Providence College offers students interested in high school teaching careers a Bachelor of Arts degree program that leads to certification in the content areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Italian, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. Students major in one of these content areas while simultaneously completing the secondary education program.
In many ways, PC’s secondary education students enjoy the best of both worlds – the opportunity to study a field of knowledge in great depth and to develop professional teaching skills to allow them to put that knowledge to work in service to society. Our students also develop an appreciation of learning and cultural differences, and an understanding of ways to meet those differences.
The strong liberal arts foundation provided by the College’s Core Curriculum and its unique Development of Western Civilization requirement provides prospective teachers with a broad knowledge base to support their content area coursework. The liberal arts at PC provides the intellectual rigor and critical analysis skills that make our secondary education graduates superior – and sought after – high school teachers.
Prior to student teaching, majors participate in four structured sequential field experiences that provide them with opportunities to serve and interact with high school students in a variety of schools and classrooms. At least one of these experiences is in urban schools. In addition, students are encouraged to interact with children and the community through service and service-learning activities. The program culminates with a full year of working with a master teacher = through a practicum in the fall and student teaching in the spring.
Secondary education students can complement their academic studies through involvement in both co-curricular clubs and honor societies. Members of the Education Club share their love for learning and enrich the lives of youth and their own professional development as volunteer tutors in local schools and community centers. Secondary education students are also eligible for membership in Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society.
Additionally, secondary education students participate in the entire range of student life on and off campus, from service organizations such as PC Pals and Campus Ministry, to varsity and intramural athletics, student government, and arts and cultural groups.
Secondary education students – particularly those learning to teach a foreign language – are encouraged to study abroad. This usually occurs during the junior year. Also, one of the benefits of being in the secondary education program is that the students are not only eligible for membership in education clubs and honor societies, but they can also participate in clubs, organizations, societies, internships, and research projects in their content courses and majors.
Although Providence College is a test optional institution, admission to any education program requires the passing of a basic skills exam. Applicants must pass the SAT or ACT at the levels indicated in the following chart, or pass the Praxis I exam at the levels indicated.
*While 530 is the minimum allowable SAT score in Math or Reading, the two scores combined must equal 1150 or higher.
Students, once admitted to a program, are required to pass supplemental tests in content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge prior to being approved to student teach. Passing such tests is required for eligibility for certification in Rhode Island and states with reciprocal agreements.
Interdisciplinary secondary education majors are offered in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, physics, French, Italian, and Spanish. Each of these programs leads to the bachelor of arts degree.
For detailed information on the requirements for the secondary education majors, as well as course listings and descriptions, please see the online undergraduate catalog.
Brian M. McCadden, Ph.D.
Carmen A. Rolon, Ed.D., Program Director
Comfort M. Ateh, Ph.D.
Kevin J. O'Connor, Ph.D.
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