English Teaching Major (B.A.)

English Teaching Major (B.A.)

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What is English teaching?

Do you enjoy working with young adults? Do you love to share your enthusiasm for literature? Do you like to help others with their writing? If so, consider becoming an English teacher. This program will prepare you to teach middle- or high-school level English. You’ll study English literature and grammar, human development and learning, the education system and teaching practices. In your senior year, you’ll be able to apply for a fifth year of study and internship to fulfill New Hampshire’s teaching certification requirements.

Why study English teaching at UNH?

With the fifth year of study, this program allows you to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education degree. As a certified teacher in New Hampshire, you’ll also be qualified to teach in several other states. We offer study-abroad programs at Cambridge University and in London. You’ll find inspiration through our Writers and Speakers Series, which invites published writers and prominent literary scholars from around the country to talk about their work, as well as through a variety of local programs offering opportunities to get involved with teaching English as a second language, primary and secondary education, and writing.

Potential careers

  • Adult education teacher
  • English teacher
  • ESL program coordinator
  • Principal
  • Writer


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    If you want to be successful, there’s simply no substitute for putting in the time and effort, says Parker Gauthier. An English education major from Dover, N.H., Parker never confused himself with Bill Nye The Science Guy and frankly admits to being “the kind of person who reads Emerson, Thoreau,...
    English Teaching Major
    If you want to be successful, there’s simply no substitute for putting in the time and effort, says Parker Gauthier. An English education major from Dover, N.H., Parker never confused himself with Bill Nye The Science Guy and frankly admits to being “the kind of person who reads Emerson, Thoreau,...

Curriculum & Requirements

Are you passionate about serving your community? Do you enjoy reading, writing, creative thinking and imagination? Are you eager to shape the future? The English teaching major could be a wonderful choice for you!

English teaching majors synthesize knowledge across areas — literature, language, composition, speaking, listening, identity, linguistics and education, just to name a few. We think critically and collaborate. We spark learning and we study it. We evaluate texts and resources, examine literacy skills, consider appropriate media, and design reading and writing opportunities and instruction in a variety of contexts. In particular, the English teaching major focuses on preparing future teachers and educational leaders, but the skills students learn are valuable in many settings, from the classroom to the workplace to the broader world.

The goal of the English teaching major is to prepare informed, thoughtful, and skilled English teachers who will become educational leaders in their own communities and in the teaching profession. In the English Department, students learn about literature, cultural theories of race and identity, composition, grammar, a variety of textual and digital media, and instructional practices appropriate to grades five through twelve. In the Education Department, students learn about human development, the history of schooling, and many philosophical perspectives on learning and education.

Finally, students who choose to complete our master's program will complete a yearlong teaching internship where they collaborate with a teacher to apply their knowledge in a classroom and fulfill the requirements for teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Students who complete this program are uniquely well prepared to become leaders in the profession over the long term. State certification is transferable to most other states, and, after five years, 88.7% of UNH master’s program graduates report that they are teaching or employed in an education-related job. Join the English teaching major and turn your passion for English into a fulfilling career serving your community!

Completion of the undergraduate teaching major does not in itself meet state certification requirements. Students should enroll in the undergraduate major and:

Pass the following courses with an average of 2.5 or better:

ENGL 419Writing About Literature4
ENGL 514British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations4
ENGL 516American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved4
ENGL 657Shakespeare4
Select one of the following:8
ENGL 725
ENGL 726
Seminar in English Teaching
and Seminar in English Teaching
ENGL 710
ENGL 792
Teaching Writing
and Teaching Literature and Literacy
ENGL 791English Grammar4
Two additional literature courses numbered 600 or above 18
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and radical theories 20-4
Any English department course in writing, linguistics, critical theory, film, or literature 34
Complete the Discovery Program capstone for English Teaching majors:
ENGL 789Special Topics in English Teaching4
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4

English teaching majors should apply for the fifth-year teaching internship and master's degree program by fall or spring of their senior year (usually September 30 for the internship and November 1 or February 1 for the master's program). Students with a GPA of 3.2 or better can apply for the master's degree program in their junior year. If accepted early, the student can earn graduate credit for up to three undergraduate English or education courses.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of Arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

English teaching majors may use one major-required course to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.

Majors may only count one online course towards their English major requirements.

Students interested in majoring in English teaching should consult Carla Cannizzaro, coordinator of the Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313, or the director of the English teaching program, Prof. Alecia Magnifico.

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