Degree and Certification

This degree is a bachelor of science in education in secondary education with an emphasis in language arts.

Additionally, upon successfully completing the initial teacher-certification process, the state grants you certification in secondary language arts (grades 9 through 12).

Program of Study

This program encompasses three areas of study:

Phase I: Freshman – Sophomore Year

Course Work

The majority of your time in Phase I is spent completing your general-education requirements. Additionally, you start language arts content courses such as writing about literature and intermediate composition.

Course work through the College of Education focuses on facilitating learning at all levels of development. Consideration is given to the influences of cultural, political, historical and economic factors on students, teachers and schools.

Field Experiences

Field experiences in Phase I include:

  • Sixteen hours in a language arts classroom (if available) tutoring and working with students in small groups under teacher supervision, and supervising and interacting with small groups and individual students.
  • Twenty hours in a service-learning environment serving in community organizations (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Granny’s House).

Phase II: Junior Year – First Semester Senior year

You must apply for admittance into Phase II in the spring of your sophomore year. Enrollment space is capped at approximately 25 students. For more information about the application process, please consult your adviser.

Course Work

Course work consists of learning the methods of teaching social studies. Education courses include an introduction to language arts education, three methodology courses for teaching language arts and assessment courses focused on literature, writing and mass media. Inquiry courses focus on how problems of schools, family, community and society affect educators, classroom management and special needs learners.

Field Experiences:

You will spend approximately 24 hours per semester in learning labs or language arts classrooms. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Engaging in observations of classrooms;
  • Co-teaching lessons with your supervising teacher;
  • Creating and teaching mini-lessons on your own;
  • Leading small-group instruction;
  • Tutoring individual students;
  • Assisting with responding to student writing.

Phase III: Second Semester Senior Year

You will be assigned to a high school language arts classroom for a 16-week, full-time internship under the mentorship of an experienced high school language arts teacher. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Co-planning and co-teaching lessons;
  • Creating and teaching lessons;
  • Evaluating student work;
  • Supervising small groups of students;
  • Attending department, school and district meetings.