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 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 (Note: C- or better in Quantitative Literacy (QL) course required by the Secondary Education Program)
Number of Required Credits: 56 (59 if required to take ENGL 1410 )
Other Requirements: Teaching minor, 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.
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).
H. Grammar Competency
In addition to 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 Elements of Grammar or by passing a challenge exam in the English Department Writing Center (Ray B. West 104) with a score of 80% or better. See the English undergraduate advisor for further information.
I. 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 School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL). Students must be admitted to STEP before taking STEP courses. Among the requirements is a Criminal Background Check. Seen an advisor in 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. Certain STEP courses must be taken concurrently with English courses: SCED 3300 Clinical I (1 credit) must be taken with ENGL 3500 Teaching English (2 credits) and SCED 4300 Clinical II (1 credit) must be taken with ENGL 4520 Teaching Literacy in Diverse Classrooms (3 credits).
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