Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, or  Special Education (Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing)

All three programs in the department have numerous desired outcomes. Examples of these outcomes include the following:

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Students in initial teacher education programs demonstrate knowledge of the content that they plan to teach and can explain important principles and concepts delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
  2. Students in initial teacher education programs apply content-specific pedagogy to the subject area content and demonstrate a broad knowledge of instructional strategies that draws upon content and pedagogical knowledge and skills delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards to help all students learn.
  3. Students in initial teacher education programs analyze educational research findings and incorporate new information into their practice.
  4. Students in initial teacher education programs assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students.

The departmental faculty members assess the desired learner outcomes for these three programs by using a variety of techniques. Examples of summative assessments in addition to course evaluations include the following:

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment.
  2. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based strategies through development of lesson plans identifying use of research-validated procedures and effective content pedagogy.
  3. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and monitoring and modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.
  4. Students in initial teacher education programs will demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through the completion of a capstone applied research project..

The Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education is for students interested in teaching grades 6-12. Students choose from one of the following content concentration areas: English, history, political science, biology, chemistry, earth/space science, or physics. In collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, two double major tracks are also available: the Bachelor of Arts in English / Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education--English; and the Bachelor of Arts in History / Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education--History. Students successfully completing these tracks earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation.

Through meaningful coursework and extensive and relevant clinical experiences in middle and high school classrooms, students become experts in their disciplines while also developing the teaching skills needed to be an effective educator in today's classrooms. Students learn how to manage a classroom, meet state content standards, analyze data from assessments to inform instruction, teach using a variety of instructional methods, differentiate instruction for individual students, and use technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning. A student who successfully completes all program requirements and passes all state certification assessments will be eligible for initial certification in the appropriate secondary education field (grades 6-12) in Georgia. 

Program Grade / GPA Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in all Area F, content concentration, and professional courses; earn an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher across Area F, content concentration, and professional courses; and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. Foreign language courses will not be included in the adjusted GPA requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / English: 
Double Major with the Bachelor of Arts in English Track

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Must take one foreign language course (1001 or 1002) in Area C
Area F Requirements
ENGL 2060Introduction to Literature3
Foreign Language 1002 or 2xxx3
Foreign Language 2xxx3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
Program Requirements for the BA in English (Content Concentration Courses)36
ENGL 2080Grammar and Style3
ENGL 3000Advanced Descriptive English Grammar3
ENGL 3060Introduction to Criticism and Research3
ENGL 3110British Literature I3
ENGL 3120British Literature II3
ENGL 3210American Literature I3
ENGL 3215American Literature II3
ENGL 3400Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENGL 4640Studies in Composition Theory3
ENGL Electives: ENGL 3220 or any 4000-level English course)6
ENGL 4900Senior Seminar3
Professional Courses30
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4400English/Language Arts Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Note: The College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements are waived for students completing the double major track: BSED with a Major in Secondary Education--English / BA in English. However, if a student drops the BA degree, the student will be required to complete the Health and Physical Education requirement in order to complete the BSED, even if foreign language courses or other additional content courses were previously completed for the BA degree.

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / History:
Double Major with a Bachelor of Arts in History Track

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Must take one foreign language course (1001 or 1002) in Area C and must take HIST 1011 in Area E
Area F Requirements18
HIST 1012History of Civilization II3
HIST 2112United States History since 18653
Foreign Language 1002 or 2xxx3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
Program Requirements for the BA in History (Content Concentration Courses)36
HIST 1013History of Civilization III3
HIST 3000Study of History3
HIST 4211Georgia History through 18653
or HIST 4212 Georgia History since 1865
HIST 3xxx/4xxx European or British History3
HIST 3xxx/4xxx US History (Colonial to WWII)3
HIST 4204United States, 1877-19213
or HIST 4205 United States, 1921-1945
or HIST 4206 United States Since 1945
or HIST 4208 United States Diplomacy since 1921
HIST 3xxx/4xxx World History (beyond solely US or Europe)3
HIST 3xxx/4xxx European or World History3
HIST Electives: Select three HIST 3xxx/4xxx courses9
HIST 4950Senior Seminar3
Professional Courses30
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4300social Studies Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Note: The College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements are waived for students completing the double major track: BSED with a Major in Secondary Education--History / BA in History. However, if a student drops the BA degree, the student will be required to complete the Health and Physical Education requirement in order to complete the BSED, even if foreign language courses or other additional content courses were previously completed for the BA degree.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Secondary Education / Biology

