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Secondary Education
B.S.Ed. Degree
120 Hours
The BSED in Secondary Education program at Mercer University values the individual and authentic worth of the adolescent through the inclusive lens of the regular classroom. The BSED in Secondary Education connects course work with 6 field experiences in 6-12 schools. This clinical program links the practicum and student teaching field placements into a year-long placement, explicitly connects field placements to corequisite education coursework, and embeds special education methods into courses. Students in this degree program would complete their education coursework in one of the following areas of certification: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, and Political Science. Having completed this four-year program of study, the BSED in Secondary Education candidate will become a reflective practitioner, advocating the needs and rights of the adolescent, while collaborating and establishing partnerships with parents, schools, and communities.
Program Goals
1. Prepare and retain high school teachers through clinical and induction periods to serve in high-need schools
2. Create and sustain strong, reciprocal, collaborative relationships between and among district partnerships and university faculty
3. Expand collaboration among College of Liberal Arts, School of Engineering, and College of Education
Program Objectives - Outcomes
Upon completion of the BSED in Secondary Education Program, the candidate will:
To Know
1. Understand adolescents from a holistic perspective with an emphasis on social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical characteristics, and needs of the adolescent student and how the environments support these needs are developed and maintained.
2. Acquire a broad knowledge base in regards to interdisciplinary middle and secondary curriculum design and content specific pedagogy.
3. Understand and appreciate key concepts and organization of middle and secondary level education.
4. Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and how the learning environment can be adapted to meet the diverse needs of middle and secondary education.
To Do
1. Design and implement an content specific and/or integrated, developmentally appropriate curriculum that considers social, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical nature and needs of middle and secondary students in regards to their diverse, developing identities.
2. Demonstrate competency in developing and implementing a wide variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
3. Integrate research-based strategies and instructional technology into all components of secondary school curriculum.
4. Utilize the effective teaching pedagogy to make connections among academic knowledge and the cultural influences of the students, school, and community while building collaborative relationships with families, community and other stake-holders.
To Be
1. Continually seek to be reflective, to evaluate personal development, and to find opportunities to grow professionally and develop emerging leadership qualities.
2. Develop the ability to foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, community, and agencies to promote and advocate for the learning and well-being of the adolescent.
The BSED Secondary Education Major
Program of Study
General Studies
34-35 hours
Professional and Pedagogical Studies
40 hours
EDUC 220. Foundations of Education
EDUC 283. Fundamentals of Special Education
EDUC 356. Psychology and Development of the Adolescent Learner
EDUC 275a. Field Component IA
EDUC 374. Integrated Methods and Curriculum for 6-12
EDUC 275b. Field Component IB
EDUC 453. Disciplinary Literacy & Differentiation
EDUC 398. Field Experience I
EDUC 487. Assessment for Middle & Secondary
EDUC 399. Field Experience II
EDUC 441. Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Planning, & Special Education Methods
EDUC 485. Professional Practicum
Content Studies
30-47 hours
English (39 hours)
History (30 hours)
Political Science (30 hours)
Math (30-31 hours)
Biology (40-41 hours)
Chemistry (47 hours)
Physics (43 hours)
0-16 hours
Total Hours for Graduation Needed
120-122 hours
Program Plan BSED Secondary
General Education: Minimum of 34-35 hours Pedagogical Studies: 40 hours
Content Studies: 30-47 hours
Schedule of Course Offerings
Program Plan BSED Middle & Secondary
General Education: Minimum of 34-35 hours Pedagogical Studies: 40 hours
First Year 
EDUC 220 Foundations of Education (3 hrs)  
EDUC 283 Special Education (3 hrs.) 
EDUC 356 Psychology and Development of the Adolescent Learner (3 hrs.) 
EDUC 275a Field Component IA (1hr.) 
EDUC 374 Integrated Methods and Curriculum for 6-12 (3 hrs.) 
EDUC 275b Field Component IB (1 hr.) 
EDUC 453 Disciplinary Literacy & Differentiation (3 hrs.) 
EDUC 398 Field Experience I (1hr.) 
EDUC 487 Assessment for Middle & Secondary (3hrs.)  
EDUC 399 Field Experience II (1hr.) 
