The English Major with Teaching Concentration prepares students to be proficient in the skills of reading closely, thinking critically, writing clearly, and speaking precisely and become competent teachers who can instruct others in the acquisition of these foundational literacy skills.
The curriculum includes the reading of significant texts (both canonical and non-canonical) from many genres, periods, and cultures, as well as preparation for effective teaching. In all of their coursework, students are encouraged to consider how they can implement what they learn in their own classrooms. The 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.
In addition to the 40 hours in English, students must also meet specific certification requirements. See the Education Department section of the catalog for additional information.