Bachelor in English Teaching
A “traditional” route through our BA program takes roughly 8 total semesters (or 4 years). While an increasing number of our students do take this traditional route, many of our students are returning to college, transferring in from a different institution, and/or working full-time, which can mean that their route to the BA takes longer than 4 years.
The logic of our program is that you build an intellectual foundation, then deepen your expertise in the English language arts, and synthesize it all by expanding and refining your repertoire as an educator of young people.
Year ONE: Intellectual Foundation
During your first year, you are building your intellectual foundation as you experience how a range of disciplines create and share knowledge while they (and you) pursue lines of inquiry in a host of contexts and communities.
Year TWO: Disciplinary Community
During your second year, you transition from building a broad intellectual foundation to participating in the community of English studies where you apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry to interpret and produce texts expressive of the human condition.
1st Semester Year THREE (semester to apply to TE): Professional Community
During your third year, you continue to participate in your disciplinary community (English), and you begin to participate in your professional community (secondary ELA teacher).
- Apply to TE: Early February for the Fall; middle of September for the Spring
- Successful applicants must have 3.0 GPA or higher (overall and in English)
- To teach ELA in Idaho, your transcript must show at least one American Literature course and at least one British Literature course.
2nd Semester Year THREE (Block 1): Beginning of Teacher Education Experience
Block 1 is the beginning of your Teacher Education (TE) experience. You begin to inquire into the ways that people learn the English Language Arts (ELA), especially in the ways than are different than your own experience.
- Apply to the Professional Year in TE: TE needs to know you want to be matched with a mentor teacher for your Block 2 and Block 3 experiences.
1st Semester Year FOUR: Professional Year Intern (Block 2)
The intent of the professional year is to focus on mentoring you into the teaching profession and the professional community of ELA educators. Typically, you partner with the same mentor for the entire professional year.
- Note: You must pass the Praxis English Content test (#5038) in order to become a student teacher next semester.
2nd Semester Year FOUR: Professional Year Student Teacher (Block 3)
In your final semester, you are a full-time student teacher. You will work closely with your Boise State liaison and your mentor to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and dispositions as an ELA teacher.You also attend a one-credit course on campus (ENGL 495), which allows you to meet regularly with other ELA student teachers.Your portfolio of work will include a detailed unit plan; an analysis of a group of students’ learning; case studies of three students; and reflections on your students’ learning.
Pay particular attention to the final three semesters, which is when you are considered a member of the Teacher Education unit. Those final three semesters are called “blocks,” because you take a particular “block” of classes each semester. In Block 1, you’re in schools for at least 100 hours during the semester. In Block 2, you’re in schools for at least 150 hours during the semester. The Block 2 placement is often where you will also do your student teaching, which helps you to get to know your mentor teacher, the students, and your wider school community over time.
During student teaching you will gradually take over all responsibilities for classroom instruction. You will document some results of your teaching and your reflections about your teaching in a portfolio of work samples. In the end, the cooperating teacher writes a letter of evaluation that becomes the centerpiece of your job application file.
Student teaching is a full-time commitment. If possible, take no other courses during your student teaching semester, and take a hiatus from any jobs you might have. Student teaching is not the place to cut corners.
Student Teaching Placements
The Office of Teacher Education handles all aspects of student teaching, including placements. If you need to change, see the Director. Placements are based on availability of cooperating teachers and administrative decisions.