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)
BIOL 1107/1107L, BIOL 1108/1108L, and MATH 2620 must be taken in Area D
Area F Requirements
BIOL 1xxx/2xxx elective3
MATH 1112Trigonometry3
or MATH 1113 Precalculus
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
CHEM 1211
1211L
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1212
1212L
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
BIOL 3xxx/4xxx electives22
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4200Science Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / Chemistry

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (see VSU Core Curriculum)42
CHEM 1211/1211L, CHEM 1212/1212L, MATH 2261, and MATH 1501 must be taken in Area D
Area F Requirements18
CHEM 1xxx/2xxx elective3
MATH 1112Trigonometry3
or MATH 1113 Precalculus
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
CHEM 3401Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3402Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3xxx/4xxx electives10
PHYS 2211K
PHYS 2212K
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics II
8
MATH 2262Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4200Science Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / Earth-Space Science

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
BIOL 1107/1107LCHEM 1211/1211L, and MATH 2260 must be taken in Area D
Area F Requirements18
GEOG 1110Our Hazardous Environment3
1xxx/2xxx course in ASTR, GEOG, GEOL, PHSC, or PHYS3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
GEOL 1121KPrinciples of Physical Geology4
PHYS 2211KPrinciples of Physics I4
Electives: Select from 3xxx/4xxx courses in ASTR, GEOG, GEOL, PHSC, and/or PHYS22
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4200Science Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / Physics

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Must take MATH 1113 in Area A; PHYS 2211K, PHYS 2212K, MATH 2261, and MATH 1501 in Area D
Area F Requirements18
MATH 1xxx/2xxx elective3
MATH 2150Introduction to Linear Algebra3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
MATH 2262
MATH 2263
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
8
PHYS 3xxx/4xxx electives22
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4200Science Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / Political Science

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Area F Requirements18
POLS 2101Introduction to Political Science3
POLS 2401Introduction to Global Issues3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
POLS 3100Scope and Methods of Political Science3
POLS 3xxx/4xxx electives21
Electives: select 3xxx/4xxx courses from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, and/or SOCI6
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4300social Studies Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / History

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Area F Requirements18
HIST 1xxx History of Civilization course3
HIST 2112United States History since 18653
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
HIST 3000Study of History3
HIST 4212Georgia History since 18653
HIST 3xxx/4xxx in European History6
HIST 3xxx/4xxx in US Social/Cultural/Constitutional History3
HIST 4204United States, 1877-19213
or HIST 4205 United States, 1921-1945
or HIST 4206 United States Since 1945
or HIST 4208 United States Diplomacy since 1921
HIST 3xxx/4xxx in World History6
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4300social Studies Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education / English

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Area F Requirements18
ENGL 2060Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 2080Grammar and Style3
EDUC 2110Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education3
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SEED 2000Written and Verbal Communication for Secondary Education Teachers3
SEED 2999Entry to the Education Profession0
College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education Requirements6
KSPE 2000Health and Wellness for Life2
KSPE 2150First Aid - CPR2
Select two KSPE fitness/activity courses2
Program Requirements60
Content Concentration Courses
ENGL 3000Advanced Descriptive English Grammar3
ENGL 3110British Literature I3
ENGL 3120British Literature II3
ENGL 3210American Literature I3
ENGL 3215American Literature II3
ENGL 3400Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENGL 4640Studies in Composition Theory3
ENGL 3320Studies in African Literature3
or ENGL 4320 Studies in Poetry
or ENGL 4330 Studies in Narrative
or ENGL 4340 Studies in Drama
or ENGL 4350 Studies in Criticism/Theory
MGED 3210Literature for Middle Grades Education3
Professional Courses
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4400English/Language Arts Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degree126