Undergraduate Teacher Education

Initial Teacher Certification - Secondary Education Program: Grades 7-12

Temple University offers paths to initial certification in a variety of subject areas and with several design approaches. All options involve earning the equivalent of an academic major in a content area as well as taking pedagogy courses and development courses that explain how to effectively teach the content area to adolescents.

The possible Secondary Education certificates include:

Mathematics Education

Science Education

World Languages Education

English Education

Social Studies Education


 

Mathematics Education

Applicants seeking to become high school math teachers can choose between two programs that differ primarily in terms of the proportion of courses in the mathematics major, and the proportion of education-related courses on the nature of adolescents and how to teach.

Middle School (7th & 8th Grades) and High School Mathematics Program

The Mathematics Education program follows the standards and recommendations of leading mathematics professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The curriculum is designed to provide candidates with knowledge of the interests and abilities of students at different levels of mathematics achievement. The program emphasizes problem-solving skills, mathematical thinking processes and methods of actively engaging children and young adults in their own learning.

The program includes:

  • 16 courses offered by the College of Science and Technology that provide comprehensive content knowledge of mathematics (e.g., calculus, probability theory, modern geometry, etc.)
  • 15 courses offered by the College of Education that provide comprehensive knowledge of adolescent development and effective techniques for teaching mathematics to diverse learners.

If you have additional questions about the Mathematics Education program, please contact:

Tim Fukawa-Connelly, Assistant Professor
email: tim.fc@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-2046

TUteach and Mathematics Education

The TUteach program is grounded in the “How People Learn” framework described in recent National Academy of Science publications. Compared to the traditional Mathematics Education program (above), the streamlined education-related courses of TUteach have less comprehensive treatment of teaching techniques, management and adolescent development. The TUteach program prepares students to pursue the same career options as other math majors or to teach high school mathematics.

The program includes:

  • 19 courses offered by the College of Science and Technology that provide increased content knowledge
  • 10 courses offered by the College of Education on the nature of learning and effective instructional techniques.

If you have additional questions about the TUteach program, please contact:

Janelle Bailey, TUteach Co-Director
email: janelle.bailey@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-5195


Science Education

Applicants seeking to become high school science teachers can choose between two programs that differ primarily in terms of the proportion of courses in the science major and the proportion of education-related courses on the nature of adolescents and how to teach.

Science Education

The Science Education program in the College of Education requires a strong foundation in at least one science discipline with supporting expertise in mathematics as appropriate. Students graduate with an understanding of the nature of science and its complex relationship to the society in which it functions and which it serves. Students complete majors in both a science discipline and in education.

TUteach and Science Education

Students seeking certification in Secondary Education Science may pursue the TUteach program, which is a joint program between the College of Science and Technology and the College of Education.  The TUteach program is grounded in the “How People Learn” framework described in recent National Academy of Science publications and has a strong emphasis on project-based instruction (learning content by intensive exploration of a problem rather than by solely listening to lectures). The TUteach program prepares students to pursue the same career options as other science majors or to teach high school science.

All TUteach degrees lead to a "Bachelor of Science with Teaching" degree, all of which have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for secondary level teaching certification in the content area - grades 7 through 12.

 

 

Additional information about the TUteach program can be found at http://cst.temple.edu/tuteach.

If you have additional questions about the TUteach program, please contact:

Janelle Bailey, TUteach Co-Director
email: janelle.bailey@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-5195


 

World Languages Education

The World Languages Education program is devoted to providing students with a combination of fluency in the target language and the ability to implement best practices in foreign language pedagogy. The World Languages Education program emphasizes that learning a foreign language also means learning about another way of life and avoiding a narrow cultural perspective by developing intercultural understanding. Through the experiences in this program, students gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and culture.

The World Languages program offers certification in:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Hebrew

Although most graduates work in secondary school settings, there is an increasing need for foreign language teachers in elementary schools, especially for teachers of Spanish. In response to this need, the curriculum is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills they can apply in K-12 settings.

If you have additional questions about the World Languages Education program, please contact:

Elvis Wagner, Associate Professor
email: elvis.wagner@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-5821


English Education

The specialization in English Education emphasizes the social, intellectual and discursive skills necessary to ensure that students can not only survive, but thrive in a rapidly expanding world. Courses stress connections between the advanced literacy demands of high school and the similarities and differences in the literacies necessary to thrive in home and school communities. The English Education program seeks to prepare teachers to engage secondary students in the production and interpretation of literary and non-literary spoken and written texts. Graduates of this specialization can identify the basic structures and functions of language; become familiar with the texts and histories of American, European and non-Western literary genres; and place reading and writing within the larger context of films, plays, videos and other forms of expression.

If you have additional questions about the English Education program, please contact:

Frank Sullivan, Associate Dean and Professor
email: francis.sullivan@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-6157


Social Studies Education

The professional preparation program in social studies aims to prepare teachers with the skills necessary to create an informed citizenry with respect for diversity in a democratic society. The program emphasizes critical thinking about social studies curriculum frameworks and materials; curriculum development grounded in teaching for understanding; and sensitivity around controversial areas such as race relations, gender issues, war, peace, equality of economic and social opportunities, and global interdependence. Undergraduates generally pursue a double major in history and education, although students can major in other social science areas and complete the certification program in social studies education.

If you have additional questions about the Social Studies Education program, please contact:

Tim Patterson, Assistant Professor
email: timothy.patterson@temple.edu
phone: (215) 204-2797