The English major with Secondary Education License provides an emphasis on language and literature. It enables students to communicate clearly and effectively and to develop skills in the interpretation and evaluation of literature. This major includes professional preparation for teaching of English and for other careers that demand a strong liberal arts background. Candidates who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License that is valid for teaching at high school level (grades 9-12) in Illinois.

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency, the appropriate edTPA, and all appropriate licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state licensure requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult specific requirements listed in the Division of Education.

Requirements total 92 hours. This includes 48 hours of English courses and 44 hours of professional education and required supporting courses.

Required English Courses

Theory Course
ENG 230Survey of Contemporary Critical Theory3
Genre Courses
ENG 220Studies in Poetry3
ENG 222Studies in Fiction3
ENG 224Studies in Drama3
Skill Courses
ENG 111Critical Thinking and Writing3
ENG 336Creative Writing3
COM 112Speech3
ENG 210XBusiness Communication3
or ENG 240X Writing for the Media I
Period Courses
ENG 306Renaissance Literature3
ENG 310Romantic Literature3
Period and Author Courses
Choose one of the American literature courses, plus 15 additional hours.18
Classical Literature
Russian Literature
American Literature I: Puritanism through Transcendentalism
American Literature II: Civil War Through Depression
Topics in Literature
Shakespeare
Advanced Major Course
ENG 420Capstone Seminar in the British Novel3
Professional Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching2
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 240Foundations of Education2
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 310General Teaching Methods2
ED 311General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience1
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
ED 362Teaching English in Secondary School3
ED 368Secondary Methods Pre-clinical Experience2
ED 380Diversity in Education1
ED 381Diversity Pre-clinical Experience1
ED 413Clinical Practice in the Secondary School12
ED 421Classroom Management1
ED 422Advanced Seminar in Education2
ED 430Educational Research and Assessment2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence3
Total Hours95