Dual Certification in Secondary Math or English and 7-12 Special Education

Arcadia University offers the option for students to obtain dual certification in a secondary content area (Mathematics or English) and 7-12 special education. Students in this program major in the content area (Mathematics or English) and complete a Minor in Secondary Education.

Students interested in dual secondary and special education certification should consult with their disciplinary adviser and their respective education adviser as early as possible, preferably freshman year. This program requires intensive fieldwork and coursework in order to gain the experiences necessary to be a teacher in both of these areas. All Arcadia undergraduates seeking certification, except those who transfer to the University in their junior year, apply into the certification program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. See the section outlining the application process for all certification candidates.

The following Professional Education courses are required for Dual Secondary Education and 7-12 Special Education certification. Courses with an asterisk (*) are courses that apply to the Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum requirements. Students should meet with an education adviser for guidance on the recommended sequence of coursework and fieldwork:

1. Secondary Education courses (16 credits):

  • *ED110 Teaching for Learning (also meets Self and Society requirement)
  • *ED201 Teachers as Researchers and Writers (also meets Research Writing requirement)
  • ED411 Designing Learning Environments (also meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED412 Writing to Improve Literacy
  • *US324 Understanding Language Learning: Using Two Languages to Engage with the World (4 credits, also meets IL, SS, CB, W, GE pending approval)

2. Special Education courses (21 credits):

  • ED214 Introduction to Inclusive Education (also meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED306 Strategies for Content and Emergent Literacy
  • ED375 Managing an Inclusive Classroom
  • ED315 Differentiated and Individualized Instruction
  • ED374 Academic Assessment and Intervention
  • ED376 Secondary Transition (also meets Crossing Boundaries requirement)
  • ED460 Evidence-based Practices to Support Students with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges

3. Fieldwork and student teaching (15 credits):

  • ED387 Pre-student teaching
  • ED417 Student teaching (12 credits)

4a. For students majoring in English and seeking secondary English certification (4 credits each, 40 credits):

  • EN101 Thought and Expression
  • EN199 Interpreting Literature
  • EN230 Survey of African American Literature
  • EN2XX (200 Level Literature course of student’s choice)
  • EN299 Interpreting Literature II (also meets Cultural Legacies requirement)
  • EN320 Studies in Classic and Medieval Europe
  • EN321 Renaissance and Enlightenment Literature
  • EN322 Modern British Literature
  • EN323 Modern American Literature
  • EN490 The Text, the Critic, and the World

Additional undergraduate requirements for English students (42 credits):

First year seminar (FYE) (4 credits)

  • MA117 Mathematical Concepts (4 credits, meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
  • MA118 Mathematical Concepts II (4 credits, meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
  • Modern Language I (4 credits)
  • Modern Language II (4 credits)
  • Preview (2 credits)
  • ID101 and lab (4 credits, meets NPL requirement)
  • Course to meet NP (4 credits)
  • Course to meet Global Connections Experience and Reflection (4 credits)
  • Course to meet IL and CE (4 credits)
  • Course to meet VL (4 credits)

Total credits (including Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum requirements) for English = 134 credits

4b. For students majoring in Math and and seeking secondary Math certification (4 credits each, 49 credits):

  • MA201 Calculus I
  • MA202 Calculus II
  • CS201 Problem-Solving with Algorithms/Prog I
  • MA203 Calculus III
  • MA221 Linear Algebra
  • MA225 Transition to Higher Math
  • MA331 Modern College Geometry
  • MA341 Probability
  • PH201 and lab Fundamental Concepts of Physics
  • MA322 Abstract Algebra I
  • MA342 Mathematical Statistics I
  • MA330 Graph Theory and Combinatories
  • MA490 Mathematics Capstone (1 credit)

Additional undergraduate requirements for Math students (32 credits):

First year seminar (FYE) (4 credits)

  • EN101 Thought and Expression (4 credits, meets Writing requirement)
  • Modern Language i (4 credits)
  • Modern Language II (4 credits)
  • Preview (2 credits)
  • EN229 Voices of America (4 credits, meets Cultural Legacies requirement)
  • Course to meet NP (4 credits)
  • Course to meet IL and CE (4 credits)
  • GCR101 Global Connections Reflection (2 credits)

Total credits (including Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum requirements) for Math = 133 credits

*Courses that also meet Undergraduate Curriculum requirements

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