2020-2021 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

US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

EDCI 1200INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

3

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by HIST 1211, HIST 1221, HIST 1251, or POLS 1000.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    ENGL 2019WRITING STUDIES

    3

    OR

    ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

    3

    APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

    4

    EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

    4

    SPAN 1010FIRST YEAR SPANISH I

    4

    ELECTIVE CREDIT

    2

    Total Credit Hours:20

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Lab Science can be fulfilled by BIOL 1003, CHEM 1000, PHYS 1050, or GEOL 1100.
  • SPAN 1010: Students may replace this course with FREN 1010; students transferring out of state and not completing the foreign language courses should take PSYC 1000.
  • Elective can be fulfilled with any 1000 level course. Students transferring out of state, and not completing the foreign language courses 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

    SPAN 1020FIRST YEAR SPANISH II

    4

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • SPAN 1020: Students may replace this course with FREN 1020; students transferring out of state should take PSYC 2300.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    WRITING COURSE

    3

    ENGL 2320AMERICAN LITERATURE II

    3

    ENGL 2340NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

    3

    SPAN 2030SECOND YEAR SPANISH I

    4

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Year: 

  •  Writing course: Any 2000 Level Writing course. VCSU transfers should take ENGL 2420, ENGL 2470 or THEA 1100 instead.
  • ENGL 2320: This requirement may be replaced with ENGL 2310 or ENGL 2251.
  • SPAN 2030: Students taking French instead of Spanish (and out of state transfers) should replace this course with ENGL 2230 and choose a 1 credit elective.

     

  • All education majors must complete a background check during their first semester in the program by Week 8 (midterms) in order to continue in the education program.

    Total Credit Hours: 67