Secondary Education - Communications Concentration

Secondary Education - Communications Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Communications Concentration

Teach middle and high school students skills that will last a lifetime.

Gain real-word experience and launch a rewarding teaching career with a bachelor's degree in communications education from PennWest California. This comprehensive program combines core education courses with communications classes, hands-on fieldwork and student teaching.

Program graduates meet all state education requirements necessary for Pennsylvania teaching certification and are prepared to teach grades 7-12 public and private schools.


Personal Attention
Work closely with secondary education professors who have experience as middle and high school teachers and can relate theory to real-life experiences. Our faculty members are available and approachable, provide personal assistance, and give you the resources you need for career success.

Competitive Edge
Enter student teaching with confidence. PennWest California students stand out in the secondary education job market because they complete three fieldwork experiences in local school districts before starting the student teaching component of this program.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
165  years
PennWest California was founded as a teachers college. We have over 165 years of experience preparing top teachers.
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Degree Benefits

Program degree courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in communications and education.

  • Study communications curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for teaching communications and learn how to connect to STEM.

  • Take video production, debate, acting, language arts and theater production classes.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

Graduate ready to teach secondary education communications and theater at public, private and charter schools. You'll also thrive in master's degree programs in education and teaching. PennWest California secondary education alumni have rewarding careers in teaching positions at dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.


Curriculum and Related Programs


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
THE 150  Intro to Theatrical Design
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology
  • MAT Course
  • ENG 102  English Composition II
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 392  Teaching of English 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
ENG 308  Research for Writers  OR  ENG 352  Studies in Writing 3
ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage  OR  ENG 347  Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENG 425  Shakespeare 3
ENG Literature Elective 3
CDC 101  Public Speaking 3
COM 230  Argumentation 3
COM 142  Video Production 3
COM 490  Communication Theory 3
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting 3
THE 141  Stagecraft 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
THE 302, 304 OR 306 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Natural Sciences Course with Lab

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program.

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Student Success Story

Meet program alumni Jonathan Rohlf '16 and Jon Difilippo '16. Rohlf is teaching communications in a long-term substitute position and performing with the Pittsburgh CLO musical theater. Difilippo is teaching communications and English at Mapleton High School.


Course Spotlight: Assessment in English/Communication

Gain insight into the design, implementation and analysis of assessment instruments used in communications education. Study the trends and results of English/communications standards according to recent research.

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Relationships with Pennsylvania Schools

Gain experience real-world settings. PennWest California maintains a network of Professional Development Schools (PDS) where you'll work directly with middle and high school teachers and students to gain applicable on-the-job experience