English Education 6-12 (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.

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 science of teaching. It’s not just theory because as a BC education major, you’ll take part in more than 100 hours of 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.

Email Dr. Brown or Dr. Merritt today to take your first step to a rewarding career as a teacher.

The Academic Catalog is the students’ guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

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

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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • Foreign/Modern Language (12 Credits)
    • 2 Beginning Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Intermediate Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
    • MAT 1213 College Algebra (or higher)
  • Science (4 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab
    • General Biology & Lab
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
    • General Chemistry & Lab
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
Core Requirements (48 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 (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • (Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater) (Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater) (Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 138

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

6-12 English Teacher
Technical Writer
Publishing
Advertising/Marketing
Journalist
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