Secondary Education - Communications Concentration

Secondary Education - Communications Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Communications Concentration

Teach middle and high school students skills that will last a lifetime.

Gain real-word experience and launch a rewarding teaching career with a bachelor's degree in communications education from California University of Pennsylvania. This comprehensive program combines core education courses with communications classes, hands-on fieldwork and student teaching.

Program graduates meet all state education requirements necessary for Pennsylvania teaching certification and are prepared to teach grades 7-12 public and private schools.

Discover Cal U's top-quality teaching program.

  • Our expert faculty members have doctorate degrees and decades of real-world experience in secondary education classrooms.
  • Cal U's secondary education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Personal Attention
Work closely with secondary education professors who have experience as middle and high school teachers and can relate theory to real-life experiences. Our faculty members are available and approachable, provide personal assistance, and give you the resources you need for career success.

Competitive Edge
Enter student teaching with confidence. Cal U students stand out in the secondary education job market because they complete three fieldwork experiences in local school districts before starting the student teaching component of this program.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
165  years
Cal U was founded as a teachers college. We have over 165 years of experience preparing top teachers.
icon undergrad for degree

Degree Benefits

Program degree courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in communications and education.

  • Study communications curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching communications and learn how to connect to STEM.

  • Take video production, debate, acting, language arts and theater production classes.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

icon undergrad for degree

Graduate Outcomes

Graduate ready to teach secondary education communications and theater at public, private and charter schools. You'll also thrive in master's degree programs in education and teaching. Cal U secondary education alumni have rewarding careers in teaching positions at dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Communications Concentration  - Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree

Student Success Story

Meet program alumni Jonathan Rohlf '16 and Jon Difilippo '16. Rohlf is teaching communications in a long-term substitute position and performing with the Pittsburgh CLO musical theater. Difilippo is teaching communications and English at Mapleton High School.


Course Spotlight: Assessment in English/Communication

Gain insight into the design, implementation and analysis of assessment instruments used in communications education. Study the trends and results of English/communications standards according to recent research.

com 3

Relationships with Pennsylvania Schools

Gain experience real-world settings. Cal U maintains a network of Professional Development Schools (PDS) where you'll work directly with middle and high school teachers and students to gain applicable on-the-job experience

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.) Online M.S. - Dual Concentration Courses


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
COM 101 Oral Communications 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
THE 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
Math Course 3
Second Semester 15
COM 230 Argumentation 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
COM 142 Video Production I 3
SEC 210 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220 Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
General Education Course (Health) 3
Fourth Semester 15
EDU 310 Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
THE 141 Stagecraft   3
General Education Course (Science) 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ENG 345 English Grammar and Usage OR ENG 347 Introduction to Linguistics 3
SEC 310 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350 Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360 Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
THE 320 Fundamentals of Directing 3
Sixth Semester 15
COM 490 Communication Theory 3
ENG 308 Research for Writers OR ENG 352 Studies in Writing 3
ESP 413 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Inclusion 3
SEC 400 Classroom Management 3
SEC 420 Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ENG 425 Shakespeare 3
English Elective 3
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 3
THE 302 History of Theatre I OR THE 304 World Drama OR THE 306 Modern Drama 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 121


Secondary Education

Bachelor's Degree Concentrations

Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

View profile
Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

View profile
Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

View profile
Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

View profile
Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Assistant Professor

View profile
Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

View profile