Secondary Education

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

The School of Education has developed curricula leading to the baccalaureate in six broad fields: Early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary, physical education and special education - learning disabilities. Although the number of credit hours required for graduation varies by subject, a minimum of 123 hours is required for any baccalaureate in the School of Education. Students should plan their program of study in advance with their assigned adviser each semester or summer session.

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  • Goals Student Learning Outcomes
    1. The Secondary Education (High School) Program provides teacher candidates with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and dispositions in order to meet the South Carolina Certification and highly qualified requirements for licensure in Secondary Level Biology, Chemistry, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish for grades nine through 12.

    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. Teacher candidates can plan effective and engaging standards-based lessons for secondary level students.

    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. Teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills and professional dispositions needed to effectively deliver instruction to secondary level 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. Teacher candidates will demonstrate a positive impact in secondary level student learning in clinical settings.

    4.1 Teacher candidates can analyze assessment data collected in their classroom.

    4.2 Teacher candidates can reflect on assessment data results and make recommendations to improve their students’ knowledge of the content.

  • 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.