English 4-8 English, Lang. Arts, Reading Certification

Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program 

Applications for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program are accepted in September for the following spring semester and in February for the following fall semester.

  1. Application to program submitted through TK20, to include the following:
    • Disposition Survey
    • Code of Ethics Reflection Statement
    • Completed FERPA form
    • Payment of $35.00 application fee.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.80 or higher.
  3. Complete a writing sample and interview as a requirement for the application to the Teacher Preparation program.
  4. Completed hours in content area: 4 - 8 ELAR certification candidates must have completed 12 semester hours in content area with no grade below "C".
  5. Advising from assigned faculty advisors in the Teacher Education program.

For Admission to Field-Based Co-Teaching Semester

  1. A Notice of Intent for Field-Based Co-Teaching semester submitted in TK20 in September for the following spring semester and in February for the following fall semester.
  2. Completion of  appropriate coursework.
  3. Minimum of 2.80 GPA overall; no grade below "C" in upper-division courses.

For Admission to the Clinical Co-Teaching Semester

  1. Successfully complete all program requirements.
  2. Successful completion of Field-Based Co-Teaching semester as determined by Chair of Teacher Education.
  3. Continued placement in assigned K-12 classroom.
  4. Maintain 2.80 cumulative GPA ; no grade below "C" in upper-division courses.

Degree Requirements for English, Language Arts & Reading  w/ 4-8 Teacher Certification

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements 6
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301Composition I 103
ENGL 1302Composition II 103
ENGL 2321British Literature 103
ENGL 2326American Literature 103
ENGL 2331World Literature 103
ENGL 2340Writing Across the Curriculum3
or ENGL 2351 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2360Introduction to Literary Studies3
ENG 312Shakespeare and His Contemporaries3
ENG 305Children's Literature I3
ENG 306Young Adult Literature3
ENG 320Modern English Grammar and Usage3
ENG 345Advanced Composition for Educators3
ENG 350Advanced Technical Writing3
or ENG 340 Advanced Expository Writing (EL)
ENG 424History and Structure of the English Language3
ENG 442Advanced American Literature (EL)3
ENG 445Advanced World Literature3
ENG 472Advanced British Literature3
ENG 491Capstone in English Studies3
Reading
RDG 343Content Area Literacy Instruction for Secondary Students3
RDG 352Comprehension and Written Expression for Upper Elementary Students3
RDG 354Assessment Driven Literacy Instruction 73
Select 3 semester credit hours from: 3
Studies in Women's Literature
Studies in Genre
Special Topics
Other Requirements
BIOL 1308Biology for Non-Science Majors I 103
BIOL 1108Biology for Non-science Majors I Lab 101
BIOL 1309Biology for Non-Science Majors II 103
BIOL 1109Biology for Non-science Majors II Lab 101
PHYS 1415Physical Science I4
Electives (as needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 54 semester credit hours of upper division and overall hours)
Professional Development
ED 311Teaching and Learning for Social Change (EL)3
ED 321Foundations of Education for Secondary (EL)3
Block 1
ED 331Classroom and Behavior Management 83
ED 495Field-Based Co-Teaching Semester 83
Block 2
ED 496Clinical Co-Teaching Semester (EL) 9 3
SPED 418Inclusion of Students with High Support Needs in the Content Areas 9 3
Electives (as needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 54 semester credit hours of upper division)
Minimum Hours for Degree 120
6

Minimum grade of "C" required in all Major, Education and Professional Development Courses

7

Requires Admission to Teacher Prep Program

8

Requires successful placement interview with a partnership public school district

9

Requires passing all TExES exams

10

Satisfies Core Curriculum

 NOTE: A minimum of 46 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree.  Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in  three areas for graduation: Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

English 4-8 English, Lang. Arts, Reading Certification 4 Year Plan

First Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301Composition I Minimum grade of 'C' required, satisfies core curriculum 3
HIST 1301United States History I satisfies core curriculum 3
ENGL 2360Introduction to Literary Studies Minimum grade of 'C' required3
IS 1100University Foundations Required for FTIC students1
Mathematics Core Curriculum Requirement3-4
Select one of the following for the Creative Arts Core Curriculum Requirement: minimum grade of 'C' required3
British Literature
American Literature
World Literature
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours16-17
SpringSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1302Composition II Minimum grade of 'C' required, satisfies core curriculum 3
or ENGL 2311 Technical Writing & Communication
HIST 1302United States History II satisfies core curriculum 3
MCOM 1307Introduction to Mass Communication satisfies core curriculum 3
or SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Curriculum Requirement3
Select one of the following for the Component Area Core Curriculum Requirement: minimum grade of 'C' required3
British Literature
American Literature
World Literature
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
Total First Year Semester Credit Hours31-32

