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2020-2021 General Catalog

English: Teaching Emphasis - BA, BS


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For more information about English, Teaching Emphasis, see the Department of English 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 Degree Works 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: The highest math requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy (QL)  of the student’s choice. STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)  is recommended.

 

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    
ENGL Culture Exploration Course 3   ENGL 2600: Literary Analysis   3    
Any Quantitative Literacy (QL) course, but STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)  is recommended 3  or 5     Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15-17   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  
Comments

 

Comments:
Students should start background check and apply for admission to STEP program by March 1.

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 3000-level or higher Literature Elective Course 3  
ENGL Literary History Course 3   ENGL 4000-level or higher Literature Elective Course 3  
ENGL Writing Exploration Course 3   ENGL 3510: Teaching Young Adult Literature   3    
*ENGL 3500: Teaching English   2     Breadth Requirement   3  
*SCED 3300: Clinical Experience I   1     Breadth Requirement   3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 18  

Comments: 
* Requires admission to STEP program. ENGL 3500  and SCED 3300  must be taken together.

Comments

 

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) Course   3   SCED 3210: Educational and Multicultural Foundations (DSS/CI)   3    
ENGL 4300: Shakespeare    3     *ENGL 4520: Teaching Literacy in Diverse Classrooms   3    
Elective 3   *SCED 4300: Clinical Experience II   1    
      STEP Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 16  
Comments

 

Comments: 
* Requires admission to STEP program. ENGL 4520  and SCED 4300  must be taken together. This is a sample plan. Students must consult a TEAL advisor when they are admitted to STEP.

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

Upper-Division English Elective 3   SCED 5500: Student Teaching Seminar   2    
STEP Courses 8   SCED 5630: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools   10    
Elective 3        
TOTAL CREDITS: 14   TOTAL CREDITS: 12  

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

Comments

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

Number of Required Credits: 47

Credits in Residence: Students must complete 21 credits of major-applicable coursework at Utah State University.

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 16 credits in pedagogy to learn about curriculum, planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and related topics. ENGL 3500  and ENGL 4520  require admission to the STEP program. 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. English Department Requirements


Students should take note of the superscripts to find emphasis-specific requirements. 

Literature Exploration (3 credits)


Writing Exploration (3 credits)


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. If a course listed under the Diversity Requirement appears under another requirement for the major, the course may be used to fulfill both requirements.

Emphasis Requirements


C. Shakespeare Course (3 credits)


D. English Teaching Courses (14 credits)


Select these courses (14 credits):

E. English Elective (3 credits)


Select an English course numbered 3000 or higher (includes ENGL 4540: Teaching Creative Writing  and other courses in creative writing, technical communication and rhetoric, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies).

F. Grammar Requirement (3 credits)


Students must complete ENGL 1410  or pass the Grammar Challenge Exam with a score of 80% or higher.

G. Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)


English Teaching students must complete the STEP program to be eligible for graduation and to receive a license to teach in the public school system. The STEP program is administered through the Secondary Education Program of the School of TEAL, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Students must be admitted to STEP before taking many STEP courses. Among the requirements for admission is a Criminal Background Check. While completing student teaching, students must pass the required PPAT assessment. STEP requirements are subject to change based on changes in state licensure. Students should meet with an advisor in the School of TEAL for further information regarding this program.

Licensure Notification


This program typically leads to licensure and was designed to meet licensing qualifications in the state of Utah. If students wish to work in another state within the United States, they should review the qualifications for that state and the Education Licensure Compliance Table provided by School of Teacher Education and Leadership.

For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at teal.usu.edu.

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