Education 442

EDUC 442: Teaching Grades 9-12

Prerequisites: EDUC 440 and EDUC 441, EDRD 416, EDET 445

Co-requisite: EDUC 452

Will assist pre-service teachers in integrating their content, professional, and pedagogical knowledge and skills to devise learning experiences which are meaningful to secondary students in grades 9-12. Utilizing investigations, central concepts of their content area, inquiry, and knowledge of the reform movements, this course will allow students to practice skills and to explore the problems in planning learning activities, implementing lessons and teaching secondary science, mathematics, social sciences and English.


Detailed Description of Course

Secondary Schools

  • Concept of teaching secondary students
  • Philosophy of teaching secondary students
  • Characteristics of learners grades 9 - 12
  • Planning
    • Developmentally appropriate
    • Long term
    • Short term


  • Models included but not limited to: Inquiry, role playing, concept attainment, direct instruction, simulations, advance organizer
  • Incorporating different models into lesson plans
  • National suggestions
  • Theories and research

Diverse learners

  • Cultural, ethnic and special needs
  • Learning styles
  • Determining appropriate instruction
  • Writing lesson plans that provide for different learning styles
  • Delivering effective instruction for different learning styles


  • Definition
  • Matching assessment with learning needs
  • Relationship among objectives, teaching models and assessment
  • Alternative assessments
  • Use in lessons

Classroom Management

  • Models
  • Implementation
  • Ongoing

Standards of Learning and national standards in science, mathematics, social studies and English for grades 9-12.

  • Virginia SOLs
  • National standards in appropriate content areas
  • Planning instruction
  • Incorporating standards in interdisciplinary planning


  • Integrating into short and long term planning
  • Uses in assessment
  • Uses in classroom management
  • Professional Issues


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

EDUC 442 is taught primarily through discussion, case studies, micro-teaching activities and readings. Students will be working with their supervising teacher to develop lesson plans specific to their student teaching assignment, discussing issues related to their content, and exploring issues which arise while teaching in the secondary school. They will implement the theories and research studied in current and previous methods classes.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed this course, the student will implement practical applications of:

  • responding appropriately to the developmental stages of students.
  • planning and developing teaching units which reflect state Standards of Learning and national standards.
  • choosing from a variety of materials and utilizing appropriate technology in the planning and implementation of lessons.
  • utilizing appropriate teaching methods.
  • designing and assessing authentic activities.
  • utilizing information on how individuals construct knowledge in planning, designing and assessing instruction.
  • developing effective lessons for diverse learners.
  • developing interdisciplinary lessons.
  • making informed decisions regarding membership in professional organizations.


Assessment Measures

  • Reflective Journal: Students will keep a journal throughout the semester recording their insights, struggles, successes, failures, perceptions and feelings.
  • Papers: Students will write several short papers examining and exploring issues in teaching.
  • Unit Plan: Students will develop a complete unit plan.
  • Classroom Management: Students will develop a plan that addresses the appropriate rules and procedures needed to establish a positive learning environment.
  • Teaching Portfolio: Students will develop a teaching portfolio.
  • Micro-teaching: Students will teach a short lesson.
  • Other types of activities appropriate to science, mathematics, social sciences and English.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval
February 1999 Revised