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Certificate in Educational Foundations - Secondary

Alison Schmitke



Academic Advisor: Angel Dorantes
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At the University of Oregon, undergraduates who are preparing to be middle/high school teachers major in the subject area they will teach.  These students will enroll in a graduate teacher education program that will result in a teaching license and master’s degree after completing their undergraduate degrees.  The Certificate in Educational Foundations: Secondary is designed to complement the subject area preparation of undergraduates who desire to be middle/high school teachers.  Rather than waiting until graduate school to begin developing the teacher knowledge necessary for classroom life, the certificate gives students a running start as undergraduates.  The set of courses provides developmentally appropriate growth for undergraduate students interested in teaching and the opportunity to obtain prerequisite knowledge to assist them as future graduate students.  

The certificate consists of 36 credits (12 lower division; 24 upper division).  This is a pre-professional degree preparing graduates who are highly competitive for admission into master’s level teacher certification programs or other graduate school programs (social work, psychology, etc.) in Oregon and around the country.  The Certificate in Educational Foundations: Secondary does not result in a teaching license.  

All undergraduates at the University of Oregon wanting to pursue teaching will attend a graduate teacher education program.  Many of our undergraduates continue to UOTeach.  UOTeach is the graduate teacher education program in the Department of Education Studies.  This is a five term program resulting in a master’s of education (MEd) in Curriculum and Teaching and it fulfills the teaching licensure requirements for the state of Oregon (Elementary K-5 or Secondary 6-12).  The graduate program is designed for students to connect theory and practice as they prepare to enter the classroom as teachers after successfully completing UOTeach.  For more information about UOTeach, students are encouraged to attend an informational meeting.  UOTeach informational meetings are conducted the first Wednesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 in LOKEY 119.  (Website:  Email: