Jason McEntee, Head
Department of English
Pugsley Hall 301, Box 2218
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The English Education Specialization requires 39 hours in English and linguistics courses and is designed to prepare the student for a career in high school or middle school teaching. Students preparing for careers in secondary education will also complete the required education courses for teacher certification.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Develop and enhance students’ abilities to communicate in written English while encouraging students to view themselves as engaged, creative and relevant producers of knowledge;
- Develop students’ literary background as one part of a humanities background which fosters intellectual skills, humanistic understanding, cross-cultural literacy, and aesthetic appreciation;
- Develop students’ ability to think analytically, speculatively, and imaginatively in ways that are applicable across the disciplines; and
- Enhance students’ ability to employ instructional technology in their writing, learning and research in innovative and creative ways.
To count toward the Major, courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” Topics courses may only fulfill the specific requirements when approved by the department. All sections of English 210 count as a major elective.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
The department offers coursework on campus, online, and at attendance centers around the state.