B.S.E. Degree in English Education


The major is designed for those who plan careers in middle, junior, or senior high school teaching. A student in this degree program must have two advisors, one in English and one in education. The student must meet all the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, including a minor in Professional Education and 40 hours in the major beyond Freshman Composition. 

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in English Education will:

  1. Through extensive writing, research, presentations, class discussion, and testing demonstrate critical thinking skills, clear, correct, and effective communication in English, comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of texts including critical works and works of British, American, and World Literature in their cultural and historical contexts, with the use of various theoretical methodologies, skills in applying the essential concepts of English structure and linguistics, basic skills in a foreign language (BSE - two years in high school; BA - 6 hours), exploration of and contribution to the world of ideas, and articulation of and engagement in the personal integration of faith and learning.

  2. Show that he or she has acquired competency in a broad general education through study in the liberal arts by successfully completing the university core curriculum and passing the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET).

  3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of English language and literature by achieving a 3.00 GPA in the specified major courses required for certification in English and passing the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) in English.

  4. Demonstrate that he or she has acquired the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for initial entry into the profession of teaching by completing a specified curriculum in professional education courses with no grades below a grade of “C”, passing the Oklahoma Professional Teacher Education Exam (OPTE), and receiving average ratings of Proficient on the Formative and Summative assessments in student teaching.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.

73 hours, plus 6 hours of same foreign language

1. 3 hours English Gateway 

  • ENGL-2223 - Introduction to Writing about Literature

2. 3 hours Grammar and Composition

  • ENGL-3713 - Structure of the English Language

3. 3 hours Linguistics

  • ENGL-3313 - Introduction to Linguistics

4. 6 hours American Literature

  • ENGL-3673 - American Literature Survey I, Before 1865
  • ENGL-3773 - American Literature Survey II, 1865-Present

5. 3 hours Literary Criticism

  • ENGL-3013 - Literary Criticism

6. 9 hours English Literature

  • ENGL-3153 - English Literature Survey I, 680-1600
  • ENGL-3253 - English Literature Survey II, 1600-1780
  • ENGL-3353 - English Literature Survey III, 1780-Present

7. 3 hours World Literature chosen from

  • ENGL-3123 - World Literature, Classical to Renaissance
  • ENGL-3133 - World Literature, Renaissance to Modern

8. 3 hours Shakespeare

  • ENGL-4213 - Studies in Shakespeare

9. 3 hours Senior Capstone

  • ENGL-4733 - Senior Capstone

10. 4 hours electives from Speech, Journalism, and/or Drama

11. 25 hours of Professional Education

  • EDUC-3121 - Orientation to Teacher Education
  • EDUC-3122 - The School in American Culture
  • EDUC-3131 - Classroom Management Strategies
  • EDUC-3212 - Learning, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDUC-3422 - Education of the Exceptional Child
  • EDUC-4012 - Human Relations and Behavior Management
  • EDUC-4131 - Applied Instructional and Assessment Strategies 
  • EDUC-4132 - Critical Issues in Education
  • EDUC-4718 - Student Teaching in Secondary Schools

12. 5 hours Other Courses

  • EDUC-4112 - Literacy in the Secondary Content Areas
  • PSYC-3523 - Developmental Psychology

13. 3 hours Methods

  • EDUC-4553 - Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Secondary Schools

14. 6 hours Foreign Language

  • Take 6 hours of the same foreign language

Related Careers

  • Teaching (elementary school, middle school, high school and university level)
  • Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Public Libraries
  • Program Development
  • Literacy Programs

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