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Majors and Minors: Teaching

Teaching English

Advisors for secondary education: Karen Saupe and James Vanden Bosch

Advisors for elementary education: Don Hettinga, Nancy Hull and Gary Schmidt

Secondary education major in English

Additional information

  • Students must complete English 350 and 352 before they may student teach.
  • For their student-teaching semester, students must register for both Education 346 and English 359.

Before being considered for a student-teaching placement, students must pass (80% or better on each section) all given sections of the English Department screening exam. They must pass all five sections of the exam by October 1 of the calendar year immediately prior to their student-teaching semester. To take this exam, students must make appointment with the English Department Administrative Assistant. Students have four chances to take the exam per calendar year, and they must allow at least two weeks to elapse between successive attempts.

Additional criteria for approval for student teaching are found in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook, available in the Education Department.

Secondary education minor in English

Additional information

All those who elect the secondary education minor in English must pass (80% or better on each section) all given sections of the English Department screening exam. They must pass all five sections of the exam by October 1 of the calendar year immediately prior to their student-teaching semester. To take this exam, students must make appointment with the English Department Administrative Assistant. Students have four chances to take the exam per calendar year, and they must allow at least two weeks to elapse between successive attempts.

Elementary education language arts group major

  • Education 322
  • Education 326
  • English 230
  • English 261
  • One from English 200, 225, or 226
  • English 340 or 341
  • English 351
  • English 145
  • English 352
  • English 374 or 375
  • One from English 370, 372, Speech Pathology and Audiology 215, or 311
  • Communication Arts and Sciences 214
  • One from Communication Arts and Sciences 203 or a Communications Arts and Sciences or English performance-based interim

Additional information

Language arts elementary group majors will be allowed One exemption from the prerequisite of English 295 in order for them to take either English 340 or 341 . If they wish to take both or any other 300-level literature course, they will be required to also take English 295. Elementary education students generally will also be allowed this one exemption, but they too must take English 295 if they wish to take a second 300-level literature course .

Elementary education language arts group minor

  • Education 326
  • One from English 200, 225, 226, or 230
  • One from English 261, 374, or 375
  • English 340 or 341
  • English 351 or 352
  • One from English 370, 372, Speech Pathology and Audiology 215, or 311
  • Communication Arts and Sciences 214
  • One from Communication Arts and Sciences 203 or a Communications Arts and Sciences or English performance-based interim

Additional information

Language arts elementary group minors will be allowed ONE exemption from the prerequisite of English 295 in order for them to take either English 340 or 341. If they wish to take both or any other 300-level literature course, they will be required to also take English 295. Elementary education students generally will also be allowed this one exemption, but they too must take English 295 if they wish to take a second 300-level literature course.

Education programs in English

Secondary education major (39 semester hours)

Secondary education minor (21 semester hours)

Elementary education language arts group major (36 semester hours)

Elementary education language arts group minor (24 semester hours)

ESL endorsement for elementary or secondary education (21 semester hours + 12 semester hours student teaching)