Department ofEnglish

To Shape Minds, To Touch The Future...

These are the goals and hopes of many students who choose to become teachers at either the high school, middle school or elementary school levels.

PLU has gained a reputation for grooming top-notch teachers. Graduates are coveted by many districts. A teaching degree with an emphasis in English allows teachers to infuse the joy of learning and great writing and literature into the next generation. The English and the Education programs blend seamlessly together to achieve this goal.

Students preparing to teach in junior or senior high school may earn either a Bachelor of Arts in English with certification from the School of Education, or a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Movement Studies, with a teaching major in English. The requirements for students preparing to teach in the elementary school system include a minimum of 24 semester hours in English.

The English major with an emphasis in literature and the English major with an emphasis in writing may both be pursued by prospective teachers.  Students preparing to teach English in secondary schools should arrange for an advisor in both the departments of English and Education.

Elementary Education

Students preparing to teach in elementary schools following the Language Arts curriculum, must take 24 semester hours minimum in English, and are advised to follow the structure of the English major in satisfying state certification requirements. Consult your advisor in the School of Education.

Secondary Education

Students preparing to teach in junior or senior high school may earn either a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a teaching major in English. The English major with an emphasis in literature and the English major with an emphasis in writing may both be pursued by prospective teachers.

Fulfilling Requirements: Secondary education students must fulfill all requirements for the English major: Option 1 of the Foreign Language Requirements (two years of a foreign language at the university level, or the equivalent); at least 36 and no more than 44 credit hours in English; and all the specific requirements for the major either in literature or in writing.

Required Courses :State certification for teachers also mandates the following requirements, which are an overlay to the major. Courses taken to satisfy the major can also be courses that satisfy the state certification requirements.

  • English literature: one course
  • American literature: one course
  • Comparative literature: one course (ENGL 214, 216, 217, 218, 232, 233, 341, 343, appropriate seminar)
  • Linguistic or structure of language: one course (ENGL 403)
  • Writing/Composition: one course (ENGL 328 is especially recommended)

Prospective teachers may take EDUC 529: Adolescent Literature in the Secondary Curriculum as an elective in the English major.