The English major with teaching concentration prepares students to become proficient in the skills of reading closely, thinking critically, writing clearly, and speaking precisely. These skills prove vital for life and for teaching English. The central goal for this concentration is to prepare competent teachers who can instruct others in the acquisition of these foundational literacy skills.
The curriculum for English majors with the teaching concentration includes the reading of significant texts (both canonical and non-canonical) from many genres, periods, and cultures, as well as preparation for effective teaching. A historical framework will govern the study of both English and American literature, with required courses in Non-Western Literature, Adolescent Literature, and Shakespeare. A theoretical framework will govern the study of English education, with required courses in Methods of Teaching English and Composition Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy. In all of their coursework, students are encouraged to consider the ways in which ultimately they might implement what they learn in their own classrooms.
The English major with a teaching concentration is for students who love reading, thinking, writing, speaking, and learning to such a degree that they envision themselves helping others to love those things as well. Such students are encouraged to see their course work as preparation for a Christian vocation in the teaching of English.
Requirements for English Major with Teaching Concentration (PDF)