English Teacher Education Handbook

As an undergraduate or post baccalaureate seeking licensure in the English Education sequence, you are required to be knowledgable about all of the information contained in this handbook.

All requirements are subject to change by the Illinois State Board of Education.

For more information, please contact Lisa Thetard.

Introduction to the English Teacher Education Sequence


Program Staff


All program staff instuct courses in the English Department.

Director: Lisa Thetard
English Advisor/Sequence Admissions: Mark Vegter
English Education Advisor: TBA
Coordinator of Student Teaching: Linda Lienhart
Coordinator of Clinical Experiences (clinical hours for 194, 296, and 297): Eileen Bularzik


Program Faculty


Dr. Sarah Hochstetler


Admission


Admission to the English Teacher Education sequence is limited and based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Applicants MUST attend one of multiple scheduled group meetings announced and held in September (undeclared or internal transfers) and February (second semester freshmen, undeclared, or internal transfers). The application, a group interview, and a writing sample are completed and submitted during the application meeting. The committee reviews applications and announces admissions before registration begins for the next semester.

MINIMUM qualifications to apply: (admitted candidates typically score beyond minimum)
ISU GPA of 3.0 major and 2.5 cumulative with an ACT 22 composite and 16 Writing (new English/Writing combined on exams after September 1, 2015}.

Please note: College of Education/Lauby Teacher Education Center policy requires that students admitted to the English Teacher Education program must declare English Teacher Education (secondary/grades 9-12 licensure) as their first major.

Cohort


When you are admitted, you join a cohort based on the projected semester in which you will student teach. The sequence requires a minimum of five semesters to complete based on course pre-requisites (ENG 194, ENG 296, ENG 297, and the completion of TCH 212, TCH 216, TCH 219; additional Professional Teaching Sequence courses, and all requirements to complete the BA degree in English).

IATE and NCTE Professional Membership


As an ELA teacher candidate, you have access to state and national organizations of practicing English teachers and their resources for ongoing professional development:
IATE (Illinois Association of Teachers of English; free membership; www.iateonline.org)
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English; reduced student membership; www.ncte.org)

 


Program Policy and Procedures

Class Attendance


Because attendance is an essential aspect of teacher professionalism, you are expected to attend class and to arrive promptly. If you are to be absent from English 194, 296, or 297, alert your instructor prior to the class you will miss. You are responsible for all material covered in class during the period of absence. At the instructor's discretion, unexcused absences may result in a meeting with the Director of English Education and a disposition concern. A teacher candidate’s first disposition concern initiates the director’s continued monitoring of his or her readiness to student teach. Note that achieving a passing grade (C or above) requires that in addition to meeting course requirements you complete all clinical hours in your assigned school site.

In the event you experience the death of an immediate family member or relative, as defined by the university’s bereavement policy (policy.illinoisstate.edu/students/2-1-27.shtml), you must communicate your absence to the Dean of Students Office (309.438.2008) and provide appropriate documentation to that office. With prior notification, students are eligible for up to 5 consecutive days of excused absence (1 week).

Communications


Important information regarding program deadlines and procedures is sent on a regular basis to your ISU email account.

Please check your ISU email account on a daily basis OR redirect your ISU email to a personal email account. Failure to acknowledge and respond promptly to email communications from program faculty/staff may result in disciplinary action. Use your ilstu email account for all professional communications; compose and edit email content to demonstrate the quality writing skills expected of a future English teacher.

In addition, the English Education Listserv distributes important notifications regarding events, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and advance notice of upcoming deadlines. Read these emails before deleting them; you are responsible for knowledge of and actions related to the information distributed on the listserv.


Student Access and Accomodation Services


Any student needing to arrange a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability should contact Studetn Access and Accomodation Services at 350 Fell Hall, 309-438-5853, or visit the website at StudentAccess.IllinoisState.edu


Mental Health Resources


Life at college can get very complicated. Students sometimes feel overwhelmed, lost, experience anxiety or depression, struggle with relationship difficulties or diminished self-esteem. However, many of these issues can be effectively addressed with a little help. Student Counseling Services (SCS) helps students cope with difficult emotions and life stressors. Student Counseling Services is staffed by experienced, professional psychologists and counselors, who are attuned to the needs of college students. The services are FREE and completely confidential. Find out more at counseling.illinoisstate.edu or by calling (309) 438-3655.

