Lake Superior State University

Secondary Teaching: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The Secondary Teaching program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major and a subject minor, extended field experience in secondary school settings, and focused development of the knowledge and skills critical for effective teachers. The program leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in the student's major area.

Secondary-level teacher certification in Michigan permits individuals to teach the subject areas, in which they hold endorsements, at grades 6 - 12.  The subject majors and minors provide the required coursework for the related endorsements. Completing the courswork and passing the corresponding Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test enable graduates to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and to be highly qualified in their subject areas.

Subject major and minor options are listed below. Specfiic requirements for these are found in the appropriate sections of this catalog.

               Majors                                                  Minors

            Chemistry                                             Chemistry
            Computer Science                                Computer Science
            Mathematics                                         Mathematics
            Physical Science

Students begin their studies in the secondary teaching program with a focus on general education requirements, an academic major and an academic minor. They complete the initial professional education coursework in their sophomore year, and apply for formal admission to the program at the end of that year. By that time, they will have also passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Basic Skills test.

Upper level professional education coursework, along with the completion of the major and minor, is the focus for the junior and senior years. Student teaching, a semester-long culminating experience, may be completed in the spring of the fourth year or the fall of the fifth year, depending on the individual student's progress through the program. Generally, this student teaching experience will be in the Eastern Upper Peninsula or in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test in the major must be passed prior to beginning student teaching. 

Degree Requirements

The components of the Secondary Teaching:  Bachelor of Arts/Sciences programs are:

Academic Major:  Choose one from the above (see requirements under the subject area in this catalog)

Academic Minor:  Choose one from list above (see requirements in the Minors section of this catalog)

Professional Education Requirements

  • EDUC150 Reflections on Learning and Teaching 3
  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 3
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 4
  • EDUC430 Gerneral Methods for Secondary Teachers 3
  • EDUC431 The Secondary Learner 3
  • EDUC440 Reading in the Content Area 3
  • EDUC Methods Class in major and in minor (minimum credits) 3
  • EDUC480 Internship in Teaching: Seminar 1
  • EDUC492 Internship/Advanced Methods: (Subject) 8
  • EDUC602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I 3
  • EDUC605 Integrated Approached in Curricular Design and Implementation 3

Education Cognates (4 credits)

  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • one credit from course in ARTS, DANC, MUSC, THEA, or NATV240 1

General Education Requirements not met through the major and minor.

All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Formal admission to the program, qualification for student teaching, and successful completion of the program requires:

  • Completion of all required EDUC courses with a grade of B- (2.70) or higher
  • Completion of all required courses in the education cognates, teaching major or teaching minors with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0).
  • Completion of the elementary planned program with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0).
  • Passing scores on all required Michigan Test for Teacher Certification tests.

The Secondary Teaching program undergoes periodic review, evaluation, and alignment with the Michigan Department of Education standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education regularly to confirm the current requirements of each program component. Graduates must meet the standards that are in place at the time of completion of their programs, in order to be recommended to the Department of Education for teacher certification.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

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