Curriculum & Courses

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education 

The Secondary Education undergraduate degree is registered in New York state and the School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Secondary Education majors select one of the following disciplinary concentrations: biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish. Each concentration requires specific coursework. Those requirements are listed in a separate "Disciplinary Concentrations" table below.

The following table summarizes all requirements for a B.S. in secondary education. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. 

 OVERALL REQUIREMENTS   CREDITS 
 Education Coursework 40
   EDUC 201. Introduction to Education 3
   EDUC 220L. Basic Instructional Design Technology Lab 0
   EDUC 250. Adolescent Development and Learning 3
   SPED 440. Curriculum Adaptation and Instruction or Students with Special Needs 3
   EDUC 208. Designing and Delivering Instruction 3
   EDUC 354. Problems of Literacy in the Secondary School 3
   EDUC 495A. Senior Seminar: Assessment & Reflection 3
   EDUC 306. Managing Instruction and Behavior in Secondary Education 3
   EDUC 360. Literacy in the Content Areas 3
   EDUC 330. Methods and Models for Special Subjects 2
   EDUC 406. Evaluating Learners and Learning 3
   EDUC 495. Secondary Student Teaching Grades 7-9 5
   EDUC 496. Secondary Student Teaching Grades 10-12 5
   ONE OF THE FOLLOWING  
         EDUC 333. Secondary English Methods 1
         EDUC 337. Secondary Language Other Than English Methods 1
         EDUC 338. Secondary Social Studies Methods 1
         EDUC 340. Secondary Math Methods 1
         EDUC 341. Secondary Science Methods 1
 Foreign Language 6
   
 General Education  37
    Note: Some required Education Coursework and Disciplinary Concentration Coursework
    will count toward General Education requirements.
 
   
 General Electives Varies
   
 Disciplinary Concentration  30*
    Choose a concentration:
    biology, chemistry, physics, English, history, mathematics, Spanish
    See separate Disciplinary Concentrations Requirements table below
 
   
 Workshops 0
   EDUC 099A (Safe Schools Workshop)
0
   EDUC 099B (Child Abuse Prevention Workshop) 0
   EDUC 099D (Cultural Diversity Workshop) 0
   EDUC 099J (Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying & Discrimination in Schools Workshop) 0
   
 Diversity Requirement 0
    EDUC 099K (Experience in Diverse Environments Workshop) 0
 Total for a B.S. in Secondary Education  120*

* Varies by disciplinary concentration



Disciplinary Concentrations

Secondary education majors select one of the following disciplinary concentrations. Each requires specific coursework, which is outlined below. A link to a sample 4-year plan of study, a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses, is presented after each concentration. 

 DISCIPLINARY CONCENTRATIONS   CREDITS 
 BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION 30*
   BIO/BIOL 105. Biological Science I 4
   BIO/BIOL 106 Biological Science II 4
   BIO 291. Genetics 3
   BIO 292. Cell Biology 3
   BIOL 293. Genetics and Cell Biology Lab 1
   Biology Electives 15
   CHEM 101. General Chemistry I 3
   CHEM 102. General Chemistry II 3
   CHEM 301. Organic Chemistry 3
   MATH 151. Calculus I 4
   MATH 117. Introduction to Statistics for Science Majors 3
   PHYS 103. General Physics 3
   PHYL 103. General Physics Lab 1
   General Elective: Earth Science Course 3

SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 
 CHEMISTRY CONCENTRATION 30*
   CHEM 101. General Chemistry I 3
   CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab 1
   CHEM 102. General Chemistry II 3
   CHML 102. General Chemistry II Lab 1
   CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I 3
   CHML 301. Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
   CHEM 302. Organic Chemistry II 3
   CHEM 401. Physical Chemistry I 3
   CHML 401. Physical Chemistry I Lab 1
   CHEM 201. Analytical Chemistry 3
   CHML 201. Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
   CHEM. 441. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
   CHEM Electives 7
   MATH 151. Calculus I 4
   MATH 152. Ordinary Differential Equations 4
   PHYS 103. General Physics I 1
   PHYL 103. General Physics I Lab 1
   PHYS 104. General Physics II 3
   General Elective: Earth Science Course  
   General Elective: Biology Course  

SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE CHEMISTRY CONCENTRATION

 
 PHYSICS CONCENTRATION 30*
   PHYS 103. General Physics I 3
   PHYL 103. General Physics I Lab 1
   PHYS 104. General Physics II 3
   PHYL 104. General Physics II Lab 1
   PHYS 201. Theoretical Mechanics 3
   PHYS 203. Modern Physics 3
   PHYS 301-302. Electricity and Magnetism I&II 6
   PHYS 304. Thermodynamics 3
   PHYS 401. Modern Physics & Quantum Mechanics 3
   PHSC 106. Stars and Stellar Systems 3
   PHYS Elective 3
   CHEM 101. General Chemistry I 3
   CHML 101. General Chemistry I Lab 1
   MATH 151. Calculus I 4
   MATH 152. Calculus II 4
   MATH 251. Calculus III 4
   MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations 4
   General Elective: Earth Science Course  
   General Election: Biology Course  

SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE PHYSICS CONCENTRATION

   
 ENGLISH CONCENTRATION 30*
   ENG 101. Writing I 3
   ENG 102. Writing II 3
   END. 203. English Literature I 3
   ENG 204. English Literature II 3
   ENG. 220. American Literature I 3
   ENG 221. American Literature II 3
   ENG Electives  9
   ENG 250. Advanced Oral & Written Communication 3
   History Course 3
 
SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE ENGLISH CONCENTRATION

   
 HISTORY CONCENTRATION 30*
   HIST 101. Europe to 1815 3
   HIST 102. Europe Since 1815 3
   HIST 200. Historical Methods and Historiography 3
   HIST 202. United States History Since 1865 3
   HIST 201. United States History to 1865 3
   History Electives (World History, Geography, Political Science, Economics)  6
   HIST 492. Advanced History Reading Program II 3
 
SAMPLE 4-YEAR-PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE HISTORY CONCENTRATION

   
 MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION 30*
    MATH 151. Calculus I 4
    MATH 207. Discrete Mathematics I 3
    MATH 152. Calculus II 4
    MATH 251. Calculus III 4
    MATH 208. Discrete Mathematics II OR MATH 345. Graph Theory 3
    MATH 341. Abstract Algebra 3
    MATH 351. Introduction to Real Analysis I 3
    MATH 241. Linear Algebra 3
    Math Electives  9
    MATH 492. Senior Comprehensive Project 1
    CS 131. Computer Science I 4
 
SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION

   
 SPANISH CONCENTRATION 30*
    Spanish Language Courses 30
    Second Foreign Language 12
 
SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE SPANISH CONCENTRATION