Urban Education - Secondary Education Concentration

The Secondary Education Concentration is for students preparing to be secondary teachers of English, social studies, science, or math and students interested in the teaching and learning of adolescents.

This program can lead to certification with an additional course, which includes full time student teaching, typically taken in a 9th semester.

Required Coursework: 7 course units

1. URBS 202 or EDUC 202 – Urban Education

(the following course lists are not exhasutive; other courses may be substituted but require prior approval from the Urban Education advisor)

2. Child or Adolescent Development course -
EDUC 360- Human Development
EDUC 522- Psychology of the African-American
EDUC 560- Human Development
EDUC 561- Adolescent Development
EDUC 562- Personality and Social Development
EDUC 574- Race/Ethnicity in Human Development

3. Pedagogy and Curriculum course*-
EDUC 616- Teaching & Learning
EDUC 410/URBS 327- Research as Public Work
EDUC 671- Adult Literacy

4. Content Area course*-
Secondary teachers often need to teach content beyond the scope of a traditional single academic major. For instance, an English major might choose to take a course in Shakespeare or linguistics; a history major planning to teach social studies might choose a geography, sociology, economics, or anthropology courses, or a chemistry major might choose a course in another science such as geology or earth sciences.

5. EDUC 627 – Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
(if pursuing social studies, science, or math certification)

– OR-

EDUC 629: Teaching English/Language/Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
(if pursuing English certification)

6. EDUC 657 Advanced Teaching Methods, subject-specific

7. Teaching Diverse Learners - This year-long course focuses on meeting the needs of English Language Learners and those with special learning needs, and should be taken in the same year as methods courses. The course meets every other week starting in the fall. Students register in the spring. Contact NancyLee Bergey for details.

Urban Education Minor Capstone – The final project from one of the core courses above is elaborated for the Capstone presentation.

(EDUC 555 – Supervised Student Teaching This course, requiring 5 days a week in the classroom, plus seminar, is typically taken in the ninth semester. It is required for certification)

* - either #3 or #4 must be an ABCS course. Check the Netter Center for Community Partnerships website for a complete listing of available Academically Based Community Service Courses.

For additional information about the Urban Education Minor please contact the program advisor:

NancyLee Bergey
Teacher Education Program
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216
215-573-4026 nancylee@gse.upenn.edu