English - Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Language plays a significant role in education at any age, and places a large responsibility in the hands of educators. The English secondary teaching emphasis equips future teachers with the tools needed in the classroom.

Unique Features

Courses for the secondary teaching emphasis explore a broad range of topics in language and linguistics: muliticultural literature, American literature, world theater history, creative writing, composition theory and much more. Extended studies offer courses in communication and sociology, as well.

Our Graduates

The secondary teaching emphasis is designed specifically for students who plan to teach English in a K-12 classroom.

Courses

General Education Prerequisites (3 Courses, 9 Units)

  • COM-110 Written Communication (3)
  • COM-120 Oral Communication (3)
  • LIT-180 Introduction to Literature (3)

Required Courses (51 Units Minimum)

Core

Literature and Textual Analysis

  • LIT-415 Shakespeare (3)
  • LIT-460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)

Select one of the following:

  • LIT-350 American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy (3)
  • LIT-355 American Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century (3)
  • LIT-360 American Literature: 20th Century (3)

Select one of the following:

  • LIT-400 Medieval Life, Thought and Literature (4)
  • LIT-420 English Literature: Romantic and Victorian Literature (3)
  • LIT-425 English Literature: 20th Century Literature (3)

Select one of the following:

  • LIT-370 The Novel (3)
  • LIT-380 World Theater: Roots to 1800 (3)
  • LIT-385 World Theater: 1800 to Present (3)
  • LIT-445 Latin American Literature (3)
  • LIT-448 Multicultural Literature (3)

Language, Linguistics and Literacy

  • LANG-310 First and Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Composition and Rhetoric

  • COM-345 Composition Theory and Writing (3)
  • LANG-350 Modern English Grammar (3)

Communications: Speech, Media and Creative Performance

  • COM-410 Media and Society (3)
  • LIT-395 Text and Performance (3)

Select one of the following:

  • DRA-350 Acting (3)
  • DRA-360 Directing and Staging Texts (3)

Select two of the following:

  • COM-300 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
  • COM-310 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
  • COM-320 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)

Capstone

  • LA-385 Critical Approaches to Teaching (3)

Extended Studies

Select one of the following:

  • COM-330 Writing and Reading Journalism (3)
  • COM-355 Media Aesthetics (3)

Select one of the following:

  • COM-380 Film Studies (3)
  • LIT-449 Literature and Film (3)

Select one of the following:

  • COM-350 Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • COM-455 Philosophy of Language (3)

    Select one of the following:

    • SOC-310 Cultural Communities of California (3)
    • SOC-410 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)

    Additional Requirements for Teacher Education Candidates

    To Enter a Teacher Education Program

    Students must meet the following requirements in addition to the specific course requirements outlined above to enter a teacher education program and become credentialed to teach in a California public school:

    • Pass the CSET Examination to demonstrate the subject matter competence required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to be a teacher.

    To Enter the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

    Students must meet the following requirements to enter the teacher education program at FPU:

    1. Earn a 2.75 overall grade-point average in their college coursework.
    2. Earn a 3.0 grade-point average in the secondary teaching emphasis of their major.

    To Complete the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

    Students must complete the following courses (with a grade of C or better) in order to complete the teacher education program at FPU and receive a teaching credential. Students are advised, but not required, to take these courses as undergraduates.

    • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)
    • or HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
    • PSY-355 Adolescent Development (3)

    It is recommended that students complete one of the following courses, as well:

    • HIST-420 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)
    • SOC-310 Cultural Communities of California (3)

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