BA Grades 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading Certification/MED in Reading and English as a Second Language

The Bachelor of Arts English Language Arts and Reading Grades 4-8 with Teacher Certification and the Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language program (BA 4-8/MEDRE) is a 159-hour program. Graduates from the program will receive both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education in Reading and English as a Second Language. This non-thesis program is designed for those seeking initial teacher certification and enhanced expertise in the area of teaching English language arts, reading, and English as a second language. Once candidates have completed their initial teaching certification and required coursework in this degree, and if they have passed the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests, candidates will receive their 4-8 Grades English Language Arts Certification and English as a Second Language Endorsement/Certification. After teachers graduating from this program have completed two years of teaching experience, and if they have passed the appropriate state certification (TExES) tests, they will also earn the Reading Specialist Certification and the Master Reading Teacher Certification.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

12

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met

14*

Foundations for Excellence

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

Kinesiology

2

KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

MATH 1303 or equivalent
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]

Natural Science
BIOL 1401 - Principles of Biology

4

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government 

3

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

60

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

21

EDUC 1017 - Introduction to Teacher Certification*

EDUC 3302 - Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents* (S-L)

EDUC 3313 - Foundations of Teaching*

EDUC 3320 - Instructional Assessment*

EDUC 4021 - EC-12 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Seminar

EDUC 4313 - Discipline and Classroom Management in Culturally Diverse Settings* (S-L)

EDUC 4320 - Instructional Technology*

EDUC 4608 - Clinical Teaching*

INTERDISCIPLINARY ACADEMIC MAJOR

A. PEDAGOGY

6

EDUC 4312 - Teaching Special Populations* (S-L)

EDUC 4314 - Best Practices in Teaching* (S-L)

B. CONTENT

30

ENGL 3301 - American Literature I

or

ENGL 3302 - American Literature II

ENGL 3313 - British Literature I

or

ENGL 3314 - British Literature II

ENGL 3305 - Advanced Communication (S-L)

or

ENGL 4301 - Introduction to Linguistics

ENGL 4309 - Studies in Fiction

ENGL 4311 - Studies in Poetry

READ 4010 - English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 Seminar

READ 4013 - Science of Teaching Reading Seminar

READ 4313 - Science of Teaching Reading

READ 4330 - Recognizing and Instructing Struggling Readers*

READ 4335 - Pedagogy of Reading I (Phonics)

READ 4336 - Pedagogy of Reading II (Comprehension)*

READ 4340 - Adolescent Reading and Writing Instruction*

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 

12

READ 5302 - Scaffolding Literacy Instruction

READ 5332 - Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)

READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts

ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

All electives must be courses that prepare the candidate for the TExES content examination.

0

0

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

129

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

Elective Requirements*

• In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

• As part of this accelerated degree plan, 12 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate semester hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (MED)

A. READING CONCENTRATION (9 hours)

9

READ 6301 - Specialized Reading Assessment and Instruction

READ 6330 - Foundations of Reading

READ 6335 - Curriculum and Instruction in Reading

B. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CONCENTRATION (9 hours)

9

ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition

ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills

ESLS 5308 - Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments 

C. REQUIRED AND CERTIFICATION COURSES (12 hours)

12

EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)

EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction

ESLS 5310 - Administration of ESL Programs

ESLS 5312 - Practicum for State Certification (S-L)

READ 5011 - Reading Specialist Seminar

EDUC 6012 - Defense of Degree

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

159

Students will complete state requirements for initial teacher certification in the areas 4-8 English Language Arts. Students completing this program will learn and demonstrate how to serve as an effective literacy teacher and leader through synthesis and application of knowledge regarding the interrelated components of reading, writing, speaking, and listening across developmental stages of oral and written language. Degree candidates will also learn and demonstrate sufficient theoretical and experiential knowledge for serving as an ethical and effective teacher, advocate, and leader for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Students completing this Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program will take the following courses at the graduate level as substitutes for their undergraduate cross-listed course requirements, thereby requiring 24 hours instead of the regular 36 graduate hours for the program beyond the regular undergraduate degree requirements.

  • READ 5302 – Scaffolding Literacy Instruction

  • READ 5332 – Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience (S-L)

  • READ 5338 - Pedagogy of Language Arts

  • ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL

Retention in and Graduation from the Program:

Students must fulfill the following conditions to enroll and continue enrollment in this Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program:

  • Students must be accepted to the Educator Preparation Program at the completion of 45 semester hours.

  • Students must file a Statement of Commitment at the completion of 90 semester hours (including current enrollment).

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all educator preparation coursework.

  • Students must apply to and be accepted into the MED in Reading and ESL program before the start of the Junior spring semester (before 5000 level courses) in order to progress in graduate coursework and complete the MED in Reading and ESL degree.

  • Science and Math courses must be taken prior to Field-Based semesters.

* Indicates Signature Course requiring download of Signature Assessments in TaskStream Reminder.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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