English Studies, Middle and Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Licensure, BA/BS

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English Studies
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In Short

Within our English Studies major you can pursue initial licensure as a middle or high school English teacher.

Program Overview

This program provides you with a both a broad introduction to middle and high school teaching and specific instruction in the theory, research, and practice of secondary English teaching.

Throughout the program, you will engage in field-based experiences in the school setting supervised by our faculty, culminating in a formal teaching practicum.

If you're planning to teach you will have many fine models to emulate and will gain a solid grounding in both literature and in secondary school teaching methods. For practical teaching experience, you will be placed with some of the best high school teachers in the region, many of them graduates of our bachelor's or master's level programs.

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Experiential Opportunities

Student Publications

Whether you're looking to write fiction for our literary journal, contribute to the student newspaper, or develop lifestyle content for one of our other publications, there's so many ways to get involved.  
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The purpose of the student teaching practicum/internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting.    
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

The English Studies program provides students: a) knowledge of the variety of literary and cultural texts in English; b) in-depth understanding of diverse cultural, literary, rhetorical, and pedagogical traditions; c) skills in reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and research; and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in literary analysis, professional and creative writing, teaching, and scholarship to prepare students for personal and professional success.

English Studies trains students to become empathetic, innovative, and critical thinkers, readers, writers, creators, and teachers.

English Studies Department Shared Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to read and understand texts across genres, cultures, and periods. Students will be able to write in various forms.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze texts and contexts.
  • Students will be able to communicate their perspectives and ideas.
  • Students will be able to apply their skills in distinct settings.

5-12 Initial Licensure in English Concentration Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to communicate and reflect on their pedagogical philosophy and practice in teaching 5-12 English.
  • Students will be able to develop curricula and lesson plans for 5-12 English.
  • Students will be able to develop subject matter expertise for teaching literature in the 5-12 classroom.
  • Students will be able to receive initial licensure in 5-12 English.