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Secondary Education (BS)

The English Education program is offered jointly by the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. Students in this program are assigned an advisor in the Department of English and Modern Languages and in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. This program is designed specifically to prepare students to teach English at the secondary school level. The curriculum exposes students to those topics stressed in the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards and meets the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Maryland.

To be formally admitted to the education component of the program, all students must apply to the Teacher Education Program, usually after completion of appropriate courses taken during the freshman and sophomore years. The application procedure requires the student to compile a brief portfolio, undergo an interview with a representative of the Admission and Retention Committee, and finalize arrangements to successfully complete PRAXIS I. In addition, to complete the program successfully, all students must pass the appropriate sections of the Teacher Competency Exams (PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II). For further information, students should consult their advisor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development.

I. Core Requirements - English

  • ENGL 210 Introduction to Grammar
  • ENGL 236 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL301 English Literature I
  • ENGL 302 English Literature II
  • ENGL 337 Literature for Adolescents
  • ENGL 408 Shakespeare's Problem Plays, Tragedies, and Romances
  • ENGL 417 Contemporary American Literature
  • ENGL 438 Seminar for Majors
  • ENGL 445 Advanced Grammar
  • ENGL 470 Methods of Teaching English

II. English Department Electives

One course out of the following courses focusing on American Literature

  • ENGL 316 American Literature I
  • ENGL 317 American Literature II

One course out of the following courses focusing on African American Literature

  • ENGL 324 African American Literature I
  • ENGL 325 African American Literature II
  • ENGL425 Seminar in African-American Literature

One course out of the following courses focusing on Linguistics, Grammar, and Language

  • ENGL 345 Introduction to General Linguistics I
  • ENGL 446 History of the English Language

III. Core Requirements - Education

  • EDUC 101 Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 201 Human Growth and Development
  • EDUC 311 Disruptive Students
  • EDUC 316 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 402 Assessment and Evaluation
  • SCED 305 Practicum III
  • SCED 401 Directed Teaching and Seminar
  • SCED 450 Methods of Teaching Reading
  • SCED 451 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
  • SPED 403 Introduction to Special Education

BS majors must also:

  • Take ENGL 337 geared for teaching adolescent literature in secondary school.
  • Take ENGL 470 thesemester before student teaching.
  • Apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Apply for Directed Teaching and Seminar the semester prior to being placed.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I and II exams, and have results sent to the department.

Total English Requirements 39 semester hours

Total Education Requirements 37 semester hours

Total Concentration Requirements 76 semester hours