Secondary Education English Language Arts (BS)

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
Select General Education Requirements45-48
Major Requirements
Professional Studies Core
A. Complete the following:
EDM 310Microcomputing Systems3
EDU 400Edu Except Child and Youth3
EPY 351Human Growth & Development3
EDU 340Fundamentals of Teaching - W (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 341Middle Level Education - W (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 342Secondary Field Experience (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 363Tchg Adptve Cur Thru Beh/Clsrm (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 451Content Area Literacy (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 453Teaching Language Subjects (see footnote table below) 13
EDU 466Internship-Language Arts (see footnote table below) 19
Teaching Field Core
Includes 12 hours from General Education Area II
A. Complete the following:
CA 100Intro to Communication3
CA 220Writing Comm Media - W3
EH 300Intro to Literary Study3
EH 371Approaches to Eng Grammar - W3
EH 401Teaching Composition-W3
B. Select six hours from the following: see footnote table below 26
Brit Lit before 1785
Brit Lit after 1785
Am Lit before 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit before 1650
World Lit after 1650
C. Select six hours from the following:
EH 400 - EH 4996
D. Select one of the following:3
Rhetoric-Ancient and Modern-W
Literary Criticism to 1900-W
Lit Criticism Since 1900-W
Literature Prior to 1660
E. Select one of the following:3
Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Later 18th Century Lit - W
Tudor and Stuart Drama
Middle English Literature
Medieval Lit
Renaissance Lit
British or American Literature from 1660-1900
F. Select one of the following:3
American Novel to 1900
American Nonfiction Prose
American Poetry to 1900
Restoration Early 18th Lit
Later 18th Century Lit - W
18th Century British Novel
British Romanticism
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Prose
19th Century British Novel
Restor-18th Century Drama - W
Restoration Lit
19th Century Lit
Literature after 1900
G. Select one of the following:3
Anglo-Am Poetry since 1900
American Novel since 1900
Am. Novel from 1900 to 1945
American Novel since 1945
Brit. Novel from 1900 to 1945
British Novel since 1945
Contemporary Fiction
British Novel since 1900
Modern Short Story
Science Fiction
Drama 1890 to Present
Contemporary Black Fiction
Studies in 20th Century Lit
Mod/Postmodern Poetry
Minor Requirements
A minor is not required for this degree program0
Total Hours120-123



Required for admission to Candidacy as a prerequisite


One course in each area with a sequence included in Area II, B, D

General Education Requirements

Includes 12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts courses from Area II that will satisfy requirements in the Teaching Field Core.

Area I – Written Composition
A. Complete the following:
EH 101English Composition I3
B. Complete the following:
EH 102English Composition II3
Area II – Humanities & Fine Arts
A. Complete the following:
CA 110Public Speaking3
B. Select one of the following: see footnote table below 13
Brit Lit before 1785
Am Lit before 1865
World Lit before 1650
C. Complete the following:
DRA 110Introduction to Theatre3
D. Select one of the following: see footnote table below 13
Am Lit after 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit after 1650
Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics
A. Select 3-4 hours from the following:3-4
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precal Algebra-Trigonometry
Calculus and Its Applications
Calculus I
B. Select 8-10 hours from the following:8-10
Biological Anthropology
and Biological Anthropology Lab
Life Science I
and Life Science I Laboratory
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Life Science II
and Life Science II Lab
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
Survey of Inorg and Org Chem
and Survey Inorg-Org Chem Lab
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Environmental Geography
and Environmental Geography Lab
Earth and the Environment
and Earth and the Environment Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Earth History
and Earth History Lab
Ocean Science
and Ocean Science Lab
Introduction to Astronomy
and Introduction to Astronomy Lab
Concepts of Physics
and Concepts of Physics Laboratory
Physics with Algebra-Trig I
and Alg-Trig Based Physics I Lab
Physics with Algebra -Trig II
and Alg-Trig Based Physics II Lab
Calculus-Based Physics I
and Calculus-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus-Based Physics II
and Calculus-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences see footnote table below 1
A. Select one of the following:3
HY of Western Civilization I
HY of Western Civilization II
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
B. Select three of the following:9
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Intro Archaeology-Bio Anthro
Prin of Microeconomics
Prin of Macroeconomics
People, Places, Environment
World Regional Geography
Intro to Gender Studies
HY of Western Civilization I
HY of Western Civilization II
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
Intro to US Government
Life Span Development
Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Area V
A. Complete the following:
KIN 100Concepts of Health and Fitness3
B. Complete the following:
PE activity course1
Total Hours45-48



Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216 EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 121 & HY 122 or HY 135 & HY 136)

Additional Information

E-portfolio and Assessment

Students enrolled in education classes are required to purchase a LiveText membership.

