Secondary Education - English B.A.
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The B.A. in English with a concentration in English/Communication Education prepares students for rewarding middle school or high school teaching positions in English language and literature and communication. Students combine foundational knowledge in literature, linguistics, rhetoric, and technology integration with a set of core experiences in professional education. A final component of the program is a student teaching internship.

Graduates of the program are qualified to apply for state certification to teach English/Communication in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania.

Contact Information

Carianne Bernadowski, Ph.D. 
Professor of Education
bernadowski@rmu.edu
412-397-5463 

Vicki J. Donne, D.Ed. 
Department Head, Education 
donne@rmu.edu
412-397-5465

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • STAT 2110 Statistics
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology or SOCI2320 Contemporary American Social Problems
  • FYSP 1000 First Year Experience
  • If student does not place out of CSEN 1010:
    • CSEN 1010 Reading &Writing Strategies
    • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • If student places out of CSEN 1010:
    • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research
    • ELIT1040 Reading Literature: Coming of Age

Freshman Year, Spring

  • EDUC2100 Educational Psychology
  • MATH 2010 Elementary Math
  • HUMA1010 Humanities
  • Natural Sciences elective
  • If student placed out of CSEN 1010:
    • CSEN 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
    • ELIT2000 Study of Literature
  • If student did not place out of CSEN 1020:
    • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research
    • ELIT1040 Reading Literature: Coming of Age

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • EDUC2000 Schools & Society
  • ELIT3080 American Lit Before 1865
  • ENGL3020 Creative Writing
  • If student placed out of CSEN 1010:
    • CSEN 2050 Intercultural Communication
    • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • If student did not place out CSEN 1010:
    • CSEN 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
    • ENGL3500 Study of Rhetoric
    • COMM 1050 Survey of Mass Comm

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • SPED3010 Intro Special Educ: Pre K-12
  • ENGL2540 Study of Language
  • ELIT3090 American Lit 1865-Present HIST__ or POLS__ (History or Political Science elective)
  • CSEN 2040 Professional Communications
  • If student placed out of CSEN 1010:
    • ENGL3500 Study of Rhetoric
  • If student did not place out of CSEN 1010:
    • ELIT2000 Study of Literature

Junior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3400 Curriculum Instruction Design
  • ELIT3120 British Lit to 1789
  • ENGL3010 Mod English Grammar & Editing
  • ELIT3520 Dramatic Art of Shakespeare
  • ELIT2055 World Literature

Junior Year, Spring

  • EDUC3165 Teaching ELLs
  • EDUC3600 Educational Assessment
  • ELIT3130 British Lit 1789-Present
  • ELIT4800 Seminar in English Studies
  • ENGL3110 History of the English Language

Senior Year, Fall

  • EDUC4110 Content Specific Pedagogy: English/Communication
  • ENGL4010 Advanced Non-Fiction Writing
  • SPED3020 Teaching Inclus Clsrm: Pre K-12
  • EDUC 2200 Technology for Teachers

Senior Year, Spring

  • EDUC4200 Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDUC4510 Student Teaching Internship
  • Optional: ENGL4100 Professionalism in the Teaching of English

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Teaching English Language Learners
The Study of Literature
Student Teaching Seminar
Major Credits
84
English Lit, Education, Special Education
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
0

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