English Major with Secondary Education Licensure

Communication Arts/Literature for 5-12 Education Licensure Concentration Requirements (44 credits)

Students may combine an English Major with a Secondary Education Minor and graduate fully prepared for a career in teaching. 

This major allows students to pursue a career in teaching while expanding their knowledge of literature and writing, and developing their ability to think clearly, critically, and creatively. Through courses in linguistics, cultural studies, literature, and creative writing, majors on this track become aware of how students' backgrounds can shape their classroom experiences,  how and why English contains many variants, and how race, class, and gender may affect a student's use of English, way of reading, or willingness to speak in class. Our majors learn to create community and to use the power of narrative to excite students about learning.  

Our majors may supplement their study through Experiential Learning classes, the Creative Cloud Program (which brings creative writing and literature to underserved groups within our community), and internships. 

The goal of the secondary education licensure is to ensure that our students will foster understanding and appreciation of English in a new generation of learners. Through our small classes and individual conferences, we teach our majors to bring their future students into a positive and meaningful relationship with literature and writing.



Majors in our Department

 Molly Evavold, '16

I’d recommend an English Major with a Secondary Education minor to anyone who is interested in influencing the lives of young people in a way that inspires life-long readers and writers. While teaching is a clear profession, I know that having a degree in English and Secondary Education will be helpful in many different occupational opportunities as well. 

Paige Pautzke, '17

I chose English/Secondary Education because of the great teachers I had in high school. I have always loved literature, and my teachers helped me gain a better understanding of all the different genres and themes that go with literature. Their willingness to help me explore my passion created another passion in myself to do that same thing for others, in whatever they are passionate about. This is why I decided to become a teacher, and I hope to have the same impact on my students that my teachers had on me.