English, BA - Secondary Education Concentration

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Students who plan to teach English in high school or middle school, can be certified through the Education department and get their major in English. The English education program is designed to give students a broad background in literature to prepare them for the praxis exam and the subjects they are likely to teach. Therefore, the secondary education program has more requirements. As part of the regular English major electives, students are required to take EN 360 African-American or EN 370 Ethnic American literature as well as EN 302 History of the English Language and EN 305 Advanced Grammar. Of all their required and elective courses, two must be in English, two in American, and two in World literature.

Students must earn a C or higher in the general education classes PSY 206 Human Growth and Development, COM 101 Oral Communications, and MA 113 College Algebra (or higher math). They must earn a C or higher in ED 300 Education as a Profession, ED 306 Introduction to Exceptional Learners, ED 351 Educational Measurement, and ED 360 Educational Psychology, and they must earn a B or higher in ED 302 Art and Science of Teaching.

To be admitted to the Teacher Education program, students must also pass the Praxis Core exam or earn a 21 or higher on the ACT and complete 44 hours with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and pass a criminal background check.

Educator Preparation Program Progression

Once admitted, students will successfully complete EN 410 Methods & Materials in Secondary English, and then they qualify to begin their teacher internship semester, when they will enroll in ED 401 Classroom Management and ED 409 Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12.

See 8-Semester Degree Plan

Advising

Because the secondary education program has additional requirements, the number of free electives in a student’s curriulum is limited. Students interested in secondary education certification should declare their major early in order to get proper advising so they progress through their curriculum in a timely fashion. Your advisor will know when required courses are usually offered and can help you decide which electives will allow you to fulfill the required distribution in American, English, and World literature. Without proper advising, you may spend more time earning your degree.

Students should complete most of their education and major requirements prior to their senior year. In the fall semester of their senior year, students must complete any remaining requirements and take EN 410 Methods and Materials of Secondary Education and EN 499 English Capstone. Then in the Spring semester students complete their degree with the Student Teaching Semester.

Alternate Route Certification

Students who do not begin the secondary education certification track early in their college career may want to consider alternate route certification, if they become interested in teaching in their junior or senior year. Students who qualify will complete a regular English major or English with Creative Writing, and in their senior year may take two graduate education courses while registered as an undergraduate student. Taking these classes, along with earning a 21 or higher on the ACT or passing Praxis Core and a criminal background check will qualify them for a Mississippi Educator 3-year Nonrenewable Alternate Route License. They may begin teaching and must enroll in a Master of Arts in Teaching graduate program. Then they must continue to make progress towards the MAT degree while on the 3-year license and can apply for a full education license once they have completed the program. 

Master of Arts in Teaching

 

English, Secondary Education Concentration Eight-Semester Degree Plan

Fall courses:

Cr.

Spring courses:

Cr.

Semester 1

UN 101

Gen Ed: EN 101

Gen Ed: World Civ I or US History I

Gen Ed: COM 101

BA: Spanish/French/Latin I

  

1

3

3

3

4

Semester 2

Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (PHL)

Gen Ed: EN 102

Gen Ed: MA 113 (or equivalent)

Gen Ed: Fine Arts 

BA: Spanish/French/Latin II

3

3

3

3

4

TOTAL

17

TOTAL

16

Semester 3

Gen Ed: Lit Survey*

     EN 201, 202 203, 204, 231, or 232

BA: Spanish/French/Latin III

Gen Ed: Natural Science I (w/ lab)

Gen Ed: PSY 206

Advanced Writing Requirement**

3

3

4

3

3

Semester 4

Gen Ed: Lit Survey*

     EN 201, 202 203, 204, or 231, 232

BA: Spanish/French/Latin IV

Gen Ed: Natural Science II (w/ lab)

Literature Elective⁑

EN 303 or EN 304 Shakespeare

3

3

4

3

3

TOTAL

16

TOTAL

16

Semester 5

EN 360, EN 363, or EN 370

Literature Elective⁑

EN 302 History & Structure

ED 300

PSY 360

3

3

3

3

3

Semester 6

EN 409 Young Adult Literature⁑

English Elective⁂

EN 305 Applied Linguistics

ED 302

ED 306

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

15

Semester 7

EN 499 English Capstone 

EN 410 Methods and Materials

ED 401 Classroom Management

General Elective

General Elective

3

3

3

3

3

Semester 8

ED 351 Educational Measurement

ED 409 Observation & Directed Teaching

Note: No other courses are allowed this semester without permission from the Education program

 

3

9

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

12

124 hours total

Requirements for the English BA, Secondary Education Certification

Teacher Education Majors are required to pass the following courses with a C or higher as part of their major and their General Education Curriculum.

  • MA 113 - College Algebra or higher Math including MA 123 (3 semester hours)
  • COM 101 - Oral Communication
  • PSY 206 - Human Growth and Development

Major Courses:

EN 302 - History and Structure of the English Language

EN 303 - Early Shakespeare

or

EN 304 - Late Shakespeare

EN 305 - Applied Linguistics

EN 360 - African-American Literature

EN 363 - Black Women Writers

or

EN 370 - Ethnic American Literatures

EN 409 - Young Adult Literature

EN 410 - Methods & Materials in Secondary English

EN 499 - English Capstone Course

*Select one full literature survey sequence: (6 Semester Hours)

EN 201 - Survey of Early English Literature

EN 202 - Survey of Late English Literature

or

EN 203 - Survey of Early American Literature

EN 204 - Survey of Late American Literature

or

EN 231 - Survey of Early World Literature

EN 232 - Survey of Late World Literature

**Select one writing course: (3 Semester Hours)

EN 311 - Nonfiction Writing

EN 312 - Creative Writing

EN 313 - Digital Writing

EN 315 - Playwriting

EN 317 - Technical Writing

EN 411 - FictionWriting Workshop

EN 412 - Poetry Writing Workshop

⁑Select two English, American, or World Literature Electives: (6 Semester Hours)

⁂Select one other English Elective: (3 Semester Hours) Which can be literature, writing, theory, or TESL

Note:

In the English Teacher Certification Curriculum, at least six hours must be taken in each of the following areas:  American Literature, English Literature, and World Literature.

Professional Education Requirements, 7-12 (Minimum grade of C required):

ED 300 - Education as a Profession

ED 302 - Art and Science of Teaching

ED 306 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners

ED 351 - Educational Measurement

ED 360 - Educational Psychology

ED 401 - Classroom Management

ED 409 - Observation and Directed Teaching in Secondary Education Grades 7-12