The English Education program seeks to develop perceptive and critical thinking abilities through the study of literature and the English language and to furnish creative and researched methods of writing to express these insights. Students interested in teaching English and literature will leave furnished with a versatile communication skill set necessary to be successful in secondary education settings.
Guided by faculty in both the English program and the School of Education, English Education majors will learn from the best of both departments, so that they may successfully teach their own classes in the future.
Examples of courses in this major:
A survey of the development of American literature from colonial times through revolutionist, romantic and transcendentalist prose, poetry and fiction up to mid-19th century, augmented by select longer fictional works.
A study of the era, life and works of this great literary master, with a close reading and video viewing of his histories, comedies and tragedies as well as a study of his other poetic contributions.
A study of the advising, writing, editing, layout and design, organization and business management of school newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines.
A survey of the prominent literature from Europe as well as from the rest of the world, excluding Britain and the U.S.A. By examining epics, dramas, short stories, novels and poems, the student obtains a balanced background in the literary traditions that have arisen in diverse cultures.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college students in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
A study of the philosophy, curriculum and methods of teaching English at the secondary level, concentrating upon skills, knowledge and dispositions that need to be possessed by the teacher and fostered among students. Tutorial and observational contact with the secondary school is an integral part of the course.
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What others are saying:
During my time at Grace, some of my favorite classes were in the English program. As an English Education major, I was able to experience the best of both worlds by taking English and education classes. I know that the English classes prepared me well for the teaching world. During my student teaching semester, I referred to my notes and knowledge from the many English classes I took, including American Literature, Modern American Grammar, Shakespeare and Adolescent Literature. These classes, and my professors, helped me feel prepared to teach literature, grade essays, encourage students to read, teach grammar and focus on the students as people. In this department, the professors care to know you as a person. They are willing to meet with students one on one to help with the class. By the time I graduated, each professor knew me for who I was, not only academically, but they asked after me and my life. As one who chose this college because I didn't want to just be a number on a roster, that had immeasurable value. At Grace, you are prepared to be competent in whichever career field you choose, your professors care about who you are as a person, and you are encouraged to not only grow in your knowledge mentally, but also to develop who you are, your character, and then to give back to others in service.
—Katie Graham, English Education, 2013
As an English Education major, I loved that the English classes taught me to stretch my mind and respectfully debate ideas with others, while the education classes helped me learn how to nurture and lovingly challenge students. I was confronted with diverse beliefs in the literature we read, [which] presented a challenge to me, yet my professors gently pointed me toward truth. This is the kind of teacher that I want to be.
—Jillian Jones, English Education, 2013