2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

English Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The English education major provides an excellent education in the discipline. Students earning an English education major can be certified in English at the early adolescence-adolescence level through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(All colleges - including teacher certification program: early adolescence-adolescence, EA-A)

Courses listed in more than one category may be counted only once.

Core requirements (18 credits)

ENG 300Introduction to English Studies3
ENG 311Critical Theory3
Language studies and linguistics3
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences
Varieties of English
Literary studies3
Foundations for Literary Studies
Intermediate Topics in Literature
Writing and rhetoric studies3
Prose Style and Editing
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Studies
Creative or professional writing3
Creative Writing
Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
Total Credits18

English education emphasis (25 credits)

Foundations in literary studies
Foundations for Literary Studies (must be taken in the core)
Select one of the following:3
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences (must be selected here if not used in the core)
Language Study for Teachers
Varieties of English
Topics in Linguistics
ENG 433Introduction to Teaching Writing3
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Shakespeare I
Shakespeare II
Seminar in British Literature 1
British literature
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Old and Middle English Literature
English Renaissance
Restoration and 18th Century British Literature
19th Century British Literature
British Literature After 1900
Seminar in British Literature 1
Seminar in Literature and Culture 1
Advanced Study of Major Authors 1
American literature
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
Early American Literature
Nineteenth Century American Literature
American Literature After 1900
Literature and Environmental Action
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Literature and Culture 1
Advanced Study of Major Authors 1
Multicultural, minority, ethnic, women's & world literatures
Select one of the following:3
Intermediate Topics in Literature 1
European Literature in Translation
World Literature
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
American Indian Literature
Latino Literature in English
Women Authors
Seminar in Literature and Culture 1
Advanced Study of Women's Literature
Advanced Study of Major Authors 1
Secondary pedagogy
ENG 341Pedagogical Approaches to Young Adult Literature3
ENG 405Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary School4
Exit portfolio
Will be introduced to students in ENG 300 and assembled throughout their studies
Total Credits25

An official Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly PRAXIS II) score in content area is required, or candidate must meet GPA requirements for certified content subject areas.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3Gen Ed Elective3
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Hum-Lit (ENG Ed Literature Course)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed World History3EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Natural Lab Life Science4
 16 16
Year 2
ENG 300 (Core)3ENG 301 (Core)3
ENG 332 (used in Core)3ENG 311 (Core)3
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3EDS 3092
PSY 2123Gen Ed Global Studies3
Gen Ed Elective4Gen Ed Arts2-3
 16 14
Year 3
American Literature Course3British Literature Course3
Gen Ed Math/Lang/Logical Systems3-4Multiculture, Minority, Ethnic, Women's & World Lit Course3
ENG 3413EDS 3514
ENG 4333Shakespeare Course3
Apply to the STEP Program1 PSY 3703
Writing & Rhetoric Studies Course (Core)3 
 15 16
Year 4
ENG 4054Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test or meet GPA requirements for a waiver.3 
Language Studies & Linguistics Course (used in major)3EDS 4921
Creative/Professional Writing Course (Core)3EDS 494311
SPE 4013 
University elective2 
Exit Portfolio2  
 15 12
Total Credits: 120
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