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: American Studies 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 (Note: C- or better in Quantitative Literacy (QL) course required by STEP)
Number of Required Credits: 56 (59 if required to take ENGL 1410 )
Other Requirements: STEP (typically requires 3 semesters; see TEAL website and advisor for STEPadvising) 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.
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).