English 7-12, Educator Preparation Program
For further information: EnglishGrad@southernct.edu
For Fall semester, applications are due the LAST FRIDAY in June. If you wish to be eligible to apply for an English Department GTA award or a Graduate School GSGA or GRF award, applications are due the FIRST FRIDAY in February. For Spring semester, applications are due the LAST FRIDAY in November. You are always welcome to submit materials earlier than the deadline.
Candidates for any graduate degree or certification program in English should make certain that they have all materials on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions. They should also contact the English Department graduate coordinator (Email: fluhrn1@ SouthernCT.edu or Telephone: (203) 392-6739) to set up an appointment to discuss the application.
Prospective degree candidates may register as part-time non-matriculated students in graduate courses. Up to nine credits of non-matriculated course work may be applied toward the degree if the student is admitted to a program.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Composition
The graduate teaching assistantship in English Composition offers graduate students
the opportunity to observe and teach in the college classroom. Applicants must either
be matriculated graduate students in English who have completed 6 credits or more
in graduate English courses with at least a 3.5 average in those classes or newly
admitted students whose GPA in undergraduate English courses is strong enough to warrant
consideration. Those who receive the award, a stipend of approximately $4,800, intern
in English composition during the fall semester and are mentored by the Director of
Composition or a departmental designee. They may also be given the opportunity to
teach one composition course the following spring, depending on course availability.
Past teaching assistants have found the assistantship valuable in discovering a call
to teach, securing part-time work, preparing for doctoral or additional graduate-level
study, and attaining positions in secondary schools. Two to three awards are given
each year. Applications are due in March and selection occurs in April for the following
fall. Application materials are available in the English Department office and at
the English Department website:
ENGLISH TEACHER CERTIFICATION
This program is designed for students seeking certification to teach English in the grades 7–12. To be accepted into the certification program, candidates must:
- meet the general admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Admissions;
- have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in English with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher;
- have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (note: interested applicants who do not meet these requirements may contact the Secondary Education Coordinator);
- submit a 500-word statement of purpose explaining why they want to enter the degree program they have selected, a 5-page writing sample (analytical, non-fiction prose), and three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic referees, along with the recommendation forms available on the School of Education website. These materials should be mailed together with Praxis® Core scores or a waiver letter, transcripts, application forms and application fees directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, not to the English Department.
The submission of GRE or Miller's Analogy Test results is optional.
Applicants must have a wide range of literature courses. No more than six of the twenty four credits may be in writing courses, including freshman composition. Applicants' transcripts will be reviewed, and a planned program will be established, based on NCTE standards for content knowledge. Refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of this catalog under "Application and Admission" for additional information regarding acceptance to a certification program, Praxis® examinations, and student teaching.
Program Sequence - 41.5 Credits
As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.
ENG 492—Teaching Literature to Adolescents - 3 credits
ENG 493 — English in the Secondary School - 3 credits
ENG 510 — History of the English Language - 3 credits
ENG 505 — Applied English Linguistics - 3 credits
EDU 455 — Secondary School Student Teaching in English — 12 credits
EDU 453 — Student Teaching Seminar — 1 credit
RDG 517 or RDG 565 — Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools - 3 credits
PSY 370 — Educational Psychology - 3 credits
SED 482 — Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
SHE 203 — School Health - 3 credits
EDF 520- EDF 523, choose one - 3 credits
IDS 471 — English Language Learners in the Classroom - 1.5 credits