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Undergraduate Programs in English

 

Major in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (California)

IMPORTANT: For complete program information and requirements, consult the current National University Catalog.

Faculty Advisor for English: John Miller; (714) 429-5146; jmiller@nu.edu
Faculty Advisor for Credential:  TBD

The Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential provides a rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher of English at the middle and secondary levels.  The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. The program prepares candidates for professional work as single subject teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment. The English portion of the program meets the State of California Commission on Teaching Credential’s requirement for subject matter proficiency, so students completing this portion of the program will receive an equivalency letter allowing them to waive the CSET exam.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • knowledgeably discuss the major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions
  • apply close reading skills to analyze literary and other texts
  • critically examine the relevance of variables of human diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, class,and sexuality to the understanding and cultural significance of literature
  • apply relevant cultural and historical information in the analysis of literary texts
  • critically evaluate the assumptions and implications of major critical approaches to literature
  • analyze the significance of genre conventions to the meanings and effects of literary works
  • explain and defend their own criteria for evaluating works of literature
  • collaborate with others to develop more complicated interpretations or arguments
  • compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills
  • analyze popular media texts and their effects on consumers
  • discuss language structures, language acquisition, linguistic diversity and the development of literacy
  • 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.

Degree Requirements
To receive the Bachelor of Arts in English degree, students 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 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. 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. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major

COM 103 Public Speaking

ILR 260 Information Literacy
Prerequisite: ENG 101

LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101

THR 200 Theater Arts

One of the following:

ENG 201 Fiction Writing I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 202 Poetry Writing I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 203 Screenwriting I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Requirements for the Major
(25 courses; 108 quarter units)

English Requirements
(11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)

COM 360 Representation in Media
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 350 Fundamentals of Linguistics
Prerequisite: ENG 101

One of the following two courses:

LIT 311 British Literature I
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

or

LIT 312 British Literature II
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 321 American Literature I
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 338 Shakespeare
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 365 Contemporary Literary Theory
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

One of the following three courses:

LIT 410 African American Literature
Prerequisite: LIT 100 and ENG 240

LIT 420 U.S. Latino Literature
Prerequisite: LIT 100 and ENG 240

LIT 460 Gender and Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 463 20th Century World Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 240 and LIT 100

LIT 498 English Capstone Course
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of eight upper-division LIT courses

Any ONE additional upper division LIT courses

Single Subject Teaching Credential Requirements
(14 courses; 58.5 quarter units)

Introductory Core Requirement
(1 course;4.5 quarter units)

ITL 400 Becoming a Teacher

Students must complete ITL 400 and the credential packet before beginning ITL 402.

Foundation Courses
(4 courses; 18 quarter units)

ITL 402  Context: Education in the U.S.
Prerequisite: ITL 400 and student must complete credential packet

ITL 404  Learning and Learners I
Prerequisite: ITL 402

ITL 406 Learning and Learners II
Prerequisite: ITL 404

ITL 408  Design and Process of Teaching
Prerequisite: ITL 406

Single Subject Credential Methods
(5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)

Prior to beginning any of the Single Subject Credential Area Method courses below, the candidate must successfully complete all Foundation courses, pass CBEST, meet the subject matter requirement by completing the English requirements above or by passing the CSET, and meet any other related program requirements.

ITL 520  Academic Language and Literacy

ITL 522  Content Area Literacy
Prerequisite: ITL 520

ITL 526  SS Integrated Design I
Prerequisite: ITL 522

ITL 528  SS Integrated Design II
Prerequisite: ITL 406

ITL 530 Optimized Learning Community

Student Teaching Requirements
(4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)

Prior to beginning any of the student teaching courses below, the candidate must successfully complete all Foundation, Single Subject Credential Area Method, and upper division courses, pass CBEST, meet the subject matter requirement by completing the English requirements above or by passing the CSET, and submit a complete student teaching application.

The student teaching application process must be completed at least three-months prior to the candidate’s intended start of student teaching. Student teaching placements in K-12 classrooms are made through a collaborative partnership of the university and respective school district. The student teaching placements must align to the CSET credential sought. Student teaching is unpaid and composed of at least 600 instructional hours (16-18 weeks of full-time student teaching) in designated K-12 classrooms. Note: The two seminar courses, below, ITL 551A and ITL 551B, are 2.25 quarter units each and will be taken concurrently with ITL 550A and ITL 550B, respectively.

ITL 550A Student Teaching A
Corequisite: ITL 551A

ITL 551A Student Teacher Seminar A (2.25 quarter units)
Corequisite:  ITL 551A

ITL 550B Student Teaching B
Prerequisite:  ITL 550A
Corequisite:  ITL 551B

ITL 551B Student Teacher Seminar B (2.25 quarter units)
Prerequisite:  ITL 551A
Corequisite:  ITL 550B