Undergraduate

English Language Arts and Reading (4–8)

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8) at St. Edward’s prepares you for the critical role of strengthening the literacy skills of today’s middle-school students. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in middle schools in Austin.

You’ll study a range of topics that give you the foundation to teach classic and contemporary works of great writers and essential literacy skills to young people. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 4–8 English Language Arts and Reading teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and middle school classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8)

Overview:

As a BA in English Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop methods for honing reading and writing proficiency among students. You’ll learn to design lesson plans rooted in well-known literature, create strategies for improving vocabulary and reading, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in elementary and middle schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in English Language Arts and Reading, graduates may teach in fourth- to eighth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (36 CREDIT HOURS):
• British Literature I
• British Literature II
• American Literature I
• American Literature II
• Children’s Literature
• American Grammar
• Research and Argumentation
• Text Discourse or Document Design
• Upper division elective
• Introduction to English Linguistics
• Language Acquisition and Second Language Methodology
• Content Area Literacy

V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Introduction to Special Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Adolescent Psychology
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Middle School Classroom

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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