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 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 advisor for STEP advising) required for licensure, Grammar Challenge Exam (score of at least 80 percent) or ENGL 1410
The English Teaching Composite: American Studies program prepares students towards professional licensure in the teaching of secondary-level English, with additional preparation in American Studies. 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: American Studies offers a robust menu of courses, recognizing the complexity and depth of English studies.
In addition to the required exploratory courses and content-focused courses in English and American Studies, 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).