- Bachelor of Arts
Nature of Program
Students who want to become secondary English teachers (grades 5-Adult) complete a series of Secondary Education courses, requirements for General Education Foundations (GEF) components that are related to the area of specialization, and courses specific to the area of specialization: English, Grade 5-Adult.
The program boasts a clear set of research-based program goals and carefully sequenced learning experiences. Students will learn to integrate what one teaches with how it is taught and will receive more than 1,000 hours of experience in public school classrooms. The program functions in close collaboration with exemplary local public schools and has selective and rigorous standards for admission and retention of students as well as rigorous performance requirements that are relevant to effective teaching practice.
Incoming freshmen may qualify for direct admission to the major either through their cumulative high school GPA or through ACT or SAT. To be admitted to the program as an incoming freshman, a student must have one of the following:
- 3.0 high school GPA
- ACT 23
- SAT 1030 (combined Math and Critical Reading)
- 3.0 high school GPA
- ACT 26
- SAT 1170 (combined Math and Critical Reading)
General Education Foundations
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.
Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 credit hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciencespage.
Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in English Secondary Education
Students wishing to graduate with a degree in English Secondary Education must complete a total of 96 credit hours in their major. Students must abide by the following rules:
- Capstone Requirement: The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course. Students majoring in English Secondary Education will complete ENGL 496 Senior Thesis for their Capstone experience.
- Writing and Communication Skills: The English Secondary Education program is a SpeakWrite Affiliated Program, committed to fostering and assessing student's written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills. The English Secondary Education major requires its Bachelor of Arts program graduates to complete at minimum the following SpeakWrite certified courses: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 (or ENGL 103), ENGL 200, ENGL 241 ,ENGL 242 ENGL 261, ENGL 263, ENGL 496.
- Calculation of the GPA in the major: Students must earn a minimum grade C- in all C&I, EDUC, ENGL, and SPED courses applied toward degree requirements, and minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.
- WV State Certification Requirements:
--Successful completion of PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) is required for admission to the teacher education program: PRAXIS Core Reading #5712, PRAXIS Core Writing #5722 and PRAXIS Core Math #5732. (NOTE: PRAXIS Core test scores are not required of students who have either earned a Master's degree, or scored a 26 or higher on the ACT, or took the SAT prior to March 2016 and received a combined Math and Critical Reading score of 1170 or higher, or took the SAT after March 2016, and earned a combined Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 1240 or higher.)
--PRAXIS II #5038 English Language Arts (NOTE: Successful completion of this assessment is required prior to student teaching; scores must be received prior to obtaining a student teaching permit.)
--edTPA Teacher Performance Assessment – a three-part performance exam during student teaching. (NOTE: Successful completion of this assessment is required for program completion.
--Teacher candidates complete field experience hours in middle and high schools while completing professional education coursework. During the final year of the program, teacher candidates are placed in an appropriate school to complete their clinical student teaching experience. The College of Education and Human Services coordinates the placement and supervision of teacher candidates as they engage in these professional experiences.
- WV State Certification Requirements:
- Benchmark Expectations: Please check admissions tab.
GEF Requirements: credits may vary because of overlap
|ECAS B.A. REQUIREMENTS:||12|
Fine Arts Requirement
Global and Diversity Requirement
|ENGLISH CONTENT REQUIREMENTS:|
|Foundations of Literary Study|
|English Language Course||3|
|The English Language|
|Historical Breadth Courses:||9|
|American Literature 1|
|American Literature 2|
|British Literature 1|
|Non-Western World Literature|
|and select one of the following:|
|Topics in African American Literature|
|Topics in Multiethnic Literature|
|Topics in Native American Literature|
|American Women Writers|
|British Women Writers|
|Topics in Women's Literature|
|Study of Major Author course:||3|
|Approaches to Teaching Composition|
|Young Adult Literature|
Any ENGL at the 200-level or above
Select any ENGL class at the 300 level or above
Select one ENGL Writing Elective from the list below:
|Writing Theory and Practice|
|Business and Professional Writing|
|Topics in Humanities Computing|
|Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction|
|Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry|
|Creative Writing Workshop: Non-Fiction|
|Topics in Creative Writing|
|UNDERGRADUE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK||36|
|Teaching Language Arts: Secondary School|
|Approaches to Teaching Language|
|Approaches to Teaching Reading in ELA|
|Identity and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom|
|Professional Field Experience|
|Professional Inquiry in Education|
|Learning in Educational Settings|
|Special Education in Contemporary Society|
|Differentiated Secondary Instruction|
Number of General Elective may vary, depending on course selection, AP and transferred credits
SUGGESTED PLAN OF STUDY
|F5||3||Foreign Language 102||3|
|ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (F6)||3||ENGL 102 (F1)||3|
|ENGL 101 (F1)||3||ENGL 200||3|
|ENGL 191||1||General Elective||3|
|Foreign Language 101||3|
|F2A||3||Foreign Language 204||3|
|Foreign Language 203||3||EDUC 200||3|
|ENGL 226||3||ENGL 242 (F8 Course 1)||3|
|ENGL 221||3||ENGL 263 (F8 Course 2)||3|
|ENGL 241 (ECAS Fine Arts Req. & F6)||3||ENGL at the 200 level or above||3|
|C&I 424||3||ECAS Glob. and Div. Requirement (F7)||3|
|EDUC 301||3||C&I 324||3|
|ENGL 261 (F8 Course 3)||3||C&I 489||3|
|ENGL 309||3||C&I 425||3|
|SPED 304 (F4)||3||ENGL 405||3|
|C&I 491||12||ENGL 496||3|
|ENGL at the 300 level (Literature of minority, regional or underrepresented groups)||3|
|ENGL at the 300 Level or above||3|
|ENGL at the 300 Level or above (Writing Elective)||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the B.A. degree, English majors will be able to:
- Interpret texts within diverse literary, cultural, and historical contexts.
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of the social and structural aspects of the English language.
- Demonstrate a range of contextually effective writing strategies.
The learning goals for the WVU Secondary Teacher Education Program are to prepare students who:
- Have commitment and skills to engage in life-long learning;
- Are effective communicators;
- Recognize that teaching is a professional, moral, and ethical enterprise with well-developed ethical frameworks which facilitate effective teaching;
- Will serve as a facilitator of learning for all students;
- Possess in-depth knowledge of both pedagogy and content, and the relationships between them;
- Are reflective practitioners;
- Are aware of, and have respect for, human diversity;
- Value and integrate knowledge from a wide variety of fields, are creative and open to new ideas, and are able to act constructively in a world characterized by technological, cultural, and societal diversity and change.