English Education Program

Students seeking teacher certification in English Language Arts and Reading (grades 4-8) or English Language Arts and Reading grades (7-12) will participate in a program which incorporates state and national standards for the field. The degrees in the area focus on critical thinking, writing, and the ability to communicate using the written and spoken word. During the program, students will be introduced to specific writers and styles of written expression. Students will be prepared to recognize, to analyze, and to evaluate the various types of literature, build reading and other language skills, develop independent thinking and research, and develop an understanding of aesthetic and cultural dimensions in the human experience.

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Traci Thomson-Department Head of English and Professor of English

Dr. Traci Thompson

Professor of English, Department Head of English 325-670-1305

Majors

  • English, Language Arts, and Reading 4-8 (B.B.S.)
  • English, Language Arts, and Reading 7-12 (B.A.)
  • English, Language Arts, and Reading 7-12 (B.B.S.)
  • English, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies 4-8 (B.B.S.)

Minors

Why study English Education at HSU?

Hardin Simmons Tutoring

Tutoring Opportunities

Some students in the English Education program get to work at the Writing Center where they tutor and help other students improve their grammatical and writing skills, while they simultaneously get to sharpen their own skills in the language and gain experience in teaching.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Tyehimba Jess-featured speaker at HSU

Learn from Award-Winning Writers

Through the Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speakers Series, the English Department brings to campus each year a nationally recognized, award-winning writer for an afternoon Q&A session and an evening reading. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Tyehimba Jess (pictured), was the 2018 featured speaker.

HSU Fine Arts professor giving a lecture standing behind display of stage lights

Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Michele Grace-HSU English Education Program featured Student

Program Details

ELAR 4-8 BBS

English Language Arts & Reading 4-8 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sports Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher…………………………………………………. 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

 

POLS 1302 American Government or

POLS 2301 State and Local Government……………………………… 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI……………………………….. 9

Total Core (52 credits)

Major:  English Language Arts Reading (33 credits)

Additional Sophomore Literature…………………………………… 3

ENGL 4302 Issues in Grammar……………………………………….. 3

Upper level Literature course ( x2)………………………………….. 6

READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development…………………….. 3

READ 3362 Reading Instruction for Adolescent Students…….. 3

READ 3388 Child & Adolescent Literature………………………… 3

READ 3393 Read. Assessment/Intervention……………………… 3

READ 4392 Organization/Materials for Read…………………….. 3

READ 4394 Reading Practicum……………………………………….. 3

READ 4397 Intro. to Adv./Gifted Learner…………………………. 3

Education (27 Credits)

ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary………………………….. 3

COMM 3302 Interpersonal Communication or

COMM 3303 Small Group Communication……………………….. 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development……………………… 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ………………………… 3

EDUC 4371 Organization/Management for Teaching…………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher……… 3

EDUC 4626 Stu. Teach. in Middle School………………………….. 6

Technology Competency and Electives (12 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Electives…………………………………………………………………….. 9

Total 124

ELAR 7-12 BSHS

English Language Arts Reading 7-12 BSHS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

Math 1310  or higher………………………………………………….. 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………….. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

Total Core (43 credits)

Major:  Department Requirements (18 credits)

Foreign Language…………………………………………………………… 12

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI…………………………………. 6

English Language Arts Reading (34 credits)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………….. 3

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit …………………………… 3

ENGL 4101 Teaching English in High School…………………………… 1

ENGL 4302 Issues in Grammar……………………………………………. 3

ENGL 4318 Studies/Compositional Theory……………………………. 3

ENGL 4321 Introduction to Linguistics………………………………….. 3

Upper level American literature credits………………………………… 6

Upper level British literature credits……………………………………. 6

Upper level English elective credits (not ENGL-3300)………………. 6

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency and Electives (5 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Electives ……………………………………………………………………………………2

Total 124

ELARS 4-8 BBS

English Language Arts & Reading Social Studies 4-8 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher…………………………………………………. 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………….. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI……………………………….. 9

Total Core (52 credits)

Major:  English Language Arts Reading (51 credits)

Additional Sophomore Literature……………………………………… 3

ENGL 4302 Issues in Grammar………………………………………….. 3

ECON 1330 Introduction to Economics……………………………….. 3

GEOG 3301 Cultural Geography………………………………………… 3

HIST 2301 History of Western Civilization to 1550…………………. 3

HIST 2302 History of Western Civilization since 1550……………… 3

HIST 3306 Studies in World History……………………………………. 3

HIST 4301 Survey of Texas History…………………………………….. 3

POLS 2301 State and Local Government……………………………… 3

POLS 2302 Major World Governments……………………………….. 3

READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development……………………….. 3

READ 3362 Reading Instruction for Adolescent Students…………. 3

READ 3388 Child & Adolescent Literature……………………………. 3

READ 3393 Read. Assessment/Intervention…………………………. 3

READ 4392 Organization/Materials for Read………………………… 3

READ 4394 Reading Practicum…………………………………………. 3

READ 4397 Intro. to Adv./Gifted Learner…………………………….. 3

Education (24 Credits)

ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary……………………………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development…………………………. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment……………………………….. 3

EDUC 4626 Stu. Teach. in Middle School…………………………….. 6

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………… 3

EDUC 4371 Organization/Management for Teaching……………… 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

Technology Competency

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Total 130

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification tests for one of the following certifications: English 4-8, English 7-12, or English Language Arts Reading Social Studies 4-8. These certifications lead to English teaching positions in 4th Grade thru 12th Grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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