Secondary Education

The program in Secondary Education prepares students to teach in grades 9-12 through a core of general liberal arts experiences, a student teaching experience and intensive coursework in a specific area of subject specialization. The secondary education curriculum may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending upon the chosen area of subject specialization. The Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and in social studies education require two semesters of foreign language study. Areas of subject specialization in secondary education at USC Upstate include biology, chemistry, English, foreign language (French or Spanish), mathematics and social studies.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Goals Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students demonstrate competence in content knowledge specific to the certification area.

1.1 Teacher candidates will possess thorough and accurate knowledge of the content they are preparing to teach.

1.2 Teacher candidates will be knowledgeable of human development, learning theories, instructional strategies, diverse learners, and educational psychology.

 2. Students develop and plan curriculum and instruction addressing goals and learning outcomes using best practices for the certification area.

2.1 Teacher candidates can identify and apply effective planning procedures for unit planning.

2.2 Teacher candidates can create and align standards-based assessments through planning a unit.

3. Students effectively present instruction and manage diverse classroom environments, communicating effectively and professionally with adults and students. 

3.1 Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of and capability to implementing a variety of instructional strategies and methods that emphasize student thinking and problem solving.

3.2  Teacher candidates demonstrate thorough and accurate content knowledge of the content they teach and highlight key concepts and ideas

4. Students demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze assessment data and engage in self-reflection to support student learning and growth.

4.1 Teacher candidates effectively analyze classroom assessment data collected and reflect on assessment data results as well as their own performance.