English Teaching Major - Bachelor of Arts
The English Teaching major is designed for students wishing to teach English in middle or high schools. Completion of this undergraduate major does not in itself, however, meet state certification requirements. To meet these requirements, students should enroll in the undergraduate major and, by September 15 of their senior year, apply for the fifth-year teaching internship and master's degree program.
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These requirements apply to students entering the major in fall 2010 and beyond. If you entered the major in an earlier semester, please see the links at the bottom of the page.
The English Teaching concentration is a five-year program that prepares prospective teachers of middle- and high-school English (grades 5-12).
Undergraduates are registered as majors within the English Department and receive a B.A. in English Teaching upon completion of four years of study.
This degree does not provide state certification; students who wish to be certified must apply for admission to graduate study within the Education Department. Certification requires an additional year of course work and internship.
Most, or all, of the work for a Master’s Degree may also be completed during this fifth year.
- All prospective English Teaching Majors should enroll in Education 500 as early as possible.
- English 405 ‘Introduction to Linguistics’ is recommended for English Teaching majors as one of their Discovery Program requirements.
- English Teaching majors must have a 2.5 grade point average in the following English courses:
|English 419: Writing About Literature*
|ENGL 514: British Literature Survey, 1800-present|
|ENGL 516: American Literature Survey, Civil War to present|
|Any English Department course in writing, linguistics, critical theory, film, or literature
(except ENGL 401, 403, 415, and 444)
|ENGL 657: Shakespeare|
|ENGL 718, English Linguistics OR ENGL 791, English Grammar|
|Two literature courses 600 or above.
(One may be satisfied by ENGL 512 or ENGL 513.)
(Note: these two courses are in addition to the 600 and 700-level courses above.)
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories.
Choose from***: 517, 540, 550, 609, 690, 738, 739, 740, 693R, 797R.
Note: The course used to fulfill this requirement may be double counted within the ‘Two literature courses 600 or above’ OR ‘Any English Department course…’ requirement area.
Teaching majors who intend to get dual certification in English and ESOL may use ENGL/LING 719 and its pre-req ENGL/LING 405 to satisfy this area.
Please review the Detailed Course Packet for the current semester for information about classes approved to satisfy this requirement.
Either ENGL 725 and ENGL 726, a two-semester course, Seminar in English Teaching OR
(Note: EDUC 703 is NOT a substitute for ENGL 792.)
|EDUC 500, Exploring Teaching|
|English Teaching Majors Capstone: ENGL 729 'Special Topics in English Teaching'|
*English 419 must be completed with a minimum grade of C within one semester of declaring the major. Formerly titled 'Intro to Literary Analysis'.
**A minimum grade of C- is required in all English courses taken to fulfill major requirements (*except ENGL 419).
***Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.
Students in the English Teaching Major are also encouraged to take some of the university’s Education courses as electives. The following education courses are required for state certification and the Master’s degree: Education 700/800, 701/801, 705/805, and 751B/851B.
Please note: Education 705/805 is a prerequisite for admission into the year-long teaching internship in the M.Ed./M.A.T. program.
A minimum grade of B- is required in most EDUC courses. Please see your advisor for details.
- To graduate, a student must earn a total of 128 credits.
- Effective Fall 2014: Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.
- This rule does not apply to English courses taken to satisfy the Discovery Inquiry requirement or the Discovery Capstone requirement.
- English majors may NOT take ENGL 534 to satisfy the Environment, Technology & Society (ETS) requirement in Discovery.
- English majors may NOT take ENGL 515 to satisfy the Historical Perspectives (HP) requirement in Discovery.
- English 415 'Literature and...' classes may NOT be used to satisfy ENGL major or minor requirements.
- E-COURSE RULE: Majors entering the department in Fall 2012 and beyond may only count one online course towards their English major requirements.
Requirement Checklist (applies to students who entered the major prior to fall 2010 but after January 2008).
Requirement Checklist (applies to students who entered the major between Fall 2010 - Spring 2015).
Students who entered the major prior to January 2008 must fulfill the major requirements in effect at that time.