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2020-2021 General Catalog

English Teaching Composite: Writing - BA, BS


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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English

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For more information about English Teaching Composite (American Studies), 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 advisor. Current students should also meet with an 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*
*2.5 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010 ENGL 2010 , CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.5 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.5 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students.

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    
QL Requirement: STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  or STAT 1045: Introduction to Statistics with Elements of Algebra (QL)  (preferred) 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 Writing Exploration Course

3

 

#2 of 5  ENGL Writing Classes (see list below)

3

 

#1 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below)

3

 

Breadth Requirement  

3

 

*ENGL 3500: Teaching English /SCED 3300: Clinical Experience I   2 /1   Must take SCED 3300  (1) with ENGL 3500   ENGL 3510: Teaching Young Adult Literature   3    

ENGL 1410: Elements of Grammar  

3  

 

ENGL Literature Course

3

 

ENGL Literature Course (see list below)

3

 

ENGL Linguistics Course

3

 

Total Credits

15

 

Total Credits

15

 

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     ENGL 4500: Teaching Writing (CI)   3    
ENGL 4510: Teaching Literature (CI)   3     *ENGL 4520: Teaching Literacy in Diverse Classrooms   3   Must take SCED 4300  (1) with ENGL 4520  
ENGL 4300: Shakespeare   3     SCED 3210: Educational and Multicultural Foundations (DSS/CI)   3    
#3 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below) 3   STEP Level I 3  
ENGL Literature Course (see list below) 3   #4 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below) 3  
Total Credits 15   Total Credits 15  
Comments

Comments
* Requires admission to STEP program. ENGL 4520  and SCED 4300  must be taken together. 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:

ENGL Literature Course (see list below) 3   SCED 5500: Student Teaching Seminar    2    
#5 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below) 3   SCED 5630: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools   10    
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)   3        
STEP Level II 9        
Total Credits 18   Total Credits 12  

Comments
Students must consult a TEAL advisor when they are admitted to STEP.

Comments

English Teaching Composite Emphasis: Writing


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: 62 credits

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    

The English Teaching Composite: Writing program prepares students towards professional licensure in the teaching of secondary-level English, with additional preparation in writing. Students become versed in their academic subject matter (the language arts, emphasizing writing); skilled in the methods of teaching the various components of the English curriculum and classroom management techniques; and committed to the achievement of all students. The English Teaching Composite: Writing offers a robust menu of courses, all within English, recognizing the complexity and depth of English studies.

In addition to the required Exploratory courses and content-focused courses in English, students take classes in pedagogy to learn about curriculum, planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and related topics. Two clinical experiences provide in-school experiences before student teaching. Admission to STEP is required for clinical experiences.

Students are urged to complete the required Exploratory courses early in their program of study and to complete 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 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)


G. Grammar Requirement (3 credits)


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

H. 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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