English, Secondary Certification Option

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English is a literature-intensive program that trains students in critical thinking, advanced reading and analysis, and oral and written communication.  Coursework provides grounding in British and American literature, practices, and theory of literary studies, and includes an emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity.  English majors gain valuable exposure to literary history and to texts, movements, authors, and cultural forces that inform and influence the literature under study, as well as to the various critical lenses through which literature may be viewed.  Considerable flexibility is offered in major course selection.  The Bachelor of Arts in English is excellent preparation for students planning graduate or professional work and/or careers in law, education, publishing, journal and magazine writing, creative writing, research, evaluation, technical communications, advertising, sales, library science, public relations, marketing, business, public service, and other areas where expert analytical thinking, writing, and language skills are increasingly valued.

The B.A. degree in English with teacher certification track is approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

Important:  English 3010 must be taken in the student's first semester as an English major; English 3010 may also be taken as a co-requisite with two other 3000-level English courses in the student's first semester as an English major.

Admission requirements for acceptance into the Secondary Professional Teacher Education program can be found on the Secondary Education page.

English GACE Content Exams: Upon completion of all content coursework, the English Education student should take the English GACE Content Exams, English 020 and 021.

Students who wish to prepare for the English GACE Content Exams should contact Dr. Kerri Allen or Dr. Sharon Hixon for a copy of the English GACE preparation questions.
 

Area A: Essential Skills
Grades of C or better required.
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills/Reasoning3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
or MATH 1111 College Algebra
Area B: Institutional Options
Beginning Fall 2022, incoming (entering) students with 29 hours or fewer college credits will take only a Perspectives course for their one-hour Area B credit.
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech ***3
Select one of the following electives:1
Intro to Greek Mythology *
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Health and Wellness Concepts
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Race and Ethnicity in America
PRSP Elective (See advisor)
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Choose one to two English course(s):3-6
Topics in Literature & Culture
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Intro to Film as Literature
If only one ENGL course is chosen, add one of the following:0-3
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Eight Credit Hours of Lab Science Electives:8
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy of Solar Sys. Lab
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
and Stellar & Galac. Astronomy Lab
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Select one of the following electives:3-4
Astronomy of the Solar System
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Programming I
Principles of Programming II
Introduction to Data Science
Environmental Hazards
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Geology & the Environment
Precalculus Mathematics
Elementary Statistics
Applied Calculus
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology ***3
Select one of the following electives:3
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1500 CE
World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related
COMM 2000Intro to Mass Communication3
Select one of the following electives:3
World Literature I
World Literature II
Select one of the following electives:3
Topics in Literature & Culture
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Play Development
Children's Theatre
Foreign Language:
Choose one foreign language sequence:9
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
OR
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
OR
Accelerated Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
OR
Elementary German II
(To use German to fulfill the foreign language requirement, students need to satisfy the 2000-level courses through CLEP or through transfer credit.)
Major Curriculum
ENGL 3010Intro to Literary Studies **3
ENGL 3015Intro to Composition Studies3
Select one course within British Literature:3
Medieval Lit in Translation
Renaissance Literature
Restor&18th-cent. British Lit
British Romantic Literature
British Victorian Literature
Modern British Literature
Single Author/Genre:3
Shakespeare
Young Adult Literature:3
Literature for Young Adults
Select two courses within American Literature:6
Colonial American Lit to 1840
American Literature, 1840-1913
American Lit. 1914-Present
Select one course within Writing:3
Writing for Educ/Soc Sciences
Advanced Composition
Classical Rhetorical Theory
Argumentative Writing
Select both courses within Language:6
Practical Grammar
History of English Language
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Education Courses
Prior to enrollment in EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC 2130, students must have taken PSYC 1101, COMM 1110, and Area A courses with grades of C or better. Approved Background check, proof of professional Liability Insurance, completion of the mandated reporter training course, and a passing score on an Ethics assessment are also required.
EDUC 2110Investig Critical/Contem Issue (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
EDUC 2120Expl Socio-Cultural Perspect (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning/Teaching (Includes 10 hrs of practicum)3
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Professional Education Semester 1 (PES I) - Fall Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES I courses, students must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program and have completed ENGL 3010 and 3 credit hours of 3000-level English courses with grades of C or better.
EDUC 3902 and EDUC 3272 must be taken concurrently.
In order to graduate after PES Block IV, it is recommended that students complete 12 credit hours of English content with the grades of C or better before beginning PES Block I.
EDUC 3902Curric/Asses Secondary Teacher3
EDUC 3272Class Mgmt Sec Ed Field Exp I2
English Courses (Select two courses from the "Major Curriculum" list)
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Professional Education Semester 2 (PES II) - Spring Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES II courses, students must have completed EDUC 3902 and EDUC 3272 with grades of C or better.
EDUC 4901 and EDUC 3273 must be taken concurrently.
In order to graduate after PES Block IV, it is recommended that students complete 18 credit hours of English content with grades of C or better before beginning PES Block II.
EDUC 3273Class Mgmt Sec Ed Field Exp II2
EDUC 4900Meth/Strat Teach Lib Arts Sec3
English Courses (Select two courses from the "Major Curriculum" list)
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Professional Education Semester 3 (PES III) - Fall Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES III, students must have completed EDUC 3273 and EDUC 4901 with grades of C or better.
EDUC 3120 and EDUC 3274 must be taken concurrently.
In order to graduate after PES Block IV, it is recommended that students complete 24 credit hours of English content with grades of C or better before beginning PES Block III.
EDUC 3120Teaching Diverse Learners(Sec) +3
EDUC 3274Class Mgm Sec Ed Field Exp III2
English Courses (Select two courses from the "Major Curriculum" list)
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Professional Education Semester 4 (PES IV) - Spring Semester
Prior to enrollment in PES IV, students must have completed EDUC 3120 with a grade of B or better (required for certification) and EDUC 3274 and all upper division coursework in the major with grades of C or better and 30 credit hours 3000- or 4000-level English with grades of C or better.
EDUC 4955, EDUC 4953, and READ 3456 must be taken concurrently.
Students must have completed 30 credit hours of 3000- and/or 4000-level English courses with grades of C or better before being allowed to enter PES IV-Student Teaching.
EDUC 4953Teaching Internship Seminar1
EDUC 4955Internship in Sec School Engl8
READ 3456Reading across Curric Sec Educ3
Students must earn a C or better in all upper-level courses, regardless of discipline.
Total Hours126-127
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ENGL 1105 is strongly recommended for English Education majors.

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ENGL 3010 must be taken in the student's first semester; it may be taken as a co-requisite with two other 3000-level English courses.

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ENGL 1101 is a prererquisite for EDUC 2110 and 2120. COMM 1110, ENGL 1102, PSYC 1101, and MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 are prerequisites for EDUC 2130. Grades of C or better are required.

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Secondary candidates must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC 3120, Teaching Diverse Learners (a requirement for certification).