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 B.S. in English Education

Degree Overview

The undergraduate English Education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, providing students with certification for teaching English/Language Arts in grades 6-12. The program prepares teachers with a rich and broad knowledge of the English discipline through coursework in British, American, and world literature; language and linguistics; writing, literature, and grammar instruction; English/Language Arts methodologies; and media and technology in the classroom. We produce teachers whose approach to English/Language Arts instruction is personally reflective and theoretically informed. The program seeks to develop a high degree of professionalism such that graduates exhibit a strong sense of commitment to students and colleagues as well as to the teaching of disciplinary content. English Education faculty are committed to student success and the effective preparation of future teachers.

Program Advising and Application Procedures

Please see the Undergraduate Advising section for more information about the B.S degree program of study, required coursework, deadlines, andfield experiences.

Official Goals and Objectives of the B.S. English Education Program

In conjunction with the Kennesaw State University Department of English, the English Education program uses the NCTE Positions and Guideline on Essentials of English as the framework for the knowledge base of our subject-area B.S. program. Literature, Writing, and Language are the major divisions that define our major, but inherent in the program is the study of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, visually responding, thinking, and the appropriate use of technology in support of instruction.

The English Education program of Kennesaw State University reflects the Professional Teacher Education Unit’s (PTEU) Conceptual Framework that embodies the “collaborative development of expertise in teaching and learning” based on professionalism and subject-matter knowledge and that guides candidates to “facilitate high levels of learning in all students through effective, research-based practices in classroom instruction.” Overall, the program is the product of a collaborative effort by English Education faculty, English subject matter specialists, other secondary Program Coordinators, and pedagogy specialists within the Secondary and Middle Grades Education Department, as well practitioners in the field, professional organizations, and accrediting agencies. It is built on KSU ’s General Education foundation of study in the liberal arts, “a series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences, [that] provides the opportunity for them to acquire the intellectual skills and knowledge characteristic of educated persons in a diverse, global community. Thus, it forms the basis for success in academic, professional, and personal arenas” (¶ 1). This foundation is complemented by coursework in the discipline, professional education courses, and field experiences. Graduates of the English Education B.S. program can synthesize knowledge gained from the study of English to provide effective pedagogy within diverse teaching assignments and sites.

In accordance with the National Council of Teachers of English's Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of Language Arts, graduates of Kennesaw State University’s program for 6-12 certification in English Education accomplish specific objectives within a three-part framework:

1) Subject Matter Experts (Knowledge): Program graduates demonstrate knowledge for effective ELA teaching in the areas of language, language development, composing and analyzing language, reading, literature, using non-print media technology, evaluation and assessment of ELA learning, and research in the field of English and English Education.

2) Facilitators of Learning (Pedagogy/Skills): Program graduates demonstrate competent skills in instructional planning and performance. Teaching skills include instruction in oral and written language, instruction in reading/literature and in non-print media, instructional uses of emerging and established technologies, and instruction in language to improve learning. In using a variety of strategies, instructional assessments, and methods for the interpretation of such assessments, candidates are able to communicate instructional results to a range of audiences.

3) Collaborative Professionals (Dispositions): Program graduates are expected to demonstrate scholarly, reflective, democratic, proactive, and responsible attitudes as emerging professionals. Concern for students as individuals, a value diversity in the classroom and in the wider community, adaptability to different teaching contexts, and a commitment to ongoing professional growth are core program expectations.

The objectives above dovetail with the outcomes and proficiencies established by the PTEU at KSU and are adopted by all of its members. These outcomes and proficiencies are reflected in PTEU course syllabi, assignments, rubrics, and student assessment instruments.

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