Secondary English Education

Secondary English Education
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The Secondary English Education major prepares candidates to be state certified to teach English Language Arts in grades 7-12. Numerous job opportunities in both public and private schools are available. One hundred percent of those who complete our program pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school.

English teachers accumulate many skills and knowledge (such as curriculum and instruction, and administration) that allow them to move into other career areas. With some additional coursework, Englsih teachers can add the following areas of specialization: English as a Second Language, Special Education and Gifted Education. With a Master’s degree, teachers can be certified as counselors or as principals.

St. Gregory’s University students in all teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to the Department of Education, complete an application and interview with education faculty. Admission criteria include: an updated Summary of Field Experiences, a written personal Philosophy of Education, successful completion of the St. Gregory’s University course “Foundations of Teaching” ED 3012 (or equivalent), a cumulative GPA of 2.5, Oklahoma General Education Test passing score, “C” or better in required education and/or major (content) courses, five recommendations and completion of Education Major Portfolio to Checkpoint 1.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

In addition to teaching at a public, private or parochial school, graduates with a degree in Secondary English Language Arts have a wealth of skills that are desirable to many different types of employers. During the course of their studies, ELA students learn a great deal about many topics, improve their writing skills, learn to work on deadlines, learn the finer points of rhetorical argument and fine tune their research skills.
Other careers that make use of this degree include:
• Publisher
• Journalist
• Marketing and Advertising
• Public Relations
• Brand Management
• Librarian
• Police Officer
• IT Consultant
• Computer Programmer
• Insurance Agent
• Government Jobs
• Social Work
• Occupational Therapy

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

EN 3423 - Survey of English Literature I (3 cr.)
EN 3433 - Survey of English Literature II (3 cr.)
EN 3103 - Creative Writing (3 cr.)
EN 3263 - Methods of Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts (3 cr.)
EN 3213 - Survey of American Literature I (3 cr.)
EN 3223 - Survey of American Literature II (3 cr.)
EN 3233 - Literature for Young Adults (3 cr.)
EN 3313 – Shakespeare (3 cr.)
EN 3543 - World Literature (3 cr.) or
CO 3023 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
EN 4113 - Literary Theory and Criticism (3 cr.)
SO 4013 - Language and Society (3 cr.)
CO 3113 - Introduction to Film (3 cr.) or
CO 3123 - Introduction to Mass Communication (3 cr.)
Additional upper-division Humanities courses in at least 2 different areas, not English (6 cr.)
PY 3113 - Development Psychology (3 cr.) or
PY 4113 - Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PY 4132 - Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities (2 cr.)
TH 3202 - Catholic Perspectives on Education (2 cr.)
ED 3002 - Educational Technology (2 cr.)
ED 3012 - Foundations of Teaching (2 cr.)
ED 3xx2 - Middle Level Education (2 cr.)
PY 4223- Tests and Measurements (3 cr.)
ED 4322 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr.)
ED 4910 - Student Teaching (10 cr.)

For a complete coursework overview for Secondary English Education, download the Program of Study here. <>

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Each candidate will complete 75 hours of field experience in local school districts prior to student teaching.

Additionally, our students are members of the Teacher Education Association (TEA), a pre-professional organization of students currently preparing for careers in education. Members of the TEA may choose to join either the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) or the Student Professional Oklahoma Educators (SPOE). Both organizations offer benefits to teacher education candidates and provide numerous professional development opportunities. Each semester, the TEA has a Meet and Greet to welcome new education majors. Other activities of the TEA include the SGU Christmas Festival and tutoring in local schools.

Our Commitment To You: 

We are proud of the fact that 100 percent of our Secondary English Education program completers pass the state certification tests and find employment immediately following graduation or are accepted into graduate school. We have English Education alumni from SGU in school districts throughout Oklahoma, working as teachers and coaches.