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Department of English and Modern Languages
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Bachelor of Arts

English major with teacher certification – Grades 8-12

(120 semester hours)*
A major in English with teacher certification (Grades 8-12) requires a total of 36 semester hours, of which 24 must be advanced. The 24 advanced hours must include 3 hours of American literature, 3 hours of British literature before 1800 (3301, 3311, 3312, or 3333), 3350, 4320, 4358, and 4361, but may not include 3336, 3351, or 3352 for certification credit.

Academic Major
Courses Hours
English 1301, 1302, 2329, and one additional sophomore literature 12
English (advanced) 6
American Literature (advanced) 3
English 3301, 3311, 3312, or 3333 3
English 3350 3
English 4320 3
English 4358 3
English 4361 3
Other Requirements
Courses Hours
Communication 2301 3
Computer Literacy Agricultural Economics 1351, Animal Science
1351, Business Computer Information Systems 1305, Communication
2345, Computational and Applied Mathematics 1351, Computer
Science 1301, 1341, 1351, 1361, 1371, Theatre 2345, Education 2323,
Journalism 2345, Mathematics 1351, Music 2353, Nursing 2338, or
University Studies 2323
3
Political Science 2301 and 2302 6
History 1301 and 1302 6
Computational and Applied Math 2305, Mathematics 1302, 1303, 1311,
1312, 1321, 1361, 1362, 1332, 1561, 2305, 2331, 2332 or 2513
3
Physical Activity 1
Natural Science (two lab sciences: biology, chemistry, geology, physical science, physics) 8
Social Science: Agricultural Economics 1331, Economics, 2300, 2301,
2302, Geography 2301, Psychology 1303, 2301, 2304, 2305, Sociology 1303, 2301, 2305, 2307
3
Visual and Performing Arts: Art 1301, 1302, 1305, 2301, 2302, Theatre
1311, 1351, 2331, 2334, Music 1310, 1341, 1342, 1351, 1361, 1375, 1376 Honors 2302
3
Modern Languages 2310 or 2311 and 2312 6
Professional Education
Courses Hours
Education 4321, 4322, 4323, and 4973** 18
Educational Psychology 3303 3
Reading 4320 3
Minor
Courses Hours
Minor 18

* Degree and certification requirements will sometimes exceed the 120-semester credit-hour minimum for a baccalaureate degree.

** Students must have been admitted into the Teacher Education Student Teaching Program and must be currently satisfying admission standards before being allowed to enroll in either Education 4322 or 4323.

The above plan meets all core curriculum and Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. The BA degree with a major in English requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 45 advanced (junior and senior level) semester credit hours, and a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence (24 of which must be at the advanced level). 24 of the last 30 hours required to complete this degree must be taken in residence.

Teacher Certification Grades 8-12 for Non-Majors: A student who is not an English major but chooses English Language Arts and Reading for a certification area must complete 30 semester credit hours from the following English courses: 1301, 1302, 6 hours of sophomore literature, 3 advanced hours in American literature, 3 advanced hours in British literature, 3350, 4320, 4358, and 4361. Students may not take 3336, 3351, or 3352 for certification credit.

TExES Eligibility: To be eligible for approval to take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) in English Language Arts and Reading, Grades 8-12, students must satisfy the applicable State and University minimum requirements as well as the following departmental requirements. Students must have completed English 4320 with a grade of C or better, must have satisfactorily completed the TExES Online preparation session provided by the department, and must receive departmental approval.

Graduation Requirement For The English Major
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in English must complete a portfolio to be eligible for graduation. Students should submit this portfolio after completing all major requirements or in the semester immediately prior to graduation. The portfolio grade will not affect GPA, but will be part of the student’s record.

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