 

Plan of Study and Advising

Course Sequence


A sequence of Professional Studies (TCH) and English methods courses must be followed. Continuance in the sequence requires a grade of C or higher in each course. (For additional continuance requirements, see the Continuance Policy section of this handbook.)

There are NO exceptions to course pre-requisites or to the sequence of the following courses:

Semester 1
TCH 212 & PSY 215 – may be taken concurrently, pre-requisites for TCH 216
TCH 212- Issues in Secondary Education, C or higher required
PSY 215- Educational Psychology, C or higher required
ENG 194-Introduction to English Education, C or higher required; pre-requisite for ENG 296

Semester 2
TCH 216 & 216.04 – pre-requisites for ENG 296 & TCH 219
TCH 216 is Principles and Practices for Teaching and Learning in Secondary School, C or higher required
TCH 216.04 is Secondary Education University High Laboratory School, C or higher required

Semester 3
ENG 296 & TCH 219 – are taken concurrently, pre-requisites for ENG 297
ENG 296 is the Teaching of Literature, C or higher required
TCH 219 is Integrating Multiple Literacies & Technology Across Secondary Curriculum, C or higher required.
Note: Verification of a passing score on the state Content Test must be received before enrollment in ENG 297

Semester 4
ENG 297 – pre-requisite for STT 399.09, Student Teaching in English, C or higher required

Semester 5
STT 399.09 – Student Teaching in English
This sequence takes 5 semesters to complete. Candidates participating in the Professional Development School program (PDS) will have a slightly adjusted sequence of courses.


Foreign Language (Bachelor of Arts in English)


All English Teacher Education majors MUST complete a foreign language at the 115 (second year part I) level. This course requirement may be completed at ISU or at a community college. Consult your English Education advisor on the articulation of any non-ISU foreign language course to verify that it will count toward your degree requirement.


Endorsements/Minors


In addition to your required course of study, you may choose to fulfill requirements for additional state endorsements, which allow you to teach in other specialized areas. Endorsements frequently earned by our graduates include foreign language, theater, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). Satisfying requirements for endorsements includes either completion of a minor or completion of select courses. In addition, a student must pass the state Content Test associated with the endorsement. Realize that if you choose to fulfill requirements for a state endorsement, your graduation date will be delayed.

The Middle Level endorsement (ELA Grades 6-8) ends January 1, 2018.
All coursework must be completed by December 2017. (ISBE)

If you have any questions on the endorsements, contact the English Education Academic Advisor.


Teacher Candidate Responsibility


It is each individual teacher candidate’s responsibility to follow the plan of study and to register for semester courses in a timely manner while seats are open/available. We recommend that you meet with your advisor a minimum of once a year. Enrollment in ENG 296, ENG 297, and/or ENG 300 requires meeting with the English Education Advisor.

While specific questions can usually be addressed by email or phone, please use the advisor’s appointment link to request a meeting time when you need extended time: review, revise, update plans of study; discuss resources for academic success; seek more information on topics related to program continuance, graduation, and licensure.

Please arrive on time for scheduled advising appointments. If you cannot keep your appointment, please inform the advisor of your cancellation in advance.

Drop-ins are welcome if a scheduled advisee is not waiting.


Advisor's Appointment Scheduling Link:

https://appointments.illinoisstate.edu/amonline/default.aspx?AG=239



Clinical Experiences

You are required to complete 100 clinical hours prior to student teaching, and 50 of these hours must be diverse.

Clinical hours are distributed through the sequence as follows:
You are required to have 50 diverse hours; you will have 70 diverse hours of the 120+hours listed below.

TCH 212: 20 hours
ENG 194: 10 hours
TCH 216: 50+ hours (not diverse)
ENG 296: 10 hours
ENG 297: 15 hours
EAF 228, 231, or 235: 15 hours

You may NOT enter a school classroom without active CBC on file in the Lauby Teacher Education Center. Check the school site’s requirements for additional background checks that may be required before you may start clinical hours.

Please refer to the College of Education's policies on clinical experiences and criminal background checks.

194,296,297 Expectations and Assessment

Clinical placements are completed and announced by the end of Week 4 (Fall and Spring semesters for ENG 296 and ENG 297; ENG 194 will receive the self-placement procedure and forms). You are responsible for communicating promptly with the clinical host teacher and copying (cc) the email in which you initiate scheduling to the clinical coordinator. Be aware that public schools have a different school calendar of holidays, institutes, and testing dates, so you should schedule early to insure you will have the best possible participatory experience to gain teaching skills.

