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English, French & Spanish Education

English, French & Spanish Education2018-08-29T14:08:23-05:00

English Education
This program provides a broad foundational understanding in English studies. It also provides a well-rounded education that prepares students as they enter their profession or pursue a graduate degree.

French or Spanish Education
If your dream is to teach a foreign language, Missouri Western’s program prepares you to meet the steady demand for qualified language teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Upon completion of the program students are prepared for K-12 teacher certification in the state of Missouri.

Why choose teaching?

IN DEMAND
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the teaching profession will grow considerably in the next decade, with more than 1.5 million jobs for elementary, secondary and special education teachers.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Teachers profoundly impact the lives their students. Teacher quality is the most important factor in a student’s academic success, and there is tremendous satisfaction in watching a student discover new learning.

FLEXIBILITY
A teacher’s schedule and holidays are ideal for working families

LIFELONG LEARNING
Good teachers never stop learning and growing, and summer breaks offer opportunities to seek advanced degrees.

CREATIVE OUTLET
Engaging students in learning calls for creativity and adaptability. The opportunities for trying new and exciting approaches are endless!

YOUNG AT HEART
Being surrounded by young people in the energetic environment of a school is a great way to keep your outlook youthful and to retain a sense of playfulness and possibility.

MWSU students in the classroom

English (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in English leads to certification to teach English in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
COM 205Introduction to Mass Media3
ENG 220Introduction to Reading Texts3
ENG 232Language Awareness3
ETC 200Introduction to Technical Communication3
ENG 301Advanced Composition3
ENG 340Literary Theory3
ENG 354Literature in English: 1800-18603
or ENG 355 Literature in English: 1860-1945
or ENG 357 Literature in English : 1945-Present
ENG 364Introduction to Composition Theory3
ENG 365Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools3
ENG 400Literature for Adolescents3
ENG 426Seminar in Literature3
ENG 441Shakespeare3
ENG 465English Teaching: Methods and Materials3
ENG 466Practicum in the Teaching of Writing1
ENG 467Teaching of Grammar3
or ENG 473 History of the English Language
Select two additional literature courses numbered 300 or higher6
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

French (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in French leads to certification to teach French in the secondary schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
Select twelve credit hours from the following:12
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
French for the Professional
FRE 301Methods in Teaching Foreign Language3
FRE 302Written Expression and Translation3
FRE 310Readings in Francophone Culture and Civilization3
FRE 312Conversation and Diction3
FRE 322Contemporary French Society3
FRE 452Advanced Oral Communication in a Professional Environment3
FRE 462Senior Thesis1
Select twelve credit hours from the following:12
Summer Study/Travel Program in France: Field Work in Paris and Surrounding Area
Summer Study/Travel Program in French-speaking Country: Oral and Written French
Advanced Business French
Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature I
Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature II
Introduction to French Culture, Civilization and Literature III
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

Majors may not take courses requiring FRE 201 Intermediate French II as a prerequisite without first passing a departmentally approved proficiency exam.  

Majors must first receive a passing score, as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, on the Content Area Assessment in French. 

Students completing a BSE in French or Spanish must demonstrate oral proficiency in the language of certification at the level of Advanced Low, according to the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students are responsible for scheduling and paying for an official Oral Proficiency Interview with Language Testing International. Students who are unable to attain the Advanced Low level of oral proficiency will not receive state certification.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in each major course numbered 100-299 and earn no more than 2 C's in major courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Spanish (Bachelor of Science in Education, B.S.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Spanish leads to certification to teach Spanish in the secondary schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal. 

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
Select one of the following:6
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
Accelerated Beginning Spanish
SPA 200Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 301Methods in Teaching Foreign Language3
SPA 302Grammar and Composition3
SPA 310Spanish Readings3
SPA 312Conversation3
SPA 322Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture3
SPA 332Introduction to Hispanic Civilization and Culture II3
SPA 422The Literature of Spain3
SPA 432Selected Studies in Literature in Spanish3
SPA 452Advanced Conversation3
SPA 462Senior Thesis1
Select three credit hours from the following:3
Internship in Spanish
Interim Program in Spanish Studies Abroad: Oral Spanish
Topics in Spanish
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

Majors may not take courses requiring SPA 211 Spanish for the Professional or SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish II as a prerequisite without first passing a departmentally approved proficiency exam.

Majors must first receive a passing score, as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, on the Content Area Assessment in Spanish. 

Students completing a BSE in French or Spanish must demonstrate oral proficiency in the language of certification at the level of Advanced Low, according to the guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students are responsible for scheduling and paying for an official Oral Proficiency Interview with Language Testing International. Students who are unable to attain the Advanced Low level of oral proficiency will not receive state certification.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in each major course numbered 100-299 and earn no more than 2 C's in major courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the English and Modern Languages Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.