Second Year 

FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 1308Biology for Non-Science Majors I satisfies core curriculum 3
BIOL 1108Biology for Non-science Majors I Lab satisfies core curriculum 1
PSCI 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions satisfies core curriculum 3
ENGL 2340Writing Across the Curriculum minimum grade of 'C' required3
or ENGL 2351 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2321British Literature minimum grade of 'C' required3
or ENGL 2326 American Literature
or ENGL 2331 World Literature
Social and Behavioral Science Core Curriculum Requirement3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours16
SpringSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 1309Biology for Non-Science Majors II satisfies core curriculum 3
BIOL 1109Biology for Non-science Majors II Lab satisfies core curriculum 1
PSCI 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior satisfies core curriculum 3
ENG 345Advanced Composition for Educators minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 305Children's Literature I minimum grade of 'C' required3
Electives as needed to satisfy minimum degree requirements including 54 semester credit hours of upper division coursework or total semester credit hours
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours13
Total Second Year Semester Credit Hours29

Third Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
ENG 320Modern English Grammar and Usage minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 350Advanced Technical Writing minimum grade of 'C' required3
or ENG 340 Advanced Expository Writing (EL)
ENG 442Advanced American Literature (EL) minimum grade of 'C' required3
PHYS 1415Physical Science I satisfies core curriculum 4
ED 311Teaching and Learning for Social Change (EL) minimum grade of 'C' required3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours16
SpringSemester Credit Hours
ENG 306Young Adult Literature minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 312Shakespeare and His Contemporaries minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 424History and Structure of the English Language minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 445Advanced World Literature minimum grade of 'C' required3
ED 321Foundations of Education for Secondary (EL) minimum grade of 'C' required3
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours15
SummerSemester Credit Hours
RDG 352Comprehension and Written Expression for Upper Elementary Students minimum grade of 'C' required3
RDG 354Assessment Driven Literacy Instruction minimum grade of 'C' required3
Summer Total Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year Total Semester Credit Hours37

 Fourth Year

FallSemester Credit Hours
ED 495Field-Based Co-Teaching Semester minimum grade of 'C' required3
ED 331Classroom and Behavior Management minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 472Advanced British Literature minimum grade of 'C' required3
ENG 430Studies in Women's Literature minimum grade of 'C' required3
or ENG 450 Studies in Genre
or ENG 497 Special Topics
ENG 491Capstone in English Studies minimum grade of 'C' required3
Fall Total Semester Credit Hours15
SpringSemester Credit Hours
ED 496Clinical Co-Teaching Semester (EL) minimum grade of 'C' required3
SPED 418Inclusion of Students with High Support Needs in the Content Areas minimum grade of 'C' required3
Electives as needed to satisfy minimum degree requirements including 54 semester credit hours of upper division coursework or total semester credit hours
Spring Total Semester Credit Hours6
Year Four Total Semester Credit Hours21
Minimum Hours for Degree120

NOTE: Minimum grade of "C" required for all Major, ED, SPED, RDG and Professional Development courses.

NOTE: A minimum of 46 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree.  Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in  three areas for graduation: Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Undergraduate courses in English 4-8 English, Lang. Arts, Reading Certification

ED 311. Teaching and Learning for Social Change (EL). 3 Hours.

This foundational education course explores the breadth of educational settings for students and the role the teacher plays in disrupting structural inequities and advancing justice in the classroom. Cultural, emotional, physical, intellectual, and learning differences are studied for their impact on learning abilities and educational opportunity. The course draws upon a framework of understanding that includes the 1) introduce and prepare sections of the teacher education learning cycle and 2) the four dimensions of equity. Students will apply educational theory to practical implementation of high leverage practices and consider how such practices enhance learning for all students. Students must be considered in their junior year and will be required to participate in 10 hours of field experiences and participate in practice-based learning opportunities to complete course requirements. This course integrates the principles of experiential learning and meets the criteria for field work.

ED 321. Foundations of Education for Secondary (EL). 3 Hours.

This course provides students seeking certification in grades 4-8 and 7-12 skills for designing instruction and assessment that promote a growth mindset and create a positive, productive classroom environment. Students will apply skills and knowledge in lesson and unit planning as well as content pedagogy specific to area of certification. Traditional as well as innovative technologies will be addressed. State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course Exams (EOC) effective content pedagogy will be emphasized in this course. This course integrates the principles of Experiential Learning and meets the criteria for field work.

ED 331. Classroom and Behavior Management. 3 Hours.

