Welcome to the English Education Program Website! If you're here, you either know you want to teach Secondary English or are at least thinking about it. Though English majors can pursue almost any career path they choose, being a teacher is truly one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. Teachers do not simply teach; they inspire. This website is designed to explain to you the process by which you can be licensed to teach Secondary English (grades 7-12) in the state of Arkansas. The program is rigorous but worthwhile. Though I have tried to be thorough, you may still have questions. If so, do not hesitate to contact me or drop by my office.
Director of English Education
Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the differences (and similarities) between "regular" English majors and those who are seeking teaching licensure.
* All English majors must satisfy the 2000-level world language BA requirement.
* Regular majors must choose a minor; candidates for teaching licensure may choose a minor, but their professional education courses fulfill the minor requirement.
* Candidates for teaching licensure must take ENGL 4361: Literature for Adolescents as one of their upper-division elective courses.
* Candidates for teaching licensure must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and may earn no lower than a C in any English or professional education course.
* Candidates for teaching licensure must apply for admission to the teacher education program (more specific information is provided below).
Specific Information Pertaining to Candidates for Teaching Licensure
During their Sophomore year, candidates should
* take the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). Information on registration is available at www.ets.org/praxis,* apply for Level I admission to the Teacher Education program. More information is available at http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/programapps.php,* interview with the Departmental English Education Committee. These interviews are normally conducted around mid-term in both fall and spring semesters. Watch for fliers. During the Fall of their Senior year, candidates should
* take the Praxis II Subject Area Tests. Candidates for Licensure in English must take both the "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge" (0041) and "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Essays" (0042) tests. Information on registration is available at www.ets.org/praxis.
* apply for Level II admission to the Teacher Education program. More information is available at http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/.
* take the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT). This exam is required of all English majors and is administered on campus in November.
During the Spring of their Senior year, candidates should
* complete the Praxis II "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Pedagogy" test (0043). The department requires this English-specific pedagogy exam rather than the generic "Principles of Learning & Teaching: Grades 7-12" (0524) exam.
|Summary of Exams|
|Exam||Semester/Year Taken||Required Score|
|Praxis I (PPST)|
|Praxis II Subject Area Tests||Fall/Senior||159|
|Content Knowledge (0041)|
|Praxis II: Pedagogy (0043)||Spring/Senior||145|
|*One point higher than the state requirement|
Click here for a Recommended Program of Study. Candidates who follow the suggested program of study will complete, in a timely manner, all necessary coursework and requirements for both Level I and II admission.
Information about Praxis exams is available at www.ets.org/praxis. Information about Level I Admission to the Teacher Education program is available at http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/programapps.php.
Information about Level II Admission to the Teacher Education program is available at http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation.
More information on licensure requirements for Education majors can be found on the Office of Candidate Services & Field Experiences homepage available at http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/.
For additional information about the English Education program, please contact Travis Rhoades at email@example.com, or at 852-7871.