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 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 context, 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, professional education minor included

1. 3 hours gateway course

  • ENGL-2223 - Introduction to Writing About Literature - This course must be completed before enrolling in upper level Literature courses.

2. 3. hours grammar and composition

  • ENGL-3713 - Structure of the English Language

3. 3 hours linguistics

  • ENGL-3313 - Introduction to Linguistics

4. 9 hours American literature

  • ENGL-3673 - American Literature Survey I, Before 1865
  • ENGL-3773 - American Literature Survey II, 1865-1914
  • ENGL-3873 - American Literature Survey III, 1914-Present

5. 9 hours English literature

  • ENGL-3153 - English Literature Survey I
  • ENGL-3253 - English Literature Survey II
  • ENGL-3353 - English Literature Survey III

6. 3 hours world literature chosen from

  • ENGL 3123
  • ENGL-3133 - World Literature II: Renaissance to Modern

7. 3 hours Shakespeare

  • ENGL-4213 - Studies in Shakespeare

8. 3 hours senior seminar

  • ENGL-4733 - Senior Capstone

9. 4 hours electives from the following areas

Speech, Journalism, Drama

10. 24 semester hours, professional education

  • EDUC-3121 - Orientation to Teacher Education
  • EDUC-3122 - The School in American Culture
  • EDCU-3213
  • EDUC-3422 - Educational Technology
  • EDUC-3723
  • EDUC-4013 - Human Relations and Behavior Management
  • EDUC-4131 - Applied Instructional and Assessment Strategies
  • EDU-4132
  • EDUC-4718 - Student Teaching in the Secondary School

11. 5 hours other courses

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

12. 3 hours, methods course

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

Foreign language competency choose one:

High School foreign language - 2 years of same language with a grade of "C" or better.
University credit - 3 hours foreign language, American Sign Language with a grade of "C" or better.

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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