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General Program Requirements:

In addition to their coursework, STEP candidates complete two teaching apprenticeships (Block I and II, respectively) in their licensure area prior to their semester of student teaching.  For each apprenticeship, candidates are placed with an experienced teacher to experience the full range of classroom teaching. The apprenticeships are carefully planned and scaffolded to engage candidates in preparing, planning, and instructing lessons and units, assessing students’ learning, and reflecting on their learning to teach. Candidates spend 100 hours in the classroom prior to student teaching (Block III), providing them exceptional opportunity to develop their pedagogy under the guidance of their course instructors and mentor teachers.

Block 1: Semester 1Block 2: Semester 2Block 3: Semester 3
EdSe 4204 – Designing Learning Environments & Lesson Plans (3 credits)EdSe 3206 – Apprenticeship Secondary School (2 credits)EdSe 4600 – Student Teaching (12 credits )
EdSe 4100 – Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 credits)Educ 4381 – Teaching Indigenous Students (2 credits)Educ 4500 – Professional Issues & Ethics (1 credit)
EdSe 4501 – Adolescent Development & Theory (3 credits)EdSe 4525– Assessment for Secondary Educ. majors (3 credits )
SpEd 3415– Special Education in the Secondary School (3 credits)EdSe 4214 – Teaching Content-Area Reading (2 credits )
EdSe 42xx* – Teaching Content Area: Grades 5-12 (3 credits )


  • EdSe 42xx: Each content area has a special methods course requirement.  Some majors may take this course in Block I; see your advisor to find out when the specific methods course is offered for your major.
  • PE, Music, and Communication Arts Majors: see your advisor for your sequence of courses.

Grades, Petitions, and Waivers

  • You must have completed all Block I and Block II classes, with no incompletes, and no grades lower than C-.
  • You must retake any course in your major in which you received a grade below a C-, and achieve at least a C- prior to student teaching.
  • A minimum of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) is required for student teaching. 
  • In instances involving requirements (GPA, grades, required course waivers), you may petition the program for special consideration. The petition or waiver allows you to explain unusual circumstances that may exempt you from a requirement. These forms are available in the CEHSP Advising and Academic Services office (120 Bohannon Hall).