Freddie Bowles
Program Coordinator
3066 Peabody Hall
479-575-3035
Email: fbowles@uark.edu

Curriculum and Instruction Website

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in English Education that leads to licensure for 7-12 instruction. The program focuses on developing reflective practitioners based on the constructivist perspective that teachers are life-long learners, reflective practitioners themselves, and scholar researchers. The coursework is designed to develop these attributes so that students graduate as effective teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to engage students with meaningful and authentic instruction. The Bachelor of Arts in Teaching degree will  also prepare students in the humanities with the pedagogical skills, the content knowledge, and the dispositions for teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms.

B.A.T. in English Education

Stage I: Pre-English Education (PEGED)

Complete all 46 hours of program pre-requisites for each content area (see below).

  1. Obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better on UA coursework.
  2. Complete all content and pedagogy courses with a “C” or better.
  3. Obtain a passing score on the Math, Reading, and Writing sections of the Praxis Core or ACT/SAT/GRE as defined by the Arkansas Department of Education.
  4. Complete a background check.

Stage II: Admission to the B.A.T. program

 Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Teaching program (B.A.T.) occurs the semester after the candidate has completed all pre-B.A.T. requirements, including the first three courses in education — CIED 1013, CIED 1003, and CIED 2173 — prior to a student entering one of the individual programs of study the following fall term.  The B.A.T.  program is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applications to the B.A.T.  program must be submitted by January 30.

The application process includes:

  1. Students must complete the application to teacher education  (see the Teacher Education Application Fee) through the Teacher Education Office during spring semester of sophomore year. This includes completing and passing the criminal background check* and also passing Praxis Core academic subjects test or equivalent tests by meeting or exceeding the Arkansas Department of Education cut-off scores.
  2. Submission of B.A.T. application.
  3. Submission of writing sample to content area faculty.
  4. Submission of transcripts for all coursework.

Stage III: Requirements for Program Continuation and Internship

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. All professional education courses and content courses must have a grade of 'C' or better ( except SEED 3282 below). No teaching methods courses may be taken as self-paced (correspondence) courses.

Stage IV:  Requirements for Internship Semester (spring, senior year) and Program Completion

All students in the B.A.T. program must complete the following requirements prior to being admitted to the spring semester of their senior year.

  1. Students must earn a 'B' or better in the fall semester, senior year SEED 3282 practicum course.
  2. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of the fall semester, senior year. Students are not permitted to intern in the spring if the GPA requirement has not been met.
  3. Students must have taken the appropriate Praxis II-Content Knowledge exam to be admitted to the spring semester, senior year.
  4. Candidate must complete a successful internship admission interview with B.A.T. faculty. Note these interviews are scheduled with all senior students during the fall semester.
  5. Satisfactorily complete the internship/student teaching experience that has been approved by the Director of Field Placement.

All students seeking licensure in the state of Arkansas are subject to a criminal background check. Background checks can take up to six months to process; therefore, students are advised to complete and submit the forms to the proper authorities at least six months in advance of graduation (or six months prior to applying for a teaching license). Arkansas will not grant a teaching license to anyone who has been convicted of a felony.

English Education Requirements (EGEDBA)

Pre-English Education Requirements
University Core (State Minimum Core)35
Courses specifically required for the English Education B.A.T. program
Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)
Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)
Communication in a Diverse World 1
Creative Writing I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2013)
Additional Pre-English Education requirements 19
Introduction to Education
Introduction to Technology in Education
Literacy in America
Literacy in America
Education Requirements 131
American Educational History
Classroom Learning Theory
Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
Teaching Experience
Understanding Cultures in the Classroom
Teaching Experiences in Education
Classroom Management Concepts
Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Literacies in Education
English Language Arts/Speech & Drama Methods of Instruction
Issues and Trends in Literacy
English Content 142
Essay Writing
Survey of English Literature from 1700 to 1900 (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2683)
Survey of American Lit from the Colonial Period through Naturalism (ACTS Equiv=ENGL 2653)
Survey of Modern and Contemporary American Literature (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2663)
Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
Topics in African-American Literature and Culture
Topics in Literature and Culture of the American South
Special Topics
Introduction to Shakespeare
Studies in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture
ENGL electives (9 hours)
General Elective3
Total Hours120

English  Education B.A.T.

