Program Requirements and Curriculum Secondary Education Minor

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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:

EDUC 222 Foundations of Education
EDUC 237 Praxis Preparation Seminar (if needed)
EDUC 240 Practicum in the Secondary Classroom
EDUC 244 Education Psychology
EDUC 325 Reading in the Content Area
EDUC 328 Teaching Science
EDUC 431 Classroom Management
EDUC 432 Principles of Differentiating Instruction
EDUC 436 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 438 Teacher Preparation Seminar
EDUC 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 Experience
  • Students must obtain a background check prior to beginning any clinical experience. Background checks are required by the local school district and the state. Students may complete their applications online on the MACU website.
  • Students must provide evidence of liability insurance prior to being placed in a public school classroom for Practicum, Partnership, and Student Teaching. Liability insurance is a part of membership with Christian Educators Association International at for $35 per year, or through NC Association of Educators at for $33 per year. 

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: EDUC 325 Reading in the Content Area, EDUC 431 Classroom Management, EDUC 432 Differentiating Instruction, and EDUC 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.