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Interdisciplinary Studies, K–6, 4–8

So you want to be a teacher? Do you want to teach really young children? Middle school students? Or does the idea of working with high school kids have an appeal? Many believe that teaching is the most important profession you can choose. Teachers pass on knowledge to children; they help shape their values; they get them ready for life. Almost all adults have memories and stories about a teacher or teachers who changed their lives. At MTSU, you can take the important first steps to this rewarding career by choosing to major in Interdisciplinary Studies (grades K-6 or grades 4-8) in the Department of Elementary and Special Education. Students who wish to teach grades 7-12 can check that out with the Womack Department of Educational Leadership.

Ready2Teach

The best place to learn about teaching is in the classroom. That’s the basic principle of Ready2Teach. Rather than waiting until the last year of a four-year program for student teaching, Ready2Teach participants take part in pre-residency practices. During the final year of the program, teacher candidates engage in a clinical Residency 1 experience with extended time in actual school settings before completing the full-time Residency 2 student teaching experience the following semester. In accompanying seminars, they look at problem-based learning cases relating directly to real-world teaching. Working under mentor teachers, master clinicians, and university faculty, students gain content knowledge and teaching skills. They find out early in their studies how they respond to the challenges of teaching and can truly be ready when they get to their own classrooms.

Project Engage does just that!

Combining teaching skills with innovative technology, Dr. Becky Alexander, an elementary education assistant professor, and five of her MTSU students provided the inspiration behind Project Engage, which features iPads loaded with applications encouraging educational growth in an elementary setting. Observing a first grade class in a Cannon County school, the group looked at ways to improve the children’s educational experience. A technology grant made iPads a reality, and the collaborative effort, which includes Dr. Charlene True and Dr. Charles Milligan, both members of Womack Department of Educational Leadership, began. Project Engage includes workstations, blogs between teacher candidates and the first graders, and shared book reading. Not only is learning enhanced but the teacher candidates gain experience, and doors are opened to future developments. “Technology is still secondary to how children learn,” Alexander says, adding that determining and meeting children’s needs come first.

Individuals trained to teach bring a desirable range of expertise and creativity to planning and administrative roles. Graduates completing their teacher preparation at MTSU are found in public and private school classrooms throughout Tennessee and in many other states. In addition to classroom teaching, other career options include

  • Agency and administrative work
  • Community and foundation work
  • Consulting, professional development, and teacher training
  • Education policy development
  • Education marketing and research
  • Higher education teaching and administration
  • Private tutoring

Among the employers of MTSU alumni are

  • Anderson County Schools
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Carroll County Schools
  • Cheatham Co Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Collierville Christian Academy
  • Crockett County Schools
  • Cumberland County Schools
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Dickson County Schools
  • Dyer County Schools
  • Fayette County Schools
  • Fayetteville City Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Giles County Schools
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Hamilton County Schools
  • Hardeman County Schools
  • Hickman County Schools
  • Kids Connection
  • Knox County Schools
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District
  • Lewis County Schools
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Macon County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Manchester City Schools
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marshall County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • McNairy County Schools
  • Memphis and Shelby County Schools
  • Metro Action Commission, Nashville
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • Moore County Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Perry County Schools
  • Providence Christian Academy, Murfreesboro
  • Robertson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sequatchie County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • The Webb School, Bell Buckle
  • Trousdale County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools,
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

Students wishing to teach children (grades K-6) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Studies

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, English

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Math

Students wishing to teach children (grades 4-8) will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Science

Click here for a checklist with more information. For more information about admission to the Teacher Education Program, go to Ready2Teach.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
Other undergraduate majors offered in the Department of Elementary and Special Education and leading to a B.S. include Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3) and Special Education. Those majoring in Special Education may choose between the modified program, K-12 (for individuals with mild/moderate disabilities), or comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound disabilities).

An undergraduate minor in Special Education is available.

Graduate
Graduate degrees available through the Department of Elementary and Special Education include the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with majors in Special Education with three concentrations: Mildly/Moderately Disabled, Preschool Disabled, and Severely/Profoundly Disabled; Curriculum and Instruction with three concentrations: Early Childhood, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education; and Literacy.

An M.Ed. also is offered with a major in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement are available in the College of Education.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, English) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Math) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Science) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6–8, Social Studies) Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades K-6)


Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English), B.S.

Department of Elementary and Special Education
615-898-2680
Jeremy Winters, program coordinator
Jeremy.Winters@mtsu.edu

The major in Interdisciplinary Studies, grades 6-8, is designed to prepare teachers for elementary schools. It requires General Education, major, professional education, and residency courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English), B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • ANTH 2010 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530 (Math)
  • PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (36 hours)

  • ENGL 2550 - Introduction to Peer Tutoring in Writing: Theory and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: B or better in ENGL 1020 or permission of the instructor. Techniques of tutoring with a variety of writers and genres and the theoretical and practical components of writing center work with a focus on how collaboration, composition, and learning theories and methods can be applied to tutoring in college as well as high school and middle school settings.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

  • READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Materials, methods, and techniques for teaching reading at the secondary level, including clinical laboratory experiences. Designed for teachers of language arts.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

 

