachers help guide students through the massive amount of information available at their fingertips, providing one-on-one attention that a computer cannot simulate.
The secondary education concentration provides educators with advanced curriculum and instructional strategies for developing lessons from Common Core and national standards in ELA, general science, social studies, math, or FACS. The 36 hour curriculum focuses on how to create a classroom environment that promotes literacy and life-long learning for diverse students’ cultural, linguistic, economic, academic and social backgrounds. Included in the 36 hour curriculum includes 12 hours of concentrated study in the educator’s content area.
The program requires field experiences in candidates own classroom environments and a clinical research project in elementary education, in which students identify an area of educational improvement within a school setting, as well as a comprehensive portfolio during candidate’s final semester.
Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements:
To be admitted into the Curriculum and Instruction program at Nicholls, applicants should possess the following:
- A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A minimum GPA of 2.50 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Interview with program emphasis area faculty.
- A valid permanent-type teacher’s certificate.
- 18-24 hours in professional education as appropriate for the level selected.
- Secondary Master Teacher/Supervisor – oversee elementary grade-levels or district-wide supervision.
- Secondary Coordinator – school board position.