English Teaching Major (B.A.)

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The English teaching major is designed for students wishing to teach English in middle or high schools (grades 5-12). Students receive a B.A. in English Teaching upon completion of their undergraduate studies. Completion of the undergraduate major does not in itself, however, meet state certification requirements to teach in public schools in New Hampshire. English teaching majors who want to gain certification at UNH must apply for admission to (and complete) graduate study, including coursework and a year-long internship within the Department of Education. (Students usually apply for the master's program in their senior year; please see the Department of Education for details on the M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs.) Much of the work for a master's degree may be completed during this fifth year, likely including additional time spent in summer courses or additional semesters. Most students, however, will be recommended for certification at the end of the fifth year and receive the graduate degree. The New Hampshire teaching certificate is recognized by many but not all states.

The goal of the English teaching major is to prepare students as informed, thoughtful, and skilled English teachers who will become educational leaders in their schools and, more broadly, in the profession itself. To that end, the department seeks to make its preservice teachers thoroughly familiar with the knowledge base available in the Departments of English and Education. From their courses within the English department, students learn what the study of English entails and how areas of knowledge and the abilities to read, write, and discuss can best be taught to students in grades 5-12. Preservice teachers also acquire knowledge of certain content areas, such as American and British literature and English grammar. From their courses within the education department, students learn about human development and learning, the history and structure of schools, and different philosophical perspectives on public education. Finally, through the yearlong teaching internship, students apply their knowledge from both sources to actual practice. This requirement reflects a core belief that the opportunity to combine theory and practice is essential in preparing effective beginning teachers.

Completion of the undergraduate teaching major does not in itself meet state certification requirements. Students should enroll in the undergraduate major and:

Pass the following English courses with an average of 2.5 or better:

ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis4
ENGL 514British Literature III: Monsters and Machines4
ENGL 516American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved4
ENGL 657Shakespeare4
Select one of the following:8
Seminar in English Teaching
and Seminar in English Teaching
Teaching Writing
and Teaching Literature and Literacy
ENGL 791English Grammar4
Two additional literature courses numbered 600 or above 18
One course that addresses race, the construction of race, and radical theories 20-4
Any English department course in writing, linguistics, critical theory, film, or literature 34
Complete the Discovery Program capstone for English Teaching majors:
ENGL 789Special Topics in English Teaching4

ENGL 512 British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus or ENGL 513 British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen may be substituted for one of the two required literature courses numbered 600 or above


Choose from a department-approved list (other courses may count, when relevant and with prior written approval of the student's adviser). The course used to fulfill this requirement may be double counted within the ‘Two literature courses 600 or above’ OR ‘Any English Department course…’ requirement area.


Except ENGL 401 First-Year Writing, ENGL 403 Exploring Literature, ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses, and ENGL 444s

Apply for the fifth-year teaching internship and master's degree program by fall or spring of their senior year (usually September 30 for the internship and November 1 or February 1 for the master's program). Students with a GPA of 3.2 or better can apply for the master's degree program in their junior year. If accepted early, the student can earn graduate credit for up to three undergraduate English or education courses.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of Arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Majors may only count one online course towards their English major requirements.

Students interested in majoring in English teaching should consult Carla Cannizzaro, coordinator of the Department of English, 113 Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313, or the director of the English teaching program.