English Education


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.

Course Requirements for a B.A. in English Education


Examples of courses in this major:

LIT 2200 American Literature I (1600 to 1850)

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.

LIT 3280 Shakespeare

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.

ENG 3340 Supervision of School Publications

A study of the advising, writing, editing, layout and design, organization and business management of school newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines.

LIT 3270 World Literature

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.

SED 1000 Teaching School in America

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. 

SED 4620  Methods of Teaching Secondary English

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.