Secondary Education Certificate Courses at Ashford University

The Secondary Education pathway in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate program will teach you how to be an effective instructor for students in high school. You’ll learn skills for managing a classroom, and you’ll be able to select coursework that explores techniques for teaching English, history/social science, or STEM disciplines. You will also get a chance to participate in student teaching seminars at a qualified school site. The Secondary Education Certificate pathway includes five (5) mandatory courses, plus one (1) elective course in Secondary English, Secondary History-Social Science, or Secondary STEM Methods. All courses are three (3) credits each.


Secondary Education Certificate Class Descriptions and Credit Information

EPP 521 Effective Classroom Management in Secondary Classrooms

3 Credits

Students will learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs and managing safe, supportive learning environments in secondary classrooms. The course will introduce participants to practical, field-tested approaches in the related areas of classroom discipline and behavior management, strategies for classroom teachers, and methods that apply to a wide range of classrooms including low-income and multicultural environments. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 561 Secondary English Methods

3 Credits

This course will learn, practice and reflect on the specific pedagogical knowledge needed to teach English to secondary students. Students will explore a variety of teaching strategies for organizing a secondary English curriculum using the Common Core Standards. Teacher candidates will discuss, plan, implement and assess appropriate instruction using current best practices for the effective teaching of English in secondary classes. The course addresses various curricular areas of English arts, including the teaching of writing, reading comprehension and literature, language applications, grammar, speaking applications and visual media and how they can be effectively integrated into daily lesson planning while meeting Common Core Standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 562 Secondary History-Social Science Methods

3 Credits

This course is intended to prepare students to be effective History-Social Science teachers in secondary classrooms and is designed to develop the capacities models of instruction consistent with basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in teaching secondary school social sciences. Emphasis is placed on curriculum, materials, and instructional methods and strategies specific to teaching social sciences to diverse student populations. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 563 Secondary Integrated Reading Methods

3 Credits

This course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and ability to deliver comprehensive instruction to English learners. Students will learn how to implement instructional programs that facilitate English language acquisition and development, including receptive and productive language skills, and that logically progress to the grade level reading/language arts program for English speakers. Students will acquire and demonstrate the ability to utilize assessment information to diagnose students’ language abilities and to develop lessons that promote students’ access and achievement in relation to state-adopted academic content standards. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 564 Secondary STEM Methods

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of teaching competencies, basic principles and new trends of instruction and curriculum development in secondary school Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The course content is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement inquiry-based, developmentally appropriate STEM lessons. Unit planning, laboratory activities, evaluation strategies and math and science learning centers are emphasized. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 571 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar I

3 Credits

This is the first course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 572 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar II

3 Credits

This is the second course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.

EPP 573 Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar III

3 Credits

This is the third course of a three part practice teaching and seminar series designed to prepare students to teach in secondary schools. At a qualified school site under the supervision of a mentor teacher and university supervisor, students will develop an understanding of instructional planning and delivery to make content comprehensible, assess learning, support the needs of diverse learners, maintain a safe learning environment and incorporate reflective practices for their own professional development. This course contains a synchronous component each week. This course is only available for students enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate.