The English with Secondary Education Licensure major prepares qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach secondary students, and to evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice while respecting the exercise of individual moral decisions. The program 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. Candidates who successfully complete the major and pass required state licensure exams are eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License for the high school grades 9-12. An endorsement for the middle grades (5 – 8) can be added be taking an additional course and passing a middle grades licensure exam.

Important note: Students may not double major in English with Secondary Education Licensure and Middle Grades English Education. The majors are too similar to constitute a double major.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Secondary Education Licensure will:

  • display thorough content knowledge to teach in their respective fields
  • be able to plan, deliver and assess effective instructional experiences that align with learning standards, educational theory, and knowledge of student development
  • exhibit appropriate professional dispositions that reflect the personal, professional, and practical components of teaching
  • evidence Christian values in their personal and professional practice, while respecting the exercise of individual moral decisions
  • address the differing needs of a diverse student population with professional competence, respect, and fairness

Additional Licensure Requirements

Candidates must pass the appropriate content area test(s), the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), and all required licensure tests in order to complete their program. Candidates are required to comply with all state requirements that are in place at the time of application for licensure. Consult the Division of Education for specific information.

Optional Additional Endorsement

A candidate may earn the Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement (an addition to the teaching license) by completing ED 330, ED 352, ED 353, and ED 354, and passing the appropriate Illinois Licensure Testing System exam. Earning this additional endorsement may be a good investment of elective credit hours for interested candidates, since LBS1 is currently a teaching shortage area throughout the state of Illinois. 

Requirements total 86 hours. This includes 39 hours of English courses and 47 hours of professional education and required supporting courses.

Required English Courses

Required Courses for General Education
Critical Thinking and Writing
Studies in Poetry
Genre Courses
ENG 222Studies in Fiction3
ENG 224Studies in Drama3
Skill Courses
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 9 additional hours.12
Classical Literature
Modern British Literature
Russian Literature
American Literature I: Puritanism Through Transcendentalism
American Literature II: Civil War Through Depression
Topics in Literature
Discipline Specific Literature
ENG 360Adolescent Literature3
Advanced Major Course
ENG 420Capstone Seminar in the British Novel3
Professional Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Teaching1
ED 103Professional Skills for Teachers1
ED 124Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 260XEducational Psychology/Human Development3
ED 306Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 309Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language3
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 Hours86