English Teaching Concentration


For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in English, English Teaching Concentration

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Minimum required concentration and supporting course work normally equates to 81 hours:  42 hours in the English concentration and 39 hours of courses from the Teaching Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. 

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. 

This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school (grades 9-12) English Language Arts through the AP/honors level.

Students in this concentration must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor (39 hours)

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, with some students requiring 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information.

To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.

Departmental Distinction: Students interested in graduating with distinction or high distinction are encouraged to consult the departmental honors adviser. 

Topical Streams: Course descriptions are tagged to indicate the topical streams each course is a part of. These streams are not part of any requirement; the streams exist to help student guide themselves through the concentration. To learn more about topical streams you may be interested in studying, visit www.english.illinois.edu/undergraduate/streams.html.

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
Introduction to the Study of Literature, Text, and Culture
ENGL 200Intro to the Study of Lit (prerequisite for other English courses; can be taken at the same time as a course that satisfies the Composition I requirement) 13
ENGL 209British Lit to 18003
ENGL 255Early American Literature3
ENGL 301CriticalApproaches to Lit&Text3
At least one course from one of the following periods: ENGL Medieval; ENGL Early Modern; ENGL long eighteenth century; ENGL Shakespeare; ENGL 1800-1900; R.E.P.C.I.S. (race/ethnicity/indigeneiry/post-coloniality/sexuality)
Additional required coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
ENGL 300Writing About Lit Text&Culture (fulfills the university's Advanced Composition requirement)3
Period Courses (American, British, transatlantic, Anglophone, etc.) 2
A course focused on literature, text, and /or culture in one of the following categories:3
Medieval (before 1550)
Early modern (1550-1660 other than Shakespeare)
The long eighteenth century (1600-1800)
One course focused on literature, text, and/or culture in the category 1800-19003
Language and Composition Courses
ENGL 402Descriptive English Grammar3
ENGL 481Composition Theory and Practice3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Study of the English Language
History of the English Language
Topics in Writing Studies
Writing Technologies
Special Topics Prof Writing
Additional English Coursework 2,3
One course offered by the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, or English).3
One course must focus on race/ethnicity/indigeneity/post-coloniality/sexuality. This course can be used to fulfill part of the Textual Analysis, Period Courses, or Additional Coursework requirements. 2
Supporting Coursework
History and Culture Coursework: Choose one of the following pairs:6
Early Masterpieces of Western Culture
and Modern Masterpieces of Western Culture
Western Civ to 1660
and Western Civ Since 1660
US Hist to 1877
and US Hist Since 1877
British Isles to 1688
and Britain and World Since 1688
Total Hours81