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2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education (6-12), English

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Program of Study - Secondary English

Freshman and Sophomore Years (6 credits)

EDUC 301 Educational Psychology (3)  

EDUC 310 Social, Philosophical, Cultural & Historical Foundations of American Education (3)  +

If EDUC 301 and EDUC 310 are not taken during freshman and sophomore years, they must be taken during the junior year.

Fall (15 credits)

EDUC 305 Digital Humanities (3)  

EDUC 312 Characteristics of Exceptional Student Populations (Secondary) (3)  ++

EDUC 321 Clinical Experiences in Secondary Schools (English) (3)  

EDUC 460 Content Reading and Writing (3)  

EDUC 441 Curriculum and Instructional Methods (English) (3)  

Spring (12 credits)

EDUC 311 Classroom Organization, Management, and Discipline (3)  

EDUC 438 Curriculum Planning and Assessment in Secondary English (3)  

EDUC 495 Internship in Supervised Teaching (English) (6)  

Total Credit Hours: 33

+If exempted from EDUC 310 for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education & Community Engagement in order to complete a required training module in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Virginia licensure.

++If exempted from EDUC 312 for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education & Community Engagement in order to complete a required training module in Dyslexia training for Virginia licensure.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students are required to achieve passing scores on assessments prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education, both for program completion and for licensure. Virginia’s mandated licensure assessments are graduation requirements.

CPR/AED/First Aid Training - Candidates seeking initial license in Virginia are required to complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the use of an automated external defibrillator, and first aid. Training courses are available through national emergency care organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Documentation of training (typically in the form of a current certification card) must be provided to the Office of Teacher Education and Community Engagement as part of the licensure application packet.

Endorsement Courses for Secondary English

In order to be licensed as a secondary English teacher (6-12) in Virginia, English majors shall receive a degree with a major in English or a minimum of 36 semester hours distributed in the following areas:

Literacy and reading - 12 semester hours with courses to include:

  • Survey of British literature
  • Survey of American literature
  • World literature
  • Literary theory and criticism

Language - 3 semester hours, to include the development and nature of the English language

Composition - 12 semester hours with experiences to include:

  • A grammar course integrating grammar and writing
  • The teaching of writing, based on current knowledge and most effective practices, including the use of technology for this purpose
  • An advanced composition course emphasizing rhetorical practices of expository, persuasive, argumentative, and analytical writing
  • Teaching research including ethical accessing, evaluating, organizing, crediting, and synthesizing information

Oral language - 3 semester hours, to include the teaching of public and presentation speaking, including nonverbal communication and the role of communication in small group and mass communication

Electives in English - 6 semester hours

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