The English Secondary Education track provides the disciplinary understanding necessary to engage in English classroom teaching. The required English courses are designed to:
provide students with a broad and competent understanding of the American and British literary traditions, as well as the various critical lenses through which literature is discussed
help students understand the writing process and its applications in the contemporary classroom
engage students in discipline-specific pedagogical practices designed to meet the unique needs of middle and high school-level English language and literature learners
Note: ENG 489 does not count toward major requirements but toward students' professional studies in education.
The English Secondary Education track is designed in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements for students who wish to teach English at the middle and high school levels.
Students who wish to be certified in English by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania as undergraduates should declare Secondary Education as a second major in order to complete required standards.