In addition to the completion of hours with proficient demonstration of edDispositions (those applicable to all clinical experiences) verified by your clinical host teacher, your methods instructor will assign a related clinical experience project/paper (see syllabus for due date).

Incomplete clinical hours associated with English Education courses will result in a course grade of F. You must attend these clinical hours at the assigned location. Only ENG 194 teacher candidates are allowed to arrange a self-placement with the required documentation.

The clinical coordinator audits all clinical hours by contacting clinical host teachers and reviewing their submitted verification forms. Then, the clinical coordinator informs your methods instructor of completion status, and she will proceed to “Approve” the hours you submit in the “ONLINE CLINCAL DOCUMENTATION” form.


Transportation/Scheduling

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation to and from clinical sites. You are not to skip any class to take part in a clinical experience. Clinical hours must be completed outside the meeting times of scheduled coursework. A dispositions concern will be filed for those who do not comply.

Most of the school partnerships are located outside Bloomington-Normal, so you will need to arrange transportation. The coordinator of clinical experiences places multiple teacher candidates at the same school sites to facilitate shared rides/carpools.


Placement Process

For clinical experiences associated with ENG 194: your methods instructors will provide information and documentation forms. Contact the clinical coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.

For clinical experiences associated with ENG 296 and ENG 297 your course schedule should have a 3-4 hour block of time during public school hours for the consecutive weeks of your field experience. The clinical hours are to be arranged at the teacher’s convenience, not yours, in consideration of your availability. Most clinical host teachers welcome your active participation in instructional assisting, micro-teaching, and small group work; however, you must be assertive rather than “observe passively.” It is not realistic to accommodate your clinical host teacher’s schedule by communicating that you have “only Friday” open.

If you have already been confirmed for student teaching, you may complete the clinicals for ENG 297 at that school. Notify the clinical coordinator for prior approval to do so. You are required to complete 100 clinical hours prior to student teaching.


Coordinator Contact:

Eileen Bularzik: embular@ilstu.edu


Continuance Policy

The director monitors the progress of all teacher candidates admitted to the program through completion of student teaching. Four areas, or competencies, are tracked for proficient performance with input from faculty and staff:

  1. Academic Competency-3.0 major GPA and 2.5 cumulative GPA must be maintained every semester
  2. Communicative Competency-communication skills (oral and written; speaking, listening, lesson delivery, intrapersonal, interpersonal)
  3. Affective Competency-resilience, maturity, emotional strength and stamina, self-awareness, ability to assess, adapt, and respond appropriately to the demands of an environment (off campus school sites included) and others
  4. Behavioral Competency-the eight indicators of professionalism known as edDispositions: **collaboration, honesty/integrity, respect, reverence for learning, emotional maturity, reflection, flexibility, and responsibility

Your continuance may be halted if you do not demonstrate acceptable performance in one or more of these four competencies.

 


edDispositions

These eight indicators** (see above) address the attitudes, commitments, beliefs, and actions demonstrated by professional educators in their interactions with students, families, colleagues, administrators, and communities.

Each teacher candidate should regularly self-assess strengths and areas for growth and improvement.

A disposition concern signals to a teacher candidate that an unacceptable action or behavior occurred and was documented. The individual (university faculty/staff; clinical partner site faculty/staff) who files the disposition will meet and discuss the concern with you, explain if it is resolvable or unresolvable, and discuss the action steps needed to improve this aspect of professionalism. It is uncommon for a teacher candidate to accrue the total of three dispositions that results in removal from the program.

Ethics codes are common to all professions as expectations for performance, often with their “clients” interests and well-being in mind (lawyers, doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers). During annual orientation sessions, the director will review: ISBE Code of Ethics; Illinois Professional Teaching Standards; ISU Site Code; and the Ethics Code for English Teacher Education (a summary of the other codes).


Academic Probation

At the conclusion of each semester, the Director of English Education reviews the semester grades for all teacher candidates in English. Any teacher candidate whose GPA falls below minimum major and/or cumulative GPA requirements is placed on academic probation the subsequent semester.

The probationary period is one semester in duration with monitoring of candidate progress by Director and program faculty/staff. *[Enrollment in ENG 296 during the probationary period is the director’s discretion.] A candidate who has failed to restore minimum academic requirements by the end of the probationary period is withdrawn from English Teacher Education and enrolled in English Studies. A major in English Studies does not fulfill requirements for teacher licensure.


