B.A. English, Secondary Teaching Certification

A B.A. in English with a Secondary Teaching Certification will open the door to helping the next generation understand the importance of English in today’s society.  In this program, students will learn the history of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon age to the 20th century, American literature, advanced grammar and composition theory and practice.


Career Field

English teaching opportunities in denominational schools have been more available than average for several decades. As a graduate with a B.A. in English, students learn critical thinking and communication skills that open the door to a wide variety of fields and careers in education.
Educational Qualifications
For students planning to teach at the secondary level, they must complete a certification program. Although college professors have no certification requirements, they have completed a master’s degree and are typically working on their doctorate. 


Students looking for a career in education as an English teacher will join the ranks of famous teachers and authors such as William Golding, Charlotte Bronte, Oliver Stone, David Mitchell and James Joyce.


  • English Teacher
  • Teacher
  • English Professor

Median annual wage for high school teachers in May 2019

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Required Courses
The student must meet the requirements for a B.A. degree in English including the following to receive certification.
Item #TitleCredits
 ENGL 221 or ENGL 2223
ENGL 224Survey of English Literature3
ENGL 231American Literature 13
ENGL 342Composition Theory and Practice3
ENGL 464Advanced Grammar3
 ENGL Teaching Electives9
 Total Credits:24

Faculty Profiles

Kristin Denslow, PhD

Department of English
Associate Professor

Renard Doneskey, PhD

Department of English
Professor and Department Chair

Jayne Doneskey, MA

Department of English
Assistant Professor