ENGLISH (6-12)

Mission Statement

UNF graduates from the B.A.E program in English Education are prepared to provide relevant and meaningful learning experiences for students through the appropriate use of English language arts. The program involves a set of teaching and learning experiences that are designed to develop teachers of the English language arts who are competent, proactive, creative, inquisitive, and caring. These experiences are grounded in a vision of teachers as active leaders and responsive partners in learning communities that value diversity, adhere to high academic standards, and believe in the worth and dignity of all. The goals and objectives are consistent with the knowledge base for the preparation of teachers of the English language arts as articulated by the Florida Department of Education in Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida Teachers, 2000; National Council of Teachers of English, Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts, 1996; National Council of Teachers of English, and the International Reading Association, Standards for the English Language Arts, 1996; Florida Department of Education, Educator Accomplished Practices: Accomplished Competencies for Teachers of the Twenty-First Century and Educator Accomplished Practices: Florida Department of Education, Performance Standards for Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages; and the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers. These publications serve as the foundation for preparing English teachers for a changing environment and a diverse, technological, and global society.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF English (6-12) graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Use proper elements of grammar, usage, syntax (sentence structure), punctuation, capitalization, and modes of composition
  • Describe the integrative and reciprocal nature of the English language arts and the process of communication, both of which encompass writing, reading, speaking, listening, illustrating, and viewing
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • Use critical approaches to literary interpretation and criticism
  • Explain principles of language development, the history of language, the relationships between grammar and dialect, and the correct uses of language
  • Use a variety of assessment strategies that will ensure the improvement and enhancement of instruction and a match between instructional strategies and students' linguistic, cultural, social, cognitive, emotional, and physical needs Edit/Delete
  • Explain the reading process
  • Explain the writing process
  • Develop skills in the selection and use of technology to assist all students in learning
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively manage the classroom environment
  • Develop knowledge and skills to design, assess, and implement instruction that is inclusive of special needs learners and speakers of other languages Edit/Delete
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Use readability formulas and graphs to ascertain the reading levels of texts, newspapers, magazines, and other print sources and resources
  • Develop a unit of study in language and literature that utilizes a central theme, emphasizes the integrative and reciprocal nature of the English language arts, and presents a variety of instructional formats for presentation of materials
  • Develop a series of related lesson plans which present a variety of instructional methods and strategies

    Assessment Approaches

    UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in English Education will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and teaching skills through proficiency on course embedded assessments, activities, and critical task assessments in core, major, and clinical experiences at a proficiency level expected of a teacher candidate. It is expected that teacher candidates apply knowledge throughout the program by demonstrating understanding, competence, and effective implementation. Assessment strategies include: Assignments and other formal formative, summative, and authentic assessments ▪ Successful completion of critical tasks in specific courses ▪ Engage in class discussions, reflections, and critiques that provide a dynamic forum for developing ideas and demonstrating knowledge ▪ Analysis of teaching performances in field experiences and methods courses

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