English: English Teaching, BALAS
for the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in English, English Teaching Concentration
department website: https://www.english.illinois.edu/
department faculty: English Faculty
advising: English advising
overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences
college website: https://las.illinois.edu
Undergraduate Degree Programs in English
English, BALAS with concentrations:
for the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in English, English Teaching Concentration
This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school (grades 9-12) English Language Arts through the AP/honors level.
Minimum required concentration and supporting coursework normally equates to 78 hours: 39 hours of English department courses and 39 hours of courses from the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. Students must complete at least 15 hours of coursework at the 300-level or above (ENGL 301, ENGL 350, and 9 more hours). 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.
Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is eight semesters, with some students requiring ten semesters. Transfer students may need ten total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS Transfer Handbook for more information.
To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for licensure, 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.
Prerequisites to transfer to the English Teaching concentration: Students must complete ENGL 200, the two required historical surveys, and ENGL 301 (Intro to Critical Theory). In addition, it is strongly recommended that students complete five additional ENGL courses (chosen in consultation with an English advisor) appropriate to the English Teaching Concentration.
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.
English Teaching Requirements
|Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture (prerequisite for other English courses; can be taken at the same time as a course that satisfies the Composition I requirement)|
|Introduction to Critical Theory|
|Writing about Literature, Text, and Culture|
|Students are encouraged to take these required survery courses as early as possible after completing ENGL 200|
|Early British Literature and Culture|
|Early American Literature and Culture|
|Period Courses (American, British, Anglophone, etc.) 1||15|
|3 hours: At least one course in one of the following categories:|
Medieval Literature & Culture (before 1550)
Early Modern Literature & Culture (1550-1660, other then Shakespeare)
Eighteenth-Century Literature & Culture (1660-1800)
|3 hours: Shakespeare|
|3 hours: At least one course in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture|
|3 hours: At least one course in Twentieth-Century Literature & Culture|
|3 hours: At least one course in Contemporary Literature & Culture|
|Language, Composition, & Pedagogy Courses||9|
|Descriptive English Grammar|
|Composition Theory and Practice|
Select at least one of the following (3 hours):
|Introduction to the Study of the English Language|
|History of the English Language|
|Topics in Writing Studies|
|Literature for the High School|
|Special Topics Prof Writing|
|One course in Difference & Diaspora. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking an appropriately focused course from among ENGL 350, the historical surveys, or the period courses. 1|
|Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching||39|
Chosen from the list maintained in the Department of English. Note: ENGL 350 can serve as a period course, a cluster course, an elective course, and/or a Difference and Diaspora course only when it is not also being used to fulfill a core requirement. Students who wish to use ENGL 350 in this way must thus take the course a second time (and with a different topic than the first time).