Bachelor of Arts in English with Certification in Secondary Education
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Bachelor of Arts in English with Certification in Secondary Education

As of the fall of 2014, the English department will be offering a special program for students desiring a degree in Secondary Education in English. The curriculum features a combination of English courses and education courses set forth in a structured program that includes practice teaching. The prescribed courses provide not only a theoretical base according to the state requirements but also a practical application of carefully considered educational principles. In addition, students in this program receive a solid grounding in the essentials of the subject matter that they will go on to teach.

If you are interested in teaching English at the secondary level, the University of Hartford's Bachelor of Arts (BA) will prepare you for initial certification and the English endorsement for grades 7-12.  The program features a full-semester of integrated instruction and experience in an urban or suburban public school setting, under the supervision and guidance of clinical professors and a trained cooperating teacher.

Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Major

Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in English

  • Students will manifest an ability to read and understand a wide variety of literary texts.
  • Students will express themselves, whether in their interpretations of literature or in their own creative writing, with clarity, subtlety, and originality.
  • Students will use the vocabulary of literary criticism effectively and confidently.
  • Students will display a broad knowledge of the relationships of literature to historic and/or cultural contexts.

Education Learning Outcomes

Content Knowledge, Skills and professional Behaviors

  • Demonstrate a command of content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and professional behaviors needed to prepare students to meet the rigorous challenges of the 21st century.
  • Demonstrate qualities of a culturally responsive educator.
  • Understand how the brain learns and its impact on teaching and learning.

Create Climate for Learning

  • Create a classroom environment that reflects a culture and climate for learning.
  • Reflect daily on their practice and its implication on student learning.

Student Achievement

  • Facilitate multiple evidence-based instructional strategies that result in a high level of engagement for all students.
  • Develop meaningful and evidence-based assessments to measure student achievement.
  • Use multiple data sources to inform instruction.
  • Create standards-based lesson and unit plans that reflect the domains of the CCCT and standards.