English language arts (ELA) teachers know what it means to be a literate citizen in the 21st century, acknowledging that the parameters of literacy are constantly shifting and expanding. ELA teachers know and are able to apply the language of the discipline of English language arts appropriate for the developmental level of students and different grade level expectations. Teachers of ELA know and understand literacy processes to facilitate continuous growth in and beyond the classroom. ELA teachers recognize the importance of language practice in contexts within and beyond the academic environment of the classroom in preparation for success in a global society.
- Graduates in English Education will demonstrate mastery of English language arts content including literature, multimedia texts, language, and writing.
- Graduates in English Education will be able to plan and deliver instruction that demonstrates mastery of English language arts content, appropriate use of pedagogical skills, and appropriate integration of technology.
- Graduates in English Education will demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data from formative and summative assessment to support learning for all students.
- Graduates in English Education will understand the importance of and be an advocate forthe English language arts in the high school curriculum.
Admission Policies and Requirements
Admission to Teacher Education
Following the successful completion of the University’s General Education requirements and obtaining a passing score on the PRAXIS* Core Academic Skills Examination, students must submit a formal application to the Dean of the School of Education and satisfy the following admission requirements:
- GPA of 2.85 or better on all University work completed to date.
- Complete required criminal background check.**
- Obtain written recommendation from major advisor and one additional faculty member.
- Write an essay on the topic, “What Makes an Effective Teacher.”
- Completed education disposition assessment by advisor.
- Completed education disposition assessment by student.
- Successful interview with the Unit Admissions Committee.
- Achieve a grade of C or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and COMM 101 or COMM 201, and EDUC 201 - Introduction to Teaching.
- Join TaskStream and maintain membership.
* Students with a total SAT score of 1100 (reading and math) or better or a composite ACT score of 24 or better are exempt from PRAXIS* Core Academic Skills Examination requirements.
**Students must complete a criminal background check through Certified Background, Inc. A $35 fee will be assessed to students in EDUC 201. This criminal background check must be completed prior to the student initiating any application for fieldwork placements. Students should register at the Certified Background website (https://CertifiedBackground.com). Specific directions for access to the website will be provided early in the EDUC 201 course. Upon completion of the criminal background check, students will need to print a copy of their verification of the completed background check and submit it to their instructor. Additionally, students will need to attach a copy to their application for fieldwork. Students must be aware that public schools may not allow field work and student teaching for students with criminal background issues regardless of the student’s status with the University or the Teacher Education Program. Failure to be accepted for field experiences and student teaching placements may preclude the student from successfully completing a degree in Education. It is also possible that a student could complete the Education program and not be awarded a teaching license in North Carolina due to criminal background issues.
The members of the Unit Admissions Committee render the final admission decision.
Admission to Student Teaching
Before being permitted to register for EDUC 480 - Directed Student Teaching , students must have met the following requirements:
- Achieve an overall GPA of 2.85 or better and receive a “C” or better on all specialty/content and professional studies courses.
- Complete all courses and requirements in the Department of Teacher Education except those identified as part of student teaching on the checklist of courses required for graduation.
- Complete all academic courses in the major discipline deemed essential for successful student teaching (refer to University catalog or www.chowan.edu).
- Complete required criminal background check.
- Complete a formal application to student teaching.
Advisement and Monitoring of Student Progres