The Bachelor of Arts in English with a preliminary single subject credential provides a rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher of English at the middle and secondary school levels. The bachelor of arts major in English program stresses literary analysis, diversity, and critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. This program prepares candidates for professional work as single subject teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment.
For additional information on credential requirements, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Knowledgeably discuss major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
- Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
- Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
- Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
- Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
- Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature.
- Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
- Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
- Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical and emotional domains.
- Create positive learning environments that ensure healthy human growth.
- Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.
- Design, implement, and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
- Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
- Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish teaching and learning goals.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Single Subject Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum of 70.5 units of the university General Education. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements.
- LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
- ENG 350 Fundamentals of Linguistics
- LIT 311 British Literature I
- LIT 312 British Literature II
- LIT 321 American Literature I
- LIT 322 American Literature II
- LIT 338 Shakespeare
- LIT 360 Literary Theory
- LIT 463 20th Century World Literature
- LIT 498 English Capstone Course
- TED 305 Teaching as a Profession
- TED 300 Fundamentals of Education
- TED 430 Special Needs Students
- TED 410 Survey of Multicultural Lit.
- TED 310 Development and Learning
- TED 420 Diversity in Schooling
- TED 330B Reading and Language Arts
- TED 450 Methods of Teaching English
- TED 530A Student Teaching I
- TED 530B Student Teaching II
- TED 531A Student Teaching Seminar I
- TED 531B Student Teaching Seminar II
- HEDX 1101X Intro Health Ed: K-12