Required Courses for Secondary/ Content Area Concentration

Psychological Foundations of Learning– 56:300:500 (3 credits)
This course examines child and adolescent development and focuses on developmental stages, learner motivation, student interests, creating a healthy learning climate, language development, and individual differences. (NJPST 1, 2, 3)
Exceptionalities – 56:300:501 (3 credits)
A survey of the neurological, sensory, orthopedic, communicative, and social disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, present in children, and the impact of these on the psychological and academic development of the child. Students will also examine the impact of the disabilities on cognitive, mental, and social growth, the factors to be considered in assessment and rehabilitative developments, and strategies for professional collaboration to meet students’ needs. (NJPST 1, 2, 10,11)
Managing Student Behaviors - 56:300:502 (3 credits)
An examination of behavioral and psychotherapies for the range of behaviors found in the classroom. The course will equip students with a variety of researched-based strategies and models of discipline to address behavior management of all students in a classroom. (NJPST 1, 2, 3)
Teaching Methods I - 56:300:510 (3 credits)
This course will focus on the foundational methods of teaching through an in-depth analysis of a theoretical and practical nature. Students will explore the development of curriculum, the purpose and use of standards, and the design of methodologies specific to learner level and content knowledge. Particular emphasis will include development of both unit plans and individual lessons, best practices in delivering instruction, and mastery of content through authentic learning tasks. The completion and documentation of the 50 hour clinical experience is a course requirement. (NJPST 4,7,8)


Fall Courses Only: Clinical Practice application and requirements due by February 1 to continue with coursework. 

Secondary Teaching Methods II 56:300:506 (3 credits)
(Pre-req Teaching Methods I; Co-req Clinical Practice I) The focus will continue to explore the foundational methods of teaching as covered in the Methods I course, with an emphasis on constructing effective instruction in practice to match learner characteristics and needs. (NJPST 4,5,7,8)
Clinical Practice I – 56:300:520 (3 credits)
(Co-req Teaching Methods II)This course consists of 175 hours in a fieldwork component and seminar. Students will put theory into practice by strengthening pedagogy through observation and active classroom participation. Clinical practice is supervised and observed by University staff and assigned cooperating teachers. (NJPST 1-11)
Secondary Classroom Assessments 56:300:508 (3 credits)
An overview of the knowledge, skills, and understanding of assessment issues related to students in both general and special education settings. The types and characteristics of developmentally appropriate assessments, both formal and informal, and the use of assessment to set instructional goals, monitor progress, and determine the effectiveness of instruction. (NJPST 6)


Spring Courses Only: Clinical Practice application and requirements due by February 1 to continue with coursework.

Clinical Practice II 56:300:521(6 credits)
(Co-req Professional Responsibility) This course consists of a full time, semester length student teaching experience in a school setting. Students will continue to refine their planning and teaching skills. Clinical practice is supervised and observed by University staff and assigned cooperating teachers.  (NJPST 1-11)
Professional Responsibility 56:300:522 (3 credits)
(Co-req Clinical Practice II) This course will explore the role of a teacher leader both as a collaborator and role model in and outside of the classroom. Students will create a professional teaching portfolio, reflect on clinical experiences, and examine ways to further their students’ success. (NJPST 9, 10,11)