Teacher Candidacy – Secondary Education

This major contains a professional component (Candidacy) of upper level education courses (300-400 levels), grouped into three semesters (as shown on graduation plan), and are only available to students who have gained admission to Teacher Candidacy.

Admission Requirements for Teacher Candidacy

Courses and GPA

  • Courses: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, EDM 310, EDU 400, EPY 351, and 75% of Teaching Field (or no more than one semester of Teaching Field courses between methods and internship)>
  • Hours: 60 credit hours of degree requirements completed
  • Minimum Grade Point Averages: 2.5 Program, 2.5 Professional Studies, 2.5 Teaching Field, and 2.5 USA GPA (all GPAs found in degree audit). No grade below a “C” is accepted in Professional Studies.

ALSDE Background Check

Application, Liability Insurance, and Interview

  • Completed and scheduled in the UCOM Advising Center during the semester prior to beginning Teacher Candidacy

Prerequisites and Certification/Graduation Requirements

Semester 1 of Teacher Candidacy: EDU 340 (Prerequisite Below)

  • Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Semester 2 of Teacher Candidacy: Methods Block (Fall Only-15 Credit Hours) (Prerequisites Below)

  • Successful Completion of EDU 340 with a Grade of C or better
  • GPAs at Admission Requirements Levels

Semester 3 of Teacher Candidacy: Internship (Prerequisites Below)

  • Praxis - Teaching Field Content Knowledge - Passing Score
  • Successful Completion of Methods Block with Grades of C or better
  • GPAs at Admission Requirement Levels
  • Student Teaching Application

Certification/Graduation Requirements

  • Successful Completion of Student Teaching
  • GPAs at Admission Requirement Level
  • Passing Score on edTPA
  • Application for Certification and Graduation

Secondary students will be required to participate in an opening of school experience during the fall immediately preceding either their methods block classes or their student teaching. This experience will take place at the beginning of the public school year which is prior to the beginning of U.S.A. classes.

Note: Praxis tests requirements are subject to change as prescribed by the ALSDE. Prior to registering for any Praxis exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the Alabama portion of the ETS Praxis website at

Graduation Plan

(120 Total Hours)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
EH 101 English Composition I (CP) 3
DRA 110 Introduction to Theatre 3
MA 110 Finite Mathematics (or higher, Area III, A) 1 3
KIN 100 Concepts of Health and Fitness 3
Social ScienceArea IV, B 1 3
CA 110 Public Speaking (CP) 3
EH 102 English Composition II (CP) 3
CA 100 Intro to Communication 3
HistoryArea IV, A 1 3
Science and LabArea III, B 1 4
Second Year
CA 220 Writing Comm Media - W 3
EH 215
Brit Lit before 1785
or Brit Lit after 1785
EH 225
Am Lit before 1865
or Am Lit after 1865
Science and LabArea III, B 1 4
Social Science ElectiveArea IV, B 1 3
EH 314 Medieval Literature 2 3
EH 371 Approaches to Eng Grammar - W 3
EH 235
World Lit before 1650
or World Lit after 1650
EH 300 Intro to Literary Study 3
PE 101-PE 157PE activity course 1
Take Core Exams
Third Year
EH 360 Anglo-Am Poetry since 1900 2 3
EH 331 American Novel to 1900 2 3
EH 401 Teaching Composition-W (Fall Semester Only) 3
EPY 351 Human Growth & Development (CP) 3
EDM 310 Microcomputing Systems (CP) 3
EDU 340 Fundamentals of Teaching - W (Spring or Summer Only) 3 3
EH 400 - EH 499 ElectiveUpper Level English Course 3
EH 400 - EH 499 ElectiveUpper Level English Course 3
Social ScienceArea IV, B 1 3
Fourth Year
EDU 341 Middle Level Education - W (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 342 Secondary Field Experience (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 363 Tchg Adptve Cur Thru Beh/Clsrm (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 451 Content Area Literacy (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 453 Teaching Language Subjects (Fall Only) 3 3
EDU 466 Internship-Language Arts 3 9
EH 216 - EH 236 ElectiveSurvey of British, American, or World Literature 3
 Total Hours114

See General Education Requirements


First Course in list. Please refer to degree audit/course of study for list of other course options that would meet the requirement


Required for admission to Candidacy


  • (CP) Prerequisite for Candidacy
  • (W) Courses that satisfy USA writing requirement (2 required)