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Curriculum, Secondary Education (7–12)

At Widener, students can pursue secondary teacher certification in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, English, French, general science, mathematics, physics, social studies (history), and Spanish.


Seven education courses are required for secondary certification, including appropriate courses in teaching methods for the selected certification area.

In addition, students must adjust his or her subject-matter academic work to meet the requirements for a full-time, 14-week student teaching experience during the senior year. This student teaching experience, open to seniors only, is under the supervision of a professor from the teacher education program and also experienced teachers from local cooperating schools.

Sample Courses

View a selection of courses students typically take in the secondary education program.

ED 1326 Classroom Management in the Middle School

This course examines the issues involved with the control of behavior in a middle school classroom setting. The course discusses the different philosophies, models, and concrete strategies that can be used to guide and maintain classroom organization and control, as well as those strategies used to diffuse or redirect inappropriate adolescent behaviors. Building a positive, supportive, and challenging learning environment is emphasized as the pivotal mechanism for the shaping of appropriate academic behaviors in both inclusive and general classroom situations.

ED 1421 Literacy Intervention in the Content Areas for Learners with Disabilities

This course involves development and implementation of effective curriculum and materials to educate students with special needs in reading, writing, and mathematics.

ED 1422 Teaching English Language Learners

This course includes both culture and English landing skills in a comprehensive format. It seeks to provide students with the theories as well as practical and effective resources necessary to meet the educational challenges faced by mainstream classroom teachers of culturally diverse English learners.

ED 1423 Collaboration and Inclusion in Middle School and Secondary Education

This course helps students develop an understanding of the major issues involved in working as a member of a team and in helping others from multiple teaching positions in general and special education. This course focuses on effective strategies for facilitating inclusion of students with special needs in the general education classroom, and collaboration with families, general and special educators, paraprofessionals, and related service providers in the school and community.

For more information about the courses and requirements for secondary education, please refer to page 100 in our course catalog.