English Language Arts for Secondary Education

Undergraduate Major - 89-93 Credit Hours
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The English language arts for secondary education program will prepare pre-service teachers to enter the teaching field and to develop the strong knowledge-based critical thinking skills needed by middle and high school students.

Program Description:

Students pursuing the multidisciplinary major English Language Arts for Secondary Education must elect a track of academic study:

  • Track 1: This major meets the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ requirements for English Language Arts grades 5-12 teaching license (Endorsement 120) with a 5-12 Reading Endorsement (Endorsement 149). Teachers earning licensure in Track 1 are credentialed to teach all English Language Arts programming and reading interventions.
  • Track 2: This major meets the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ requirements for English Language Arts All grades 5-12 teaching license (Endorsement 1201). Teachers earning licensure in Track 2 are credentialed to teach all English Language Arts programming, communication, speech, theatre, digital media, and journalism.
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington

Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Education courses

  • EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
  • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • SEDU 410 Curriculum Design II: Conceptual Unit Design**
  • SEDU 411 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts and Field Experience
  • TEAC 415 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (5-8)
  • TEAC 425 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (9-12)

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDCO 290/291, EDCO 303, EDCO 390, SEDU 310 and SEDU 365.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 410 and SEDU 411.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint III in order to enroll in student teaching.

Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 1 Courses

  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 320 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • Elective course in literature (300 or 400 level)
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • SEDU 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • SEDU 380 Language Development and Methods
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
  • SEDU 455 Literacy Field Experience

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDUC 371, SEDU 335. SEDU 342 and SEDU 380.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 454 and SEDU 455.

Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 1 Support Work

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • 3 credit hours of physical science
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 2 Courses

  • COMM 227 Public Communication or COMM 300 Argumentation
  • Three hours from the following: DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo; DIGI 102: Media Studio: Video; DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio; DIGI 104 Media Studio Web; DIGI 105 Media Studio: Writing for Digital Journalism; DIGI 106 Media Studio: Information Gathering
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition or ENGL 320 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting or THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THEA 242 Production and Performance I
  • THEA 352 Production and Performance II
  • THEA 462 Production and Performance III
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 454.

Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 2 Support Work

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • 3 credit hours of physical science
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course
Admissions criteria for the English Language Arts for Secondary Education program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the English Language Arts for Secondary Education program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

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