Secondary Education Overview

Why Study Secondary Education at NSC

At Nevada State College we believe Secondary Education is the capstone of the public academic experience. While it is the goal of elementary education teachers to inspire their students to ask "why", it is the mission of the secondary education teacher to lead their students in supplying quality, educated answers to those questions. Under the guidance of college faculty, our secondary education candidates work to combine their content knowledge with effective educational methods and strategies so that they can assume a role as learning facilitator rather than simply an information giver. At Nevada State, our secondary educators are not seen as a master of content knowledge but rather as guides leading students on a journey of mature academic investigation, examination and research. Our teachers are trained to help students develop and solidify their ability to investigate crucial issues, locate quality information, conduct valid research and communicate their findings using a variety of mediums. All preservice secondary education students at Nevada State College are provided with a knowledge base in classroom management, allowing them to develop the skills they will need to create a productive learning environment for all of their future students.

Most importantly, Nevada State secondary education candidates instill in their students the belief that the journey of learning has just begun and that a lifetime of learning awaits them.

Careers (Areas of focus)

  • Literature / Writing & Composition
  • Mathematics
  • World & US History
  • Science

Interesting Classes

  • Principles of Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Nevada School Law
  • Classroom Management Secondary

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Rudd is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the School of Education. His professional interests are in the areas of science education and geomorphology. By following these interests throughout his life, Dr. Rudd has been involved in a delightful combination of learning, researching, and teaching. Regardless of what he is teaching, Dr. Rudd never fails to use science examples and demonstrations to keep learning active. An ardent believer in inquiry-based learning, students in Dr. Rudd's classes learn science and science teaching methods through active participation in class activities.

Dr. Gleason is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He gained an early interest in mathematics education by observing his mother, a middle-school mathematics teacher. He taught high school mathematics in Heber City, Utah before attending graduate school. His own experience as a prospective and practicing teacher, along with his professional teaching and research activities involving prospective and practicing teachers has deeply influenced his beliefs about teacher education. He hopes to help current prospective teachers avoid some of the pitfalls endemic to the existing structure of teacher preparation.

Where Alumni Work

  • Eldorado High School (CCSD)
  • Foothill High School (CCSD)
  • Kapolei High School
  • United States Air Force (Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician)

Field Experience

Field experiences are a requirement of all undergraduate education majors. ALL education majors in Nevada State College Teacher Preparation Program must participate in a planned series of field experiences as an integral part of their training. Field experiences begin with the first education course and culminate with student teaching. This enables pre-service teachers to receive guidance and feedback as they apply educational theory and practice in school settings in a timely fashion. Opportunities to gain first-hand experience are provided throughout the program through courses held at partnership schools, Saturday student workshops, and CCSD arranged field work placements.

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