Those interested in teaching students at the 7–12 grade level, can earn the necessary certification, while also benefitting from a liberal arts foundation that opens endless additional opportunities. Colgate offers a tuition-free 9th semester option to complete all teacher certification requirements.
About the Program
Completing teaching certification at the secondary level requires a strong content area knowledge in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, math, or physics. It is also advised that you apply for a formal minor within the Educational Studies department.
To become certified as a secondary school teacher, you must pursue a major with specific course requirements in the subject you plan to teach. You will work closely with your educational studies adviser to plan a program of study that meets the certification guidelines for your chosen discipline.
You should begin the certification program as early as possible with a suggested application date of November 1 of your sophomore year. If you plan on completing your degree and the certification in 4 years, you must reserve the fall term of your senior year for the professional student teaching semester than includes evening coursework as well as an extensive field placement.
- EDUC 101, The American School
- One course on social and cultural diversity in schooling, teaching, and learning from EDUC 303, 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, or 418 OR EQUIVALENT
- EDUC 202, The Teaching of Reading
- EDUC 204, Child and Adolescent Development
- EDUC 207, Inclusive and Special Education
- EDUC 331, Teaching and Learning in the Schools
- EDUC 419, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
- EDUC 455, Student Teaching
- EDUC 453, Science/Mathematics, or EDUC 451, English/Social Studies
- EDUC 456, Dignity in Schools
- Fieldwork – 100 hours
- Child abuse workshop (two hours of training in the identification of suspected child abuse/maltreatment)
- Violence intervention and prevention workshop