2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Education/Secondary Education Major, B.A.

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General Information:

Bachelor of Arts

The objectives of the English major are that students will:

  • develop sophistication in critical thought and inquiry through the reading and discussion of literature and learn to use language effectively and rhetorically in both expository and creative writing (Academic);
  • realize the inherent value of literary scholarship and excellence in written and spoken expression, be prepared for graduate work, teaching, and other relevant professions, and connect these skills and pursuits to a sense of personal calling (Vocational);
  • recognize and understand the role of both Christian faith and biblical truth as they inform and enrich the study of literature, rhetoric, and the art of composition (Christian);
  • appreciate the influence of literature and rhetoric in American history and of the Classics in the formation of American national identity, and develop a capacity for careful thought and expression which manifests as an informed and resolute desire to engage in civic responsibility (Patriotic);
  • understand the propensity of language and literature to edify, enlighten, and refine by contextualizing the human experience and communicating cultural values and assumptions (Cultural).

Students completing a major in English/Secondary Education and requirements for state certification shall have: 1) a theoretical and practical knowledge of educational principles; 2) a broad knowledge of the English discipline, including practice in methodology and pedagogy; 3) a theoretical and applied knowledge appropriate to teaching in a multicultural, pluralistic society; 4) a thorough understanding of a teacher’s responsibilities within the classroom, school, and community. 

English Education/Secondary Education Requirements: 89 credit hours

General Education Courses Specified by Major:

Additional Required Courses: 7 credit hours

Required Collateral Course: 9 credit hours


All Elementary and Secondary Majors should apply for admission to the Teacher Education program by the end of their fourth semester. Minimum standards for admission include: 1) Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and passing all sections of the MoGEA (Missouri General Education Assessment); 2) 30 semester hours course work completed and at least one (1) consecutive semester at College of the Ozarks; 3) ACT score on file.

Students must apply for permission to enroll in student teaching the semester preceding the student teaching semester. Minimum standards for permission to enroll include: 1) minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 with minimum 3.0 in content and professional courses; 2) successful completion of teaching certification course requirements in one or more teaching fields; 3) minimum grade of  “C-“ in all professional education and content field courses required; 4) Successful completion of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) is required prior to student teaching.

NOTE: College of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Standards that are in effect at the time of program completion must be met in order to be recommended for teaching certification.

College of the Ozarks students who completed the professional educational programs for teacher certification had a 100% pass rate on the prescribed state licensure tests for 2018-2019.

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