English Major (B.A.)(Combined B.A./M.A.T with Teacher Certification in Grades K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years of intensive study.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

The Combined Degree with Dual Certification Program is a 5-year Program that leads to teacher certification in elementary education (K-6) teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree. Interested students must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program as an undergraduate. Students must successfully complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to be admitted to the Graduate School and complete the one year master's portion of the program.

Please visit the Teacher Education website for the required undergraduate professional sequence of courses, overall course outline, and other important Program requirements, guidelines and procedures. Students are also strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements15
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements60
Free Electives6-3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.
Required Courses
ENFL 208Introduction to the Film3
ENGL 110Introduction to Literature: The Analytic Essay3
or ENGL 111 Introduction to Literature: The Short Story
or ENGL 114 Introduction to Literature: Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
ENGL 116World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme3
or ENGL 117 World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
ENGL 300Critical Approaches to English3
English Requirements by Advisement
Student choice based on the following guidelines. Individual courses may meet more than one category. 24
1. Literature
Pre-1700, Pre-1800, Pre-1900, Post-1900, or Any Time Period
2. Genre Study
Drama, Poetry, Film, Fiction
3. Additional Categories
International Issues, Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Class Issues
Total Credits36

Teacher Education Program Requirements for Combined Degree Programs with Grades K-6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECEL 375Special Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Undergraduate elective (Advisor approval required).3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECSE 523Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts 13
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 13
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 13
Total Credits60

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature - Fulfilled in the major
Introduction to Literature: The Analytic Essay
Introduction to Literature: The Short Story
Introduction to Literature: Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Introduction to the Film (Fulfilled in the major.)
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences - Fulfilled in the major
World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme
World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits15

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Black Women Writers: US
Black Writers in the United States: A Survey
Contemporary U.S. Literature of Immigration
Women Poets
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits10