Department of English

English Teaching Program

Our Mission

The academic mission of the SUU English Department's program in secondary education is to prepare effective educators who can meet the needs of increasingly diverse learners in the 21st century classroom. The department pursues these objectives through a comprehensive program of classes, skills-based practicum experiences, and real-world applications in literature, writing, language arts, critical theory, and pedagogy.

Students may personalize their degrees with concentrations (e.g. literature, rhetoric and writing, film and screen studies, or technical writing) while earning a bachelor’s of arts degree in English with an emphasis in education, and fulfilling all Utah State Department of Education requirements for licensure.

Our Core Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the English Education program will possess the content knowledge and pedagogical skills required of life-long learners who effectively contribute to the education profession.

#1 – Content-Area Knowledge

The student will demonstrate content-area knowledge through their:

  1. 1.1 Knowledge of the central concepts, principles, theories, and tools of inquiry associated with the discipline.
  2. 1.2 Ability to organize and present content in meaningful and engaging ways.
  3. 1.3 Ability to use students’ prior knowledge and experiences to introduce new content.
  4. 1.4 Ability to develop culturally responsive curriculum and instruction through diverse texts which promote multicultural awareness and appreciation.

(Meets InTASC 4 and 5; UETS 1 and 4; NCATE 1 and 2; and SUU 11.2)

#2 – Pedagogical Strategies

The student will demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply a variety of pedagogical strategies through their:

  1. 2.1 Knowledge of developmentally appropriate, research-based instructional strategies that help students make cross-curricular connections, promote content retention, and transfer knowledge to real-life settings.
  2. 2.2 Ability to organize, use, and monitor a variety of flexible student groupings and instructional strategies to support differentiated instruction, engage learners, and generate motivation.
  3. 2.3 Ability to use various questioning and discussion techniques to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. 2.4 Ability to recognize and address differences in learning and development, and adjust instruction to meet a variety of educational needs.

(Meets InTASC 6, 7, and 8; UETS 2, 6, and 7; NCATE 3 and 4; and SUU 10)

#3 – Theory and Practice

The student will demonstrate an understanding of educational theory and practice through their:

  1. 3.1 Ability to create short and long-range objective-based learning plans which meet Utah Core Standards, utilize higher-order thinking skills, and are assessment-based to ensure progress and motivation.
  2. 3.2 Ability to evaluate and select content and incorporate technology in appropriately designed instructional activities which encourage students to engage with rigorous text, address essential questions, and develop as reflective learners.
  3. 3.3 Ability to create a safe and effective learning environment in which students participate in independent and collaborative decision-making, are held accountable for their actions, and engage in a variety of purposeful learning activities.
  4. 3.4 Ability to manage time, space, activities, and attention to provide active and equitable engagement of students in productive tasks.

(Meets InTASC 1, 2, and 3; UETS 3, 5, and 8; NCATE 5; and SUU 8)

#4 – Professionalism

Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in education through their:

  1. 4.1 Knowledge of laws related to students’ and teachers’ rights and responsibilities.
  2. 4.2 Ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, students, parents/guardians, and significant agency personnel.
  3. 4.3 Ability to exhibit the professional behavior and dispositions delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards while working with students, colleagues, families, and communities.
  4. 4.4 Ability to use professional literature, best practices, and collegial assistance, to articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and classroom management, and to develop as reflective practitioners.

(Meets InTASC 9 and 10; UETS 9 and 10; NCATE 6 AND 7; and SUU 12)

Abbreviation Definitions

InTASC
Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
UETS
Utah Effective Teaching Standards
NCATE
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education