English Education

Undergraduate Students

Prospective English teachers will major in English and minor in Education.

The licensure minor is 30 hours and leads to a North Carolina teaching license. For more information, see the Secondary Education Program page.

The major in English requires a minimum of 33 hours in English courses, including ENG 265; ENG 266 or 275; two pre-1800 British literature courses; the senior seminar ENG 399; and one 300-level English course from each of four groups (I: Genre and Aesthetics; II: History and Literary History; III: Culture; IV: Single Author). For more information, see the English Department’s program requirements.

Within these four groups and/or additional electives, English education minors are also required to complete at least one 200-300 level writing or creative writing course and at least one 300 level course matching the following criteria: (1) American literature; (2) Shakespeare; (3) multicultural or world literature; (4) linguistics or grammar; (5) poetry, theatre/drama, or film.

As electives, students are encouraged, but not required, to take EDU 231 (Adolescent Literature), EDU 388 (Writing Pedagogy), and/or EDU 377 (Literacy in the 21st Century).

 Graduate Students 

At the graduate level, students complete either the Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) or the Master Teacher Associates (MTA) program in 13 months, including a semester of student teaching in a local high school for MTFs. Potential applicants must have at least 24 credit hours in advanced English prior to admission to be considered highly qualified. These credit hours should include at least one course in each of the following areas:

  • American Literature
  • British Literature before 1800
  • Multicultural/World Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing
  • Linguistics/Grammar/Rhetoric
  • Poetry/Theatre/Film 

Graduate students without a major in English who may be interested in teaching should consider the Master of Educational Studies (MES) program.

For more information about the MTF/MTA/MES programs, see our Overview of Graduate Programs.

For inquiries related to the English education program, please contact the program coordinator: Dr. Alan Brown