Secondary Education

Secondary Education

Do you have a passion for a specific subject area that you’d love to share with others? Do you like working with teenagers? Check out secondary education opportunities at Scranton.

About

Secondary Education is a major in which University students learn to teach middle and high school students in specific subject areas. Students are prepared for state licensure exams that they must pass to earn teaching positions. Secondary Education Programs include: Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship with History or Political Science, Communication, English, French, General Science, German, Latin, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.

Lee Iacocca
Chrysler Corporation CEO, 1978-1992

Why is Education in demand?

  • “Regardless of temporary economic conditions, hiring practices, budget cuts or any other factors that impact the education system, the need for teachers is timeless and universal. Society will always need educators, and in that respect, teaching is one career in which you can be confident you will always have a purpose.”     – Teach.com 
  • There is always a need for K-12 teachers. Currently, some of the greater needs and more lucrative job opportunities for K-12 teachers are in math, science and bilingual education. However, opportunities for teachers of all subjects are regularly available and usually dependent upon geography.” - Lorenzo and Associates, Education, Research, Writing and Publishing

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Determined and hard working?
  • Interested in working with middle and high school students?
  • Passionate about and competent in a particular subject area?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Secondary Education

1.
Jesuit education.    The values of academic excellence, respect for the whole individual and reflection in all endeavors are at the core of the Education Program.
2.
Hands-on teaching experiences.    In addition to classic student-teaching positions, education students observe in high school classrooms, assist in after school programs, and create sample lesson plans and assessment tools.
3.
Technology.    Smart Boards, iPads and other instructional technology are used by students in preparation for use in their careers.
4.
Connections with schools.    The University of Scranton has close ties with school systems and private/Catholic schools throughout the Scranton area. These partnerships are mutually beneficial.
5.
Dedicated faculty and strong community.    Professors are role models, and classmates are supportive peers in all endeavors of education majors.

Professors are role models, and classmates are supportive peers in all endeavors of education majors.

Sandra Pesavento, M.Ed.
Faculty Specialist

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Teach successfully in your chosen subject area
    • Utilize proven teaching methodologies and technology
    • Produce lesson plans linked to clear learning goals
    • Assess students effectively
    • Work with students who possess a range of abilities
    • Understand and leverage the distinctive development and challenges of adolescents to help students thrive
  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Secondary Education students earn a double major (or the equivalent of a double major) in Secondary Education and a content area. They take classes in educational psychology, assessment, methods of instruction, and teaching diverse learners, in addition to courses in their content area.

    Before progressing beyond 48 credits (usually before the third year of study), students must apply for and earn Teacher Candidate Status.

    A significant student-teaching experience rounds out the degree requirements in the student’s senior year. A seminar class, as part of student-teaching, gives education majors an opportunity to share ideas, discuss challenges and support one another in the transition to professional work.

    Click here to see the curriculum and details about Teacher Candidate status.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Education majors are required to perform 40 hours of service in order to graduate. In the first year, service learning requirements are earned through the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. Program. Service is aligned with designated courses throughout the remainder program of studies and is related to the content of the courses. 

    Education students work with underprivileged children, teaching literacy skills through child advocacy centers. Often, these programs are facilitated through department clubs, including SECUS (Student Education Club at University of Scranton), ACEI (Association for Children’s Education International), and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

    Students have field experiences in secondary school classrooms during their first year, sophomore and junior years, before their extensive student teaching in senior year. They interact productively with high school students and teach as part of their training.  

    Throughout their years of study, Scranton education majors learn to teach students of diverse backgrounds and skills. They are well-practiced in bringing an open mind and a compassionate heart to their work with teenagers. 

Careers

Where will Secondary Education take me?

Education graduates are expertly prepared to teach, not only in traditional classroom settings, but also in other settings. Graduates have pursued jobs in cyber schools, in prison education programs, and on military bases, for example.

Here are some examples of job titles of recent graduates:

  • Teacher
  • Co-teacher
  • Para-professional
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Learning Support Aide
  • Permanent Substitute Teacher

Leading Employers:

You’ll find Scranton graduates working a wide range of school districts and organizations including:

  • Oyster Bay, New York School District
  • Quakertown, Pennsylvania School District
  • Teach for America
  • Abington Height School District

Graduate Schools

Many graduates choose to continue their education in master’s degree programs and have been accepted at leading universities, including:

The University of Scranton
Marywood University
Pennsylvania State University
Montclair State University

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

The significant field experiences that Scranton education students complete prepare them both to teach in the classroom and also to interact in a professional environment. Graduates report that they are exceptionally prepared to put together lesson plans and assessments of student progress and they can “hit the ground running” as teachers.

Close relationships with professors are also a great asset. At Scranton, professors have had the opportunity to get to know students in small classes. They write personalized letters of recommendation based on the talents and experience of each student. 

The average median salary for high school teachers is $56,310.  (Source: U.S. News and World Report)

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Department of Education
Darryl M. De Marzio, Ph.D.
Chair
(570) 941-5438
darryl.demarzio@scranton.edu

Department of Education
Vanessa Silla, Ed.D
Undergraduate Program Director
(570) 941-5810
vanessa.silla@scranton.edu