Eight-Semester Plan

Because this program requires admission to progress, it does not qualify for the university's Eight-Semester Degree Program; however, students who qualify for admission to the program can finish a degree in four years by following the suggested order of classes below.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)3  
Social Science Core3  
Humanities Core3  
CIED 1013 Introduction to Education3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
Science Core with lab  4
COMM 1023 Communication in a Diverse World  3
ENGL 2313 Survey of English Literature from 1700 to 1900 (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2683)  3
CIED 1003 Introduction to Technology in Education  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 2023 Creative Writing I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2013)3  
Social Science Core3  
Elective3  
ENGL 2343 Survey of American Lit from the Colonial Period through Naturalism (ACTS Equiv=ENGL 2653)3  
CIED/ENGL 2173 Literacy in America3  
History Core  3
Science Core with lab  4
ENGL 2013 Essay Writing  3
ENGL 2353 Survey of Modern and Contemporary American Literature (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2663)  3
EDST 3223 American Educational History  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 3603 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition3  
ENGL 3743 Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture3  
ENGL 3853 Topics in African-American Literature and Culture3  
SEED 4063 Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Literacies in Education3  
CIED 4403 Understanding Cultures in the Classroom3  
ENGL 3903 Special Topics  3
ENGL 4303 Introduction to Shakespeare  3
ENGL 3863 Topics in Literature and Culture of the American South  3
SEED 4022 Classroom Management Concepts  2
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory  3
ENGL elective  3
Year Total: 15 17
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 4523 Studies in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture3  
elective3  
SEED 4203 English Language Arts/Speech & Drama Methods of Instruction3  
SEED 3282 Teaching Experiences in Education2  
CIED 4023 Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
or Elective
3  
CIED 4023 Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
or Elective
  3
SEED 4213 Issues and Trends in Literacy  3
CIED 4286 Teaching Experience  6
Year Total: 14 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Courses

CATE 3003. Teaching Housing and Interior Design to Secondary Students. 3 Hours.

This course prepares students to teach housing and interior design concepts to students in secondary school settings. Topics to be covered include housing needs and decisions, architectural design and construction, furnishings, safety and security, and careers related to the housing industry. Problem-based and project-based learning will provide the foundation for content delivery in this course.

CATE 3103. Introduction to Professionalism. 3 Hours.

Studying and developing educational concepts in career and technical education with accepted principles of professionalism in secondary education settings. Prerequisite: Career and Technical Education (CATE) students only.
This course is equivalent to CATE 4003.

CATE 380V. Supervised Work Experience. 1-9 Hour.

Supervision in business and industry under guidance. Designed for students who desire or need directed occupational experience. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CATE 390V. Competency Based Teacher Development: Program Organization. 3-12 Hour.

Development of competencies related to the methodology of instructional planning, execution, and evaluation. Provided by PBTE modules and University resource person. Enrollment before CATE 391V and CATE 392V. Prerequisite: Employed in service vocational-technical education field based instructor. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CATE 391V. Competency Based Teacher Development - Teaching Adults. 3-12 Hour.

Development of competencies related to vocational guidance, contemporary instructional techniques, and student vocational organizations. Provided by PBTE modules and University resource person. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 credit hours of CATE 390V and employee in-service-vocational-technical education field based instructor. May be repeated for up to 24 hours of degree credit.

CATE 392V. Competency Based Teacher Development: Teaching & Learning. 3-12 Hour.

Development of competencies related to program planning, development, evaluation; school community relations; and professional development. Provided by CBTD modules and University resource person. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 credit hours of CATE 391V and employee in-service-vocational-technical education field based instructor. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CATE 393V. Competency Based Internship: Educational Legal Issues. 3-6 Hour.

In an actual school setting the student will satisfactorily demonstrate the competencies required to conduct a total vocational-technical education program. Instruction and follow-up will be provided by a University resource person. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 credit hours of CATE 392V and employee in-service-vocational-technical education field based instructor. May be repeated for up to 24 hours of degree credit.

CATE 4003H. Honors Introduction to Professionalism. 3 Hours.

Studying and developing professional concepts in vocational education with accepted principles of professionalism applied to career and technical education settings.
This course is equivalent to CATE 4003.

CATE 4013. Teaching Strategies. 3 Hours.

Methods and techniques in the preparation and delivery of teaching. Prerequisite: CATE 3103.

CATE 4023. Classroom Management. 3 Hours.

Theory and techniques in classroom management, including professional ethics and school policies related to students, faculty and programs. Prerequisite: CATE 3103.

CATE 4033. Assessment / Program Evaluation. 3 Hours.

An introduction to constructing, evaluating and interpreting tests; descriptive and inferential statistics; state competency testing; and guidelines for state program valuations. Prerequisite: CATE 3103.

CATE 4052. Seminar Teaching Internship. 2 Hours.

Site-based field experiences are integrated with the course content to provide continuity between theory and practice. Classroom management, ethics and diversity are emphasized. Corequisite: CATE 406X.

CATE 406X. Teaching Internship. 12 Hours.

A minimum of 15 weeks will be spent in an off-campus school, at which time the student will have an opportunity under supervision to observe, to teach and to participate in other activities involving the school and the community. Successful completion of a criminal background check required before student can begin internship. Prerequisite: Senior status, CATE 4003, CATE 4013, CATE 4023, CATE 4033, CIED 3023 or CIED 4023 and CIED 3033.

CATE 4073. Introduction to Teaching Programming in the Secondary Schools. 3 Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of teaching methods for computer programming in the secondary schools. Methods of computer programming instruction will include teaching strategies in coding, developing computational thinking, problem-solving skills, and applying key programming concepts. This is an introductory level course. No prerequisites are required.

CATE 4803. Problems in Career & Technical Education. 3 Hours.

Problems and issues relating to instruction in career and technical education. You must have approval by the instructor of this course to enroll.