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Academic Program Guide


English Education


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

Contact: Robert Birken or Frank Amidon
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760
Email:


Description of Major
The English Education BS/MS program is designed to prepare students 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.

Upon graduation, you will earn both a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. You will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in English (6 - 12), and the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. The English Education program is a Florida state-approved initial teacher preparation program.

Combined BS/MS Degree Program Notice
The English Education program is a combined BS/MS degree program. The BS/MS program requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree program requires a 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA and official GRE scores (Verbal: 146, Quantitative: 140, Writing: 3.0). Students must complete the Master's portion of the combined-degree program to receive the Bachelor's degree.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (6 hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.

Pre-Education Coursework (3 Credit Hours)
EDF 1005 (3) Introduction to Education or an equivalent course offering a broad view of education from a historical, cultural, psychological, political, social, and philosophical perspectives. Course must include a field experience.

English Education Prerequisite Coursework (3 Credit Hours)
Any AML (American Literature), ENL (English Literature), or LIT (Literature) course

Admission to Educator Preparation
Admission to Educator Preparation is separate and distinct from admission to upper-division from lower-division or admission to the university as a transfer student. All prospective students for English Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education. The Educator Preparation application is available online at http://education.fsu.edu/teacher-ed-admissions.

Application Deadline
The English Education program only accepts applications for the Fall semester. Educator Preparation applications are due April 1. All application materials including official transcripts and official FTCE General Knowledge Exam scores must be received by application deadline. The College of Education reserves the right to deny any application that is not complete by the application deadline.

Common Admission Requirements
All prospective students to Educator Preparation must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

1. Complete 60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
2. Earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
3. Complete FSU General Education Requirements or earn an AA degree from a Florida public institution.
4. Complete a Natural Science Lab course with a C minus or better.
5. Complete Oral Communication Competency (Speech) requirement with a C minus or better.
6. Complete Computer Skills Competency requirement with a C minus or better (EME 2040 recommended).
7. Complete Diversity requirement with a C minus or better (EDF 2085 recommended).
8. Complete EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education with a C minus or better.
9. Earn passing scores on all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam.

See http://liberalstudies.fsu.edu/curriculum.html for General Education curriculum.
See http://liberalstudiescourses.fsu.edu for a list of approved Liberal Studies courses.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students must satisfy the university’s minimum requirements for admission including demonstration of satisfactory academic progress, college-level English and mathematics proficiency, and world language proficiency. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to the Office of Admissions. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation. See http://admissions.fsu.edu/transfer/ for details.

FTCE General Knowledge Exam
The FTCE General Knowledge Exam (GK Exam) is a state-mandated entrance exam for all Educator Preparation programs in the State of Florida. No student may be admitted to an Educator Preparation program without official passing scores on all four sections on the GK Exam. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information on the GK Exam including test preparation resources please visit http://education.fsu.edu/teacher-ed-admissions and http://education.fsu.edu/test-prep.


Requirements

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (81 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (33 hours)
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
EEX 4070 (3) Including Students with Disabilities in the General Education Curriculum
LAE 3331 (3) Teaching Literature and Drama in High Schools
LAE 3333 (3) Teaching Writing and Language in High Schools
LAE 4323 (3) Adolescent Literacy and Young Adult Literature
LAE 4332 (3) Applied English Linguistics for Teachers
LAE 4863 (3) Enhancing Teaching through Technology
LAE 4XXX (3) Language and Literacy Assessment in Secondary English Education
RED 4335 (3) Literacy Across the Content Areas
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
TSL 4520 (3) Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers

Undergraduate Content-Area Coursework: (15 hours)
Content Course: American Literature (3)
Content Course: British Literature (3)
Content Course: Minority American Literature (3)
Content Course: Multicultural Literature (3)
Content Course: Shakespeare (3)

Graduate Coursework: (33 hours)
LAE 5297 (3) Teachers as Writers
LAE 5348 (3) Teaching Multiliteracies
LAE 5368 (3) Classroom Management and Methods of Planning and Instruction in Secondary English
LAE 5696 (3) Participatory Culture in Literacy and Learning
LAE 5748 (3) Teacher Action Research: Studies in Teaching Writing I
LAE 5940 (9) Field Laboratory Internship
LAE 5xxx (3) Methods and Observations/Participation in Middle/Secondary English
LAE 8966 (0) Master’s Comprehensive Exam
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
TSL 5142 (3) Development of Foreign/Second Language Curriculum and Materials

University-Wide Graduation Requirements

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

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

Natural Science Lab: (1 hour) Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Scholarship-In-Practice: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (TSL 4251)

Upper-Division Writing: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (RED 4335)

LiveText
A LiveText membership is required for all Educator Preparation candidates. The LiveText membership costs $133 and must be purchased within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. Throughout your program, courses will include Signature Assessments that must be completed and uploaded into LiveText for evaluation by your instructors. Your LiveText membership is good for five years and allows you to retain evidence of your demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) and Reading Competencies.

Additional Examinations
Three additional exams are required before student teaching and graduation:

1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - $205
2. FTCE Professional Education Exam (PE) - $150
3. FTCE Subject Area Exam - $150

The GRE is a university requirement for admission to the Graduate School and cannot be waived. The FTCE Professional Education Exam and FTCE Subject Area Exam are state-mandated requirements and cannot be waived. Both FTCE exams must be completed before a candidate can participate in Student Teaching. Test preparation resources are available online at http://education.fsu.edu/test-prep.

Criminal Background Screening
School districts have taken precautionary measures to ensure the security and safety of their students. To gain entry into a school and to comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act, all Educator Preparation candidates involved in field experiences and student teaching must complete a Level II background screening (fingerprinting). The cost of the screening and red badge is $95.00 and is effective for five years. The background check must be completed within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. See https://education.fsu.edu/background-clearance-level-ii for additional details.

Field Experiences
Field Experiences are a required component of all educator preparation programs at Florida State University. They provide students an opportunity to participate in teaching activities in a classroom setting with a certified teacher. The location, duration and frequency of field experiences vary by semester and program. Prospective students should think carefully about their transportation needs, work schedule, extracurricular activities and time management. See https://education.fsu.edu/classroom-field-experience for additional details.

Student Teaching
Student Teaching is the culminating experience in Florida State University’s Educator Preparation Program. During this semester-long experience, you will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the various skills that you have learned throughout your program. See https://education.fsu.edu/student-teaching for additional details.

Professional Behaviors and Dispositions
While enrolled in an Educator Preparation program, candidates are expected to demonstrate positive behaviors and dispositions that conform to the "Code of Ethics" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.080 FAC) and the "Principles of Professional Conduct in Florida" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.081 FAC). Each program reserves the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student who violates these expectations or in the judgment of a majority of the program faculty does not meet the program standards. Information on professional behaviors and dispositions can be found on the Educator Preparation Web site: http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/educator-preparation.

Program Completion
All Educator Preparation candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Department of Education Uniform Core Curriculum and positive dispositions prior to graduation. Upon admission to the program, students will receive a cohort specific Educator Preparation Handbook that outlines these requirements in detail. A copy of the current Educator Preparation Handbook is available online at http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/educator-preparation.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary
Total Hours Required: 145
General Education: 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 15
Computer Skills: 3
Oral Communication Competency: 3
Natural Science Lab: 1
Pre-Education Coursework: 6
Undergraduate Major Coursework: 33
Undergraduate Content-Area Coursework: 15
Graduate Major Coursework: 33


Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
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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