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Education Generalist Emphasis - Literacy Focus

On this page: Learn about the education generalist emphasis with a focus in literacy education, and see the course list for this emphasis, including suggested upper division course sequence for junior and senior years.


This emphasis is preparation for teaching in elementary school and is open only to transfer students who have completed the Transfer Model Curriculum.

Middle School Subject Matter Authorization (ISMA)

Note: Students who choose the literacy focus in this emphasis complete the 32 units and specific coursework required to earn a Middle School Subject Matter Authorization in English, provided they earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each course. When coupled with a multiple subject credential, this authorization allows individuals to teach elementary school or English in middle school if they so desire.

Letter Grade Requirement

All courses, except LIB S 498, must be taken for a letter grade and cannot be taken CR/NC.

Literacy Focus Course List

Table 1: Core Subject Area - Liberal Studies (4 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)
LS 300 (field experience required) (prerequisite: ED 200)

Assessment in Liberal Studies (1 unit) LS 498 (prerequisite: LS 300)


 

Table 2: Core Subject Area - Math & Science (10 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Statistics & Probability in Elementary Math (3 units)
Math 312 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Algebra of Change (3 units)
Math 313 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Processes & Inquiry in the Physical Sciences (4 units)
PHYS 412


Table 3: Core Subject Area - Social & Behavioral Science (3 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Linguistics and English (3 units)
LING 420 (This is a prerequisite class for LING 430 and LING 452.) 

 

Table 4: Core Subject Area - Humanities (18 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Children's Literature (3 units)
ENGL 306A (must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306W)

Advanced Composition (3 units - grade of "C" or better satisfies GWAR)
ENGL 306W must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306A)

United States History for Teachers (3 units)
HIST 413 (prerequisite: WPA score of 8 or RWS 280/281 with a "C" or better)

World History (3 units)
HIST 411
Visual/Performing Arts or Education #1 (choose 1 course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)
Pre-major or MajorVisual/Performing Arts or Education #2 (choose a second course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)

 *Only one ED/SPED class, not both, can be used in these areas. [Note: SPED 500 is a pre/ co-requisite for SPED 527.]

Table 5: Literacy Focus Classes (15 units total)

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Linguistics #1 (3 units) Choose 1 course from the following list:

  • LING 253/RWS 253: Grammar & Usage for Writers (same class, cross-listed) (required for students who score below 8 on the WPA) or 
  • LING 430: English Grammar for Prospective Teachers (rec for students who score 8 or above on the WPA) [Pre-requisite: LING 420]
  • LING 452: Language Acquisition [Pre-requisite: LING 420]

Linguistics #2 (3 units) Choose a second course from the following list:

  • LING 430: English Grammar for Prospective Teachers (rec for students who score 8 or above on the WPA) [Pre-requisite: LING 420]
  • LING 452: Language Acquisition [Pre-requisite: LING 420]

Theatre (3 units): THEA 310 or 315
Ethnic Literature (choose 1 class - 3 units):
AFRAS 365A/B or AMIND 430 or CSS 335 or CLT 470 or WNST 352

Children's Literature (choose 1 class - 3 units):
ENGL 501 or ENGL 502 or ENGL 503

 

Table 6: Lower Division Prep for the Major (9 units) 

 

 COURSE INFORMATION

"C" or betterPhysical Education of Children Theory & Activities (2 units)
ENS 241 A&B
 "C" or betterGeometry in Elementary Mathematics (3 units)
Math 211
 Children's Math Thinking (1 unit)
MTHED 212
 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (3 units)
Music 102

Math and Writing Assessments

Math Proficiency Assessment (MPA)

Underlined upper division classes are not open until you pass the Math Proficiency Assessment.  Footnotes in the Class Schedule contain information on enrollment restrictions for courses. Please read them carefully when searching for classes.

Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) Scores and Implications

Take the WPA the summer prior to Junior Semester I. The score you earn on the WPA will dictate the classes you need for your junior year and may impact your graduation date.

If you score:

  • 8 or above: No further lower-division writing classes required.
    • Use tables 9 and 10 (below) if you score 8 or above on the WPA. 
  • Less than 8: 
    • Ling/RWS 280– Required by the university
    • Ling/RWS 253 – Required by Liberal Studies
    • Use tables 7 and 8 (below) if you score lower than 8 on the WPA. 

 

Suggested Course Sequences, Junior and Senior Year

Table 7: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score below 8 on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional major prep (see above for classes)9Linguistics #1: LING 253 3
Intro. to Liberal Studies: LS 300 (field experience)3THEA 310/315 3
RWS 2803Ethnic Literature choice (see above)3


Topics in Elementary Math: Math 313 3

 Visual/Performing Arts or Education #1 (see above) 3
  15  15


Table 8: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year  (score below 8 on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
American History for Teachers: HIST 4133Statistics & Probability: Math 312 3
Processes & Inquiry in Physics: PHYS 4124Visual/Performing Arts or Education #2 3
Linguistics 4203World History: HIST 4113
English 306A & English 306W6Linguistics #23


Children's Literature choice (see above)1
 
Senior Assessment: LS 498 (CR/NCR only)
  16 16 

Table 9: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional major prep (see above for classes)9American History for Teachers: HIST 413 3
Intro. to Liberal Studies: LS 300 (field experience)3Linguistics 420 3
THEA 310/3153Ethnic Literature choice (see above)3


Topics in Elementary Math: Math 313 3

 Visual/Performing Arts or Education #1 3
  15  15


Table 10: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
Processes & Inquiry in Physics: PHYS 4124World History: HIST 411 3
Linguistics #1: (not LING 253)3Linguistics #2 3
Senior Assessment: LS 498 (CR/NCR only)1Children's Literature choice (see above)3
English 306A & English 306W6Statistics & Probability: Math 3123


Visual/Performing Arts or Education #23

 14
15 

 

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