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Year by Year in the CAL Major
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First Year

• Take English 111 as soon as possible (ideally, in the fall), and earn a B or better.
     If you take ENG 111 in the fall, you can take ENG 290 in the spring.
• Take CMST 191, and earn a B or better.
• Take a Math course numbered 100 or higher, and earn a C or better.  We recommend MATH 202, which offers good preparation for the MTLE basic skills test in math.
• Keep your GPA above 2.75.  The higher your GPA, the more quickly you will get into the Education program.
• Begin preparing for your application to the Teacher Education Program.
• Other courses to take, if available: HERS 204, MCOM 280, THAD 141, ENG 220.
• Begin saving documents for your various portfolios (English, Professional Educator, Extracurricular Activities, etc.)   Expect to create multiple portfolios throughout your educational and professional careers.  Each portfolio will address a different specific audience.

• Summer: Take your MTLE basic skills exams.

 
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Second Year

• Complete your application to the Teacher Education Program.  
      Dates, times, and locations will be announced in the WSU Update.
      If you don't gain admission to the Education program this year, it will probably take you more than four years to compete your degree.
• If you haven't taken ENG 290 yet, do so as quickly as possible.
• The semester after admission to the Teacher Education Program, take EFRT 401 and 461.
• Other courses to take, if available: ENG 222, ENG 240, CMST 282, SPED 300.
• Take a variety of courses each semester: literature, writing, communication studies, etc.
• Avoid taking two literature surveys (ENG 301-305) or two writing-intensive courses in the same semester.
• Continue assembling and organizing portfolio materials.

 
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Third Year

• Continue taking a variety of courses each semester: ENG, CMST, EFRT, EDUC.
• Watch out for special registration requirements for EDUC 429 and EFRT 459.
• Take EFRT 449 (before you take English 402).
• Take EDUC 429 (before you take English 402).
• Apply for student teaching one year in advance.
• Apply for graduation one year in advance.
• Consider taking your MTLE content area and pedagogy exams.
• Continue assembling and organizing portfolio materials.

 
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Fourth Year

• Take EFRT 459/462, ENG 402, and ENG 490 the semester before you student teach.  If you will be student teaching in fall, take ENG 240 and EDUC 429 before you take English 402
• Take your MTLE content area and pedagogy exams if you have not already done so.
• Complete your portfolios.
• Double check your licensure and graduation requirements.
• Make the most of your student teaching experience.

 
  More detailed information from the Education Department is available at the Education Advising Website.  The dates, deadlines, and other information on this website are updated each semester.  
 

Rob Brault has designed this website for the use of Communication Arts & Literature Teaching
Majors and Minors at Winona State University.  It is for advising purposes only.  This is not an official WSU document.
The Registrar rules.

Page last updated October 22, 2013.

 
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