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Secondary Education English (BA)

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses 

Literature Core: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required 
Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 101INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE4
ENG 205LITERATURE TO 17004
ENG 206LITERATURE FROM 1700 TO 19004
ENG 207LITERATURE FROM 1900 TO THE PRESENT4
ENG 328STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE4
Literature Elective: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one course focused on Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (RES Designation) from the following:4
ENG 268
LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES
ENG 271
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ENG 273
GLOBAL ASIAN LITERATURE
ENG 276
LATINX LITERATURE
ENG 285
LGBTQ LITERATURE
ENG 351
POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE
ENG 352
GLOBAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
ENG 353
TOPICS IN GLOBAL ASIAN LITERATURE
ENG 368
STUDIES IN LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES
ENG 371
TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ENG 373
MULTIETHNIC LITERATURE OF THE U.S.
ENG 374
NATIVE LITERATURE
ENG 384
TOPICS IN LATINX LITERATURE
ENG 385
TOPICS IN LGBTQ LITERATURE
Select two (2) 300-level Literature courses (with advisor's approval)8
American Literature Core: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 36119TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE4
Language/Writing Core: 16 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 201INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING4
ENG 211GRAMMAR AND STYLE4
WRD 201DIGITAL WRITING4
WRD 240ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING4
Language/Writing Elective: 4 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
  • 300-Level WRD Elective (Writing Course)
Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SEC 364METHODS: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SEC 311THE NATURE OF ENGLISH4
SEC 321INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY ENGLISH PEDAGOGY4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or SCU 337 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Advanced Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 346STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
SCU 351DOING CRITICAL PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN EDUCATION 14
SEC 371TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 14
SEC 381TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 24
SEC 395ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
BBE 301TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
Student Teaching: 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures indicated in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete. All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

Course Title Quarter Hours
SEC 390SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING10
EDU 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-credit, non-tuition, PA grade required)0

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education English majors must complete the following tests:

  • English Language Arts Content Area Test (test #207) – assesses reading, writing and research, speaking and listening, and literature. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.

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