English Teaching Concentration


This concentration is designed for students preparing to teach English at the secondary level.

In order 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.

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Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minimum required concentration and supporting course work normally equates to 78 hours:  36 hours of English Department courses, 6 hours of supporting coursework (History and Culture Coursework), and 37-38 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. In addition students must take a speech performance course, CMN 101, or course sequence CMN 111 and CMN 112. Completion of the CMN 111/CMN 112 sequence also satisfies the Campus Composition I requirement.

Departmental Distinction: Students interested in graduating with distinction or high distinction are encouraged to consult the departmental honors adviser. In addition, students interested in the departmental honors program should contact the English department advising office.

Prerequisites to transfer to the Teaching Concentration. In addition to EPSY 201 and EPS 201, students must also complete ENGL 200 and at least nine hours from ENGL 209, ENGL 210, ENGL 255, or ENGL 256 prior to transfer into the Teaching Concentration.

Note: In addition to the requirements for the concentration listed below, students must complete the Teaching Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (37-38 hours). Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Affairs Office. While it is possible to complete this program in 8 semesters, many students may require an extra semester or two.

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.

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 255Survey of American Lit I3
Textual Analysis in Action
ENGL 301CriticalApproaches to Lit&Text3
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 481Comp Theory and Practice3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Study of the English Language
History of the English Language
Writing Technologies
Special Topics Prof Writing
Additional Coursework 2,3
Chosen from courses offered by the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and English).
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. 23
Supporting Coursework
History and Culture Coursework: Choose one of the following pairs:6
Lit Europe & the Americas I
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
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching:37-38
The professional education component of the program will be divided into two phases:
Pre-education courses:
Educational Psychology (prerequisite: PSYC 100)
Foundations of Education
The professional education sequence as approved by the Council on Teacher Eduation:
5 semester hours in the fall of the junior year
6 in the spring of the junior year
8 in the fall of the senior year
12 in the spring of the senior year (combining courses in pedagogy and the student teaching experience)
Total Hours80-81

Students are encouraged to take ENGL 209 and ENGL 255 as early as possible after completing ENGL 200.


Chosen from the list maintained in the Department of English.


Student may count 1 Independent Study course (ENGL 290, ENGL 390 or BTW 290) toward the additional coursework requirement.