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Program Requirements and Curriculum Secondary Education Minor

The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Secondary Education minor (32 semester hours) may be added to pre-approved select programs thus recommending licensure to the state of North Carolina for any candidate who successfully completes the following MACU requirements:

Academic Requirements:

Mid-Atlantic Christian University Secondary Education minor courses:
ED 222 Foundations of Education
ED 237 Praxis Preparation Seminar (if needed)
ED 240 Practicum in the Secondary Classroom
ED 244 Education Psychology
ED 325 Reading in the Content Area
ED 328 Teaching Science
ED 431 Classroom Management
ED 432 Principles of Differentiating Instruction
ED 436 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
ED 438 Teacher Preparation Seminar
ED 439 Student Teaching

Any course listed above in which a final grade is less than a 2.0 must be repeated.
Teacher Candidates must have successfully completed the exit exam, an ETS exam called PRAXIS Performance Assessment for Teaching (PPAT) and all coursework with an overall  2.7 GPA or better in order to submit the licensure application to the State Board of Education for approval.

Current NC approved licensure exams for secondary comprehensive science teachers are: Educational Testing Service (ETS) General Science: Content Knowledge (Test Code 5435) and Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 (Test Code 5624).

Always check NC test requirements for the latest information. The tests listed here are accourate at the time of editing this page.

Background Check
All teacher candidates must submit a background check before being able to do any field experiences.

Field Experiences

Practicum in the Secondary Classroom will be observational in nature.  Students are required to complete Thirty (30) total hours in an assigned classroom.

Partnership is the second field experience with approximately 300 hours working in a public school classroom. Concurrently, the following courses will be taken: ED 325 Reading in the Content Area, ED 431 Classroom Management, ED 432 Differentiating Instruction, and ED 436 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.  Partnership is unique in its design and extent of experiences and is therefore an intensive, rigorous semester.  It is called Partnership because of the agreements the university has with the school districts to ensure cooperation in giving multiple exemplary experiences for the teacher candidates.  Partnership is usually taken the first semester of the senior year. During Partnership, teacher candidates will complete the required Praxis Performance Assessment for Teaching (PPAT). 

Student Teaching is one-semester long.  A one-credit seminar is required during student teaching.  All coursework must be completed before the student-teaching semester. Again a 2.7 GPA is required.

Electronic Portfolio

Mid-Atlantic Christian University teacher candidates are required to open a program-approved electronic portfolio (In this case TaskStream). The electronic portfolio includes a collection of evidences/artifacts and reflections documenting the candidate’s develop over time.