with Teacher Certification

The USAO English Teacher Certification Program is offered through the Division of Arts and Humanities and combines liberal arts learning with teacher preparation. Its goal is to prepare individuals to become effective teachers in the English areas and obtain an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in English. This program is a standards-based program, based upon the standards and guidelines set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) the state competencies, and findings from Effective Teacher research. Collectively, these standards and research findings provide the knowledge base for what English teachers are to know and to do.

Upon successful completion of this program, individuals are qualified to obtain an Oklahoma teaching certificate to teach English in grades 6-12. Since USAO teacher certification programs are nationally certified by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) certification in other states is simplified.  It is recommended that certification be initially obtained in Oklahoma prior to seeking certification from another state. 

A program checklist for a degree in English with teacher certification is provided below. Students wishing to pursue a teaching certificate in English should consult Dr. Shelley Rees, the English education advisor.

 

English Degree with Teacher Certification

Program Requirements

Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Satisfy the Foreign Language Competency Requirement
Satisfy the Professional Portfolio Requirement
Admission to the Professional Trimester
Overall Grade Point Average 2.5
2.75 Grade Point Average in Certification Area
Successful Completion of Certification Exams

Required General Education/Liberal Arts Courses

Computer Proficiency
IDS 1001 Freshman Orientation

IDS 1013 Rhetoric/Critical Thinking
IDS 1113 Writing I
IDS 1213 Writing II
IDS 1133 Individual in Contemp Society
IDS 1223 Mathematics in the Modern World
IDS 2013 Foundations of Physical Science
IDS 2023 Foundations of Life Science
IDS 2011 Foundations of Life Science Lab
IDS 2133 American Civilization (History & Government)I
IDS 2143 American Civilization (History & Government)II
IDS 3223 Political & Economic Systems and Theories
IDS 3313 World Thought and Culture to 500 C.E.
IDS 3323 World Thought and Culture from 500 to 1650 C.E.
IDS 4333 World Thought and Culture from 1650 C.E. to Present
IDS 4522 Senior Seminar
PHED 1011 Concepts of Health and Fitness
PHED Any Activity (1 hour)
Artistic Expression, 2 hours

TOTAL HOURS in General Education47

Required Professional Education Courses

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Development and Learning
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School & Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 3343 Educational Media and Technology

EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory
*EDUC 4405 Student Teaching
*EDUC 4305
*EDUC 4542 Applied Professional Studies

ENGL 4763 Methods of Teaching English

 *Courses must be taken concurrently.

TOTAL HOURS in Professional Education: 34

Required English Courses: 36 Hours

Six hours from:

ENGL 3213 British Literature I
ENGL 3223 British Literature II
ENGL 3233 British Literature III

Six hours from:

ENGL 2313 American Literature I
ENGL 2323 American Literature II
ENGL 2333 American Literature III
ENGL 3003 Shakespeare
ENGL 4003 Linguistic History of the English Language
ENGL 3403 Advanced Grammar
ENGL 3503 Advanced Composition
ENGL 3603 Composition Theory

Three hours from:

ENGL 3113 World Literature I
ENGL 3123 World Literature II
ENGL 3133 World Literature III

Six hours from:

ENGL 4103 Literary Genres
ENGL 4203 Literary Themes
ENGL 4303 Literary Figures
ENGL 4403 Literary Periods

 Professional Writing Requirement - Any three hours from:

ENGL 2403 Creative Wrtiting
COMM 2553 Journalistic Methods
BADM 3223 Business Communications
ENGL 4883 Technical Communications
Other (Advisor Approved)

 Foreign Language Requirement:

Eight (8) Hours of two (2) sequential elementary foreign language courses (e.g., Spanish 1101-1104)

 

MINOR IN EDUCATION 

A minor in education is available for a student pursuing a major in English.  A student must be successfully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to be able to enroll in any 3000 or 4000 level Professional Education course.

19 hours including:

EDUC 2002 Orientation to Teaching
EDUC 2011 Directed Field Experiences I
EDUC 2022 Education of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 2103 Human Growth and Development
EDUC 3102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3203 School and Society
EDUC 3211 Directed Field Experiences II
EDUC 4442 Classroom Management and Evaluation Theory
ENGL 4763 (Methods Course)