Bachelor of Science in Education in
Effective teachers are vitally important to the future of our communities and nation.
Ship’s secondary education program prepares students to teach grades 7-12 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in more than 40 other states with reciprocal agreements. All three colleges, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education & Human Services work together to provide students with a major in a specific discipline along with a series of courses and learning experiences in professional education. Secondary education certification is available in a variety of disciplines. Visit the Secondary Education program page for specific areas.
Like other programs at the university, our students participate in hands-on learning experiences. During freshman, sophomore and junior years, students observe classes in elementary, secondary, and community college settings. Observations of physically challenged and exceptional learners are also required. The current program requires two eight-week student teaching placements in different schools (one at a high school level and one in middle school). This on-the-job internship occurs in the last semester and prepares students to transition into the teaching profession.
The Shippensburg Education Association helps future educators develop an understanding and appreciation for the education profession. Students can join the Keystone State Reading Association to help promote literacy in local schools. Another great opportunity for education majors is the non-profit organization, Bridge for Kids that participates in tutoring local children, working with the parent and teacher organization (PTO) at Luhrs Elementary, and providing book fairs to underprivileged schools in the community.
All BS Education students must complete a total of 120 credit hours:
- General Education Courses: All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Secondary Education Major Courses: Students select a major program area (i.e., mathematics or earth science) according to their interest and skills. They complete the degree requirements for that major while taking education courses required for certification. For example, students choosing a major in English complete a set of 14 English courses in addition to the university’sgeneral education program and the professional educationsequence. Most students complete all degree requirements in four full-time years of study.
- Professional Education Courses: includes such courses as The American School, Educational Psychology, Introduction to Exceptionalities and Teaching Methods.
For specific program information, students should contact the department responsible for their major course of study. A list of programs and majors can be found on the Secondary Education webpage.