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

Teacher Preparation Program Admission Requirements

Apply 3rd Year, 1st Semester

  1. Application to Teacher Prep Program via TK20 in September or February
  2. GPA requirement of 2.8 cumulative
  3. Completion of  ED 311ED 321 and SPED 410 with grade C or above
  4. Completion of 15 hours in Content Area with no grade below C
  5. THEA IBT scores of Reading 240, Math 230, Writing 220

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 2360Introduction to Literary Studies3
ENG 312Shakespeare3
ENG 320Understanding Grammar3
ENG 345Advanced Composition for Educators3
ENG 424History and Grammar of the English Language3
ENG 442Advanced American Literature3
ENG 445Advanced World Literature3
ENG 472Advanced British Literature3
ENG 491Capstone in English Studies1
Reading
RDG 343Reading Beyond the Primary Grades3
RDG 352Literacy Development in the Upper Grades3
RDG 354Assessment Driven Literacy Instruction 73
Select six semester credit hours from:6
Children's Literature I
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
ITED 350Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication3
LD Electives2
Professional Development
ED 311Growth and Development for Early Childhood to Grade 123
ED 321Foundations of Education3
ED 435Secondary Content Pedagogy 73
SPED 410Introduction to Individual with Exceptionalities 73
Block 1
ED 331Classroom and Behavior Management 83
ED 495Block 1: Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates 83
Block 2
ED 496Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates 93
SPED 418Research, Trends, and Issues in Education 93
Electives (as needed to meet minimum degree requirements including 54 semester credit hours of upper division)
Minimum Hours for Degree121
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 54 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. Growth and Development for Early Childhood to Grade 12. 3 Hours.

This course examines theories of children's growth and development along with relationships to learning and teaching. Cultural, emotional, physical, intellectual, and learning differences are studied. Prerequisite: None.

ED 321. Foundations of Education. 3 Hours.

This course examines theories of learning along with the impact of strategies for effective teaching. Educational measurement and evaluation as used by schools will be studied. Theories relevant to the use of media and technology will be addressed. Prerequisite: None.

ED 331. Classroom and Behavior Management. 3 Hours.

This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management including management of time, materials, and space. Additionally, the course examines strategies for managing individual and large-group student behaviors, transitions, lab activities, and other arrangements for classrooms in general and special education. 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. Block 1: Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates. 3 Hours.

This course provides clinical work in the public school setting as part of field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). University student is identified as Teacher Candidate and is required to spend 6 hours per week for 12 weeks in an assigned classroom under the supervision of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to include University Field Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher. Block 1 is the first semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which Teacher Candidate and Cooperating Teacher are considered co-teachers for the class. Student is required to complete assignments, activities, projects, and observations as assigned by ILT. Prerequisite: Approved field-based assignment by the Teacher Preparation Program.

ED 496. Co-Teaching Practicum for Certification Candidates. 3 Hours.

This course provides clinical work in the public school setting as part of field experience requirements for the undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program (TPP). University student is identified as Teacher Candidate and is required to spend 72 full public school days in an assigned classroom under the supervision of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to include University Field Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher. Block 1 (prerequisite) is the first semester of the co-teaching assignment (2 semesters) in which Teacher Candidate and their Cooperating Teacher are considered co-teachers for the class in a public school setting in the grade level and content of the certification they are seeking. Student will complete assignments, activities, projects, and observations related to certification being sought as assigned by ILT. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ED 495; passing scores on both TExES PPR and TExES Content exams appropriate for the level and certification being sought; continued acceptance in a public school classroom.

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 312. Shakespeare. 3 Hours.

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

ENG 320. Understanding Grammar. 3 Hours.

This course engenders improved application and understanding of English grammar by using traditional sentence diagramming to review fundamental principles of grammar and mechanics.

ENG 340. Advanced Expository Writing. 3 Hours.

Through guided practice, students develop the ability to write prose that informs and persuades. While they draft, revise, and edit a series of essays, students apply strategies for writing with effective organization and style. The course also demands careful reading and discussion of model essays and articles drawn from a diverse selection of published authors. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade 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 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 350. Technical Writing. 3 Hours.

This course emphasizes the principles of composition, document design, and rhetoric applied to primary genres within scientific, technical, and professional writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 424. History and Grammar 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. 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. 1 Hour.

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. Technologies for Instruction, Learning, and Communication. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to develop a comfort with technology and its application to communication. Emphasis is placed on computer assisted presentations, software/hardware analysis, and the design and execution of instruction using electronic means. Previously offered as COMM 350.

RDG 343. Reading Beyond the Primary Grades. 3 Hours.

This course teaches content area teachers how to help their students learn from textbooks, including techniques for evaluating both textbooks and students. Coping with the reading, demands of textbooks, and study skills will be learned.

RDG 352. Literacy Development in the Upper Grades. 3 Hours.

This course provides the pre-service EC-6 teacher with knowledge and skills necessary to promote literacy development in the upper grades. Pre-service teachers will develop competency in promoting content literacy, fluency with expository texts, and vocabulary development. The targeted grade levels for this course are grades three through six. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and successful completion of RDG 350.

RDG 354. Assessment Driven Literacy Instruction. 3 Hours.

This course provides the pre-service teachers with strategies for helping students who are experiencing minor difficulties in their reading development. A holistic framework will be provided for examining reading difficulties and with techniques for developing reading strengths within the classroom. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program and successful completion 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. Research, Trends, and Issues in Education. 3 Hours.

This course presents current research, issues, and trends in education, specifically emphasizing the teaching-learning process. Students investigate neurodevelopment, action research in the classroom, academic response to intervention, and evidence-based decision-making. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.

English Faculty

Dr. Brian C. Billings

Associate Professor

Email: bbillings@tamut.edu

Dr. Joseph Burzynski

Assistant Professor

Email: jburzynski@tamut.edu

Dr. Doris Davis

Professor

Email: doris.davis@tamut.edu

Dr. Dayna (Joy) Goldstein

Assistant Professor

Email: dgoldstein@tamut.edu

Dr. Corrine Hinton

Assistant Professor

Email: corrine.hinton@tamut.edu

Dr. Douglas Julien

Associate Professor

Email: doug.julien@tamut.edu

Laura Currey

Instructor

Email: laura.currey@tamut.edu

Dr. Teri Fowler

Assistant Professor

Email: teri.fowler@tamut.edu

Dr. Sandra Labby

Assistant Professor

Email: slabby@tamut.edu

Sara Langford

Instructor

Email: sara.langford@tamut.edu

Dr. Sara Lawrence

Assistant Professor

Email: sara.lawrence@tamut.edu

Dr. Judy Sander

Professor

Email: judy.sander@tamut.edu

Debora Shidemantle

Instructor

Email: debora.shidemantle@tamut.edu

Dr. Abbie Strunc

Assistant Professor

Email: astrunc@tamut.edu