The English Department offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree program in English education. This program has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Graduates are prepared to teach in middle, junior high, and senior high schools.
English education majors fulfill all the requirements for state certification, including practical experience in methods courses and student teaching; content preparation in a variety of literature, language, and composition courses; and philosophical background in current theories of teaching. Although most students choosing the English education major will be best prepared for the secondary school classroom, those who opt not to teach will find that their speaking, writing, and management skills may also be useful to the media, governmental services, and business.
Program requirements are available at the English Department office and in the English Education Handbook. Majors must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. They must be formally admitted to English Education, a process that includes application and screening within the English Department as well as an application to the teacher certification program in the College of Education and Communications. This screening involves review of the student’s portfolio of written work and faculty evaluations as well as an interview with English education faculty. Refer to the section “Admission to Teacher Education and Certification” in the College of Education and Communications section of this catalog and the English Education Handbook.
See requirements leading to teacher certification, titled “3-Step Process for Teacher Education” in the College of Education and Communications section of section of this catalog.