Gateway 1 Deadline

GATEWAY 1 COMPLETION DEADLINES: Effective January 1, 2016

Freshmen: ISU incoming freshmen-Spring semester program admits
Freshmen admitted to the English Teacher Education sequence during a spring semester must complete Gateway 1 no later than the first day of registration for the following fall semester. Failure to complete Gateway 1 by the beginning of the October registration period will result in removal from the program.

Students removed from the program will not be required to drop the current semester’s scheduled coursework. Should they complete all program continuance requirements at a later date, they may apply for Readmission to the program. * See Readmission Policy below. Consult your advisor for more information.

Transfer Students: Attended another college or University before enrolling at ISU
Transfer students admitted to the English Teacher Education sequence during a fall semester must complete Gateway 1 no later than the first day of registration of the following spring semester. Failure to complete Gateway 1 by the beginning of the February registration period will result in removal from the program.

Transfer students admitted to the English Teacher Education sequence during a spring semester must complete Gateway 1 no later than the first day of registration of the following fall semester. Failure to complete Gateway 1 by the beginning of the October registration period will result in removal from the program.

Students removed from the program will not be required to drop the current semester’s scheduled coursework. Should they complete all program continuance requirements at a later date, they may apply for Readmission to the program. * See Readmission Policy below. Consult your advisor for more information.

Note: External transfers should complete the TAP/ACT/SAT test score requirement before completing any other element of Gateway 1.

Internal Transfers: Currently enrolled ISU students switching from another major or undeclared into English Education
Internal transfers admitted to the English Teacher Education sequence must complete Gateway 1 no later than the first day of registration during their first semester as an English Education major. For example, internal transfer students who receive notice of their acceptance during a fall semester must complete Gateway 1 in the following spring semester by the beginning of the February registration period. Failure to complete Gateway 1 by the deadline will result in removal from the program.

Students removed from the program will not be required to drop the current semester’s scheduled coursework. Should they complete all program continuance

requirements at a later date, they may apply for Readmission to the program. *See Readmission Policy below. Consult your advisor for more information.

Gateway Requirements

Readmission Policy

A student withdrawn from English Teacher Education may reapply once minimum academic requirements for the program are met. Minimum academic requirements inlcude: official documentation of a qualifying score on the TAP, ACT, or SAT test; major GPA 3.0 minimum and cumulative GPA 2.5. In all cases, withdrawal from the program results in delayed graduation. No exceptions will be made in course sequences or prerequisites to expedite program completion.

Any student interested in readmission should contact the Director of English Education to indicate his/her intent to re-apply. At that time, the Director will explain the formal application process, which includes the following:

  • A formal written statement,
  • A formal interview conducted by the Director with one additional staff or faculty member present,
  • One recommendation letter from an ISU staff or faculty member that addresses strengths relevant to the student’s future promise as a teacher.

* Note: Transfer students must present documentation of a qualifying TAP, ACT, or SAT score before they may proceed with the steps above.

Students who seek readmission should note that the application process takes place at the end of the semester (Fall or Spring) in which minimum academic requirements are met. Readmission is NOT automatic upon completion of the process. Applications are reviewed in the context of the limited cohort space (availability) and competitive pool of applicants (highly qualified=above the minimum requirements).

A student who anticipates meeting both major and cumulative GPA’s at the conclusion of Fall or Spring term will be asked to submit the personal statement and recommendation letter before the end of final examination week. The interview will be scheduled to take place after official grades are posted. Should the candidate NOT restore GPA’s, the interview will be canceled, and the application will be withdrawn. Readmission status will be determined and announced before the start of the next semester. If readmitted, teacher candidates will be able to resume teacher preparation courses, based on availability at the time of registration in the cohort they join.

 


Student Teaching

Application Meeting

You will apply for student teaching three semesters prior to the student teaching semester. You will be notified about a mandatory application meeting that you MUST attend. Failure to attend this meeting will make you ineligible to apply for student teaching. Failure to attend this meeting will result in a meeting with the Director of English Education and a disposition concern. To be admitted to this application meeting, you must show proof of enrollment in or credit for TCH 216.