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  OR

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3630 - Essay Writing Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

 

  • Choose 6 credit hours from the following:
  • ENGL 3300 - Native American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces oral and written literature of native America in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, with special emphasis on fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3365 - Hispanic Writers in American Literature

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HUM 3365.) Prerequisites: Completion of 1000-level English and 2000-level literature requirements with a grade of C- or better. Acquaints students with the literary works of Hispanic Americans writing in English. Emphasis on analysis of the intersection of cultures and traditions and the formation of Hispanic American identity.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 4540 - Approaches to Teaching ESL Grammar and Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better and  ENGL 4510 or equivalent. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

Professional Education (31 hours)

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

Student Teaching (12 hours)

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 6-8, English)

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 2550 - Introduction to Peer Tutoring in Writing: Theory and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: B or better in ENGL 1020 or permission of the instructor. Techniques of tutoring with a variety of writers and genres and the theoretical and practical components of writing center work with a focus on how collaboration, composition, and learning theories and methods can be applied to tutoring in college as well as high school and middle school settings.

  • EESE 1010 - Overview of Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces teaching as a profession using field experience and problem-based learning. Three contact hours per week.

  • EESE 1011 - Overview of Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EESE 1010; cannot be taken concurrently with EESE 1010. Designed to build knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with teaching as a profession contained in EESE 1010. Field experiences and problem-based learning to enhance and support the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with this class. Three contact hours.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours

 

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sch)

    ANTH 2010 - Cultural Anthropology

    3 credit hours

    Counts toward General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. A comparative examination of the cultural organization of human behavior in societies around the world. Practical applications and the importance of intercultural understanding stressed.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3740 - Children's Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of literature for children based on wide reading in the field.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

 

  • ENGL 3745 - Literature for Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Surveys literature for adolescents, historical and contemporary; analysis of contemporary issues in the field. Required for English majors seeking teacher licensure.

  • ENGL 3755 - Folk/Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Ancient Stories

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces folk/fairy tales, myths, epics, legends, and verse from a variety of languages, cultures, ethnic groups, and historical periods.

  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners

    3 credit hours

    A study of learners with disabilities as they deviate from the norm in physical, emotional, cognitive, or social characteristics. Includes meeting the needs of these learners through differentiated instruction in the least restrictive environment. (Required of all individuals who major or minor in education for state licensure.)

  • READ 3340 - Teaching Reading in the Secondary School

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Materials, methods, and techniques for teaching reading at the secondary level, including clinical laboratory experiences. Designed for teachers of language arts.

  • READ 4035 - Language and Literacy in the Middle Grades

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education. Introduces various strategies and techniques for teaching and assessing literacy in the middle school.

  • MLED 3100 - Experiencing Middle Level Education I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 2000. Field-based course introduces students to middle level schools and environments. Students will be immersed in the structures and philosophy of middle level education.

  • MLED 3110 - Experiencing Middle Level Education II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 3100. Field-based course which builds upon experiences begun in MLED 3100. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into middle level placements.

  • MLED 4000 - Methods of Teaching Middle Level Learners

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Corequisite: MLED 3100. Focuses on curriculum integration as well as methods identified as best practice in middle level education. Includes a field experience.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  OR

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3630 - Essay Writing Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:

  • ENGL 3300 - Native American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduces oral and written literature of native America in its cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, with special emphasis on fiction, poetry, and autobiography.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3360 - Multicultural Literature of the United States

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Writers, genres, and criticism in Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures.

  • ENGL 3365 - Hispanic Writers in American Literature

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HUM 3365.) Prerequisites: Completion of 1000-level English and 2000-level literature requirements with a grade of C- or better. Acquaints students with the literary works of Hispanic Americans writing in English. Emphasis on analysis of the intersection of cultures and traditions and the formation of Hispanic American identity.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 4540 - Approaches to Teaching ESL Grammar and Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C-  or better and  ENGL 4510 or equivalent. Background and basic methods needed to teach English grammar and composition to students for whom English is a second language. Emphasizes understanding of problems that non-native speakers face and develops techniques for helping non-native speakers express themselves in written English.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Senior

 

  • MLED 3300 - Instructional Technology in Middle Level Education

    3 credit hours

    Examines rationales, methods, and technology practices related to adolescents in grades 6-8. Each teacher candidate will use digital tools to explore, communicate, collaborate, and learn from the rich and varied resources available.

  • MLED 4200 - Assessing the Middle Level Learner

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. The integration of middle level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

  • MLED 4340 - Managing Middle Level Learning Environments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Introduces middle level teacher candidates to classroom and instructional strategies that are effective in building, adjusting, and maintaining an effective classroom learning environment.

  • MLED 4350 - Theory to Practice in Middle Level Education

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MLED 4000. Strategies and techniques of guiding the learning of middle level students. The development and use of materials in the middle school classroom with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Majority of the course is field work with accompanying seminars.

  • MLED 4995 - Directed Teaching in Middle Level Education

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework. Supervised experience requires full-day placement in a middle level school setting. Extended teaching and evaluation of teacher candidate preparation for teaching is required. Admission requirements for Residency II, including completion of all program coursework, must be met for enrollment.

Subtotal: 27 Hours