There are three components present within the knowledge base of the basic secondary education program. They are the curriculum, instruction and field experience/assessment. The curriculum includes general studies, a subject major (36-52 hours), pedagogical and professional studies and integrative studies for initial teacher preparation. Instruction consists of strategies, approaches, and experiences connected to current research. Assessment involves continuous self-examination and reflection, an Education Portfolio, and formal measurement of academic achievement.
The teaching preparation program for Secondary Education, grades 5-12, is organized into three steps. Each step is linked through the goals of multicultural education, continuous and ongoing field experience/practicum placements that connect theory and practice, and the Education Portfolio.
As a person seeking Secondary licensing you will develop and submit for evaluation artifacts contributing to the Education Portfolio during your course of study. A submission involves making an oral presentation about the contents of your portfolio to selected professors and peers.