The MA in Secondary Education (SEED) prepares teacher candidates to address the learning and socio-emotional needs of adolescents in grades 9 through 12. This intensive, field-based program prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse children and families in the subject areas of biology, business, chemistry, English, history, and math. It provides opportunities to earn a combination of Illinois teaching credentials prior to the completion of the MA degree, including the middle school endorsement.
The program is a part of Roosevelt's New Deal Teacher Academy. Each program in the NDTA fulfills the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by fostering inclusive and engaging relationships among teacher candidates, faculty, school practitioners, and learners; immersing teacher candidates intensively in diverse school and community cultures; nurturing social justice leadership skills and dispositions; and coaching candidates toward career success.
The program has a 100% pass rate on the edTPA, the capstone assessment required for teacher licensure in Illinois. All content areas that have professional associations are nationally recognized.
Teaching is an immensely rewarding profession, but requires a lot of time and effort. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and intensive field experiences in diverse schools and classrooms. During the final semester, students complete a 15 week student teaching experience under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor.
Graduates of the MA program in Secondary Education are employed as licensed teachers in their chosen discipline (biology, chemistry, business, English, history or math) in public and private high schools serving students in grades 9 -12.
I just love my students and our program. As a former principal, nothing gives me greater joy than seeing our students go on to become outstanding middle school and high school teachers.