Oct 20, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
  
2019-2020 General Catalog

English: Teaching Emphasis - BA, BS


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English

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  • For more information about English, Teaching Emphasis, see the English Department website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor. Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and log on to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: highest Math Requirement for this degree is STAT 1040, MATH 1050 or STAT 1045

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU

2.5 GPA Overall and
2.5 GPA at USU

3.0 GPA for STEP

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3    
English Culture Exploration  3  

 

Literary Analysis 
3  
STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)   3     Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  

Breadth Requirement

3

  Breadth Requirement 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1410: Elements of Grammar   3     ENGL Literary History Course (World) 3  
ENGL Literary History Course (American) 3   ENGL 4XXX or higher Literature Elective Course 3  
ENGL Literary History Course 3   ENGL 33XX or higher Literature Elective Course 3  
ENGL Writing Exploration Course 3   ENGL 3510: Teaching Young Adult Literature   3    
Breadth Requirement  3   Elective  3  
      Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 3470: Approaches to Research in English Studies (QI)   3   Recommended QI choice Elective  3  
ENGL 4510: Teaching Literature (CI)   3     ENGL 4500: Teaching Writing (CI)    3    
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)   3   SCED 3210: Educational and Multicultural Foundations (DSS/CI)   3    
ENGL 4300: Shakespeare    3     ENGL 4500: Teaching Writing (CI)     3    
Elective 3   STEP Courses 3   Level 1
      ENGL 4xxx or 5xxx Literature Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

Comments: This is a sample plan; you must consult a TEAL advisor when you are admitted to STEP.

 

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 4520: Teaching Literacy in Diverse Classrooms      3      SCED 5630: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools   10    
STEP Courses 9 Level 2 SCED 5500: Student Teaching Seminar   2    
Elective 3        
           
           
           
TOTAL CREDITS: 18   TOTAL CREDITS: 12  

Comments: This is a sample plan; you must consult a TEAL advisor when you are admitted to STEP.

 

Comments

 

Credits in Residence


Students must complete 21 credits of major-applicable coursework at Utah State University.

Course Requirements


Core/Explore Requirements (9 credits)

Students must complete 9 credits of exploration courses. Students must choose one course from each section: culture, literature, and writing. 

Students should complete the exploratory requirements as early as possible.

English Teaching Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.5 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.5 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative (3.0 USU cumulative required for admission to STEP); 2.75 career total (for licensure)

Minimum Grade Accepted: C (no pass/fail) in major courses; C in STEP courses (Note: C- or better in Quantitative Literacy (QL) course required by the Secondary Education Program)

Number of Required Credits: 42 (45 if required to take ENGL 1410  )

Other Requirements: STEP (typically requires 3 semesters; see TEAL website and advisors for STEP advising) required for licensure, Grammar Challenge Exam (score of at least 80 percent) or ENGL 1410    

This emphasis, leading to professional licensure in the teaching of secondary-level English, prepares prospective English teachers to participate actively in the many communities related to the profession. Students become well-versed in their academic subject matter (language, writing, literature, and multimedia); skilled in the methods of teaching the various components of the English curriculum and in classroom management techniques; and committed to the achievement of all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or socioeconomic standing. 

In addition to the required exploratory courses, students take 18 credits in literature courses in order to acquire an understanding of the traditional literary canon, literary diversity, and current theoretical approaches to understanding literature.  Students take 12 credits in pedagogy to learn about curriculum, planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and related topics.  Students take 3 credits of an English elective, allowing them an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest.

Students are urged to complete the required Exploratory courses and an additional 6 credits of English prior to taking ENGL 4500   and ENGL 4510  .  When possible, students should complete all of their required 3000-level courses before taking 4000-level courses.

To obtain professional licensure at graduation, students must fulfill the requirements of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) prescribed by the Secondary Education Program of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL).

A. Diversity Requirement


All English majors are required to take one course that examines the experiences, perspectives, literatures, cultures, and/or creative expressions of underrepresented and/or marginalized communities. For this requirement, the USU English department includes communities who have been underrepresented or marginalized due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and/or the intersections of these identities in conjunction with one another and with class.

B. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)

Select two literature elective courses as indicated (6 credits)


  • One literature course numbered 3305 or higher 3
  • One literature elective numbered 4xxx or 5xxx 3

Distribution


Among the literature courses selected (here in category B or in the English elective in category D below), there must be one course in American literature and one course in world literature.

D. Shakespeare Course (3 credits)


F. English elective (3 credits)


  • Select an English course numbered 3305 or higher (includes ENGL 4540: Teaching Creative Writing  and other courses in creative writing, professional and technical writing, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies) 3

G. Grammar Competency


In addition to fulfilling the above requirements, students in the English Education emphasis must fulfill a grammar competency requirement. This may be accomplished either by enrolling in ENGL 1410  , or by passing a challenge exam in the English Department Writing Center (Ray B. West 104) with a score of 80 percent or better. See the English undergraduate advisor for further information.

H. Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) (up to 35 credits)


To receive a license to teach in the public school system, students in the English Teaching emphasis must complete the STEP administered through the Secondary Education Program of the School of TEAL. Students must be admitted to STEP before taking STEP courses. Among the requirements is a Criminal Background Check. See an advisor in the Secondary Education Program of the School of TEAL, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, for further information regarding this program. Prior to student teaching, students must pass the required Praxis exams.

Please note a change that went into effect in 2014. The Utah State Office of Education now requires all institutions to mandate a 3.0 minimum GPA requirement for admission. Students are also required to submit and meet the minimum ACT scores as listed below. The new admission requirements began August 1, 2014.

ACT Composite = 21

ACT Math = 19

ACT English = 20