2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Communications: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Communications: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach communications in high school settings. Through this program, students build knowledge of pedagogical principles as well as communication theory and theater. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

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

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

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