The English major with Teaching Concentration
(40 hours) offers students a clearly-articulated curriculum leading to state licensure in teaching English. (Students must also declare a second major in Secondary Education in the Education Department.) The Teaching Concentration has a core of 24 hours that has been adapted to licensure requirements and common secondary education teaching experiences and includes the foundational courses (ENGL 215 Classical and Early British Literature, and ENGL 226, a topical seminar, which for Teaching Concentration students will focus on a topic related to Shakespeare). Students in this concentration will take 8 hours in two different periods of American Literature (ENGL 341, 342, 343) and 8 hours in Post-1800 British Lit (ENGL 355, 361, 364, 365; Romantic and Victorian are recommended). Beyond the core, students take up a specialized curriculum that includes courses in Young Adult Literature (ENGL 328), Methods for Teaching Middle School English (ENGL 325), Methods for Teaching High School English (324), Composition Theory (ENGW 471), and Senior Seminar (ENGL 494). Each student will be individually mentored by one of the members of the English Department who has previously taught at the secondary level.
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.