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Online Secondary English Language Arts Courses

The Utah State Office of Education, in partnership with UEN, is offering online courses to better meet the needs of those Utah educators who are pursuing their English endorsement, especially those in rural districts. These courses are developed by Utah teachers to support teaching the Utah Core Standards; building student’s reading stamina for increased text complexity; and effective use of the cognitive rigor matrix to prepare students for the end of level assessments and success in college and career. Writing and Close reading rubrics will be used to support their use with students to become independent and self-directed learners. The courses are also designed to support teachers in the use of the Utah Teaching Effectiveness Standards as they redesign their instruction based on assessment data from the new assessment system.

Course designs are aligned to the principles of adult learning, based on the Vella approach to Dialogue Education, and support high quality, collaborative learning that will be immediately relevant and applicable to one’s teaching.

Priority will be given to those teachers who are on State Approved Endorsement Plans with districts and are already teaching secondary English. Both those teachers on SAEPs and those who are completing the requirements for an English Endorsement will be awarded credit with successful completion of weekly learning tasks, an end-of-course survey and a final Capstone Project that has direct application to the classroom. Utah teachers who are participating for their ongoing professional growth will be awarded credit with successful completion of weekly learning tasks, an end-of-course survey and a final reflective essay on their changed teaching practices.

Professional development courses are designed for Short Learning Intervals: either 8 weeks (2.0 SUU credits) or 4 weeks (1.0 SUU credits). We have also divided up the Teaching Argument Writing course so that Part One is available in September, after teachers and school teams (PLCs and departments) have received the baseline results from the SAGE assessment: specifically the argument writing and constructed responses. Part Two of Argument Writing will be available in the Winter Trimester.

Cost
The only cost will be the recording fee payable to our education partner, SUU. Currently this is $21 per credit hour. SUU is working with us so these courses receive higher education credit and are recorded on a college transcript. There is no requirement that you are a matriculated student at SUU. Any licensed Utah K-12 teacher who wishes to take these courses can register.

Participation Criteria for English Endorsement courses:

The endorsement courses are designed specifically for Utah educators. Acceptance into the courses is based on this prioritized criteria:

  1. Utah teachers on SAEP (State Approved Endorsement Plan) in English (that is, already teaching an SECONDARY English course with two years to complete requirements);
  2. Licensed Utah teachers seeking an English endorsement who need the course to fulfill a requirement;
  3. Licensed Utah teachers with an English endorsement and already teaching in a Utah school.

January 2015
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Methods Courses for English Endorsement:

Content Courses for English Endorsement: Professional Development Courses:
May 2015
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Professional Development Courses:

September 2015
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Methods Courses for English Endorsement:

Content Courses for English Endorsement: Professional Development Courses:

Course Descriptions:

Secondary English Endorsement Courses To BE Offered Fall and Winter Trimesters until 2016 after SUU approval

ELA: Methods Courses for English Endorsement

ELA: Methods Courses for English Endorsement - Teaching Secondary Language Arts (3.0 Credits)
This course is for those who are seeking an English endorsement as an addition to their Utah 6-12 Teaching license. Priority will be given to those teachers already teaching English in rural and high need districts in grades 6-12 and have only two years to complete the necessary course work as identified on their State Approved Endorsement Plans from the Utah State Office of Education. This course will focus on teaching literacy based on the Utah Core Standards: Reading a wide range of literary genres and literary non-fiction; Writing with a focus on argument; Listening and Speaking.

ELA: Methods Courses for English Endorsement - Teaching Writing to Adolescents (3.0 Credits)
AUDIENCE: Educators on State Approved Endorsement Plans and others who want to attach an English Endorsement to their Utah secondary teaching license. Also for new teachers as well as experienced educators who want to more effectively integrate writing instruction into their classes, focusing on the new Utah Core Standards.

