English Education

Undergraduate Students

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

The licensure minor is 31 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 courses ENG 150 and above, including the following requirements: ENG 265; ENG 266 or 275; ENG 290; and all additional English major requirements. For more information, see the English Department’s program requirements.

Within these required and elective courses, English education minors are expected 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) Pre-1800 literature; (2) American literature; (3) Shakespeare; (4) multicultural or world literature; (5) linguistics or grammar; (6) poetry, theatre/drama, or film.


Graduate Students 

At the graduate level, students complete either the Master Teacher Fellows (MTF), Master Teacher Associates (MTA), or Master of Educational Studies (MES) program in 13 months, including a student teaching internship 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 may include courses in each of the following areas:

  • Pre-1800 Literature
  • American Literature
  • Multicultural and/or World Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing
  • Linguistics, Grammar, and/or Rhetoric
  • Poetry, Theatre, and/or Film 

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