This course presents current strategies for classroom and behavior management including classroom procedures and expectations, organization of materials, and classroom space for optimum learner benefit. An emphasis will be placed on the high-leverage instructional practice, developing meaningful relationships. University students will engage in strategies that support equity for diverse and marginalized students and large diverse classrooms. Basic federal and state laws for all teachers, including teachers of students with disabilities (dyslexia, emotional/behavior disorders, autism), English as a Second Language (ESL) and other at-risk students will also be presented. This course will require university students to learn and practice strategies and techniques through authentic and interactive field experiences. Prerequisite: Admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 435. Secondary Content Pedagogy. 3 Hours.

This course provides students seeking certification in grades 4-8 and 7-12 with pedagogical best-practices. Students will learn lesson planning, assessment, and available resources for their specific content area. Methods for accessing and processing information through traditional as well as new technologies will be addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 495. Field-Based Co-Teaching Semester. 3 Hours.

This course provided clinical experience in the public school setting as part of the field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program. The Teacher Candidate is required to spend six hours per week for 12 weeks in an assigned classroom. A university field supervisor in conjunction with the cooperating teacher supervises the Clincial Teacher. Block 1 is the first semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which the Teacher Candidate and Cooperating Teacher are considered co-teachers for the class. Course is graded on a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis for 3 SCH. This course integrates the principles of experiential learning and meets the criterion for internship. Prerequisite: Met admission requirements to undergraduate field based placement guidelines.

ED 496. Clinical Co-Teaching Semester (EL). 3 Hours.

This course provided clinical experience in a public school setting as part of field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program. The Teacher Candidate is required to spend 72 complete instructional days in an assigned classroom. A university field supervisor in conjunction with the cooperating teacher supervises the Clinical Teacher. Block 2 is the second semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which Teacher Candidate and Cooperating Teacher are co-teachers for the public school class. Course graded on Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis for 3 SCH. This course integrates the principals of experiential learning and meets the criterion for internship. Prerequisite: successful completion of ED 495, continued acceptance in the public school classroom, and completion of program requirements.

ENG 305. Children's Literature I. 3 Hours.

This course provides a survey of the history of children's books, books for very young children, picture books and illustrators, short fiction, folk tales, fables, myths and epics, historical fiction and biography.

ENG 306. Young Adult Literature. 3 Hours.

This course is a survey of young adult literature.

ENG 310. Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Persuasion. 3 Hours.

This course explores the principles, practices, and history of rhetoric, persuasion, and argumentation in academic, public, and professional contexts. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1401 and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 1402, or ENGL 2311.

ENG 312. Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the author's plays with special attention devoted to major and better-known works.

ENG 320. Modern English Grammar and Usage. 3 Hours.

This course engenders improved application and understanding of the linguistic structure of Modern American English with specific reference to application in teaching.

ENG 340. Advanced Expository Writing (EL). 3 Hours.

This course advances individual writing ability by focusing upon analytical and rhetorical strategies through various exercises and the production of compositions. This course integrates the principles of Experiential Learning and meets criteria for undergraduate research. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 with a grade of C or better, and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311 with grades of C or better.

ENG 345. Advanced Composition for Educators. 3 Hours.

This course provides future educators opportunities to grow as writers, personally and professionally, through interaction with the conventions of writing, literature, and writing across the curriculum, all within a writing community focused on education of self and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 with a grade of C or better, and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311 with grades of C or better.

ENG 350. Advanced Technical Writing. 3 Hours.

This course advances students in the rhetorical analysis, composing, design, and execution of technical and scientific writing and communication, including print and web-based texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 with a grade of C or better, and ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311 with grades of C or better.

ENG 410. Writing Processes & Strategies. 3 Hours.

This course covers the major models of process-based approaches to writing, their historical development and disciplinary contexts within the field of writing studies, empirical and theoretical research concerning those models. Specific strategies to improve writers and writing during stages of these processes are also covered.

ENG 424. History and Structure of the English Language. 3 Hours.

Participants will cover topics that include the basic features of human language, a historical study of English, and a study of English phonology, morphology, and syntax.

ENG 430. Studies in Women's Literature. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of the various images of women in literature with an emphasis on the twentieth century.

ENG 442. Advanced American Literature (EL). 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of specific eras of American Literature. Topics will vary.

ENG 445. Advanced World Literature. 3 Hours.

This advanced course in World Literature aims to introduce students to a selection of classic and/or modern literary works outside of the United States and Britain. One of the goals of the course is to analyze and discuss these works of literature within their soci-historical context with an emphasis upon a different theme or literary movement presented in each offering of the course. While this varying theme or movement will demarcate the frame of the course, the theme of encounters (textual and cultural) remains consistent and the importance of factors such as race, class, gender, religion, language, translation, and so on will be taken into consideration. The students' critical engagement with the assigned works of literature will be further enhanced by the historical and literary background provided by lectures and secondary sources. No prior knowledge of or familiarity with other languages is required as all reading materials are provided in English translation.

