May 18, 2022
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 for the 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 2.70 or better on all University work completed to date.
- Complete required criminal background questionnaire.
- Obtain written recommendation from 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 1170 (reading and math) or better or a composite ACT score of 24 or better are exempt from PRAXIS* Core Academic Skills Examination requirements.
The Unit Admissions Committee renders 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 2.70 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 questionnaire.
- Complete a formal application to student teaching.
Minimum Graduation Requirements (120 credit hours)
C or Better On All English Courses Toward The Major
English Core (30 credit hours)
English Electives: (6 credit hours)
Professional Studies (12 credit hours)
Clinical Practice (15 credit hours)
Additional Requirements (21 credit hours)
VALUES Core (36 credit hours)
Vocation, Application, and Learning in the Undergraduate Experience for Students
Chowan VALUES (18 credit hours)
*Personal and Civic VALUES (6 credit hours)
These 6 credit hours must be from 2 different disciplines. Disciplines are designated by prefixes. Personal and Civic VALUES courses allow students to develop self and identity and explore the individual’s role in and impact on society. Personal and Civic VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with PV. To view a list of approved Personal and Civic VALUES courses, click VALUES Core .
*Historical and Global VALUES (3 credit hours)
Historical and Global VALUES courses engage students in critical analysis of the past to understand how knowledge of history helps them to navigate their future. These courses also encourage students to ask critical questions about global issues and challenges. Historical and Global VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with HV. To view a list of approved Historical and Global VALUES courses, click VALUES Core .
*Scientific VALUES (3 credit hours)
Scientific VALUES courses enable students to develop the skills necessary to employ the scientific method and assess the way evidence-based knowledge affects the understanding of self, others, and the world. These courses encourage students to explore the physical, natural, and behavioral world. Scientific VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with SV. To view a list of approved Scientific VALUES courses, click VALUES Core .
*Cultural and Diversity VALUES (6 credit hours)
These 6 credit hours must be from 2 different disciplines and at least 3 of these 6 credit hours must be 200 level or higher. Disciplines are designated by prefixes. Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses prepare students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and thrive in an interconnected world. These courses introduce students to an understanding of diverse cultures, arts, and communities. Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses are designated in the Academic Catalog and designated in the Class Schedule with CV. To view a list of approved Cultural and Diversity VALUES courses, click VALUES Core .
These 18 credit hours must include 3 credit hours of social or behavioral science and 3 credit hours of humanities or fine arts. Social or behavioral sciences include geography, history, sociology, political science, psychology, or economics. Humanities or fine arts include philosophy, music, literature, drama, art, or religion.
Students can “double count” up to 6 credit hours of these 18 credit hours for both their major and general education. However, students cannot use a course to fulfill both the VALUES Core and the Global Learning Core.
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, meet the university’s VALUES Core requirements, and meet any specific requirements of the major.