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Academic Program Guide

English Education

College: Education
Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Advisor
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
The English Education major is a teacher preparation program designed to prepare personnel to teach English in secondary school settings (grades 6 - 12). The program includes required coursework in literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and speech, as well as coursework in teaching methodology, including reading, writing, multiple literacies and English for second language learners.

Prerequisite Coursework

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major:

Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental application can be accessed at: Students are formerly admitted into this major for the Fall Term only.

Current FSU students: Submit department application by April 1st

Transfer students: Submit department application by April 1st

Submit University application by April 1st

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see General Bulletin)
2. Complete all General Education requirements or an A.A. degree, within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of 'C' or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the English Education Program Prerequisites
4. Complete the Pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better
5. Achieve a passing score on the General Knowledge portion of the FTCE
6. Achieve an overall 2.50 GPA minimum
7. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate General Bulletin

* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. *

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Prerequisite Coursework:

Pre-education coursework (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

English Education Program Prerequisites (3 hours)
An approved LIT XXXX, AML XXXX, or ENL XXXX course(3)


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (81 hours)

Undergraduate English Education Core: (33 hours)
LAE 3331 (3) Teaching Literature and Drama in High Schools
LAE 3333 (3) Teaching Writing and Language in High Schools
TSL 4520 (3) Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
LAE 4323 (3) Teaching English in the Middle School
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
LAE 4863 (3) Enhancing Teaching through Technology
LAE 4332 (3) Applied English Linguistics for Teachers
EEX 4xxx (3) Special Education in Content area
LAE 4xxx (3) Language and Literacy Assessment in Secondary English Education
RED 4335 (3) Literacy Across the Content Areas

Undergraduate English Content: (15 hours)
Shakespeare (3)
American Literature (3)
Minority American Literature (3)
British Literature (3)
Multicultural Literature (3)

Graduate Coursework: (33 hours)
LAE 5368 (3) Classroom Management and Methods of Planning and Instruction in Secondary English
LAE 5xxx (3) Methods and Observations/Participation in Middle/Secondary English
LAE 5348 (3) Teaching Multi-literacies
TSL 5142 (3) Development of Foreign/Second Language Curriculum and Materials
LAE 5297 (3) Teachers as Writers
LAE 5696 (3) Participatory Culture in Literacy and Learning
LAE 5748 (3) Teacher Action Research: Studies in Teaching Writing
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
LAE8966 (0) Master’s Comprehensive Examination
LAE 5940 (9) Field Laboratory Internship (Student Teaching)

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework successful completion of the course. The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 141
General Education: 36
Pre-education coursework: 3
Program Prerequisite coursework: 3
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 18
Undergraduate English Education Core: 33
Undergraduate English Content: 15
Graduate Coursework: 33
Computer Skills: 3 (within General Education/elective coursework)
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 (within General Education/elective coursework)

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. All of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related: Teacher of English: Middle School, Junior High, Senior High, Adult Education, Public Librarian, Sales Representative, Audiovisual Specialist, Teacher of English as a foreign language, Youth Organization Worker, Television Educational Specialist, Tutor, Editor/Editorial Assistant, Reporter, Writer of Technical Publications.

Representative job titles Related that may require further schooling: Community College Instructor, College Professor, School Librarian.

Representative Employers: Government Agencies: Overseas schools for military, Department of Education, School Boards, Department of State: Indian reservations, Peace Corps, Bookstores, Social Service Agencies, Immigrant Service Agencies, Television, Publishing Companies.

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