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: https://www.english.illinois.edu/undergraduate/advising/

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu

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

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

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.

for the degree of Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Major in English, English Teaching Concentration

Minimum required major and supporting course work: 42 hours including a minimum of 36 hours of English Department courses. Students must complete at least 15 hours of coursework at the 300-level or above (ENGL 300, ENGL 301, 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.

GPA Requirement: 2.0 - GPA for all courses included in the major taken on this campus and elsewhere must be 2.0. 

Introduction to the Study of Literature, Text, and Culture
ENGL 200Introduction 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) 13
ENGL 209Early British Literature and Culture3
ENGL 255Early American Literature and Culture3
Textual Analysis in Action
ENGL 300 (fulfills the university's Advanced Composition requirement)3
ENGL 301Introduction to Critical Theory3
Period Courses (American, British, transatlantic, anglophone, etc.) 2, 3, 4
At least two courses focused on literature, text, and/or culture in two or more of the following categories:6
Medieval (before 1550)
Shakespeare 4
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
Additional Coursework 2,3
One course offered by the Department of English (Business and Technical Writing, Creative Writing, or English).3
Three additional courses offered by the Department of English either specified by concentration requirements or chosen from the Departmental list.9
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 Hours required for graduation120

English Teaching Requirements

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
Additional required coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
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