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 provide 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:

ENG 2300 Advanced Writing Theory & Grammar

A course for students who have mastered college-ready writing and whose academic or career objectives require professional-level writing skills. This class is designed to introduce students to theories of written communication; expand their rhetorical skills; improve the clarity, accuracy, grammar, and structure of their writing; and give them experience writing for different audiences across a variety of platforms (including digital media). In addition to extensive writing, the course involves interactive workshops where students learn to give and receive useful feedback to improve their and others’ writing.

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.

LIT 3000 Classics of World Literature

An exploration of major works of world literature representing a variety of genres, periods, and/or cultures (excluding American and British). 

LIT 3670 Young Adult Literature

A study of the history, characteristics, genres, and cultural and pedagogical significance of young adult literature. This course also addresses issues related to the teaching and study of young adult literature such as censorship, diversity, and curriculum development. 

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.