Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Undergraduate Majors

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.

Teaching of English Requirement Checklist

Overall Checklist for Secondary Ed Requirements

Please note: the information on this page reflects recent changes to the requirements of the Teaching of English major. These changes are meant to maintain the strengths of the major, reflect student interests, and give you more options to customize your major.  Students who matriculated before Fall 2013 are subject to the older set of major requirements, but have the option of switching into the new ones.  For information about how to make the change, or if you need help in determining which set of requirements is optimal for you, please consult an English department advisor.

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 32 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 with the addition of a speech performance course, CMN 101, or course sequence CMN 111 and 112.

Prerequisites: Secondary Ed minor prerequisites include EPSY 201 (Educational Psychology) and EPS 201 (Foundations of Education). 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 middle or high school settings prior to application, and 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.