2018-2019 Catalog

Secondary Education, English, Associate of Arts

Teachers change lives by opening new worlds for students and inspiring them to reach their goals.  The secondary education degree with an emphasis in English prepares students to teach in both public and private middle, junior high, and high schools. Students will be able to teach English language arts, writing, and literature courses.  Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning.  The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession.  The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, lesson design, and educational psychology.  The students experience hands-on what it means to be a secondary English teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in public school classroom activities as a practicum student.  These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program.  Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

APPROVED HISTORY COURSE

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

EDCI 1000EDUCATION EXPERIENCE PROSPECTIVE TCHRS

2

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:14

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved History Course can be fulfilled by U.S to 1865 (HIST 1211) or U.S from 1865 (HIST 1221). Students transferring to UW should replace the course with POLS 1000.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

    4

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    APPROVED COMMUNICATION COURSE

    4

    LAB SCIENCE

    4

    ELECTIVE CREDIT

    2

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by Writing Studies (ENGL 2019) or English Composition II (ENGL 1020).
  • Lab Science can be fulfilled by Current Issues in Biology (BIOL 1003), Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1000), Concepts of Physics (PHYS 1050), or Physical Geology (GEOL 1100).
  • Approved Communication Course can be fulfilled by First Year French I (FREN 1010) or First Year Spanish I (SPAN 1010). Students transferring out of Wyoming should take PSYC 1000 to replace their communication course.
  • Elective can be fulfilled with any course. Students transferring out of state, without foreign language, should take ENGL 2251.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

    3

    EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    ENGL 2250WOMEN IN LITERATURE

    3

    ENGL 2005TECHNICAL WRITING

    3

    APPROVED COMMUNICATION COURSE

    4

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved Communication Course can be fulfilled by First Year French II (FREN 1020) or First Year Spanish II (SPAN 1020). Students transferring out of Wyoming should take PSYC 2300 to replace their communication course.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    ENGL 2040CREATIVE WRITING:

    3

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    ENGL 2420LITERARY GENRES:

    3

    ENGL 2340NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

    3

    SPAN 2030SECOND YEAR SPANISH I

    4

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:19

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Year: 

  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by Creative Writing (ENGL 2040) or Creative Writing: Prose I (ENGL 2050). VCSU transfers should replace their English course with ENGL 2420 or THEA 1100.
  • Out of state transfers should replace SPAN 2030 with ENGL 2230 and choose an additional one credit elective.

  • Total Credit Hours: 67