EDUC 441 Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Planning, & Special Education Methods (3hrs.) 
Methods Course for Content Area (3hrs.) 
EDUC 485 Professional Practicum(3hrs.)  
EDUC 492 Student Teaching (12 hrs.) 
Content Studies
Course Requirements
39 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 468
Young Adult Literature: EDUC 379
English language course (linguistics, history of English, advanced grammar): ENG 323 or ENG 325
Literary theory/criticism course: ENG 301 or ENG 329
Advanced writing course: ENG 309, ENG 311, ENG 312, ENG 386, ENG 390, or ENG 487
British Lit course: ENG 263 or ENG 264
American Lit course: ENG 265, ENG 352, ENG 353, ENG 354, ENG 357, ENG 358, ENG 359, or ENG 360
World Lit/Post-colonial course: ENG 368 or ENG 369
Pre-1700 lit course: ENG 340 or ENG 342
1700-1900 lit course: ENG 362, ENG 347, ENG 346, ENG 348, or ENG 349
20th century/contemporary lit course: ENG 364, ENG 366, or ENG 369
Major author course: ENG 383, ENG 330, ENG 335, ENG 320, ENG 321, or ENG 383
Literary survey course: ENG 263, ENG 264, ENG 340, ENG 346, ENG 365, or ENG 320
30 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 430
2 Introduction to the discipline courses HIS 295 and either HIS 105 or HIS 176
Advanced historical research seminar HIS 495
2 American history courses: HIS 176, HIS 250, HIS 350, HIS 355, HIS 356, or HIS 359
European history course: HIS 310, HIS 317, or HIS 318
Non-western history course: HIS 224, HIS 342, or HIS 390
Pre-modern (pre-1600) course: HIS 215, HIS 302, HIS 307, or HIS 310
Modern (post-1600) course: HIS 317, HIS 318, or HIS 325
Political Science
30 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 430
American Government: POL 101 or POL 176
2 Constitutional Law courses: POL 348 and POL 349
American Politics: POL 330, POL 332, POL 333, POL 337, or POL 339
Comparative Government course: POL 310, POL 312, POL 313, POL 314, POL 315, POL 354, POL 355, POL 356, or POL 392
International Relations: POL 351 or POL 356
Political Theory: POL 200
Political Science Research course: POL 295
Political Thought Course: POL 373, POL 377, POL 378, or POL 379
30-31 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 456
Calculus I MAT 191
Calculus II MAT 192
Discrete Math MAT 225
Abstract Math MAT 260
Statistics MAT 320
Linear Algebra MAT 340
College Geometry MAT 350
Additional 300 or 400 level course
40-41 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 423
General Chemistry I (with lab) CHM 111
Intro to Biology I BIO 211
Intro to Biology II BIO 212
Genetics BIO 310
Ecology, Zoology, Botany, or Microbiology course (Organismal Biology): BIO 300, BIO 302, BIO 303 or BIO 370
Environmental Biology course (Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Science): BIO 370, BIO 381 or BIO 480
Advanced lab/research course (400-level) BIO 410, BIO 415, BIO 440, BIO 475 or BIO 480
Introductory Physics I PHY 141
Introductory Physics II PHY 142
Earth or Environmental Science elective ENB 150
47 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 423
General Chemistry II (with lab) CHM 112
Organic Chemistry I (with lab) CHM 221
Organic Chemistry II (with lab) CHM 222
Physical Chemistry CHM 330
Theoretical Chemistry CHM 435
Inorganic Chemistry CHM 311
Quantitative Analysis CHM 241
Instrumental Analysis CHM 341
General Biology BIO 110 or Earth Science elective ENB 150
Calculus II MAT 192
Intro to Physics I (with lab) PHY 141
Intro to Physics II (with lab) PHY
43 hrs.
Content Methods Course: EDUC 423
General Physics I PHY 161
General Physics II PHY 162
Thermal Physics PHY 330
Quantum Mechanics PHY 450
Introductory biology course BIO 211
Introductory chemistry course CHM 111
Introductory earth science or astronomy course ENB 150 or PHY 115
Calculus II MAT 192
Probability and Statistics MAT 320
Multivariable Calculus MAT 293
Introduction to Differential Equations MAT 330