The Teacher Certification Program meets National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards of English Teacher Education programs.

education classroomStudents will complete student teaching, coursework and testing requirements for recommendation for certification in South Carolina consistent with the College of Education’s conceptual framework. This framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment. The framework is built on the conceptual model of the “Professional Educator” as one who demonstrates these Learner Outcomes: 

The Professional Educator

  1. integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students;
  2. plans, provides, and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards;
  3. communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions; and
  4. engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
ENGL 200 Introduction to the English Major 3
ENGL 201 Survey of British Literature 3
ENGL 202 Survey of American Literature 3
ENGL 345 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 3
ENGL 499 Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
101-level Foreign Language 0-3*
102-level Foreign Language 0-3*
200-level Foreign Language 0-3*
ENGL 402 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL 413 Special Topics in Rhetoric 3
ENGL 451 Methods of Teaching Secondary English 3

*English majors are required to complete foreign language study through the intermediate level (SPAN or FR 203). Students who place above the 203 Intermediate level are exempt from the major requirement for foreign language.

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES  CREDIT HOURS
300-level English courses (select 2)
ENGL 303ENGL 304ENGL 311ENGL 312ENGL 322ENGL 325
ENGL 326ENGL 338ENGL 339ENGL 344ENGL 350ENGL 353
ENGL 354ENGL 364ENGL 373 
6
400-level English courses (select 2)
ENGL 401, ENGL 403, ENGL 406, ENGL 413ENGL 414ENGL 417
ENGL 445ENGL 450
6
Total Major Program Requirements 36-45*

 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
EDUC 203 2Field Experience I 0.5
EDUC 204 1Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 223 1General Pedagogy 3
EDUC 240 1Child Growth and the Educational Process 3
EDUC 320 1Reading and Writing in the Content Area 3
EDUC 321 1Foundations of Reading 3
EDUC 329 2Field Experience II 0.5
EDUC 429 2Clinical Practice A 1
EDUC 461 2Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 2Teacher Education Seminar 1
SPED 223 1PreK-12 Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3
     
Total Teacher Certification Requirements 32
Additional Electives 4-10
TOTAL FOR BA DEGREE 120
  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • 1A grade of “C” or better is required in these Teacher Education courses.
  • 2A grade of “B” or better is required in these Teacher Education courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12:

Initial Level (First Year)

  1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction.
  2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year)

  1. Complete Initial Level requirements.
  2. Complete a SLED check.
  3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio.
  7. Gather and submit references.
  8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

Formal Level (Third Year)

  1. Complete Provisional Level requirements.
  2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony.
  5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year)

  1. Complete Formal Level requirements.
  2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester.
  3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT.
  8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.