Teaching of English
The Department of English sponsors a Teaching of English major (also called the English Teaching Concentration) that is designed to prepare students to teach English at the secondary level. Those who complete the program in full will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in English and can be certified to teach Language Arts to public school students in grades 6 - 12.
For more information, please see our advising page on Careers in Secondary Education.
In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult an English department advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.
Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hours: Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 42 hours. Required minor course work beyond the prerequisites equates to 30 hours (includes one semester of student teaching).
General education: The general education requirements for the Teaching of English major will be the same as for LAS.
Prerequisites: Secondary Ed minor prerequisites include EPSY 201 (Educational Psychology), EDUC 201 (Identity and Difference in Education), and EDUC 202 (Social Justice in Schools and Society). Students must also have completed ENGL 200, 209, 255, and 301 prior to beginning the minor. This is the minimum amount of major coursework required for eligibility; it is better to have completed six or seven courses in the major.
Additional Requirements: In addition, students planning to pursue the minor must complete 50 hours of tutoring in high school settings prior to application, and they must either pass all parts of the Test of Academic Proficiency or show proof of their eligibility to waive this requirement.
Endorsements: Students planning to get certified in Language Arts are strongly encouraged to consider getting a secondary endorsement in another area as well.
See the Secondary Education Programs Wiki for more information about the the requirements listed above.