Department of English

Graduate Program

Contact Info
Dr. Jen Bacon
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2822
English-dept@wcupa.edu


Post-Bac Requirements

SECONDARY TEACHING CERTIFICATION WORKSHEET (English Post-Bac)
March 2012
(PDF version)

Using this worksheet:

  1. Meet with English Dept post-bac advisor to complete initial course analysis on this sheet. Attach completed and signed sheet to Approved Program of Study form.
  2. Meet with secondary ed advisor to double-check and receive advice on education classes (Professional & Secondary Education Dept, 610-436-2958)
  3. Update this sheet regularly.
  4. Pay attention to update emails and D2L site, and meet with English post-bac advisor to learn of program modifications.

 

REQUIREMENT METHOD OF FULFILLMENT
(# courses)
     
STUDENTS WITHOUT UNDERGRAD DEGREE IN ENGLISH    
1. College-level composition course _______________
1
2. College-level literature course _______________
2
     
TWO LINGUISTICS COURSES
1. Intro to Linguistics       (LIN/LEN 501, 503, or 512; ENG 230) _______________
3

2. Structure of Modern English (ENG 575 or LIN/LEN 504 or 505; ENG 331)
Pre-req: Intro to Linguistics

_______________
4
     

NINE ADVANCED ENGLISH COURSES

1. Literary theory (ENG 501 or ENG 296) _______________
5
2. British literature _______________
6
3. American literature _______________
7
4. World literature _______________
8
5. Literature for young adults (LIT 398 or ENG 593;
(Pre-req: literary theory)           
_______________
9
6. Composition and rhetoric course that theorizes teaching
(ENG506, 595, 596, 600, or 617)       
_______________
10
7. Comp/rhet course in reading texts rhetorically (“The Rhetoric(s) of  …”) _______________
11
8. Comp/rhet elective (from those listed in #6 or #7) _______________
12
9. English elective _______________
13
 

TWO ADVANCED ENGLISH METHODS COURSES

1. Teaching English in the Secondary School*    (ENG 390) _______________
14
2. Writing and Teaching Writing in Secondary English* (ENG 392) _______________
15
 
TEN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
1. EDF 589 Democracy and Education (EDF 300) _______________
16
2. EDP 550 Educational Psychology (EDP 250) Clearances required _______________
17
3. ENG/LAN 569 Teaching Eng. Lang. Learners  (ENG/LAN 382) _______________
18
4. EDR 542 Foundations of Special Education  (EDA 103)    
(Pre-req: EDF300/589 and  EDP250/EDP 550)
_______________
19
5. EDA 511* Special Education/Inclus. & Collab. (EDA 303*)  _______________
20
6. WRH 325 Technology in the English Classroom _______________
21
7. EDP 531 Evaluation & Measurement (EDP 351)
(Pre-req: EDP 250/EDP 550)
_______________
22
8. EDR550 Inclusion & Reading in the Content Area (EDR/EDA 347) _______________
23
9. EDS505* Field Experience (EDS306*) _______________
24
10. EDS 411* & EDS 412* Student Teaching       _______________
Full Semester
*require formal admission to teacher education (FATE)

BRIEF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. GPA. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and have a GPA of 3.0 at the conclusion of their program. They must earn a C or above on required courses taken as part of the certification program.
  2. FATE & TOWC. Pre-requisites for taking the advanced English methods courses (ENG 390 and 392) include formal admission to teacher education (FATE), the two required linguistics courses, and EDS 505 (EDS 306). Students must pass the English Department’s Test of Writing Competency (TOWC) before being formally admitted. This test is offered once in the fall and once in the spring. While we announce the test as much as possible, it ultimately is the student’s responsibility to find out when the test is given and to make arrangements for attendance.
  3. Portfolio. Students must submit a successful writing portfolio at least two semesters before student teaching.
  4. Praxis II. Students must take the PRAXIS II subject assessments in English Language, Literature, and Composition before student teaching; students must pass this exam before receiving certification from WCU and the state of Pennsylvania.
  5. Class times. Required courses at the undergraduate level (ENG 390, ENG 392, and LIT 398) are offered during the day and during late afternoon and evening times on a rotating basis. Regardless of the class time, however, students should be aware that ENG 390 and 392 require attendance for activities in the schools during daytime hours.

FORMAL ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION (FATE):
“Formal admission” means that you have met the requirements to do advanced study in the teacher education program. To be formally admitted, you must have completed required courses (three credits in composition and three in literature for those candidates without an undergraduate degree in English), attained the required GPA (2.8), and passed the English Department’s Test of Writing Competency. Having met these requirements, you may then apply for formal admission as directed on the formal admission form.

Signatures below attest that the faculty advisor and student agree that the courses listed on this worksheet will be those required in his/her approved program of study.

Signatures:
Date:______________________
Faculty:  _______________________________________________________________________
Student:________________________________________________________________________