English Language Arts and Reading (7–12)

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (7–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to introduce students to the joys of reading, writing and literature. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.

You’ll discover ways to teach students to appreciate literature, to examine and debate classic and contemporary novels, and to become strong writers. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 7–12 English Language Arts and Reading teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (7–12)

Overview:

As a BA in English Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for inspiring young people. You’ll learn to design lesson plans centered on reading and writing, analyze great literary works, 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 secondary 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 seventh- to twelfth-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 (15 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 (33 CREDIT HOURS):
• American Grammar
• British Literature I
• British Literature II
• Research and Argumentation
• Elective
• American Literature I
• American Literature II
• Children’s Literature
• Introduction to English Linguistics
• Language Acquisition and Second Language Methodology
• Upper division elective
Electives
Choose 3 hours minimum of electives

V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education

• Learning Processes and Evaluation

• Adolescent Psychology

• Introduction to Special Education

• 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 Secondary 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.