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English Teaching (BA)

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  • Program Prerequisite: Must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department ).
  • Minor: Optional. According to their career paths, some students may choose to complete a minor or teaching minor in another discipline, but it is not required to complete their English Education BA degree. 
  • Grade Requirements: A 2.0 or better in all courses required for this major.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; at least 39 of these must be English courses. Of those 120 credits, 40 must be upper division courses (courses numbered 3000 and above), with 36 or more upper division credits in English.
  • No minor is required.
  • Program Code: 3023BA
  • CIPC: 131305


To expedite their program, English Teaching Majors should seek advisement before taking any upper division English courses. The English Teaching Methodology Block must be scheduled in coordination with both Secondary Teacher Education and Student Teaching. Call 801-626-6251 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study at the English department office, Elizabeth Hall 413. Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department  in this catalog).

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Arts requirements. See Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA listed under the major course requirements.

PSY SS1010 , COMM HU1020  or COMM HU CEL2110  (take one), CHF SS/EDI1500  and one 2000 level Humanities English Literature course are  recommended. Consult with a departmental advisor for other detailed general education guidelines.

Student Teaching

Student Teaching takes place during Secondary Education Student Teaching, which generally takes place during students’ last semester prior to graduation. Before student teaching, English majors must have completed all required English and Education courses and completed the language requirements for the Bachelor of Art degree. Students must apply for student teaching through Teacher Education according to deadlines set by that department.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Encourage Students to express their life experiences in writing a variety of genres such as journals, memoir, narrative, essay, and argument.
  • Secondary Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g, philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
  • Plan a coherent curriculum based on student needs that integrate reading, writing, and language instructions guided by the Utah State Core Standards.
  • Demonstrate to their students how to apply knowledge of language structure, usage, and conventions to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for different purposes.
  • Use appropriate formal and informal assessments to inform instruction and verify student learning.
  • Articulate a professional and coherent philosphy of language arts instruction based on current practices, the connections between reading and writing processes, and current research in the field of teaching English that promotes respect ofr physical, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity.

Major Course Requirements for English Teaching BA Degree

Minimum of 40 credit hours in English courses of which at least 34 credit hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level courses). A minor field of study is no longer required.

Required English Courses (40 credit hours)

Foundation - 6 credit hours

Core - 12 credit hours

Areas of Specialization - 6 credit hours

Choose one course each (3 credits) from both of the areas listed below:

World Literatures and Language

Courses in this area will focus on world literatures excluding British and American literature / Prerequisites as specified for individual courses in course catalog:

Writing and Interdisciplinary Studies

Courses in this area will focus on writing and/or the study of other disciplines as they connect with literature, language, or the craft of writing / Prerequisites as specified for individual courses in course catalog: 

Electives (minimum of 3 credit hours)

To complete the required 40 credit hours, English Teaching majors may choose as electives any 2000, 3000, or 4000 level English courses, excluding those they wish to count as language arts courses in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts requirement (see “Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA” below). / Prerequisites as specified for individual courses in course catalog.   

English Teaching majors are encouraged to take either ENGL 3500 HU - Introduction to Shakespeare , or ENGL 4730 - Studies in Shakespeare .

Language Courses Required to Fulfill the BA

English Teaching majors must take either 12-credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts. Any 3000 or 4000 level English class may be used as a language arts course.  Courses chosen for the BA language requirement cannot also be counted toward the English major.

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