Undergraduate

English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Generalist)

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Generalist) at St. Edward’s prepares you to provide a well-rounded education for children as an English as a Second Language (ESL)  generalist teacher in today’s diverse classrooms. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in elementary schools in Central Texas.

You’ll achieve the flexibility to teach in multiple subject areas, such as science, math, social studies and art. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 6 ESL Generalist teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 ESL Generalist)

Overview:

As a BA in English Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for motivating young learners across a range of topics and disciplines. You’ll learn to design innovative lesson plans, collaborate with other teachers in developing curriculum 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 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 early childhood through grade six 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 (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience

• Understanding and Appreciating the 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 (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Children’s Literature
• Introduction to Creative Writing
• American Grammar
• Introduction to English Linguistics
• Language Acquisition and Second Language Methodology
• Emerging Literacy Methods
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment and Methods
Select 3 hours from the following nine courses:
• Poetry Workshop
• Fiction Workshop
• Playwriting Workshop
• Special Creative Writing Workshops
• Creative Nonfiction Workshop
• Research and Argumentation
• Text and Discourse Analysis
• Revising and Editing
• Information Design

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Arts for Children
• Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
• Teaching Science in the Elementary School
• World Geography
• History of Texas
• Health and Physical Education for Children
• Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
• Geometry for Elementary Teachers
• Introduction to Special Education

VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Elementary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Elementary School
• Early Childhood Education

VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

IX. 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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