ENG 450. Studies in Genre. 3 Hours.

This course provides an advanced study of one of the following literary genres: Short Story, Film, Poetry, Drama, and International Literature. It may be repeated when topics vary.

ENG 472. Advanced British Literature. 3 Hours.

This course provides a study of specific eras of British Literature. Topics will vary.

ENG 489. Individual Study. 1-3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

ENG 491. Capstone in English Studies. 3 Hours.

This course constitutes a practicum in which students review English studies with emphasis on critical approaches to literature, literary terminology, and the characteristics and major writers of literary periods. Students write capstone papers that reflect their understanding of the components of literary study. Prerequisite: To be taken during the final semester of the bachelor's degree program in English.

ENG 497. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Instructors will provide an organized class designed to cover areas of specific interest. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

ITED 350. Technology and Digital Literacy. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to assist students with developing skills for using web applications and mobile computing. The activities in the course assist students with promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills by engaging them with digital tools being used in daily life. Topics covered include: technology in society, computers and digital components, the internet- how it works and making the most of web resources , applications for work and play, and systems software- operating systems, utilities and file management, information technology ethics, understanding and assessing hardware, digital devices and media and protection, information technology careers, software programming, databases and information systems, networking and security. There is an emphasis on using the Microsoft Office Suite of Products in this course including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

RDG 343. Content Area Literacy Instruction for Secondary Students. 3 Hours.

This course equips content area teachers with research-based strategies and skill to incorporate reading into science, mathematics, and/or social studies. Students will utilize strategies for morphemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, and written expression to develop a unit of study based on the TEKS for a subject area of choice. Additionally, students will assess curriculum materials and learn about additional tools and accommodations that teachers use to bridge student reading deficits to allow learning in the content area how to help their students learn the material presented.

RDG 352. Comprehension and Written Expression for Upper Elementary Students. 3 Hours.

This course will address strategies, and materials related to literacy development in the upper elementary grades. As guided by the TEKS in grades 3-6, students will engage in rehearsals to engage with high leverage teaching practices and design unit lesson plans that incorporate research-based strategies for enhancing comprehension, vocabulary, written expression, morphemic awareness, and spelling.

RDG 354. Assessment Driven Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

This course provides a framework for assessing students in all components of reading instruction aligned to the Science of Teaching Reading in order to gather data regarding strengths and weaknesses in literacy development in elementary students. Students will practice effective assessment techniques, data analysis and incorporate research-based strategies for addressing deficits or enhancing strengths into intervention lesson planning to scaffold student learning. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into Teacher Preparation Program AND have already taken RDG 350. RDG 354 Students will not be successful without the background knowledge of RDG 350.

SPED 410. Introduction to Individual with Exceptionalities. 3 Hours.

This course develops students’ foundational knowledge of historical perspectives, educational principles, laws, and professional ethics and roles in the fields of special education and English Language Learners (ELL). It focuses on the learning and behavioral characteristics of diverse learners, including students with exceptionalities (which includes disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Dyslexia, and Gifted/Talented) students who are ELL and students who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) learners. Additionally, this course introduces instructional strategies, appropriate curriculum, accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology to ensure the success of all learners.

SPED 418. Inclusion of Students with High Support Needs in the Content Areas. 3 Hours.

This course presents research, issues, and trends related to the inclusion of secondary students with high-level support needs into content area classes in a manner that is equity-minded and socially just. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

English Faculty

Dr. Brian C. Billings

Associate Professor

Email: bbillings@tamut.edu

Dr. Joseph Burzynski

Associate Professor

Email: jburzynski@tamut.edu

Dr. Jaime Cantrell

Associate Professor

Email: jaime.cantrell@tamut.edu

Dr. Corrine Hinton

Associate Professor

Email: corrine.hinton@tamut.edu

Dr. Douglas Julien

Professor

Email: doug.julien@tamut.edu

Dr. Eun Ji Cho

Assistant Professor

Email: ECho@tamut.edu

Kelly Cordray

Assistant Professor

Email: ccordray@tamut.edu

Laura Currey

Instructor

Email: laura.currey@tamut.edu

Melba Foster

Instructor

Email: mfoster@tamut.edu

Katheryn  Hartshorn

Instructor

Email: khartshorn@tamut.edu

Dr. Sara Lawrence

Associate Professor

Email: sara.lawrence@tamut.edu

Dr.  Aaron Marvel

Assistant Professor

Email: aaron.marvel@tamut.edu

Debora Shidemantle

Instructor

Email: debora.shidemantle@tamut.edu