Secondary Education (Grades 7-12) Major - Bachelor of Science in Education
Please see the UNLV Department of Teaching and Learning web page at http://tl.unlv.edu/undergraduate for more information about department programs, faculty, and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bsed-secondary-education.
Please see advising information at the UNLV Advising & Field Placement Center at education.unlv.edu/afp
Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
- Principle 1 (Content Knowledge): The COE graduate knows and understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of content meaningful. They are passionate about their subjects and their work.
- Principle 2 (Individual Development): The COE graduate knows and understands how individuals learn and can develop and provide opportunities that support intellectual, career, social, and personal development. They seek ways to enhance the success of their future students.
- Principle 3 (Diverse Learners): The COE graduate knows and understands how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and creates opportunities that are equitable and adaptable to the needs of diverse learners. They demonstrate an understanding of the role that both individual and group identities play in teaching and learning.*
- Principle 4 (Planning Processes): The COE graduate understands planning processes based upon knowledge of content, learner characteristics, the community, and curriculum goals and standards. They are active participants in the local k-12 education system.
- Principle 5 (Strategies and Methods): The COE graduate knows and understands and can employ a variety of strategies and methods and encourages the development of critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and performance skills. They create lessons that promote student achievement.
- Principle 6 (Learning Environments): The COE graduate knows and understands individual and group motivation and behavior and creates a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. They create enriched learning environments.
- Principle 7 (Communication): The COE graduate knows and understands effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques and other forms of symbolic representation and can foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supporting interactions. They use technology to facilitate student learning.
- Principle 8 (Assessments): The COE graduate understands and promotes formal and informal assessment strategies and evaluates the learner’s continuous intellectual, social, and physical development. They develop fair assessments of student achievement.
- Principle 9 (Collaboration, Ethics, and Relationships): The COE graduate understands and fosters ethical relationships with parents, school colleagues, and organizations in the larger community to support the individuals learning development. They build communication opportunities through trust and genuine regard for student personal and academic growth.
- Principle 10 (Reflection and Professional Development): The COE graduate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of choices and actions on students, adults, parents, and other professionals in the learning community, and who actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally. They respond to the rapidly changing educational context of Southern Nevada in a thoughtful manner.
University Graduation Requirements
Student Teaching in Secondary Education Program:
Applications for student teaching must be filed the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Approval for a student teaching placement is contingent upon:
- Admission to T&L.
- Completion of at least 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Completion of all professional education course requirements, with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- Completion of 75% of teaching field course work in which the student plans to student teach, with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. The grade point average of 2.75 in the teaching field must be maintained through graduation.
- Filing of a completed T&L student teaching application by the announced deadline.
- Recommendation of the Department of Teaching & Learning.
Student teaching is a full-time, full-semester experience in a secondary classroom. It involves a mandatory, on-campus orientation; observation and supervised teaching, during which the student gradually assumes classroom teaching responsibilities; regularly scheduled observations and evaluations by the classroom teacher who serves as a preservice mentor teacher and by the assigned university site facilitator; and weekly student teaching seminar sessions. Because student teaching is a full-time responsibility, outside employment during that time is strongly discouraged, and the student may enroll in no courses other than and , , or without department approval.
(see note 1 below)