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BA in English Teaching
(74–91 hours*, including licensure hours)



This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see item 1 below for information regarding admission to this program.

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

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  1. This is a closed major requiring application to the program. Application forms are available in the Humanities Advisement Center (1175 JFSB) and the English Education Office (4168 JFSB). Students cannot apply until they have completed at least 9 hours of English major core courses.
  2. Students must complete the GE Foreign Language option* even if the Advanced Mathematics option has already been completed.
  3. The English Department requires a minimum of 24 hours of English major course work to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  4. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  5. Engl 195 is recommended.
  6. Because upper-division English courses require substantial writing, students should complete their Engl 295 before they begin their first upper-division courses, preferably in the second semester of their sophomore year.
  7. A teaching minor is not required for licensure. However, it is strongly recommended.
  8. Engl 276R is prerequisite to Engl 329, 377, 378, 379, and 423. All are prerequisite to Engl 476R.
  9. Complete the following core requirements:
    • Because English is a writing-intensive major, students are strongly encouraged to take a first-year freshman college-level writing course regardless of their AP test scores (Wrtg 150 or Phil 150).
    • Fundamentals of language and literature: complete the following:
        ENGL 251 : Introduction to English Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 251 : Introduction to English Studies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the discipline of English studies, including the fundamental concepts and practice of literary analysis and critical theory.
        NOTE: Engl 251 fulfills the GE Letters requirement only for English majors and minors. Other students will not receive GE Letters credit for this course.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete Engl 251 before or concurrently with the Literary History requirements (Engl 291, 292, 293, 294).

    • British and American literary history: complete the following:
          Either
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in early English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 292 : British Literary History 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 292 : British Literary History 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in later English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 293 : American Literary History. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in American literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


          Or
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 291 : British Literary History 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Independent Study also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles in early English literature as illustrated through representative texts.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 294 : Transatlantic Literary History. (6:6:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 294 : Transatlantic Literary History. (6:6:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: This course explores British and American literary history from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries by studying key figures, movements, genres, events, themes, and ideas through the lens of transatlantic literary exchange.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete the literary history courses in a period before taking any 300-level courses in that period.

    • Complete the following:
        ENGL 295 : Writing Literary Criticism. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 295 : Writing Literary Criticism. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: English major status.
        DESCRIPTION: How to address an academic audience, support arguments, and engage effectively in critical conversations about literature.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Students must complete Engl 295 before taking most 300- and 400-level courses for teaching majors.

  10. Complete two courses from the following:
  11. Complete one course from the following:
  12. Complete three elective hours from the following list (Note: TMA 457 is strongly recommended):

  13. Complete the following:
      ENGL 329 : Teaching Grammar and Usage in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 329 : Teaching Grammar and Usage in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 276R
      DESCRIPTION: Language issues, particularly grammar, usage, and pedagogy, for students preparing to teach English at the secondary level.
      NOTE: Required before student teaching.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 377 : Teaching English in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 377 : Teaching English in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 276R; concurrent enrollment in Engl 379.
      DESCRIPTION: Theories and methods of teaching English and language arts to secondary school students.
      NOTE: To be taken immediately before student teaching or interning.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 378 : Teaching Literature and Reading in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 378 : Teaching Literature and Reading in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 276R
      RECOMMENDED: Completion of all English major courses.
      DESCRIPTION: Theories and methods of teaching literature, reading, and related literacy skills in secondary English classes.
      NOTE: Required before student teaching.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 379 : Practicum in Secondary English Teaching. (1:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 379 : Practicum in Secondary English Teaching. (1:0:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 276R; concurrent enrollment in Engl 377.
      DESCRIPTION: Applying content and methods learned in Engl 377 in a school classroom.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 382 : Shakespeare. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 291 & ENGL 295; Either Engl 292 & 293, or Engl 294.
      DESCRIPTION: Intensive reading, discussion, and (in some sections) viewing of plays from the comedy, tragedy, romance, and history genres.
      NOTE: For English majors and minors.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 420 : Literature for Adolescents. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 420 : Literature for Adolescents. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 295; or instructor permission.
      DESCRIPTION: Wide range of literature written for or read by teenagers.
      NOTE: Required before student teaching.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 423 : Teaching Composition in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 423 : Teaching Composition in Secondary Schools. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 276R
      DESCRIPTION: Theories and methods of teaching writing to secondary school students.
      NOTE: Required before student teaching.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 479 : Secondary Student Teaching Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 479 : Secondary Student Teaching Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 377 & ENGL 378; concurrent enrollment in Engl 476 or 496R.
      DESCRIPTION: Issues experienced during secondary student teaching practicum.

      Course Outcomes


      ENGL 495 : The Senior Course. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 495 : The Senior Course. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: ENGL 382; or ENGL 383; or ENGL 384R; senior status.
      DESCRIPTION: In-depth study of a limited area of literature, language, or criticism. Content varies; requires research and writing.
      NOTE: Engl 381 is also a valid prerequisite choice. See the Humanities Advisement Center to obtain a permission-to-add code.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Students must complete Engl 382 before taking Engl 495.

  14. Complete the Professional Education Component:
    • Complete the following:
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Issues, policies, and methods in teaching secondary students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Lab.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 276R : Exploration of Teaching. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 276R : Exploration of Teaching. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: Successful application into the program; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Field-based initial teaching experience directed at helping prospective teachers experience demands and opportunities associated with teaching secondary students.

        Course Outcomes


        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Using instructional design, visual design, and differentiated staffing principles along with multimedia authoring systems, telecommunication, and other computer-based tools in the development of educational applications for secondary education settings.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or Phy S 276 or Engl 276R or Bio 276 or SFL 276R or Hlth 276R or MthEd 276 or PETE 276R or TEE 276A or TEE 276B.
        DESCRIPTION: Designing and adapting instruction for diverse learners; collaborating with families, cultures, and communities in promoting and sustaining learning.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 375 : Adolescent Development and Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 375 : Adolescent Development and Classroom Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 276R or Phy S 276 or Engl 276R or Bio 276 or SFL 276R or Hlth 276R or MthEd 276 or PETE 276R or TEE 276A or TEE 276B; or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Analysis of education practice and the relationship between theories and research on development, classroom management, education and the practice of teaching. Focus on adolescent development and an introduction to classroom management.

        Course Outcomes


        Note: FBI fingerprinting and background clearance must be completed before registration for Engl 276R.

    • Complete 12 hours from one of the following:
        ENGL 476 : Secondary English Student Teaching. (12:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 476 : Secondary English Student Teaching. (12:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course work or departmental approval; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- in Engl 377. Concurrent enrollment in Engl 479.
        DESCRIPTION: Capstone, field-based, semester-long experience in teaching secondary students; demonstrating proficiency in all program standards.

        Course Outcomes


        ENGL 496R : Secondary English Teaching Internship. (12:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 496R : Secondary English Teaching Internship. (12:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course work or departmental approval; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- grade in Engl 377. Concurrent enrollment in Engl 479.
        DESCRIPTION: Capstone, field-based, year-long experience in teaching secondary students; demonstrating proficiency in all program standards.

        Course Outcomes


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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