The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

English (7-12, Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

The English degrees at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which include the BA in English, MA in English, MA in English as a Second Language, and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, cultivate in students scholarly and creative achievement through graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, language, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and secondary English language arts. We promote student literacy – specifically the abilities to read, write, and think critically – as well as an appreciation for the English language. We encourage faculty to pursue excellence in teaching, foster collegiality, contribute scholarly research, and engage in service to the university and Rio Grande Valley community. The English degrees, as a collaboration among the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies, the Department of Writing and Language Studies, and the Creative Writing Program in the College of Fine Arts, support culturally responsive pedagogy and community engagement. A student with an English major possesses skills in critical thinking, writing, and reading. English majors can enter professions such as teaching, writing, editing, media production, the law, public service, and advocacy, and they are prepared for continued graduate or professional study.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

Major Requirements - 60 hours

Required Courses - 12 hours

English Foundation - 6 hours

ENGL 3300Introduction to English Studies

3

ENGL 4390Senior English Capstone

3

Linguistics - 3 hours

ENGL 3362English Grammar

3

Creative Writing - 3 hours

ENGL 3351Creative Writing I

3

Prescribed Electives - 15 hours

This degree plan includes courses that appear in more than one section of the degree plan. Except for core curriculum courses, such courses can only be used to fulfill one requirement on the degree plan and credit hours will only applied once.

Literature - 9 hours

Literature Survey - Choose one from:
ENGL 3301Survey of British Literature I

3

ENGL 3302Survey of British Literature II

3

ENGL 3303Survey of American Literature I

3

ENGL 3304Survey of American Literature II

3

ENGL 3305Survey of World Literature

3

Genre /Theme - Choose one from:
ENGL 3307/FILM 3307Introduction to Film Studies

3

ENGL 3308/FILM 3308Literature and Film Adaptation

3

ENGL 3309Introduction to Cultural Studies

3

ENGL 3315The English Novel to 1850

3

ENGL 3316The English Novel from 1850 to Present

3

ENGL 3320Development of the American Novel

3

ENGL 3328The Short Story and the Novella

3

ENGL 3329Science Fiction

3

ENGL 3335Women's Literature

3

ENGL 4300Advanced Topics in Literature and Cultural Studies

3

ENGL 4308/FILM 4308Topics in International Film

3

ENGL 4309/FILM 4309Special Topics in Film

3

ENGL 4314Advanced Topics in Contemporary Poetry

3

ENGL 4315Advanced Topics in World Literature

3

ENGL 4316Beat Generation

3

ENGL 4318South Texas Literature

3

ENGL 4320Literature and Psychoanalysis

3

Period /Single Author - Choose one from:
ENGL 3310Medieval Literature

3

ENGL 3311English Renaissance Literature

3

ENGL 3312The Eighteenth Century

3

ENGL 3313The Romantic Period

3

ENGL 3314The Victorian Period

3

ENGL 332119th-Century American Literature

3

ENGL 3322Hemingway

3

ENGL 3326Modern Poetry

3

ENGL 4310Chaucer

3

ENGL 4311Shakespeare

3

ENGL 4312Milton

3

ENGL 4313Topics in Single Author

3

Linguistics - 3 hours

Choose one from:
ENGL 3360Introduction to Language Studies

3

ENGL 3361Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

3

ENGL 3370Language and Culture

3

ENGL 4365History of the English Language

3

Rhetorical Writing - 3 hours

Choose from: 
ENGL 3340Survey Rhetorical Theory

3

ENGL 3345Studies in Literacy

3

ENGL 4343Composition Theory and Pedagogy

3

English Language Arts/Reading Concentration - 33 hours

Certain courses below appear in more than one section of the degree plan. The courses and related credit hours can only be applied only once to the degree.

Children's/School Literature - 6 hours

ENGL 3337Children's and Adolescent Literature

3

ENGL 4338Teaching Secondary School Literature

3

Language - 3 hours

Choose from:
ENGL 3375Introduction to English as a Second Language

3

ENGL 4360Fundamentals of Language Development

3

ENGL 4362Contrastive Grammar

3

ENGL 4370/MASC 4370Introduction to Border Language

3

ENGL 4375Language Acquisition

3

Writing - 3 hours

Choose from:
ENGL 3345Studies in Literacy

3

ENGL 4342Assessing and Responding to Writing

3

Literature Survey - 3 hours

Choose from:
ENGL 3301Survey of British Literature I

3

ENGL 3302Survey of British Literature II

3

ENGL 3303Survey of American Literature I

3

ENGL 3304Survey of American Literature II

3

ENGL 3305Survey of World Literature

3

English Language Arts and Reading (7-12) Certification Preparation - 18 hours

READ 3324Reading Comprehension and Assessment

3

READ 4340Reflective Reading and Writing Assessment

3

READ 4341Media Literacies for Secondary ELA/R Teachers

3

READ 4342Narrative and Expository Analysis and Critical Literacy

3

READ 4343Literacy, Culture, and Diverse Learners

3

READ 4344Writing Methods, Inquiry, and Study Skills for ELA/R Teachers

3

Teacher Certification - 24 Hours

Area of Certification: English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 126

Major Admissions Requirements  
1.  Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 
Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan. 

2.  Application process, timeline for admission and office/department responsible. 
For current admission requirements, application process and timeline visit:  
https://www.utrgv.edu/cep/educator-preparation-and-accountability/formal-admission-teacher-education-programs/index.htm 


Major Progression Requirements 
1.  Progression requirements required for this program.  
Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.   

2.  Progression monitoring process and office/department responsible
Admission to the Clinical Teaching Program is required for successful completion of the teacher education program. For current clinical teaching program admission, application process and timeline visit:   
https://www.utrgv.edu/cep/educator-preparation-and-accountability/student-teaching-program/index.htm