English Education

Program Overview

Do you want a career as a high school or middle school English teacher? This track of the English major, coupled with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Secondary Education, trains students to enter the teaching profession in English Language Arts at the secondary level.

This track is designed for two kinds of students: those who wish to double major in English and in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts; and those further along in their academic careers who major in English and then, following graduation, wish to enter UC’s Secondary Education graduate program to receive a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction plus licensure to teach. Students who earn a Bachelor’s degree in English with a track in English Education with the intent on applying to graduate school should take English as the first major and fulfill the requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences. Students who are early in their academic careers should declare English Education as a second major and Secondary Education (in the College of Education) as the first major. 

Students in the English Education track receive training that will make them more competitive on the job market. The courses they take provide a thorough knowledge of literature and approaches to literary and cultural analysis, as well as instruction in effective stylistic, analytic, and creative writing. Through the Secondary Education major, students also have opportunities to study drama and/or journalism, because Secondary English teachers are often asked to supervise a school’s drama program or to advise the school newspaper or yearbook. This track has been specially designed to align with a major in Secondary Education so that students don't have to take extra classes to achieve a double major.


English Major: English Education Requirements Checklist
This electronic requirement checklist can be completed and used during advising sessions or utilized to track the progress toward your degree.

  • „A minimum of 36 credit hours is required.
  • „Only courses listed on this checklist count toward the major. If you wish to substitute a course, before taking it you must submit a petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for English. Please note that you will also need permission to substitute from the Secondary Education program.
  • „English Composition (ENGL 1001) is a prerequisite to any English Education coursework.
  • „Although not required, it is highly recommended to complete the composition sequence (ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition or equivalent) prior to taking upper-level English courses.
  • „No credit toward the English major is earned for 1000- or 2000-level composition courses.
  • „Since the curriculum for a major in English Education is designed to align with the curriculum for Secondary Education in Language Arts, students should consult advisors in both programs prior to registering for classes.

English Education Track courses – take all of the following:

  • „ENGL 2075 – Introduction to Literature
  • „ENGL 2007 – American Literature Survey I
  • „ENGL 2008 – American Literature Survey II
  • „ENGL 2134 – Survey of English Literature I
  • „ENGL 2135 – Survey of English Literature II
  • „ENGL 3125 – Introduction to Critical Theory
  • „ENGL 3006 – Introduction to Shakespeare
  • „ENGL 3054 – Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • „World Literature course – choose one of the following:
    • ENGL 2021 – World Literature I
    • ENGL 2022 – World Literature II
  • „Writing course – choose one of the following:
    • ENGL 3076 – Writing With Style
    • ENGL 3046 – Modern English Grammar

  • „Ethnic Literature – Choose one, including but not limited to these courses:
    • ENGL 2080 – Ethnic Literatures of the United States
    • ENGL 2082 – African American Poetry
    • ENGL 2059 – American Jewish Literature
    • ENGL 3042 – Topics in American Ethnic Literature
    • ENGL 3043 – Race in African American Literature
    • ENGL 3047 – Jews and Race
    • ENGL 3095 – Race, Ethnicity, and Film
    • ENGL 3041 – Introduction to American Ethnic Literature
  • „Capstone Course – should be taken near the end of the English major:
    • ENGL 4089 – Advanced Composition for Teachers

  • „Courses outside of English that must be taken prior to applying to UC’s program for the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree plus Secondary Education Licensure are:
    • COMM 1071 Introduction to Public Speech
    • COMM 2002 Persuasion and Civic Engagement
    • COMM 2026 Introduction to Mediated Communication
    • One course in Journalism or one course in Drama (see below)
      • Journalism courses that fulfill the requirement are limited to:
        • JOUR 1030 Principles of American Journalism
        • JOUR 2010 Reporting and Writing
        • JOUR 2020: Media Law & Ethics
        • JOUR 2035 Visual Reporting and Storytelling
        • JOUR 3005 Feature Writing and In-Depth Reporting
        • JOUR 3075 Magazine Writing
      • Drama courses that fulfill the requirement include but are not limited to:
        • ENGL 2040 Topics in Drama
        • ENGL 2041 21st Century American Drama
        • ENGL 3045 Modern American Drama