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 California University of Pennsylvania. 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.

Discover Cal U's top-quality teaching program.

  • Our expert faculty members have doctorate degrees and decades of real-world experience in secondary education classrooms.
  • Cal U's secondary education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


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. Cal U 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 undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 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
Cal U 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. Cal U 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
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
COM 101  Oral Communications 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Math Course 3
Second Semester 15
COM 230  Argumentation 3
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
COM 142  Video Production I 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
General Education Course (Health) 3
Fourth Semester 15
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
THE 141  Stagecraft   3
General Education Course (Science) 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage  OR  ENG 347 Introduction to Linguistics 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
Sixth Semester 15
COM 490  Communication Theory 3
ENG 308  Research for Writers  OR  ENG 352 Studies in Writing 3
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Inclusion 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ENG 425  Shakespeare 3
English Elective 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
THE 302  History of Theatre I  OR  THE 304 World Drama  OR  THE 306 Modern Drama 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460  Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 121
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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. Cal U 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

Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Education Department Chair; University-Wide Curriculum Committee Chair; Associate Professor

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Michael Ulderich
Assistant Professor

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