WHY STUDY ENGLISH EDUCATION?
As an English education major, you will take all the necessary education and English courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom. But, it won't be all classroom work. You’ll get hands-on experience while learning from professors who have real classroom teaching experiences teaching pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You’ll start by observing teachers in action. Then you’ll assist teachers with various tasks and lessons. During the next step, you’ll start writing lesson plans and teaching those lessons in the classroom. All of this will prepare you for student teaching.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN ENGLISH EDUCATION?
When you graduate, you'll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.
- Public schools
- Private schools
- Charter schools
- Community colleges
- Magnet schools
- Early childhood care centers
- Public service organizations
- Business training centers
ENG 0110Literature And Interpretation
This course is an examination of the ways in which both literary and non-literary texts create meaning and an introduction to some of the methods of literary interpretation. Beginning with literary concepts like genre, narrative, character and figurative language, this course considers the interaction among the reader, the writer and the text itself, and between different texts.
A descriptive analysis of the English language.
EDUC 0275Adolescent Literature
This course prepares a student to develop a reading program for an individual or a class in a secondary school and to prepare the student to teach fiction, poetry, and drama in the classroom. The course should be of particular interest to present and future teachers. We will read classics as well as modern works written specifically for an adolescent audience. We will also read and discuss sociological and psychological studies of adolescents and books on pedagogy.
EDUC 1334Literacies Across The Middle And Secondary Curriculum
The course introduces and engages students in strategies that address literacies for 21st century learners in middle and secondary content areas. Focus areas include assessments, strategies for pre-reading, during reading and post-reading, writing, technologies, critical thinking, and creating literary environments in middle and secondary classrooms. The course includes a PDE required field component. Prerequisite: admission to the education program
MORE TO KNOW
You will need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but our program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.
Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major. You will need to submit three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement.
I fell in love with the program because of the individualized attention we receive and the fact that our professors are so approachable.Mindi Carley, an English education major from Port Allegany, PA