Secondary Education – B.S.

Teaching and Learning

Secondary Education

B.S.

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a major in Secondary Education designed for students interested in teaching grades 6-12 and leads to eligibility for State of Florida certification. Certification is offered in the general areas of:

  • English/ESOL Endorsement; (Major code- SECE)
  • Mathematics (Major code- SECM)
  • Sciences (Biology) (Major code SECS)
  • Social Science (Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, or Political Science) (Major code SECH)

A major in education is a traditional four-year program. In addition, education students are required to choose a major field of study in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program enables graduates to pursue career opportunities related to their Arts and Sciences major as well as those directly related to education. Students can also elect to take a minor in education.

Field experiences and associate teaching placements in a wide variety of schools make University of Miami students among the best-prepared teachers anywhere. Students are placed primarily in the Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) district. Five M-DCPS schools have been selected as Professional Development Schools (PDS). The PDS provide the ideal setting for a dynamic collaboration that transforms educational theory into practice.


Required Coursework

The requirements for a major leading to secondary certification include:

  • A grade of C or higher in all Education courses and a minimum of 2.5 GPA in both the Secondary Education major and the subject area of discipline. An overall 2.5 GPA is required.
  • MDC-PS fingerprinting and FBI background check
  • Admission to Teacher Candidacy
  • Successful completion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams including: The General Knowledge Exam (all 4 sections)- Required for Teacher Candidacy, The Professional Education Exam, The Subject Area Exam
  • Successful submission of the FEAP e-portfolio submission through Live Text
  • Successful completion of the SEC curriculum requirements


Major Requirements 40-45 Credits

TAL 101 Social and Technological Foundations of Education
TAL 103 Psychological Foundations of Education
TAL 305 Classroom and Behavior Management
TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I
TAL 404 Content Area Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar II
TAL 434 Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition
TAL 506 Issues and Strategies for ESOL (Non-English Majors Only)
OR
TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children (English Majors Only)AND TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments (English Majors Only)
TAL 572 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
TAL 580 Seminar on Teaching

Select one of the following as appropriate for the subject area:

TAL 541 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary English Language Arts
TAL 542 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Mathematics
TAL 543 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Science
TAL 544 Instruction and Assessment In Secondary Social Studies
TAL 506 Issues and Strategies for ESOL (Non-English Majors Only) OR TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children AND TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments (English Majors Only)

Fall

TAL 101 Social and Technological Foundations of Education
TAL 103 Psychological Foundations of Education
ENG 105 English Composition I
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students
Major Course
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience

Spring

TAL 305 Classroom and Behavior Management
TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I (online component)
ENG 106 English Composition II
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics
Major Course
STEM Cognate

Fall

TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children (English Majors Only) Issues and Strategies for ESOL (Non-English Majors)
Major Course
STEM Cognate
Arts and Humanities Cognate

Spring

TAL 404 Content Area Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments (English Majors Only)
TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar II
Major Course
STEM Cognate
Arts and Humanities Cognate

Fall

Major Course
Major Course
Arts and Humanities Cognate
General Elective
General Elective

Choose one of the following:

TAL 541 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary English Language Arts
TAL 542 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Mathematics
TAL 543 Instruction and Assessment in Secondary Science
TAL 544 Instruction and Assessment In Secondary Social Studies

Spring

TAL 434 Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition
Major Course
Major Course
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Fall

TAL 572 Student Teaching in the Secondary School.
TAL 580 Seminar on Teaching

Spring

Major Course
Major Course
Major Course
General Elective
General Elective

Program Contact

Gina Astorini

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Services

305-284-3826


Room: Merrick Building 312-D

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