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Secondary Education Cognate Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Credit Hours: 42+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Students interested in teacher licensure in secondary education must complete a content major, additional coursework required for licensure (if applicable), and the secondary education cognate major requirements. Content majors are available in biology (Bachelor of Science Teaching Option), chemistry (Bachelor of Arts), English (Bachelor of Arts), history (Bachelor of Arts, for licensure in social studies), mathematics (Bachelor of Science teacher education track), physics (Bachelor of Arts), political science (Bachelor of Arts, for licensure in social studies), and sociology (Bachelor of Science, for licensure in social studies). Students must successfully complete all requirements for certification in secondary education.

When declaring teacher licensure the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select "Declare or Add a Major" and then "Secondary Education Cognate" from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the major and follow the on-screen instructions.

Required Courses

COMM 104

Public Speaking (3) PR: None

Select two MATH courses at the 103-level or above totaling at least 6 credit hours:

MATH 103

Contemporary Math with Applications (3) PR: MATH 101 or placement

MATH 104

Introductory Statistics (3) PR: MATH 101 or placement

MATH 105

Calculus for Business and the Social Sciences (3) PR: MATH 101 or placement

MATH 111

Pre-Calculus Mathematics (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 101 or placement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 207

Discrete Structures I (3) PR: MATH 105, 111 or 120

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

MATH 250

Statistical Methods I (3) PR:MATH 105 with a C- or better or MATH 111 or MATH 120 or instructor permission

Note: Some content majors have specific Math course requirements. Please see the applicable major requirements for more information. For higher level MATH courses that can count for this requirement, please consult with the Teacher Education Department.

EDFS 201*

Foundations of Education (3) PR: Sophomore standing.

Note: *EDFS 201 is prerequisite to all other education courses with a grade of C or better.

EDFS 303*

Human Growth and the Educational Process (3) PR: None

EDFS 326*

Integrating Technology into Teaching (3) PR: None

EDFS 330*

Classroom and Behavior Management (3) PR: EDFS 201 and class rank of junior or above

EDFS 345

Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Children and Youth (3) PR: EDFS 303 or equivalent.

EDFS 455

Literacy and Assessment in the Content Areas (3) PR: None

EDFS 456

Teaching Strategies in the Content Areas (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) (3) PR: None

Note: *Candidates who have received credit for PSYC 224 (previously listed as PSYC 311) prior to beginning a teacher education program should not take EDFS 303 (credit will not be awarded). Students must enroll in the Secondary sections for each of the courses marked with an asterisk. (See associate department chair to register for courses.) Each course requires a school-based field experience. Students will need a 3-hour block of time per week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, to complete each school-based experience.

Clinical Practice Internship Requirement

EDFS 460*

Clinical Practice in the Content Area (12) PR: Admission to a teacher education program and completion of all education requirements.

Note: *Students seeking recommendation for South Carolina licensure in Secondary Education must complete the program of study above and meet the admission, retention, and exit requirements of the program and the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Recommendation to the South Carolina Department of Education for licensure in South Carolina is contingent upon successful completion of Clinical Practice, and achievement of passing scores on the necessary Praxis II test(s) for recommendation. Students who do not take Clinical Practice may not earn a degree in Secondary Education and will not be recommended or licensure. See your faculty advisor for additional information.

Additional Coursework required beyond Content major (Chemistry, BA) for Chemistry Licensure:

PHYS 101

Introductory Physics I (3) PR: None; CO: PHYS 101L

PHYS 101L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 101

AND

 

PHYS 102

Introductory Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 101 or PHYS 111 or HONS 157; CO: PHYS 102L

PHYS 102L

Introductory Physics Lab (1) CO: PHYS 102

OR

 

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) PR/CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. CO: PHYS 111L

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

AND

 

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 111 or HONS 157. PR/CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. CO: PHYS 112L.

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

Additional Coursework required beyond Content major (HIST, POLI, SOCY) for Social Studies Licensure:

HIST 103

World History before 1500 (3) PR: None

HIST 104

World History since 1500 (3) PR: None

HIST 201

United States to 1865 (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

OR

 

HIST 202

United States Since 1865 (3) PR: One course in pre-modern history and one course in modern history from the list of approved courses satisfying the general education history requirement (see http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu).

ANTH 101

Introduction to Anthropology (3) PR: None

ECON 200

Principles of Microeconomics (3) PR: None

POLI 101

American Government (3) PR: None

POLI 104

World Regional Geography (3) PR: None

SOCY 101

Introduction to Sociology (3) PR: None

Additional Coursework required beyond Content major (Physics, BA) for Physics Licensure:

BIOL 101

Concepts and Applications in Biology I (4) PR: None; CO: BIOL 101L

BIOL 101L

Concepts and Applications in Biology I Lab (0) CO: BIOL 101

OR

 

BIOL 111

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (3) PR: None; CO: BIOL 111L

BIOL 111L

Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1) CO: BIOL 111

Notes:

  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education. Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.60 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing scores on Praxis Core: Academic Skills for Educators designated by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores. Scores must be sent to the College of Charleston (Code R5113) and the SCDE (Code R8108).
    • Disposition forms from (a) a general education faculty member, (b) your EDFS 201 professor, and (c) someone who has observed you working with children.
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201, they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or better in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education.
  • Your admission process must be completed before beginning the professional program.
  • You must complete a major in the content area and the cognate major for your information to be forwarded to the State Department of Education for licensure.