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English Education (BA) Program Overview

Clear spoken and written communication skills are vital for today’s students and English teachers make it happen. Has your life been changed by the books you’ve read? Do you see yourself earning an English education degree to share your passion with middle and high school students? As an English education major, you’ll study centuries of the written word to understand how diverse experiences shape us. You’ll polish your critical thinking skills in order to inspire the next generation of students. Add-on endorsements in speech and journalism are also available to English education majors.

Teaching Literature and Composition

As an English education major, you’ll immerse yourself in English and language arts as well as pedagogy, the art, and the science of teaching. It’s not just theory because as a BU education major, you’ll take part in classroom observations beginning in your second or third semester. Faculty mentors work with you to demystify the psychology of teaching, so you’re prepared for your semester as a student-teacher. All of your coursework is designed to help you pass the certification exams for teacher licensure. You’ll also be encouraged to develop your skills as a servant leader in your community and apply a Christ-centered approach to your calling as an educator.

Complete the request information form today to take your first step to a rewarding career as a teacher.

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Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

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Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (58 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Activity
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • British Literature I (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (45 Credits)

  • British Literature II
  • American Literature I
  • American Literature II
  • World Literature I OR II
  • English Academic Internship
  • Modern English Grammar
  • History of the English Language
  • Intro to Creative Writing
  • Literature of Children & Adolescents
  • Technical Writing
  • Regional & Ethnic Literature
  • English Seminar
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Studies in Rhetoric
  • Shakespeare
  • Mass Communications Survey
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 135

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Middle/High School English Teacher
Technical Writer
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