Oct 18, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
  
2019-2020 General Catalog

English Teaching Composite: Writing - BA, BS


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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 logon 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: 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*
*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 3   ENGL 2600: Literary Analysis   3  
QL Requirement: STAT 1040: Introduction to Statistics (QL)  (preferred) 3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Breadth Requirement   3   Breadth Requirement   3  
Total Credits 15   Total Credits 15  

Comments:

Comments:

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL Writing Exploration

3

 

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

3

 

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

3

 

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

3

 

Breadth Course

3

 

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:

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 3500: Teaching English Practicum   2  
ENGL 4300: Shakespeare   3   SCED 3210: Educational and Multicultural Foundations (DSS/CI)   3  
#4 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below) 3   STEP Level 1 4  
ENGL Literature Course (see list below) 3   #5 of 5 ENGL Writing Classes (see list below) 3  
Total Credits 15   Total Credits 15  

Comments:

Comments: 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 Literature Course (see list below) 3   SCED 5500: Student Teaching Seminar    2  
ENGL 4520: Teaching Literacy in Diverse Classrooms   3   SCED 5630: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools   10  
Depth Science (DSI) 3        
STEP Level 2 9        
Total Credits 18   Total Credits 12  

Comments: You must consult a TEAL advisor when you are admitted to STEP.

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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 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).


A. Diversity Requirement


All English majors are required to take one course that examines the experiences, perspectives, literature's, 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.

D. Shakespeare Course (3 credits)


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

 

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