Postbaccalaureate English Language Arts Teacher Preparation

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The program is designed to help equity-minded secondary English teacher candidates develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings. You will learn how to bring progressive literacy pedagogies to your students and will work with seasoned mentor teachers in local middle and high school classrooms.

This 18-hour, three-semester sequence intended for those who already have a bachelor's degree in a humanities field begins in the summer. An optional second summer session can help you prepare for an ESL endorsement that is required by many school districts.

To learn more, please contact Deborah Kelt, the program advisor.

Schedule and Course Requirements

You will begin the program in an intensive summer experience: two courses (6 credits) during summer sessions I-II, carefully planned in concert with a full-time, paid internship at Breakthrough Central Texas. Urban Teacher interns will teach small groups of students and have immediate opportunities to put course ideas into practice.

Total Minimum Hours: 18

Summer 6 hours Fall 3 hours Spring 9 hours Summer (optional) 6 hours 
EDC 339F (Summer I)
Adolescent Literacy
ALD 327 (Summer II)
Sociocultural Influences on Learning
EDC 370S
Secondary School Advanced Methods: English
EDC 371S/651S
Secondary Teaching Practicum: English
(take two TEA certification exams: ELAR 7-12 and PPR)
English as a Second Language Graduate Courses
(take ESL endorsement exams)
Field Component
Paid summer internship at Breakthrough Central Texas
Field Component
45-hour apprenticeship in a local classroom
Field Component
Full-time student teaching in a local classroom
 

Certification Recommendation

Once you successfully complete all of the steps to become a teacher, including passing the relevant exams approved by the Texas Education Agency, you may be recommended for certification to the TEA by our certification officer. Be sure to reference the Certification Checklist on the Field Experiences wiki for additional information.