BA in the Teaching of English

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of English degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of English degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Core Requirements12
English Electives9
Required Methods Courses12
Collateral Courses12
Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure13
General Education and Electives to reach the minimum Total Hours62
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Core Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 240Introduction to Literary Study and Critical Methods a3
ENGL 241English Literature I: Beginnings to 16603
ENGL 242English Literature II: 1660 to 19003
ENGL 243American Literature: Beginnings to 19003
Total Hours12
a

ENGL 240 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

English Electives

Electives
Three courses at the 200-level or above to be chosen in consultation with the English advisor.9
Total Hours9

Required Methods Courses

Recommended to be taken in consecutive semesters.

Required Courses
ENGL 459Introduction to the Teaching of English in Middle and Secondary Schools3
ENGL 486The Teaching of Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools3
ENGL 489The Teaching of Reading and Literature in Middle and Secondary Schools3
ENGL 481Methods of Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools3
Total Hours12

Collateral Courses

Required Courses
ENGL 498Educational Practice with Seminar I6
ENGL 499Educational Practice with Seminar II6
Total Hours12

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Required Courses
ED 200Education Policy Foundations3
ED 210Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan3
ED 425Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom4
SPED 410Exceptional Learners3
Total Hours13

To be recommended for student teaching, ENGL 498 and ENGL 499, a student must complete all program course requirements (general requirements for the major, the Core courses, Methods courses, and courses in Professional Education) with a minimum grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in English courses taken at UIC. Students intending to complete student teaching must obtain the provisional approval of the director of English education in the academic year preceding the academic year in which student teaching is to be done.

In addition to specified course work in the major field, the teacher education student must fulfill certain other requirements as well as maintain a minimum major GPA of 3.00/4.00, a cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00, and a minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in education courses. For detailed information, see the Program Guide for Teacher Education in English, available from the secondary education coordinator in the Department of English.

The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of licensure and degree requirements. Before the license is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching license with the Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Basics Skills Test must be passed prior to applying for candidacy with the Council on Teacher Education. The Content Area Test must be passed before the candidate is allowed to student teach. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to licensure. For information on application procedures, contact the Council on Teacher Education located at 1333 South Halsted Street. See the Council on Teacher Education section of the catalog.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
Declare Secondary Education Curriculum  
Take the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) a  
OR  
ACT/SAT scores may be used in lieu of a Pass on the TAP b  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Take General Education/Curriculum Courses 16-18
(Meet with Program Advisor) c  
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Education Policy Foundations  
Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
ED 200 Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210 Principles of Learning and Instruction Across the Lifespan 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Exceptional Learners  
Middle and High School Literacy e  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPED 410 Exceptional Learners 3
CI 414 Middle and High School Literacy (after admission to candidacy) e 3
Complete Application to Candidacy d  
Take General Education/Curriculum courses 10-12
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
Request Enrollment Approval for:  
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom (March 15) d  
Complete Application to Student Teach d  
Take Content Area Test by deadline a,d  
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 16-18
 Hours16-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ED 425 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom 4
Complete General Education/Curriculum courses 8
 Hours12
Spring Semester
File Intent to Graduate Form (No later than the 3rd week of the semester in which you plan to graduate)  
Complete Student Teaching 12
Take edTPA a  
Complete Entitlement Application  
Complete and pass edTPA assessment  
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

http://www.il.nesinc.com

b

https://cte.uic.edu/assessments

c

http://www.las.uic.edu/departmentaladvising

d

Consult program advisor or CTE website for deadline

e

Only for Teaching of History and Mathematics