Major in English - Secondary Education Concentration

English majors must complete 42 units, and each course must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

Foundation Courses (12 Units)
ENGL 221BRITISH LITERATURE TO 17983
ENGL 222BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 17983
ENGL 238SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 300METHODS AND RESEARCH3
Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 300 prior to taking other 300-400 level literature courses in the major.
Shakespeare (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
TOPICS IN SHAKESPEARE STUDIES
SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY
SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY
Electives (6 Units)
Two 300- or 400-level ENGL courses, at least one of which must be a literature course. 6
Capstone Experience (3 Units)
Select one of the following in the final year:3
CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN ENGLISH STUDIES
CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH 1
CAPSTONE HONORS THESIS IN ENGLISH
Tracks/Concentration (18 Units)
Complete a Track or Concentration. 18
Total Units42
1

ENGL 498 is not open to students in the Secondary Education Concentration.

SECONDARY EDUCATION CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Diversity in American Literature (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
SURVEY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
MAJOR WRITERS IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
ETHNIC-AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE, 1772-PRESENT
MODERN JEWISH LITERATURE
TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (when appropriate) 1
TOPICS IN MULTI-ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE (when appropriate) 1
TOPICS IN BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE (when appropriate) 1
Linguistics and Grammar (6 Units)
ENGL 251APPLIED GRAMMAR 23
Select one of the following:3
ANALYTICAL GRAMMAR
HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TO 1500
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SINCE 1500
OLD ENGLISH
TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
World Literature/Non-Western Literature (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
WORLD FOLKLORE
LITERATURE OF GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE
MYTH AND LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH
TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE
Advanced Writing (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
WRITING ARGUMENT
ACADEMIC ESSAY
WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE
WOMEN'S WORDS, WOMEN'S LIVES
Textual Analysis (3 Units)
ENGL 463SEMIOTICS: THE STUDY OF SIGNS3
Total Units18
1

Depending on specific content, ENGL 473, 476, and 477 may satisfy this requirement, with the approval of the student’s Secondary Education Advisor

2

Students who place out of this course through departmental examination are to take in its place an upper-division elective in literature.

Students in the Secondary Education concentration should be aware of the formal admission requirements for Secondary Education, including specified Core Curriculum requirements, and must determine what courses are required and permitted before formal admission. (See the Department of Secondary Education section of this catalog.) Students pursuing Secondary Education should visit the Department of Secondary Education in Hawkins Hall 404 as early as possible to declare their SCED track and obtain a Secondary Education adviser.

Students who decide not to complete all secondary education requirements must select and complete a different concentration/track in the major in order to graduate.

The Portfolio

Students will be asked in their senior year to submit portfolios of a few papers that cover their years in the major. These portfolios are used anonymously to learn how well the major is working for its students. Students themselves will not be assessed; their standing will not be affected in any way. The English program will be assessing itself through what it finds students are learning.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

Course prerequisites are noted in the course descriptions. The department strictly enforces prerequisites.

MEETING CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS/COMPETENCY

All students in the university must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements.

Every student in the university must complete ENGL 102 or ENGL 190 with a grade ­equivalent of 2.00 or higher to satisfy the English Composition Core Curriculum ­requirement.

Students may take additional courses to complete Core Curriculum requirements. Many 200-level and some 300-level courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

Philosophy, art, history, speech and theatre Core Curriculum courses provide especially effective background for an English major. Students are encouraged to select elective courses in these areas in addition to those which fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.

Students may select any of the following advanced writing courses to fulfill the Advanced Writing Seminar:

ENGL 310WRITING ARGUMENT3
ENGL 313ACADEMIC ESSAY3
ENGL 316WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE3
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
ENGL 318TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING3

 Students may, of course, take additional elective units in English.

Some students will be required to complete special competency courses in language and writing in addition to meeting Core Curriculum requirements in English. See the Academic Achievement Center section in Academic Resources. Students for whom English is not a native language may be required to complete courses in English as a Second Language as a prerequisite to enrollment in ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (see International Undergraduate Admissions).

Secondary Education Teacher Requirements

In addition to majoring in one of the certification subject areas as well as satisfying the university Core Curriculum requirements, students must complete the professional education courses listed below.

Required Professional Courses for Secondary Education

A minimum grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required for all courses with an overall grade point average of 2.75 and 3.00 in professional education courses.

ISTC 301INTEGRATING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY (prerequisite: PSYC 101)3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 401ANALYZING INTERNSHIP2
SCED 419YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (English majors only)3
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS 14
SCED 462SEMINAR IN TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS1
Methods Requirement
Select one of the following based on major: 33
TEACHING MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Internship Requirement by Major
Select one of the following based on major: 12
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- ENGLISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- FRENCH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- HISTORY
STUDENT TEACHING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SPANISH
INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION- SOCIAL SCIENCE
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS (taken concurrently with SCED 499)3
SCED 499INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION 26
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Additional requirements to be integrated into Core Curriculum:
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 203TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
SCED 304EDUCATION, ETHICS AND CHANGE3
1

Taken concurrently with SCED 341 and shares a required field experience

2

Taken at a professional development school during the fall or spring term, whichever precedes the full-time internship term, with Methods of Teaching Major Subject and SCED 461 

3

Some methods courses are offered spring or fall only. Check with your adviser. 

The Professional Year

As part of their yearlong professional internship, all teacher candidates begin these activities in Professional Development Schools (PDS). These are schools in which the Department of Secondary Education and the College of Education have partnerships in which the PDS and the Department collaborate  on a number of issues, including serving as in-school sites for courses as well as the activities taking place during the Full-Time Internship year. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR FULL-TIME INTERNSHIP

  1. All students must meet the following GPA requirements to be admitted to student teaching: 2.75 GPA in major field and 3.00 in professional education courses with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, based on transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended, including Towson University. (Consult with SCED adviser.)
  2. All preservice students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study requires an intensive and extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public school setting (pre-K through 12) are required to undergo a criminal background check before entering this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the Center for Professional Practice.