Wilkes University

Minor in Secondary Education

Wilkes University Education Department  Secondary Education Program Guide

The Wilkes University Department of Education offers programs leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) secondary (grades 7 – 12) certification in the following areas:  biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, English, general science, mathematics, physics, social studies, and also Spanish (a K-12 certification). 

Admission to Wilkes University is only the first step in gaining acceptance into the Teacher  Education Program (TEP).  Requirements for admission to the TEP are in compliance with PDE mandates.

The Secondary Education Program Sequence of Studies outlines course prerequisites and requirements. Students should also refer to the University Bulletin and PDE’s site: http://www.pde.state.pa.us for specific requirements.

By adding the required courses, Dual Certification in Special Education (7 – 12) is possible with any of these programs. 

  • Schedule a meeting with Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program: Students should plan to meet with the Education Department Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program as early as possible in their matriculation at Wilkes to ensure completion of the certification program within four years. At that meeting, students will receive an information packet about their programs of study in their academic major and the Education courses that will lead to certification.
  • Study major area of study and declare the major or minor in Secondary Education: Students should begin their studies in an academic major related to certification and declare Secondary Education as a major or
  • Fulfill English and Mathematics Requirements: As required by the PDE, within the first 48 credit hours, students should complete the following courses: English - 7 credits to include ENG 101 (Composition) and ENG 120 (Introduction to Literature and Culture) and Mathematics - 6 credits.
  • Complete ED 180 and earn a final grade of 2.5 or higher: There is no required GPA for ED 180. A grade of 2.5 in ED 180, as well as an overall GPA of 2.5, is required, however, to enroll in ED 190 and ED 191.
  • Comply with placement requirements and secure proper clearances: A Field Experience Placement Form must be completed when registering for any course with a field experience. Act 34 (State Police), Act 151 (Child Abuse), Act 114 (Federal Criminal History) and Act 124 (Arrest Conviction Report and Certification Form) clearances must be applied for and submitted to the Coordinator of Field Placements. These clearances must be clear (no record) and current. These clearances remain valid while the student is continuously enrolled at Wilkes University.
  • Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program: During ED 190, students must begin the application process for admission to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the TEP, students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 and pass all three PAPA exams or have achieved the required SAT or ACT scores in high school.
  • Pass all modules of a test of basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (PAPA or Praxis CORE or have earned SAT/ACT scores that qualifies student for the exemption) to register for any 300-level course related to the minor in Secondary Education.
  • Achieve the required GPA: Students must earn a minimum of 2.5 in ED 180, ED 190, and ED 191 and achieve an overall GPA of 2.85 to enroll in 200-level education. Then, to enter 300-level courses, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA.
  • Register for and pass PRAXIS II: Preferably prior to student teaching or at the conclusion of formal studies in the chosen major field, or prior to student teaching, students should take the appropriate PRAXIS II examination. This is required for certification in Pennsylvania. Complete information about registration, test dates, study guides is available at http://www.ets.org/praxis; the Department also provides guidance, resources, and support. 
  • Self-monitor progress: Students are responsible to monitor their GPAs each semester; students will be dropped from course(s) if required GPA is not achieved or if all three PAPA tests are not passed before enrolling in 300-level courses.


The Education major* or minor consists of the following courses:

[Note: The two additional courses for the majors are indicated by the asterisk*

The major consists of 47 credits; the minor consists of 40 credits]

ED 180 - Educational Psychology

ED 190 Effective Teaching with Field Experience (40 hours)

  • To enroll in ED 190, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, Field Experience Placement Form completed, and current, valid Act 34 State Police Criminal Record Check, ACT 151 Child Abuse History Clearance, Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Check, and Act 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form which report “no record” submitted to the Coordinator of Field Placements before established deadlines.

Students must earn a grade of 2.5 or higher in ED 190 to proceed to other Education courses.

ED 191 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (C.I. course).

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enroll in ED 191 and have completed or be enrolled in ED 190.

ED 220:     Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

EDSP 210: Teaching Students with Special Need

  • Students must earn a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 190 and ED 191
  • Students must earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85
  • Students must submit exemption qualifying SAT/ACT scores OR
  • Students must complete practice modules of the Reading, Mathematics, and Writing tests available at http://www.longsdalepub.com/courses/papa/ or the designated pre-test site chosen by the Education Department. Registration information is available from the Education Department.

EDSP 225 - Special Education Methodology I with Field Experience (30 hours of field experience; OPO course)

  • Students must earn a final course grade of 2.50 in ED 190 and ED 191 and
  • Students must earn an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85 and
  • Students must submit qualifying SAT scores (of at least 1550, with no score lower than 500 in each area)                             or ACT scores of at least 23 OR
  • Students must complete all modules of the PAPA test: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com OR
  • Student must complete all tests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE): Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Registration information is available at ets.org/praxis/pa
  • NOTE: Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300 level Education courses.

*ED 345 - Assessment in Education (required for major only)

*ED 375 Middle Level and Secondary Education Methods with Field Experience (40 hours) (required for major only)

ED 380 - Content Area Literacy (not required for English majors who are only pursuing the minor.)

ED 3XX (Secondary Methods course in the area of the major degree)

These method courses are offered in the fall semester, except MTH 303, which is offered in odd years only.

  • ED 300 - Teaching of Foreign Languages with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED 371 - Teaching Methods in Science with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ED 381 - Teaching Methods Social Studies with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • ENG 393 - The Teaching of English with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • MTH 303 - The Teaching of Mathematics with Field Experience (40 hours)
  • EDSP 388 - Inclusionary Practices (3 credits; co-requisite: ED 390)
  • ED 390 - Student Teaching with Seminar (12 credits; OPO course)

Other recommended courses for Secondary Education are

  • PSY 222 - Adolescent Psychology (required course for some majors)
  • A foreign language

Candidates must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their secondary major courses and a cumulative 3.0 to remain in the Teacher Education Program.