ENGLISH EDUCATION





Objectives of the Program

Admission to the Program

Program of Study

Comprehensive Examination Policies




The English Education Program (M.Ed.) is a fifth-year course of study for advanced preparation of secondary teachers of English leading to a T5 teaching certificate. The program requires a total of 36 semester hours, with a minimum of 21 hours in required and elective graduate English courses and 15 hours in education or related fields. Students must remain in good academic standing in the program and are required to pass a written comprehensive examination near the end of their course of study. The program is intended for applicants currently possessing renewable teaching certificates and provides an opportunity for students to strengthen strategic academic and pedagogical areas and to relate coursework to classroom teaching and learning experiences.



Objectives of the Program

  1. To increase the English teacher's knowledge of American and English literature as well as the literatures of other nations, literary genres and literary criticism, including awareness of minority and adolescent literature.
  2. To enhance the English teacher's knowledge and understanding of language learning and their relationships to various styles of teaching and learning.
  3. To improve the English teacher's competence in teaching communication.
  4. To improve the English teacher's understanding of and competence in developing effective curricula for secondary English.
  5. To offer a sequential, holistic program of study which will strengthen strategic areas in the preparation of the secondary English teacher and provide opportunities for exploration of problems in teaching and learning English at the secondary level.
  6. To provide an opportunity for the English teacher to increase competence in other fields related to English, i.e., drama, speech and reading.
  7. To prepare the English teacher for the successful application for a T-5 certificate.



Admission to the Program

Admission to the English Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in English Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, a fully renewable T-4 certificate, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the English Education program under the same categories of admission.



Program of Study


Area A - Nature of the Learner and Learning Problems

(Minimum of 3 semester hours)



SPED

5501

Exceptional Children


PSYC

5509

Introduction to Behavior Modification


PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology


PSYC

5520

Developmental Psychology


PSYC

5530

Adolescent Psychology


PSYC

5555

Conditions of Learning


PSYC

5550

Theories of Learning






Area B - Programs and Problems of the School


(Minimum of 6 semester hours)




EDUC

5504

History of Education



EDUC

5509

Philosophy of Education



EDUC

5524

Methods and Materials in Teaching English in the Secondary School**



EDUC

5528

Teaching Composition in the Secondary School**



EDUC

5538

Curriculum Planning*



EDUC

5540

Curriculum Principles



EDUC

5593

Internship I - Internship in the Secondary School



EDUC

5594

Internship II - Internship in the Secondary School



READ

5505

Improving Reading Instruction in the Content Areas***








Area C - The Teaching Field (Minimum of 21 semester hours)

ENGL

5304

History of the English Language***




ENGL

5500

Bibliography and Research Methods**




ENGL

5615

Advanced Exposition for Teachers**




ENGL

5600

Shakespeare




ENGL

5606

Medieval Literature




ENGL

5609

Introduction to Linguistics




ENGL

5612

Advanced Grammar and Syntax




ENGL

5621

Literature of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries




ENGL

5632

Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature




ENGL

5641

Romanticism




ENGL

5650

Modern Drama




ENGL

5651

Victorian Literature




ENGL

5610

Modern British Literature




ENGL

5681

Early American Literature




ENGL

5683

American Romanticism




ENGL

5684

American Realism and Naturalism




ENGL

5685

Southern Literature




ENGL

5686

Modern American Literature




ENGL

5690

African American Literature




ENGL

5696

Contemporary Literature**




ENGL

5792

African American Novel




ENGL

5794

African American Drama




ENGL

5908

Literary Criticism**










Area D - Research (Minimum of 3 semester hours)



EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics***





EDUC

5501

Educational Research**












Area E - Related Areas (Minimum of 3 semester hours)

EDUC

5513

Language Study for Middle Childhood






EDUC

5514

Literature for Middle Childhood






EDUC

5515

Adolescent Literature






MEED

5500

Introduction to the Selection of Print and Non-Print Materials






MEED

5530

Selection and Utilization of Educational Media














* Required course






** Program must include one of these courses



*** Recommended if not previously taken.





**** Required unless previously fulfilled








Total Hours Required  (36 hours)







Comprehensive Examination Policies

I. Objectives of the Comprehensive Examination In English require the student to:

  1. Demonstrate an acceptable knowledge of research methods in English, resources for English studies and approaches to literary criticism, including the ability to apply these in research.
  2. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the bodies of American and English literatures (as indicated by the department's reading list) and specific knowledge of the literary periods and topics in which courses have been taken.
  3. Demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of written communication skills. Students preparing to take the comprehensive examination in English may secure copies of previous examination questions from the department.


II. Number of Hours and Academic Average Required:

A student must have completed or be completing 33 semester hours and have an overall average of "B" before being eligible to take the comprehensive examination in English. Additionally, the student should have completed or be completing the 21 semester hours required in the teaching field, Area C.



III. Required Courses:

A student must have completed or be completing the following required courses in the teaching field, Area C, before being eligible to take the comprehensive examination in English:

ENGL

5304

History of the English Language (required unless previously fulfilled)

3 hrs

ENGL

5500

Bibliography and Research Methods

3 hrs

ENGL

5515

Advanced Exposition for Teachers

3 hrs

ENGL

5696

Contemporary Literature

3 hrs

ENGL

5908

Literary Criticism (required unless previously fulfilled)

3 hrs

One course in American Literature

3 hrs


One course in English Literature

3 hrs




IV. Number of Attempts

A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination in English three times prior to termination from the program.


Evaluation of Comprehensive Examination in English

A committee of faculty members who teach graduate courses in the Department evaluates the comprehensive examination in English. A student who takes the examination receives either a pass or fail and must pass all parts of the examination, demonstrating competence in each area.


Re-examination

A student who fails any portion of the examination must retake the entire examination; however, no additional course work is required.