Applicants may still be halted from continuance after the student teaching application has been submitted. A delay in the student teaching semester and graduation will result. (see handbook on Continuance)

*If you plan to apply for the Professional Development School experience, you must have either passed the Test of Academic Proficiency or achieved the qualifying ACT or SAT score set by ISBE. Director approval is required for application to the PDS program.

*If you plan to apply for the University High School internship experience (deadline end of January), please notify the Coordinator of Student Teaching.

When you apply to student teach, you may indicate preferences for your placement. These preferences in no way guarantee placement at these schools. If you turn down the first placement offered to you, we are not required to arrange another. You will NOT be placed at any high school you attended.

It is recommended that you have grades of "B" or better in all English courses. As an example, if you received a "C" in American Literature, but still have a 3.0 GPA, you should consider retaking an American Literature course. Be aware that school administrators and staff frequently reject student teaching applicants who don't meet this GPA requirement. Be aware that principals and other school personnel review academic transcripts in their entirety as they consider student teaching applicants.

The weaker your academic record, the more likely your placement will be rejected by reviewers, thus requiring an extended review period as your application travels from one school to the next. Student teaching is not an entitlement and depends on the degree to which your application persuades reviewers that you possess the content and pedagogical knowledge essential to effective teaching.

All major and general education requirements must be completed prior to student teaching. In order to student teach, all English major courses and Professional

Education courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Students are not allowed to take any other classes while they are student teaching.


Overview of the Experience

You will be enrolled in STT399 Student Teaching for 12 credit hours that are earned between the official start and end dates of the 13 week experience. You will be placed in a high school English classroom with a licensed teacher who will be your cooperating teacher and mentor. (With a Middle Level endorsement completed, a candidate might be placed in a middle or junior high school through December 2017).

A university supervisor, usually a retired ELA teacher trained by our program, oversees your progress by: responding to weekly LiveText journals, observing and evaluating your lesson planning and lesson delivery skills, serving as the liaison between the cooperating teacher and the ETE program, and coaching you to become an effective and reflective teacher.

The student teaching grade consists of two 6 hour blocks; you will receive one letter grade for each segment. The final student teaching grade represents evaluation and input from your cooperating teacher, university supervisor, coordinator of student teaching , and the program’s director. See the student teaching course syllabus for more information on the assignments and assessments included in the final student teaching grade(s).


edTPA

Educational Teacher Performance Assessment

Teacher candidates are required to submit a student teaching portfolio that includes lesson plans, video clips, and student work samples. The portfolio should explain your work completing each of these tasks:

Task 1-Planning for Instruction and Assessment
Task 2-Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning
Task 3-Assessing Student Learning

State law mandates that student teachers complete an external portfolio assessment submitted online according to deadlines set by the Center for Teacher Education (CTE). The portfolio is considered an evidence-based assessment of candidates' capacity to plan, instruct and assess. Beginning Fall 2015, achieving a passing score on the edTPA is both a licensure and graduation requirement.

The score is determined by 15 rubrics (5 point scale) with a 75 point total.(Passing Scores for 2016-17: 35; 2017-18: 37; 2018-19: 39; 2019-20: 41).

Many resource supports are available throughout the sequence and during student teaching to develop the skill sets assessed by the edTPA and to offer appropriate assistance (as defined by SCALE/edTPA) in preparing the portfolio for submission. For more information go to the Lauby Teacher Education Center website.


Expectations

Attendance at the following is mandatory: a two-day Professional Issues Seminar at the beginning of the student teaching experience, the edTPA workshop, a one-day Exit Seminar at the end of the student teaching experience, and a Career Fair that occurs during the senior year. These meetings are held on campus.

The time commitment required for student teaching is so great, that you should not be working part-time while you are student teaching (13 weeks).

It is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to provide his/her transportation to and from the school site.

See the student teaching syllabus for additional information.

Contact the Coordinator of Student Teaching: Linda Lienhart


Licensure

Completion of the English Teacher Education Sequence, including a pass score on the edTPA and a C or better for the student teaching grade, fulfills the state licensure requirements for a grades 9 – 12 English Language Arts teacher. Licensure requirements are subject to change according to mandates of the State Teacher Licensure Board or the Illinois Legislature. The advising information you receive will reflect new or revised mandates, that may, with little notice, necessitate changes in a teacher candidate’s course of study.

The English Education Advisor will present information to student teachers at the Professional Issues Seminar and the Exit Seminar.

Contact the English Education Advisor: TBA