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Why should I earn a degree in English for secondary education?
Improve your own skills through creative and analytical projects while learning how to help others do the same.
Experience the surprising creativity of children and young adults as they discover their own unique style.
Whether your students go on to become the next Robert Frost or prefer math and science, you will be teaching invaluable, transferable skills that will help them succeed and make a difference wherever they go.
What Can I Do With an English Secondary Education Degree
- Middle school English/Language Arts teacher
- High school English/Language Arts teacher
Why study English for secondary education at BVU?
From language theory to ancient literature and contemporary writing, BVU’s English programs are designed to give you a broad exposure to the field, allowing you to decide what areas interest you most. With experience in multiple genres, you will be well prepared to bring diversity to your classrooms.
At BVU, you won’t just learn how to advance knowledge; you will learn how to effectively and actively engage a classroom in a memorable way. You aren’t in the business of “just enough” and neither are we. We want to partner with you to lead for the future and create smarter solutions.
You can earn your bachelor’s degree in English secondary education without leaving your community. Hybrid courses combine the benefit of live video instruction with the convenience of online learning. In addition to a weekly class, hybrid students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from local BVU site staff.
English Secondary Education Programs and Courses
Earn a career-focused English Secondary Education degree at BVU, with concentration tracks in a number of in-demand areas:
English Language | English Language Arts
- Education Courses (37 credit hours)
- ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
- ENGL 250 American Literature
- ENGL 260 British Literature
- ENGL 276 World Literature
- ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
- ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
- ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
- ENGL 340 Introduction to Literary Theory
- ENGL 350 Shakespeare
- ENGL 490 Major Portfolio
- ENGL 491 Senior Seminar
- One English elective 400 or above
- SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
- SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
- Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
A foreign language is not required for major in English with teaching licensure.
Transfer to BVU
BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.
Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.
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Hybrid | On Campus
With a degree in English, you will study the language, stories, and poetry that shape our lives. English students sharpen their communication skills and explore literature, critical theory, cultural studies, and creative writing. Prepare for careers in a world shaped increasingly by the powers of text, imagination, and tale.
Hybrid | On Campus
An elementary education major prepares future teachers to teach grades kindergarten through six.
Hybrid | On Campus
Secondary education students find their passion in a certifiable teaching subject with their desire to become a licensed educator in grades 5-12.