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Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Department strives to serve education students by developing team character and ethical poise toward lifelong learning. Secondary Education students receive practical experience in constructive exercises. Professors prepare future professionals with educational engagement, developing creative teaching strategies, and inspiration to pursue life goals. They engage students through applicable training which is directed toward developing strategies used in future teaching situations.

The Secondary Education Program

The Secondary Education program is designed to enhance educational leadership and inspire partnerships while promoting lifelong learning. Endorsements in many areas of study are available.

Iowa has a long history of educational excellence. Penn is a part of that tradition, training teachers for over 135 years.

Dr. Pamela Martin, Professor of Education

Careers

Graduates of the William Penn Secondary Education program have found success in their field. Recent graduates have been employed at the following schools:

  • Dunkerton Community School District
  • Davenport Community Schools
  • Starmont High School
  • Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Junior/Senior High School
  • Muscatine Community School District
  • Southeast Warren Junior/Senior High School

Internships

Practicum and Student Teaching 

Classroom experience provides preparation in teacher development. Students are required to enhance their teaching qualifications by assisting local teachers in a professional setting. Once their education process is complete, students are than required to teach 5–12 students for 16 week supports. Students practice their organization, and classroom management skills in a professional classroom environment. With hands on experience, education students are ready to begin their careers shortly after completion of education requirements. Recent student teachers have been assigned to the following area school districts:

  • Oskaloosa Community School District
  • North Mahaska Community School District
  • Pella Community School District
  • Ottumwa Community School District
  • Knoxville Community School District
  • Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont School District
  • Montezuma High School
  • Sigourney High School
  • Tri-County Community School

Faculty

Cathy Williamson, M.A.

Chair of Education division, Associate Professor of Education, Peasley House Hall Director 641-673-1700 Email

Jeanne Marshall, M.A.

Instructor of Education 641-673-1105 Email

Pam Martin, Ph.D

Professor of Education 641-673-1182 Email

Organizations

William Penn University’s Education Club promotes a fun learning environment for current students. Club members make frequent trips to local schools to help tutor and demonstrate important leadership qualities. Upon permission, students will volunteer and judge elementary science and history fairs, as well as other fun events which portray the growth in elementary education.

Facilities

Penn Hall

As one of the oldest buildings on the university campus, Penn Hall has undergone several transformations over the years; both structurally and functionality. Classrooms are located on all four stories, along with administrative offices located on the second level. All classrooms are easily accessible and are equipped with the tools and technology needed for students to be successful.

  • Administrative Offices
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • IS Help Desk
  • Service Center & Mail Room

Courses

You will take the following courses as a student in the Secondary Education program:

Secondary Education Professional Core courses

  • EDUC 100:02 Introduction to Secondary Education (with a 15-hr. field experience)
  • EDUC 200 Social Foundations of American Education
  • EDUC 205 WPU Seminar (Transfer Students requirement)
  • EDUC 350 Media Methods
  • EDUC 355 Classroom Management
  • EDUC 360 Content Area Reading
  • EDUC 365 Human Relations for Teachers
  • EDUC 380 General Methods
  • EDUC 381 25-Hour Field Experience
  • EDSP 100 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDSP 387 Differentiated Instruction Methods & Strategies (5-12)
  • PSYC 303 Developmental & Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 401 Secondary Student Teaching

 

Students will choose one of the following Secondary Methods and correlating 25 Hr. Field Exp 3

  • EDUC 382 Secondary Business Methods with
    EDUC 383 25-Hour Field Experience – Business
  • EDUC 384 Secondary English Methods with
    EDUC 385 25-Hour Field Experience – English
  • EDUC 386 Secondary Industrial Technology Methods with
    EDUC 387 25-Hour Field Experience – Industrial Technology
  • EDUC 388 Secondary Math Methods with
    EDUC 389 25-Hour Field Experience – Math
  • EDUC 391 Secondary PE/Health Methods with
    EDUC 392 25-Hour Field Experience – PE/Health
  • EDUC 393 Secondary Science Methods with
    EDUC 394 25-Hour Field Experience – Science
  • EDUC 395 Secondary Social Studies Methods with
    EDUC 396 25-Hour Field Experience – Social Studies
  • EDUC 397 Secondary Music Methods with
    EDUC 398 25-Hour Field Experience – Music

In addition to completing the Secondary Education Professional Core, students will also complete at least one of the following areas:

  • American Government
  • American History
  • Athletic Coaching
  • Biology
  • Biology/Chemistry
  • Biology/Earth Science
  • Biology/General Science/Physical Science
  • Biology/Physics
  • Business-General
  • English/Language Arts/Journalism
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • General Science
  • Health
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mathematics
  •  Music (K-8) and (5-12)
  • Physical Education/Health/Coaching (K-8) and (5-12)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication-Theater
  • Special Education-Strategist I (5-12)