Professional Studies in Secondary Education

Professional Studies in Secondary Education

Choose from Concentrations in Earth and Space Science Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Social Studies: History Education.

The secondary education curriculum prepares students for teaching students in grades 7 through 12.  Teaching candidates may choose from content concentrations in Earth and Space Science, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  The secondary education curriculum is the combined responsibility of the Education and Special Education Department and the appropriate content-area departments of the university. The program prepares candidates to apply grounded, innovative instructional and assessment techniques and develop detailed knowledge of their subject matter. A wide variety of field experiences are incorporated, culminating in student teaching in the senior year.

The core requirements for secondary education, common to all concentrations, ensure that candidates have a solid foundation in the use of data analysis to inform their instructional planning and the use of digital media to shape their instructional design and delivery.  Our program emphasizes the rural contexts that characterize much of our state, and our pre-service teaching candidates will be immersed in the community partnerships that scholars advocate as being essential to revitalizing our rural area.

As the state’s only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Mansfield University provides a diversified education in arts, sciences, and professional programs.  Through the content area coursework in their disciplines and the professional courses in education and special education, students in the Professional Studies in Secondary Education program will become the knowledgeable and proactive educators that both our region and the Commonwealth need to serve and sustain our communities in an ever-changing world.

For specific course and program requirements, please consult the current undergraduate catalog.

Contact information:
Dr. Nanci Werner-Burke
Chair, Department of Education and Special Education
207B Retan Center
Beth McClure
Department Secretary
205 Retan Center
Subject-Area Concentration Coordinators:
Dr. Linda Kennedy
Earth and Space Science Education Concentration
Department of Geosciences
207D Belknap Hall 
Dr. Jimmy Guignard
English Education Concentration
Department of English and World Languages
110B Belknap Hall
Dr. Cathy D’Ortona
Mathematics Education Concentration
Department of Mathematics and Computer & Information Science
212B Simon B. Elliott Hall
Dr. Karen Guenther
Social Studies: History Education Concentration
Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science
216 Pinecrest Manor