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Program Requirements

Requirements for M.A. in Secondary Education with Initial 7-12 Certification

1. Complete all core and discipline-specific course work, including:

2. Complete 24 credits in the required Core Curriculum:

  • ED 429 Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • ED 441 Teaching and Learning within Multicultural Contexts of Education
  • ED 442 Educational Psychology
  • SE 405 Exceptional Learners in the Mainstream
  • MD 413 Technology Methods for Middle School
  • ED 530 Assessment & Differentiated Instruction
  • ED 499 Introduction to Education Research
  • ED 512 Contemporary Schooling in Society

3. Complete 18-24 credits in Discipline-Specific course-work (see below)

4. Complete master's project: Product of Learning (ED 599), Capstone Seminar (ED 511), or Thesis (ED 498 Thesis Seminar)

Required Discipline-Specific Coursework

English

  • EN 405 Literature for Young Adults
  • EN 411 Teaching Writing in the 3-12 Classroom
  • EN 417 Traditional and Structural Grammar
  • ED 459 Developmental Reading in the Secondary School
  • ED 466 English Methods
  • ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 589 English Seminar

Mathematics

Two graduate-level math courses in Statistics and Geometry (if taken previously; alternate courses can be taken with advisor approval) Courses taken through Fairfield's M.A. program in Math, with advisor approval.

  • ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12
  • ED 464 Math Methods
  • ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 591 Mathematics Seminar

Science

  • ED 462 Science Methods
  • ED 572 Guided Research in Science
  • ED 573 Instructional Issues in Teaching Science
  • ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 592 Science Seminar

World Language

  • ED 455 The Literate Learner: Using Critical and Strategic Literacy in the Content Areas, Grades 5-12
  • ED 463 World Language Methods
  • SL 467 Language Acquisition
  • SL 439 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching for Elementary School
  • ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 593 World Language Seminar

History/Social Studies

  • ED 510 Teaching Cultural & Political Geography
  • ED 515 Teaching Economic & Physical Geography
  • ED 468 Social Studies/History Methods
  • ED 581 Directed Observation & Supervised Student Teaching
  • ED 594 Social Studies/History Seminar


Secondary Field Work Competency

Secondary candidates are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of field work in an approved field setting prior to student teaching. This field work cannot replace field work required for a course. A critical reflective essay of 7-10 pages that documents and synthesizes a minimum of 20 hours of their teaching experiences and learning is required for progression to student teaching. Candidates are required to submit to their advisors a letter documenting their completion of at least 20 hours of teaching experiences. Successful completion of the field work competency is required in order to progress to student teaching.