English Education 7-12 - BS

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    Program Contact: Dr. Wayne Brinda 

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    Do want to be an English teacher someday? Introduce some of the great books to young people? Then you'll want to learn more about our English education major. 

    In our program, you'll take all the necessary education and English-related courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom one day. But, it won't be all classroom work. You'll also get a chance to student teach in a middle school or high school class. 

    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.

    What you can do with a degree in English Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.


    Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements in the Major

    All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall

    Writing Elective 3 credits Credits / Units: 3

    Other required courses


    Shakespeare Course:


    Six courses (18 credits), including at least one course from a period prior to 1800, one course from each group, and three upper-level courses. American Literature: British/European Literature: Contemporary World Literature: Western Foundations:

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.

    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. Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.

    For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website.

    Armstrong Donna

    Dr. Donna Dombek


    Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education


    151 Swarts Hall

    Brinda Wayne

    Dr. Wayne Brinda


    Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education


    150 Swarts Hall

    Chitiyo, Jonathan

    Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo


    Assistant Professor of Special Education


    149 Swarts Hall

    • Teacher at Friendship (NY) Central School
    • Teacher at Port Allegany (PA) Junior/Senior High School 
    • Teacher at Bradford Area High School
    Graduate School:
    • Concordia University