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Adult and Professional Programs in Education - Secondary


Program Director:  Dr. LoriAnn Sanchez

Objective: Candidates will pursue certification in secondary education while earning credits toward an M.Ed in curriculum, instruction and innovation.

Requirements: 40-46 credits in professional education.   All courses below must be passed with a B- or higher.

Professional Education Courses:

Required courses for certification

EDUC7000. Orientation: APP-Education (0)
EDUC7120. Foundations of Teaching (3)
EDUC7160. Learning and the Brain (3)
EDUC7331. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC7532. Instructional Models (3)
EDUC7535. Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
EDUC7541. Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
EDUC7545. Classroom and Behavior Management in the Mainstreamed Classroom (3)
EDUC7554  Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC7651. Teaching Methods in Secondary Classrooms (3)
EDUC76XX. Special Methods (Art, Communications, English, Math, Music, PE, Science, Social Science)(2-6)
EDUC7686. Student Teaching in the Middle School/Junior High (11) or 
       EDUC7687. Student Teaching in the Senior High (11)
EDUC7950.  Secondary School Start Up (1)
EDUC7951. Seminar/Capstone (1)                                                

Program Certification Requirements:

To be recommended for secondary certification to the Idaho State Department of Education, a candidate must meet the following standards:

1. Have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
2. Complete requirements of the teacher education program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by changes in the standards of state regulatory agencies.
3. Complete all education and content courses in the secondary major with a grade of B- or better.
4. Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
5. Pass the PRAXIS in all content teaching areas.
6. Receive a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for a recommendation for certification.

Completing an Idaho approved teacher education program will enable a candidate to be recommended for certification in other states. Deviations from the teaching major or certification requirements must be authorized by the program director.

Checkpoint 1: End of First Semester - Admission to Educator Preparation Program

Application for admission to teacher education should be made during the first semester in the Adult and Professional Program in Secondary Education. Upon completion of the first semester of coursework, candidates will be interviewed and evaluated. Decision factors about admission to the program include oral interview, PRAXIS  content area test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), grade of B- or better in all Education courses, minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of C or better in all content courses, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition assessments.  No person convicted of a felony will be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program.

Checkpoint 2: End of Second Semester 

Upon completion of the second semester of coursework, candidates' files will be evaluated. Decision factors about proceeding in the Adult and Professional Program in Secondary Education include PRAXIS content area test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of B- or better in all Education courses, grade of C or better in all content courses, field experience reports, and disposition assessments.

Checkpoint 3: End of Third Semester - Admission to Student Teaching

Upon completion of the third semester of coursework, candidates' files will be evaluated. Decision factors about admission to student teaching include PRAXIS II content test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of B- or better in all Education courses, grade of C or better in all content courses, field experience reports, and disposition assessments.

Checkpoint 4: Program Completion and Recommendation for Certification

Upon completion of student teaching, candidates' performance will be evaluated. Decision factors about a recommendation for certification include evaluations by cooperating teacher and NNU supervisors as assessed through Framework for Teaching assessments, a grade of A or B in student teaching, and a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council.

To be recommended for secondary certification to the Idaho State Department of Education, a candidate must meet the following standards:

Complete the requirements of the teacher education program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by changes in the standards of state regulatory agencies.
  1. Complete all Education courses with a grade of B- or better.
  2. Complete all Content courses with a grade of C or better.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  4. Pass the PRAXIS content knowledge test(s) for the teaching area or fields.
  5. Receive a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for a recommendation for certification.
Additional courses to complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation will be required.