Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 38

The Department of English features a fully approved English Language Arts program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in English Language Arts.† English majors specializing in Program One: English Language Arts must declare a minor in Secondary Education.† See advisors in the Department of English and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.

Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in English Language Arts must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses.† For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link.

I. Core Courses in English Language Arts (38)
A. General Requirements (23)
06-250 Introduction to Textual Studies (3)
06-310 Advanced Writing (3)
(Please note: Advanced Writing fulfills the general education writing requirement. Other writing courses may be substituted for 06-310 with permission: 06-300 Writing for the Professions; 06-311 Introduction to Creative Writing; 06-306 Editing for Publishing; 06-307 The Electronic Word; or writing courses from other departments with the approval of the Chair of English.)
06-314 Linguistics (3)
06-315 Grammar for Teachers (1)
06-316 Teaching Writing (3)
06-318 Writing Center Practicum (1)
06-228 Adolescent Literature (3)
06-360 Shakespeare (3)
06-380 Writing Portfolio (0)
(Please note: In consultation with their advisors in the Department of English, majors must submit a portfolio of writing for review, representing assignments and projects completed in courses. Students register for 06-380 during their final semester before graduation. Further information can be obtained from the studentís advisor and the Chair of English.)
06-420 Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
B. Choose one of the following: (3)
06-341 American Literature Beginnings to 1860 (3)
06-343 American Literature 1860 to 1912 (3)
C. Choose one of the following: (3)
06-351 British Literature Beginnings to 1700 (3)
06-353 British Literature 1700 to 1910 (3)
D. Choose one of the following (a 20th-century course is strongly advised): (3)
06-341 American Literature Beginnings to 1860 (3)
06-343 American Literature 1860 to 1912 (3)
06-345 American Literature 1912 to Present (3)
06-351 British Literature Beginnings to 1700 (3)
06-353 British Literature 1700 to 1910 (3)
06-355 British Literature 1910 to Present (3)
E. Multicultural Literature: Choose one of the following: (3)
06-334 Non-Western Literature (3)
06-346 Topics in Immigrant Literatures (3)
06-347 Native American Literature (3)
06-348 African American Literature (3)
F. One English Elective (3)

II. Required Professional Education Courses (41)
53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner (3)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
53-200 Secondary Clinical Experience I (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)
53-394 Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective 6-12 Instruction (3)
53-300 Secondary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-325 Special Methods: Teaching English/Language Arts in Grades 6-12 (3)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)
53-331 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas, Grades 4-12 (3)
10-315 Communication for Teachers (3)

III. Please see Secondary Education/Minor and Secondary Education in English Language Arts: Program One.