DESCRIPTION: A high participation course that supports the Utah Core Standard 9-10 in writing: By the end of grade 12, students will write over extended time frame (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes and audiences. Writers will draw from literary and non-literary texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

ELA: Methods Courses for English Endorsement - Content Literacy Instruction (3.0 Credits)
This course focuses on the use of all literacy skills subjects as aligned with the Utah content literacy standards in grades 6-12: science, social studies, and technical subjects. This course is designed for teachers who are completing their English Endorsement requirements. Priority will be given to those teachers already teaching in rural and high need districts in Utah.

ELA: Methods Courses for English Endorsement - Adolescent Literature (3.0 Credits)
This course is for educators on State Approved Endorsement Plans and others who want to attach an English Endorsement to their Utah secondary teaching license. Also for those educators already teaching Adolescent Literature and want to re-design their course based on the new Utah Core Standards. Participants will be actively engaged in the course content that focuses on a wide range of literary texts and genres, including literary non-fiction.

ELA: Content Courses for English Endorsement

ELA: Content Courses for English Endorsement - American Literature I (3.0 Credits)
This course is a survey course from the Puritan period to 1800 and will include a wide range of literary genres as well as literary non-fiction and relevant historical documents. This course is designed for those teachers who are already teaching American Literature or those who are on a State Approved Endorsement Plan to complete requirements for the English Endorsement in rural and high need districts.

ELA: Content Courses for English Endorsement - American Literature 2 (3.0 Credits)
This course is a survey course from 1800 to the present and will include a wide range of literary genres as well as literary non-fiction and relevant historical documents. This course is designed for those teachers who are already teaching American Literature or those who are on a State Approved Endorsement Plan to complete requirements for the English Endorsement in rural and high need districts.

ELA: Content Courses for English Endorsement - British Literature (3.0 Credits)
This course is for teachers on State Approved Endorsement Plans and others who want to attach an English Endorsement to their Utah secondary teaching license. Also for those educators already teaching British Literature and want to re-design their course based on the new Utah Core Standards. This course is a survey course that supports Utah Core Reading Standard 10: By the end of the year students will read and understand literary non-fiction as well as a wide range of literary texts, including stories, dramas, poems, and novels. Texts will be used from various sources that represent British Literature perspectives and include the Stanford Design Thinking approach to high quality instruction.

ELA: Content Courses for English Endorsement - Multi-Ethnic Literature (3.0 Credits)
This course in world and minority literature represents a broad spectrum of cultures, genders, races, and nationalities. The course will focus on teaching the Utah Core Standards in reading and writing and will provide a range of culminating projects for Utah teachers in grades 6-12. This course fulfills one of the course requirements for an English Endorsement.

ELA: Professional Development Courses

ELA: Professional Development Courses - Argument Writing I (2.0 Credits, USOE or SUU)
This course is an introduction to argument writing and is for Utah teachers who are teaching the Utah Core Standards. This course provides a wide range of resources to better support students in grades 6-12. This course will not fulfill an English Endorsement requirement. Offered in the Fall trimester.

ELA: Professional Development Courses - Argument Writing 2 (2.0 Credits, USOE or SUU)
This course is an advanced course in argument writing and is for Utah teachers who are teaching the Utah Core Standards. This course provides a wide range of resources to better support students in grades 6-12. This course will not fulfill an English Endorsement requirement. Offered in the Spring trimester.

ELA: Professional Development Courses - Student-centered Instruction across Content through Design Thinking (2.0 Credits, USOE or SUU)
Create student-centered instruction which demonstrates characteristics of a "highly-effective" classroom according to the Utah Effective Teaching Standards. Design Thinking is a human-centered creative problem-solving model that can be utilized in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math content areas to implement the Utah Core Standards. Design Thinking instruction is engaging, meaningful, authentic, and worthwhile. Your students will not want to leave your classroom. But Wait...is that a good thing? For teachers in Grades K-8. Offered in the Spring and Fall.

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